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.
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).
Paul and Ingrid went above and beyond what I would have expected from my hosts for this trip. Even before the trip, they have been accommodating to the changes my itinerary kept throwing my way. Responses were quick to all my enquiries and requests. And although the unfortunate change only left me with one night spent in Auckland, it was made up for by the excellent accommodation and Cleo's warm and friendly welcome (and heart-wrenching barks and whines good-bye).
Paul, Ingrid and Cleo were very welcoming hosts. I had a great stay with them and the complex they are in was very tidy. They were so friendly and made me feel at home. The location was great for me as I had a course to go to at St Lukes on Remuera Road.
Wonderful, professional and accommodating. My room was in order, and I had everything I needed for a comfortable stay. It's a very convenient location too, a 3 minute walk and you're at the train station.
the description was accurate. Paul and ingrid were nice and made things comfortable for us. Cleo is a lovely dog.
A wonderful shelter with wonderful hosts! The bed is very comfortable! :-) You have a lot of privacy and your own bathroom. And yet situated at the street it is very quiet and your view goes towards a very nice little private courtyard. The breakfast is delicious, Paul and Ingrid are very nice and helpful and CLEO the dog gives you a warm welcome upon arrival! :-) Train station is right around the corner that brings you in a second to the city and you get on of the best views of the city when you climb Mount Hobson which is also a 5 minute walk away from their home! Great place to stay! And ask them for the Thai restaurant close by. It is absolutely delicious! :-)
El anfitrión nos hizo sentirnos como si estuviéramos en casa fue muy agradable conocerlos son excelentes, es excelente hasta el perro(cleo). No puedo decir nada mas que es una familia muy acogedora
My stay with Paul and Cleo (their friendly dog) was great, felt very welcomed from the moment I arrived. The little info page provided was really nice, easy to see everything I needed to know about the area and the house in one place. The room was great and house/property is beautiful, it was raining with a comitted passion while I was there so I didn't get to hang out in the yard but it looks stunning. Very easy people to get along with and I would not hesitate to recommend this place to others or to stay here again.
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.