Some after-thoughts on budget accommodations

The variety of hostels, motels and hotelsĀ is an interesting part of travel. For Australia and New Zealand I had a list of hostels in various towns, downloaded onto my i-pod, so we would pick one and try to find it in town, and make a decision on the spot whether it was acceptable or not.…

Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula

> We just spent two days on the Banks Peninsula, 75 km from Christchurch. The village of Akaroa is very touristy in a way – sort of like Salt Spring Island with the locals very distinct from, but dependent on, the visitors, and many artists plying their trades. Everyone is very friendly and polite –…

Christchurch, NZ

> We are in a really nice hostel here -very genteel and it would impress even the naysayers among you. Have just finished an excellent meal of venison hamburger, veggies and local wine (cooked elbow-to-elbow in a big communal kitchen with half a dozen other couples), and watched the full moon rise from the deck…

Lakes

> After the Toyota dealer we drove into some lovely lake country. In the back is the Terawera volcano that blew in the late 1800s.

Rotorua

This is the biggest tourist attraction on the North Island – a big crater lake surrounded by steaming hotsprings, geysers and theme park activities. We are in a cheap ($55 for two) backpackers’ hostel, which is borderline even by my minimal standards. Since we are also too cheap to pay $30 to see a geyser…