Welcome to Newtown, Wellington!
Your warm private room features a comfortable queen size bed with a desk and chair, a wall cupboard to hang clothes, and free broadband WiFi. We also have a spare laptop available to lend you if you require a machine. The room's changed a little since that photo was taken - no TV but come through and watch TV in the living room, where there's a table to eat at.
Our flat is on the 4th floor, with access to our floor by an external ramp leading to a veranda shared with 3 other flats. We are an end flat overlooking both Newtown and Wellington City. We do not have a lift but access via the ramp is easy. Amenities include drying lines on the ground floor, and a ground floor car port allowing off-street parking. We are double glazed providing insulation against noise and making for a warm room with no draughts!
The block is situated on a hill overlooking Wellington, Newtown, and the town belt. We're on the edge of Newtown/Beramphore which our suburbs of Wellington, and you can see the harbour in the distance from your window.
Newtown has 2 supermarkets 10-15 minutes walk away. There are a lot of shops and restaurants with value for money ethnic food along with NZ-style food. There are also at least 4 nice cafe/pubs in the area as well that serve craft beers as well as coffee and are in easy staggering distance.
We're located close to Wellington city centre, just 20-25 minutes by a choice of frequent local buses. Taxis can cost as little as NZ$15.
You can also walk over the hill tops along the town belt into Wellington - a walk with great panoramic views.
We're a friendly couple, but also understand if you like solitude. We can help you plan your trip, but with Internet in your room you'd be well able to find out about Wellington and New Zealand without too much trouble.
After the Christchurch earthquakes, councils around New Zealand have assessed buildings to determine their earthquake readiness. Our building has been assessed as earthquake prone. This means that it only conforms to part of the earthquake standards that apply to more modern buildings. There are 6-700 other similar buildings in Wellington. Private dwellings are exempt from assessment. On a positive note, we survived well a recent 6.6 scale earthquake with no structural damage. In addition, our windows were upgraded two years ago to be earthquake proof and will not shatter nor drop out onto people outside!
Free Wireless Internet
Iron and ironing board
No smoking or pets unless you have a guide dog. We live in an apartment and value our neighbors quiet enjoyment, so no loud music. Please talk to us about the use of the kitchen. Our WiFi is free to use - it's good and fast, but please don't use it to stock up on file share movies.
I'm a gay man who lives with my partner in Wellington - we've been together since 1993. He's a Kiwi and I'm a Pom, so that explains how we met in Newcastle upon Tyne where he was working during an OE.
I'm an older man - getting used to not working full time, so I sometimes call myself semi retired, but I work part time when work comes along. I've been doing some community teaching recently, and some work on an oral history project. I also volunteer, on and off, with different projects.
My interests include computing, human rights (I helped organise the LGBTI human rights conference in Wellington back a few years ago), economic history, and many other things. I've done privacy and technology work, rights advice work, community work, kids play, community arts, social work.
I don't smoke, I like cities and visiting museums etc. but also swimming, the gym, walking in the bush, reading, films and the rest. And we can both help give you some information about what to do here in Wellington and in New Zealand.