About this listing
Welcome To Auckland!
This is a 3 bedroom townhouse next to the Remuera Train Station, on the main bus routes into Auckland, and also convenient for the motorways.
Your room is on the ground floor (of three). It has its own toilet/shower. A comfortable queen size bed, a desk, plenty of drawers, plus a walk-in closet are available for you to use.
Up one flight of stairs there's TV, kitchen, living areas with nice views of Mt Hobson, one of Auckland's 30+ extinct volcanic cones, from the deck.
Heading out for a short walk, 30 mins takes you to the top of Mt Hobson and back, and while up there you can see lovely views of the city, harbour, Rangitoto (a large extinct volcano in the middle of the harbour) and other surrounding features.
Back in your room there is good internet connectivity (wifi) if you want to share your photos from the walk with your online friends.
While out on your walk you might have passed the Jetts Gym, the Market Road Cafe, Dreamers Cafe, the Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, and Indian restaurants, and traditional New Zealand fish and chips shop, all these eateries within a block of our home.
Catch the train to be in Auckland Central in 12 minutes; or catch a bus for a slightly slower trip that takes you past Newmarket (upmarket shopping), the Auckland Hospital, the Auckland University, and in to Britomart Transport Center (downtown) in about 20 minutes.
You should like dogs - ours is a schnoodle and looks like Hairy McLairy from Donaldsons Dairy. She is a cross between a schnauzer and a poodle, and has bundles of energy. She loves visitors. She is called Cleo.
While staying with us you are welcome to use the kitchen and laundry. For breakfast we offer porridge, fresh bread, homemade hummus, coffee, etc. Of course, if you use dishes we expect you to rinse them, or put them in the dishwasher.
There are three floors, and you will use the ground floor and the first level. We would expect you to not go up the stairs to the top floor.
Interaction with Guests
We are always happy to help, and usually around in the evenings, and often the daytime. We have given lots of advice about places to visit, things to see, places to eat. We've also helped guests who are here for language courses (for example) even helping write a CV in English, or help them practise their new conversation skills.
This is a leafy inner city suburb. There are several volcanic cones within a short distance, and lots of places to walk. As mentioned, there are also lots of eateries within a couple of blocks. You can be in the center, by train, within quarter of an hour. A 20 minute walk takes you to Newmarket, a shopping mecca that also has cinemas, swimming pool, and lots more places to eat out. Also, nearby is the War Memorial Museum, a very well rated museum in the middle of the beautiful Auckland Domain.
We discourage guests from renting a car, at least for the first few days. If they do rent, there is parking right outside the gate. Park on our side of the road any time, or the other side of the road during the day only. A guest's car got towed from the other side of the road early in the morning because it is a bus lane until 9 am.
As mentioned above, we have lots of buses going by, and we are 3 minutes walk from the Remuera Train Station - and the train takes 12 minutes to get to the center of town. If you want to call a taxi, we are happy to give you a couple of numbers to call. If you want to rent a car after you have arrived, catch the train or the bus into the center for lots of choices of car rental companies.
Other Things to Note
We ask that you put your shoes outside your bedroom door at night so that we know if you are in. No shoes and we will not bolt the door.
Please keep the place tidy. Shoes off if going upstairs. Lock up when you go out. Rinse dishes or put them in the dishwasher after use. Strictly no smoking on our property. You can do laundry, and we have an electric dryer, but if the sun is shining please dry things on the washing line outside the back door. Wifi for email and surfing only, please do not download movies - the internet is expensive here, and slower than the rest of the world (we hear).
About the Host, Paul And Ingrid And Cleo
Paul, Ingrid, and Cleo (our dog). As hosts we are pretty easy going. We like to see your profile so we know a bit about you before saying 'yes'. It is not that we reject anyone, just that this is a community and one of the important values is sharing, both our homes and our background. We enjoy finding out about why people are traveling, and if they like, helping them discover more about Auckland and New Zealand, which is our adopted country (we are Canadians but have lived in Auckland for over 25 years). We are originally from British Columbia, Canada.
Cleo is a Schnoodle (cross between poodle and schnauzer) and thinks we get Airbnb guests just for her enjoyment. She loves meeting new people.
Paul (as a guest): An easy guest to have around. I'm not very demanding as long as the internet works.
I mostly work, and most of my travel is for work. I am focused on making ridesharing a much greater part of daily travel, and this is pretty consuming, and probably a bit boring for those I meet who make the mistake of asking. I try to keep it succinct.
We have two adult children, our daughter is married and has a 3 year old baby girl, and they live far away in Seattle, USA, our son lives nearby in Auckland. It is cool being a grandpa and what I love most is playing peek-a-boo with my granddaughter on Skype.
Those family are the five most important, that I could not live without. And I guess my laptop since I spend lots of time using it. Though it is replaceable, and the family are not.
Books: Guns Germs and Steel, and A Short History of Almost Everything. Movies: Independent movies at the film festival, chosen by Ingrid because I would be hopeless at it.