My wife and I were visiting family here in New Zealand feom Hawaii and found this place online so we booked to stay for almost 2 weeks. As we were greeted by and got to know Neil, Sally and Nina, we were surprised this place was even vacant.
It was an AMAZING spot for us and a very balanced stay with plenty privacy, hospitality and friendliness that made us feel like we were staying with family. Our hosts were wonderful and very flexible and willing to make our stay as comfortable for us as they could. They were simply fantastic! They were always happy and so interested in us that we got know each other very well. They even put our American flag outside their house to make us feel welcome. They were the greatest hosts we've ever had. You don't get this kind of service at hotels, that's for sure.
The room is very spacious, beautiful balcony and nice size bathroom. They made sure that the electric blanket was ready for us so when we get there, the bed is nice and warm. It's a suite and has an extra room inside it also, it was perfect.
My wife is from the United States but I am from New Zealand so I knew my way around the city as I've lived here most of my life. However, I did want my wife to have a great experience and I learned that living here doesnt mean you know all the tourist spots. So, Neil was very helpful and showed us what there was to do and we enjoyed every minute of our stay there!
I highly recommend this place for anyone! A big thank you to our hosts Neil, Sal and Nina for their friendship and hospitality and we look forward to when we return as we will definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gardens Homestay Bed and Breakfast was built in 1892 and lovingly restored during the 1990s. Your hosts are Fly by Wire Ride inventor Neil Harrap and his wife Sally Guinness. The elegant facade features stained glass, iron lacework verandah and bay windows. We're located in historic Thorndon, five minutes walk to Parliament and downtown Wellington. We're two minutes walk to the Botanic Gardens and many cafes, restaurants and specialty shops on historic Tinakori Road. Bird Sanctuary Zealandia is located three minutes drive away, a paradise for birdwatchers. 24 Hour parking provided at the door. We have one suite only and take one party of guests at a time so as to ensure the best of attention. Read our reviews to see what our guests have to say. ... more less