New Zealand Bed and Breakfast Adventures

New Zealand certainly offers an outstanding opportunity to leave the worries and cares of the mainland behind for either a brief hiatus or an extended sojourn.

From Sydney or Melbourne, a short flight of around three hour’s duration can get you to either Wellington or Auckland if you choose the North Island or Christchurch if you prefer the South Island.

From there, your choices of holiday excursions are essentially unlimited.

For travellers who don’t require the lavish amenities and services of a major hotel or resort, Bed and Breakfast accommodations may be an ideal selection. You don’t necessarily sacrifice luxury to a great extent, but you will save money by thinking of your temporary living arrangement as merely a place to sleep gather sustenance and safely store your luggage before heading out to enjoy a fine Kiwi adventure.

New Zealand offers so many Bed and Breakfast arrangements that it would necessitate an encyclopaedic effort to catalogue them all, but here is a brief glance at a few worthy ones with which to begin to compare the market.

North Island

1.         Lagoon Bed and Breakfast

This beautiful and affordable spot is close to major transportation and is only 15 minutes by car from the centre of Auckland. Enjoy a spectacular view across Panmure basin, with beautiful rooms, a private bathroom and reasonable prices ranging from $120-$150 NZD per night. The hosts have earned a reputation for being flexible and accommodating to every need. Internet connectivity is available for those who simply cannot bear the thought of being off the grid.

Scuba divers will find the Lagoon Bed and Breakfast attractive as a centrally located jumping off point from which they can venture a short distance east and enjoy the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, or they can look a short distance west and explore the reefs just beyond the coast of Manukau Heads. Sport fishermen will also find plenty to attract their interest.

2.         Allview Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Located towards the upper Northeast side of the North Island, this beachfront property is perfect for unwinding to the sounds of gentle surf. A sandy beach offers safe swimming or a coastal walking track for those who want to comb the beach for washed-up treasure. Free transportation is available from the local airport or bus station. You may want to take a picturesque ferry ride to visit historic Russell, or a casual walk will have you amongst a choice of restaurants and cafes. Free kayaks and complimentary Wi-Fi and a cooked breakfast are a few of the amenities. Prices range from $225 to $295 NZD per night.

South Island

1.         Te Kiteroa Lodge

Visitors will find a luxurious Victorian mansion surrounded by a vineyard. Guests can sample some of the world-class wine at the end of the day; enjoy a cooked breakfast in the morning. Located just west of Waimate, just a couple hundred kilometres south of Christchurch, the Te Kiteroa Loadge has excellent rates ranging from $112 to $150 NZD per night. Children are welcome.

Skiers will find the winter months of July and August to their liking, with the ski fields of Canterbury, along with the Mackenzie fields and Southern Lakes all in close proximity. Cyclists will enjoy the warmer weather with a variety of terrain and routes.

2.         Olde Mill House B&B and Cycle Hire

Located in Renwick, the heart of the Marlborough wine region, this quaint home is within 5 km of no fewer than 25 cellar doors. A continental breakfast is on the menu, along with beautiful gardens and modern amenities including wireless Internet and free transfers to and from the airport and local dining establishments. Prices range from $120 to $150 NZD per night.

Cyclists will enjoy the free bicycles that are reserved for guests that they can take to sample some of the world-famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Breakfast in Bed

Many travellers who seek an experience outside the repetitive nature of hotel chains and resorts find the Bed and Breakfast route to be extremely enjoyable from the perspective of offering something out of the ordinary. One thing the all agree on, however, is that this way of travelling can present some unexpected surprises, which if not properly planned for, can easily ruin the holiday. This is why they take the time to compare travel insurance online. It is fast and easy to do, with choices for every budget and need. It affords peace of mind for when you are exploring an environment outside your familiar zone and offers assurances that a theft, a lost bag or other mishap will not derail an otherwise idyllic holiday.