01/16/2013 (press release: starnight) // Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand // Starnight Bed and Breakfast
Explore The Great Outdoors Kiwi-Style
The great thing about New Zealand is the sheer diversity of natural attractions this relatively small set of islands offer. Coastal areas provide lots of the surf, sand and sun adventurers on holiday seek. There are a lot of friendly locals with welcoming smiles on the beaches that help your beach-side holiday to become even more memorable. If you venture inland, there are a lot of quiet, soothing rustic vistas of sheep and cattle pasture that seem to stretch on forever. Lose yourself in quiet contemplation and calm staring off into the vast emerald landscape of green pastures. Talk about peaceful! Going further, you only need to strap on your hiking boots to experience the vastness of New Zealand’s hiking trails. There are a lot of wide hilly vistas framed against the vast expanse of the blue sky the stretches forever overhead. Keep going further and climb the mountain ranges and ridges made famous by New Zealand native Peter Jackson’s epic Lord Of The Rings series. Camping and hiking doesn’t get better than having your face caressed by cool refreshing mountain wind as you swap stories around a campfire after a day of trekking.
Take In The Local Flavor Of the City
Besides its considerable nature trails and other attractions, New Zealand offers lots of local culture as well. Head on over to Auckland and go district by district, and take in the local architecture and food. You’ll quickly discover that despite the seasonal cold, Kiwis (as New Zealand residents call themselves) are quite friendly and eager to share a smile. Check out the local diversity of cultures as you take in the sights and sounds of the different districts of Queenstown and Christchurch.
Keep The Stress At Home
Naturally the best way to enjoy your holiday and to truly soak up the mystery and charm of New Zealand is to keep stress at home. Stress will always be there so why not give it a rest? It will be there when you get back so clear your mind of any problems to fix or any issues hanging over you, and give yourself permission to let your hair down and let go. These are the key ingredients for a truly enjoyable and memorable holiday.
How To Find The Best Hotel And Bed and Breakfast Deals in New Zealand
If you have been planning out your holiday for quite some time now, you are probably day dreaming about the stuff you’ll do at the places you’ll visit. Whether lounging on a hammock by the beach or trekking through snow-clad mountain tops or swimming in a tropical lagoon, your mind is jogging through the different scenes you’ve seen in all the promotional brochures you’ve read in the past. While this is all well and good, you have to take care of the basics first before going on holiday. This means you have to make sure you pick out the best accommodations for your stay. If you don’t take care of this detail properly, your holiday might easily become an inconvenient, uncomfortable, and hassle-filled ordeal. Unlike other holiday accommodation guides on the Internet, we understand that what constitutes the ‘best’ accommodation depends totally on your particular situation, requirements, budget, and expectations. Only you are aware of these details and, accordingly, only you can select accommodations that fit these core factors. What is ‘best’ for one person might not even be a good choice for another. So instead of ramming one particular recommendation down your throat, we help you navigate the process of making the right decision by giving you three pieces of practical advice which helps you determine which hotel, bed and breakfast, motel, or hostel accommodations best fit your personal tastes, budget, itinerary, and expectations.
Map out your Itinerary First
The first step you need to take in picking out the best accommodations for your particular holiday needs is to identify the places you’ll be visiting during your holiday. Map out your schedule. Pay attention to where you’ll start and where you’ll be staying the night at the end of each day of your holiday. Once you have your schedule clearly mapped out, determine the quality level of each hotel, bed and breakfast, or other accommodation you’d like at each of your nightly stops. For some travelers, simple sleeping quarters are enough if they are going to be traveling to different cities each night. For others, if they are going to be spending more than one night in a particular city or town, they would prefer more creature comforts.
Research Accommodations Based On Quality Level
Once you have made a determination of the type of hotel or bed and breakfast establishments you’ll be needing, go online to research different accommodation providers in the cities or towns you’ll be staying for your holiday. Many accommodation listing sites list holiday accommodations in terms of ‘stars’. Pick the star level you’d like and filter the different hotel and bed and breakfast options based on your budget considerations. Next, research the final 3 or 4 accommodations left on your list for each location on your trip. Look for travelogue or blog hotel or bed and breakfast reviews. Don’t believe everything you read. Just get a general idea of the overall quality of the accommodation. This does not only save you money and time; it also helps you set your expectations.
Hit Reverse Auction sites or Call Directly For Deals
After you’ve further narrowed down your selections, do searches for them on sites like Agoda or bookings.com. Keep in mind that many accommodations are not covered by these sites. To get the best prices for these unlisted accommodations, you need to track down their contact information and call them directly.
Author: Reto Oswald
Emigrated to New Zealand in 1990 and as most new-comers do, explored several cities & towns. At present lives in Waimate on the South Island. After his career in the hotel industry he now runs a luxurious Starnight Bed & Breakfast, which he opened this year together with his Finnish wife. Situated ideally halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown this new accommodation is a must visit for every tourist.
For bookings and queries you can reach him at www.starnight.co.nz or at ++64 3 689 6540.