After staying at the Retreat Centre and the shiny Ibis Budget (!), I hotfooted it across town to my next location, an Airbnb in Herne Bay, which is a posh bit of Auckland.  I took the bus as I’m a classy kind of guy and I thought the main street near where I was staying looked pretty promising – lots of hipster cafes and little shops.

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My hostess turned out to have been a TV presenter on TV NZ and had clearly done well for herself with her nice property overlooking one of Auckland’s gorgeous bays.

The key and a welcome card were in the hidden place she had specified.

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The red Airbnb sign is a bit of a giveaway!

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The entrance was along the side of the main house and was effectively the ground floor – but it was plenty bright enough.

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The bed looked very comfy.  The weather was lovely and sunny but it was very chilly at night as New Zealand was heading into winter when I arrived.

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Plenty of storage in there, a TV with all the channels and some rattan chairs were supplied.  The only thing missing (and there was room) was a comfy armchair to sit in while watching TV or having a cup of coffee.  The rattan chairs felt a bit temporary/left-over.

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Great colour coordination with the art!

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The bathroom was nice and big and in this Airbnb, the hostess had provided shampoo, shower gel, soaps, laundry powder and a million other bits and bobs.

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I liked how it was fitted out.  Lots of counter space for my things.

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I do love the idea of fresh flowers.  I’m also a moaner when I find insects crawling all over the place!

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Keeping with the yellow theme…

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Hurrah for free stuff!  Well, actually that shower gel was much better than the one I had with me!

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I slept very well in this bed!

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There was a whole kitchen area with most things that you could need apart from maybe a small stove.  That would have been nice for me as I was staying a long time, but for someone staying one or two nights, they’d never use it.

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More fresh flowers/insect-encouragers!

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Lindor! My favourite!

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The hostess had provided muesli and organic coffee. I didn’t try the muesli as I had found a local cereal I loved and had bought, but that coffee was amazing!  I had a cafetière full of that every morning for breakfast!

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Previous occupants had left some things behind.  I didn’t use these things but it was a good idea.

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There was a lot of effort put into the detail at this Airbnb.

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It felt very welcoming coming back in. There was a problem though…

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I’m a bit noise-sensitive.  Okay, not just a bit.  In this Airbnb, the son of the home is a successful electronic musician and played his electronic drum kit (very well) – well, it is his home so that’s totally fair.  Although you then have someone in the basement Airbnb who is a paying customer, so how do you resolve that?  We worked it out very fairly so that noise stopped at a reasonable time.  However, I wouldn’t stay here again as beautiful as it is for this reason.  I accept that I find the actual prospect of noise winds me up!  That’s on me, not the Airbnb hostess!  You might just love this place – I did in so many ways.

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Lots of thought – look at the little table and chairs.

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These flowers looked great and they were silk! Very convincing!

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I really liked the homeliness of this location.  If I lived in Auckland, it’d be the kind of place I’d like to stay!

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What a gorgeous location!

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