No doubt, John is the friendliest guy and very helpful. But this was the most expensive place we stayed at in New Zealand and we regret spending the money ($175 for 2 ppl) for a mediocre experience. Don't know if all B&Bs are like this in NZ, but breakfast was lacking (toast, cereal, cheese slices); I expected something hardy and cooked like an omelet, like all of the other B&Bs I've ever been to.
The room was freezing cold at night in winter, we couldn't wait to leave to get in the car and control the heat. He said it was on a timer and should be toasty but it was freezing still after he gave us a space heater. We tried to take a hot bath but the water cools down too fast since the room is so cold. He did let us use his laptop which was nice, but internet was spotty. Bed was super squeaky.
He gave us good suggestions for free hikes to do in Rotorua, but his suggestions on paid tourist experiences were extremely underwhelming and a little outdated (oh, they *used* to let you do this...). He did not book our experiences for us, which we kind of expected after reading other reviews, but that's fine.
I feel bad giving a mediocre review, as John was such a great host and guy, but I honestly expected more for the money...More
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