New Zealand’s peak tourist season is from October to March and it pays to book ahead for hostels, back packers as well as apartments. But there’s one cheap accommodation Auckland has that is actually easier to get in peak season than off peak season: and that’s a campus hostel. Auckland has lots of university campuses, and four are available for Campus Summer Stays for independent travellers and groups.
A lot of students who live in hostels and apartments on campus during the year typically go home or away in the holidays, so their rooms and apartments become available. And they’re well set up with a variety of options usually including bed, wardrobe, desk, shared kitchen and lounge area and if you’re lucky, some come with ensuites and free internet. Some are smack bang in central city like the hostel on campus at the University of Auckland which is only a ten minute walk from Auckland’s main street, Queen St and also walking distance through the domain to the shopping mecca of Newmarket. Check out the classy French market in Parnell on the weekend or it’s only 5 mins to K Rd, a more bohemian part of town.
Depending on your budget and penchant for exploring, try Wellesley Apartments – ideal for a central city stay, Auckland University Hall if you want to check out the cool Viaduct basin with the sparkling launches and super yachts, or options on the North Shore in Albany and at Akoranga student village, the turnoff to which is not far over the Auckland harbour bridge on the motorway.
Prices range from $35-$160 a night for single rooms through to apartments so they compare really well with hostels and other budget accommodation Auckland has but that is likely to be bursting to capacity at times. Great too for sports groups or low-cost conference accommodation. I think there may be some conference facilities in some locations, so check with the administrators. Plus if you’re back packing, there are likely to be good bus routes.
The only proviso is that there is possibly likely to be some party action at the beginning of term during Orientation week so it could be worth Googling to see what date term starts!
|Wellesley Apartments includes your own lockable private room and free linen & internet|
|Auckland University Hall is close to great restaurants|
|Akoranga student village has a Sky TV room and games area|
Bulk fuel supply is a key element that keeps the wheels of the New Zealand economy turning. The backbone of the New Zealand farming economy requires large scale fuel delivery to farms in a reliable manner. It’s critical to have a dependable fuel supplier for not only farming but for vineyards, mines, factories, civil contractors and ports. One of New Zealand’s major players, Allied Petroleum, delivers diesel and 91 unleaded nationwide and 95 unleaded
Handy for fleets and heavy transport operators, Allied have a wide network of truck and fuel stops, petrol station and service stations. The fuel card “Allied Fuel Card Plus” allows 24/7 access of the fuel stops and competitive pricing. The fuel card is free of annual fees and can have flexible card limits. Allied is also a partner through Ruralco, the ATS/Ravensdown venture that facilitates good discounts for “real” farmers. in most areas with the motto “never run out”. Allied operate their own delivery fleet for bulk fuel delivery and do not sub-contract, so they can keep a close eye on truck maintenance, and run regular deliveries throughout New Zealand. The orders can be made through phone, email or from their website and typically will take three to four working days.
Formed by the Southland-based HWR Group in 1993, Allied Petroleum through various acquisitions and mergers has grown to be a nationwide supplier. Their focus on reliability along with the reputation for safety and quality has earned them a reputation as a trusted partner and a market leader in New Zealand.
Recently I visited the Fisherman’s Wharf, a seafood restaurant placed in front of the Lyttelton harbour, about a 20min drive from the Christchurch CBD. The restaurant was decorated tastefully with seafaring regalia throughout the indoor and outdoor space. It felt very much a part of Lyttelton Harbour. The service was great throughout the night with a mixture of jokes and advice on the menu. Although a few menu items were not available, we were told they were not caught recently (nice to know that the food was fresh). For starters the waiter recommended the bread and dips with a very good tapenade. There was a decent offering for those that like their food from the land, with steak, pork belly, salads and other vegetarian options. But in my eyes, if you don’t eat seafood at a restaurant like this, you must be a little crazy. This was further vindicated as the seafood was the best I have personally came across within New Zealand – fresh and well cooked.
A recommendation for someone looking for variety would be the Sizzle Platter which has a mix of fish, prawns, squid and mussels with a salad on a bed of lemon and coconut infused basmati rice. Than if you are brave then order the curry of the day, the Panang fish curry is typically milder than most but the Thai chef ensured it was not the case tonight – my tongue was on fire. But for a classic option order “Oh my Cod”; it is the Cod or Gurnard cooked in four possible ways; pan seared, seared with Cajun spices, oven baked with lime and coconut cream or oven baked Italian style (the Cajun spices topped with mango salsa on kumara chips was the favourite). For desert, the menu was standard and everyone was very satisfied with a mixture of lemon pudding, caramel tart and an ice cream sundae. Overall a great experience and a nice alternative to the standard grills in the city.
Now that the New Zealand government is working towards introducing stricter Health & Safety rules with a new reform bill, there is increased pressure on companies to take all practicable steps to ensure that workplace health and safety systems are up to scratch. Reports by the NZ Department of Immigration and Labour show that many workplace injuries and fatalities are caused by falling from height.
Lifting platforms such as a boom lift or this scissor lift from LiftX provide easy and safe solutions for working at height (especially when compared to ladders and scaffolding). With elevating work platforms, you have the convenience of having the equipment at hand when you need it. The delays of sourcing scaffolding or hiring equipment can mean staff take shortcuts. Owning your own gear means the task is more likely to be performed safely.
We recommend Jason and the team at LiftX who are specialists in servicing and distributing access solutions. They service all brands and stock both top–end European and entry-level Chinese scissor lifts. LiftX are the only specialised sales, servicing and parts centre for access equipment across New Zealand. Not only do they access equipment for purchase, but they also perform six-monthly certifications to ensure your machine is meeting industry standards and refurbish old machines.
When replacing old blinds or looking to fit new roller blinds, Auckland retailers can either provide a great style but their prices break the bank, or worse the retailers offer inexpensive blinds that tend to break. When on the hunt to replace my roller blinds for something a little more stylish but importantly affordable, I came across Home Vision Blinds.
Home Vision Blinds have been operating in New Zealand since 1987 based in Auckland but able to deliver nationwide. Their rep offered very sound advice on modern roller blinds that fit within my budget and had a great look (their fabric range was extensive and they also had venetian blinds, sun blinds and vertical blinds available). The reason for the low pricing is that the owners Jason Wu and Denny Ku have family contacts in Taiwan allowing them to import high quality componentry at low prices and in turn making a great and affordable product.
Furthermore they offer a free measure and quote which saved on any guesswork and ensured the perfect fit. What sealed the deal was their 5 year guarantee. Delivery was prompt and it was obvious that they hold their stock here within New Zealand. Finally installation was a breeze thanks to easy to follow instructions. Overall a great process and product from Home Vision Blinds!
Countrywide Distributors is a food company specialising in supplying wholesale food, wholesale meat, whole fish and frozen food to the food industry in New Zealand. Quality food and freshness are priorities in this industry and reliable supply of ingredients is very important to maintain standards and food safety.
Whole food suppliers like the team at Countrywide Distributors need to run the business with military precision, ensuring that the right frozen foods, wholesale meat and fish including fresh produce and dry goods arrive at various food service establishments and catering companies countrywide.
Based in Christchurch, this company is a leading provider to New Zealand’s ever growing food service industry and with an established reputation, Countrywide Distributors will continue to be one of the preferred food distributors to restaurateurs, hoteliers and other respected names in the hospitality industry.
The Christchurch earthquakes saw a number of new residential areas pop up, with people moving further out into the wider Canterbuy/Selwyn region. Devon Park is a new Rolleston subdivision, by the same group who developed the Rolleston Hamlet and were involved in the Izone Industrial Park in Rolleston. People used to laugh the Rolleston tagline the “town of the future” but the last laugh is probably the developers now, as it has been the fastest growing region and industrial park in New Zealand and with two primary schools and a secondary planned.
When driving around Rolleston looking at the various subdivisions, one thing you notice about Devon Park is how much closer it is to the Rolleston CBD. It’s only a 5 minute walk to the local shops, and is an achievable walking distance to the local shopping area with supermarket and library. Some of the other Rolleston subdivisions are a lot further out. Plus whereas a lot of subdivisions promise a local shopping area, Rolleston’s township is really well established with a flash community centre, aquatic centre, restaurants, video store, takeaways, shops and cafes.
A theme among many subdivision developments these days is to have high density allotments, with houses crammed into tiny sections, and all squished right up against each other. Devon Park has taken a different approach, by having different section sizes, spacious enough so you don’t feel like you are completely in your neighbours’ space. I’ve heard complaints that some further out Rolleston subdivision sections poke right up against each other.
Devon Park’s fertile land is perfect for gardening which is great if you are looking for a space out of the hustle-and-bustle of town, but not quite in the country! If you compare some of the developer’s previous landscaping boulevard-effect of Rolleston Hamlet, it’s obvious they won’t skimp on trees. This is not an approach shared by all Rolleston developers.