know about accommodation in New Zealand
Mattresses in Hotels, Motels, and everywhere else
are in its majority are made with springs. Some
places have good ones and some others you feel like
sinking to the centre of the Earth. Our tip is
before you choose your room, ask to check it out,
and don't forget the mattresses.
check the pillows. Some are made out of very thin
foam, and others are made out of feathers. Anyway,
we found out to be very low, meaning if you need a
higher pillow, do not hesitate to ask at the
reception for more.
of beds available are standard. Single Bed = for a
very skin person that doesn't moves very much.
Double Bed = for a normal person or two persons in
hungry strike. Queen size bed = for two normal
persons. King size bed = For two normal persons being one pregnant, or
someone with an advantaged belly.
all accommodation providers in New Zealand have some
form of heating inside the room. Only during a few
days along the year, the will keep warm during the
night enough not to need a heater. Most of the other
days of the year the temperature drops very suddenly
during the night. In case the room you are staying
still have the old electric filament resistor model
(the one that goes red) it is advisable to have some
water in a glass or vase, otherwise the air will be
too dry. Also some place with central heating are
tricky to get the right amount of air flow, meaning
some times it gets too warm, some times it feels
like not working. Remember that keeping the curtains
down you isolate better the ambience and don't
need a heater (but loses the view).
New Zealand is a place with lots of tectonic plate
movement, and that translates into Earthquakes.
Despite the fact only a handful of these are felt
each year, some can be quite devastating. For this
reason there are almost no gas installations in
homes and accommodation providers, instead, the heat
power is supplied by electricity. In kitchens of
almost every home, hotels, motels, and similar, what
you will find is an electric kettle to boil the
water for a Instant coffee or tea. The burners of
the stoves are basically made of an electric round
plate. The switches for these appliances are just
above the power plug, and off course have to be in
"On" position for things to work. Take
care specially when using the bread toaster machine
because if you let the bread burn a little bit, not
only you going to have burnt bread, but also smoke
alarms will make a big noise.
exception of big hotels, most other accommodation
establishments charge the theirs fees at arrival.
Yes, you have to pay in advance. Anyway, this is
good for those leaving next day early morning,
because all you have to do is drop the key at the
reception (of a box placed outside) and bye bye. If
for some reason they keep some money from you
as a bond (example: They charged you 20 bucks for
the toilet keys or something else) don't forget to
get it back the night before in case you're leaving
the premises before they open.
and bookings can be made easily by many different
ways. The Tourist Information Kiosks do that for
free to you anywhere in New Zealand (of course some
get commission from the accommodation provider as
usual in this industry) We strongly recommend
booking in advance, but don't forget to pay lots and
lots of attention to their cancellation policy. If
travelling intercity on a daily basis, a call to the
next port of call (just to check if they have
vacancy) is strongly advisable for peace of mind.