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Gardens Homestay

11 St. Mary Street | Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
Gardens Homestay

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Neil and Sally made our stay in Wellington a warm and excellent one. The spacious suite with verandah was wonderfully furnished with antiques in this elegant Victorian residenc. Neil was so friendly and helpful, in the evening he drove us to an outlook and we had a marvellous view of Wellington by night. He gave us a lot of information... More 

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Hans-Jochen and Erika's stay with us was a very enjoyable experience for us as well! Widely traveled people with many interesting stories, their presence ensured that the breakfast table was alive with conversation. It was a pleasure for me to take them to the top of our hill for the spectacular view of the city. I hope that our paths... More 

Banstead, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We stayed in some lovely homestays during our 3 weeks in New Zealand and Gardens Homestay was one of the best. Very well situated, a quick drive from the ferry and a short walk to Lambton Quay and Botanical Gardens, this is the perfect place to stay in Wellington. Neil and Sally were great hosts, nothing was too much trouble,... More 

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

The longer stays are often better as we get to know the guests and enjoy their company. Paul and Alison were delightful guests, well informed and widely traveled. We find that our B&B brings the world to our kitchen table with guests like Paul and Alison. Sally and Neil More 

Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Neil and Sally were great hosts at the Gardens homestay. This is a beautiful historic house very close to the downtown area of Wellington and right next to the wonderful Botanic Gardens with some good restaurants within a few minutes walk. The room was spacious and very clean and comfortable. Neil and Sally are fascinating people with a good knowledge... More 

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review Caro, we really enjoyed your stay. It was nice that our hospitality made up for the loss of your team at the Cricket World Cup! I hope our paths cross again. Sally and Neil More 

Kailua, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We enjoyed a wonderful Wellington experience with Neil and Sally at their magnificently restored Victorian home near the botanic gardens. They were fantastic hosts and the home provided an excellent base for our walking tours of Wellington. The rooms and breakfasts were outstanding. We particularly enjoyed our opportunity to talk to Neil and Sally about Wellington over a glass of... More 

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Wow, what a wonderful review! The best part about our B&B is the lovely guests that we meet and talking with them about the interesting lives that we lead. John and Sharon's review is glowing and so are we - with pride! Thank you! Sally and Neil Gardens Homestay Wellington NZ More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We stayed a wonderful three nights with our superb hosts Neil and Sally. They could not possibly have been more hospitable. They welcomed us each evening to sit by the pool overlooking the city and share a glass of wine, genuinely curious about our adventures. Over delicious breakfasts we chatted about the day to come. Their personalized walking tour of... More 

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Having spent quite a lot of time in Texas I know how warm and hospitable the Texans are to those who visit the Lone Star State. So for us to be praised with the words "Texas Hospitality" was a great compliment indeed! Edwin and Janet were charming guests, highly educated and knowledgeable and wonderful company. We enjoyed their three day... More 

Salt Lake Ctiy, Utah
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My wife and I had a marvelous time in Wellington recently on our New Zealand vacation. We stayed with Neil and Sally Harrup at their lovely home and B & B. The rooms were impeccable, the location very convenient to local attractions, and the breakfast and hospitality exceptional! The most enjoyable part of the stay though was talking and enjoying... More 

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NeilHarrap, General Manager at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Kurt and Betsy were wonderful guests and delightful company. Suffice it to say that we've made new friends and I'll be catching up with them in Utah on my March visit. Their stay was a treat, we found them interesting and knowledgeable people, widely traveled and entertaining. TripAdvisor, you've done it again - sending us the nicest guests! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We checked in late at Gardens Homestay & were welcomed by Neil & Sally, what amazing hosts. Nothing was a problem for them,they answered all our questions & provided us with wonderful hospitality. The breakfast was extra special, a nice selection of fresh fruits, homemade muesli, great coffee & tea. Close to all facilities, a short stroll to downtown Wellington.... More 

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

As family people with our daughter living in the South Island we're always delighted to host families and Phil, Kim and their son Cameron were no exception! Widely traveled and enjoyable company, we found that we have many interests in common, including skiing and aviation. Once again we're impressed with the lovely guests that find us through TripAdvisor. More 

kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Neil and Sally are the nicest hosts in the world (ever!) We had such a lovely stay! Neil was so helpful with advice and tips and he even got us a lovely bottle of fizz (which we drank by the pool!) to celebrate our honeymoon! The house is so grand and wonderful and the room we stayed in is huge... More 

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

It's always a special occasion to host honeymoon couples, they're at such a wonderful time in their lives together and their happiness is infectious! Lucy and David were lovely guests and we enjoyed their stay immensely. How kind of Lucy to write a review with such flattering comments. Sally and I hope that we'll see them again someday. More 

Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Welcoming and attentive hosts and a comfortable stay. Breakfast very good and delicious homemade ginger biscuits with our cups of tea. Good advice on things to see and do locally - particularly enjoyed a tour of the Parliament Building as recommended by Neil and Sally. Convenient location for Botanic Gardens and a comfortable walk into Wellington town and the harbour... More 

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review and compliments on the home made gingernuts! Our "Wellington Walk" and map are provided and is very popular. The walk is downhill to the city and the city is level and compact - perfect for walking! The popular Cable Car returns you to the top of the Botanic Gardens for a walk downhill to... More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at this perfectly located B&B with the warmest hosts we've ever encountered. Neil and Sally went way out of their way to make our stay perfect and very personal. The home is classic Victorian, beautifully renovated and comfortable; located within walking distance of the best sights and shopping in downtown Wellington. As a bonus,... More 

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, Ruth, it was a delight to host you and I hope our paths cross again. We very much enjoy visits from our overseas guests, they bring the world to our door! More 

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