This place may be unbeatable for anyone looking to melt into the local culture, offering a great balance between immersion and privacy. Hosts John and Annette are very hospitable, worldly and knowledgeable. Each evening we were invited to join them over a glass of wine to explore our curiosity and share the events of our day and our previous experiences. They helped us decide what sights to see and how to best arrange our plans. John even took us on a nature walk up the hill behind the property.
The home itself is very unique and interesting. It actually sits in Eastbourne, directly across the harbor (45 minute ferry ride) from Wellington. Guests are housed in the Crowsnest Suite on the top floor. Large picture windows overlook the harbor and provide awesome views of the city at night. This meant that we had the chance to do the touristy things by day, but could retreat to our romantic little hideaway at night. The entire home has been recently remodeled. The finishes are excellent and green: plenty of space, modern bath facilities, big closet, use of an I pad. We were there for only two nights and, regrettably, were able to enjoy only one breakfast. The food was great. We had a really early departure our last day, but our hosts insisted upon getting up with us to stuff us with toast (from freshly made bread, of course) and coffee!
We were within easy walking distance to the ferry dock, galleries and restaurants. Once we parked our car in their private space, we stashed the keys in our room until departure day. It was great fun to eat (and watch rugby) with the locals, have a few draft beers and stroll along the water back to our place. The ferry to Wellington became part of the adventure, too.
My wife and I are middle aged Americans who really enjoy getting to know locals and staying in places that feel authentic. This was the midpoint of a 9 day tour of New Zealand. In all we stayed at 7 properties. Days Bay Homestay was far and away the best! I want to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Days Bay Homestay guests quarters are at the top of the tower, the Crowsnest Suite, a private retreat with it's own bathroom, wardrobe and beautiful harbour views. The suite has the entire floor exclusively available to guests and is surrounded by double laminated glass to ensure your stay is quiet and warm. We now offer a second room if you wish to bring your family. Come watch the seabirds diving for fish from below your window, or hear the penguins settling for the night on the beach.Our guests frequently recommend the opportunity to use our iPad, which we provide for the duration of your stay.Take time out to enjoy all that Eastbourne has to offer. Whether it's outdoor activities, fine dining, or shopping; everything to make your stay memorable is within walking distance. ... more less