The SpaceWelcome To Auckland!
Located in a quiet street, looking onto a small deck and subtropical/native garden, I currently have a large, sunny double room available in my renovated four-bedroom twenties California bungalow.
Your room, originally the master bedroom, features a double bed with a luxurious new (as of Nov 2014) latex mattress, electric blanket and pillows, which might be the most comfortable bed you have ever slept in. Along with desk and chair, wardrobe and bookcase, chest of drawers, bedside cabinet, lights on a dimmer and native hardwood floor with mats on either side of the bed. It has a corner inglenook with a padded seat, and French doors which give onto a small deck.
Wireless internet (unlimited high speed fibre), Sky TV (in the lounge), washing machine, and shower are included in the price. You will have your own house key while you are here.
You will/may be sharing the ground floor of the house, including a bathroom, with the occupant(s) of another bedroom, which is a separate AirBnB listing (check it if this room is not available on the dates you want). The owner (David) lives upstairs with his own bathroom. His son, 16, sleeps downstairs but usually uses the upstairs bathroom.
Your accommodation is located a ten minute walk to Morningside Station, which has trains to downtown Auckland. There are also frequent buses from/to the city along Great North Road and New North Road, each 10 mins away on foot. Alternatively, you could walk into the city centre in around an hour.
Kingsland is just 15 minutes away on foot, where you will be able to find many great bars and cafes. We are also very close to Auckland Zoo and the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) which has a world-class aeroplane collection plus many trams (there's a working vintage tramline) and classic motor (website hidden) Lukes shopping mall is a 5 minute drive away.
If you are interested in geology, there are numerous volcanic landforms in the area. Harbour scenery, including Point Chev Beach (popular with kite surfers), is a 5 minute drive away and in 45 minutes you can be at an awe-inspiring west coast beach or immersed in a huge old growth native forest.
There's a bike rental place nearby (Adventure Cycles, - $120 a week for a mountain bike) which I recommend, - we're very close to the north-west cycle track, which goes to the ...erm... north west (Henderson Valley tracks) and there are some great places within 15 minutes of the house. If you rent a bicycle we can lock it away securely. You can quickly and easily cycle into the City and to the waterfront/Viaduct on the cycle track too, along the recently constructed Grafton Gulley and Beach Road sections. It's quite uphill coming back so you could bring your bike back on the train from Britomart to Morningside (bikes are free).
We look forward to meeting you. Guest AccessMost of the downstairs part of the house (except 2 bedrooms), so that's hall, bathroom, laundry, kitchen, lounge, back deck and drying area, front garden. The parking pad at the front is not available to guests but there's plenty of street parking. Interaction with GuestsDavid is terrible at talking when he's eating so it works best if guests can cook and eat when the kitchen and lounge are not in use, which is most of the time. They're nearly always available after 7pm. The NeighborhoodIt's quiet and safe. There are good restaurants, cafes and bars in Morningside, 8 minutes away on foot. There's also a corner shop (called a dairy in NZ) where you can get basic food. If you feel like a slightly longer walk you could continue up New North Road to Kingsland, a vibrant hub of fun eateries and bars. Between the house and the city is Ponsonby Road, a very trendy strip of yet more fancy restaurants, shops, cafes and bars. Across the railway from Morningside is St Lukes shopping centre, a big mall with lots of mallish shops, including telephone shops, - useful if you need a sim card. It also has a supermarket but it takes about 20 mins to walk there. Getting AroundBuses regularly go along Great North Rd and New North Rd in and out of the city. They stop at Victoria St/Queen St intersection and change is given if necessary. Trains run to and from nearby Morningside Station to Britomart.
It's really easy and fun to do a cycle circuit of the city using the NW cycleway, Grafton Gulley and Nelson street, - nearly all separated cycleways. You get to the city centre in 25 minutes, same as the bus. An even better idea is a trip around the eastern bays, which takes two hours return, again, all off roads. It's stunning coastal (urban) scenery and includes Mission Bay, Kohimarama Bay and St Heliers Bay. I'll be happy to be a tour guide at weekends for a small fee, - ask me if interested. Bikes can be rented from Adventure Cycles nearby. Other Things to NoteCheck-in time varies depending on whether someone is checking out that day and if David is working, which we can sort out beforehand. If he's working, check-in can often be organised in his absence. Morning might be possible but please no earlier than 8.00am.