The SpaceThe apartment is really warm and sunny and has a very pleasant outlook and access to private landscaped garden, which has outdoor seating/table for guests. The apartment is of a good size, is fully self contained, with air con/heating, washing machine (powder provided), large kitchenette (Induction Hob and combined microwave/conventional oven, electric frypan, full fridge/freezer), Iron and ironing board. The bed is supremely comfortable, and quality bedding is provided. Coffee, Tea, Milk and a few other supplies provided, and you are welcome to use them. Guest AccessLocated up private driveway with plenty of parking and turn around space. Apartment is private and has it's own access. Hosts (a quiet couple) live upstairs in their own home. Interaction with GuestsWe can have as much or as little to do with you as you like, and will respect your privacy. We are always happy to help out with directions and suggestions. (a trip to the Hamilton Gardens, World Gardens of the Year 2014 is highly recommended!). We are readily available -just text or ring our doorbell and we will be happy to help you. The NeighborhoodThe neighbourhood is new, quiet quality suburban, at the northern end of town and away from the busy, noisy CBD area. 2.5km to local shops and cafe & eateries, and small supermarket. 5 minutes to large shopping centres of Te Awa and Rototuna (full shopping, cafes, movies, supermarkets) and Te Rapa. 8km to CBD. Getting AroundWe are a few hundred metres from the local bus route, albeit with limited services. Own transport is recommended to get around NZ and we are 2.5km from the major bus routes and local shops (including a small supermarket and eateries and gym), A couple of minutes to Rototuna shops/pub and same to Te Awa (large shopping centre). Other Things to NoteWe have a lovely small dog and two cats on the property. They do not enter the apartment. (although, if you invite the cats in they will probably enter and make a fuss of you. The dog does not have access to the apartment area at all). He lives upstairs with us, and is not to be let out of the fenced back yard. We have 2 bicycles which are available upon request. It's rather pleasant cycling around the neighbourhood and the Riverbank pathway. We have an organic vegetable garden and are happy to provide herbs if you would like. (we always have parsley, sage,thyme, rosemary, mint) and others, seasonally. We can provide you with ingredients for either a continental or light cooked breakfast by prior arrangement and at a small additional cost. Please enquire.