Once I had the flights booked, I then had to accommodate my plan to the flight schedule. I also kept trying to search for available timeshares. In the end I was able to score a week of timeshare on the North Island of New Zealand and one in Australia near Melbourne.
As I have said in prior blog posts I prefer to rent vacation rentals and not hotel rooms.
This was particularly critical on this trip in order to hold down the cost of food, laundry and internet access. I have a new “Best Friend” for searching out vacation rentals. I began using Trip Advisor to find vacation rentals and to see reviews. This part of the process is the most time consuming, but I find it to be lots of fun. Once I find a possible choice, I go directly to their web site, if they have one. I like to deal directly with the owner whenever possible. In one case I wasn’t happy with the bathroom configuration of a property and the owner gave me contact information for a similar property nearby.
I found that in both New Zealand and Australia, farms/ranches have purpose built vacation rentals on their property. These units are modern and have all the amenities that I prefer. These owners are also full of helpful tips about where to shop and the must do things in their areas.
Below are some links to places I have rented for the trip.
The Orchard Homestay, Coromanel Peninsula, New Zealand Farm Stay:
Johanna Seaside Cottages, Great Ocean Road, Australia Farm Stay:
Awatea Cottage, Abel Tasman, Vacation Rental:
Art on Hart, Bermaqui, Australia South Coast New South Wales
Limosa Rise, Wilson’s Promontory, Australia
We leave in a few days and will post updates on our adventure.