2023: It really is time, to look after 'me'

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Published: 3/01/2023

2023: It really is time, to look after 'me'

January 2023 Newsletter

Phew! We made it through the festive season!

We're taught to serve others before self but if you feel like you are always looking after everyone else - for the rest of 2023, we're encouraging you to make brave new choices because it really is time to look after ME.

It's 2023, you shouldn't just be a credit card checking in...

Our accommodation network differs from booking.com, expedia, airbnb, holiday houses and other on-line travel agents because to us, you're not just a credit card checking in.

The clue is in our name. 

Look After Me takes a wholistic view to looking after you, when you travel.

Here's how Look After Me looks after people like you:

  • Sense of belonging: choose accommodation based on your interests
  • Safe and supported: our Hosts adhere to our high safety, conduct and cleaning standards. Well suited for female guests travelling solo.
  • Looked after physically: sleep, food and hygiene (and decent coffee, excellent wine!)
  • Looked after emotionally: enjoyable, memorable experiences doing what you love. (With free helpful suggestions from locals who love their place!)
  • Our Nationwide support team: based here in NZ with our free 0800 number and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Because it really is time, to Look After YOU , what do you want to do, see or enjoy this year?

  • Work on your story?
  • Finish a patchwork quilt?
  • Learn how to sail?
  • Cycle all or part of a cycle trail?
  • Soothe your soul by a waterfall?
  • Make progress on a piece of artwork?
  • Boost your immune system by taking a break?
  • Or absolutely nothing?



You may have heard the saying: "What is the most important thing in the world? He aha te mea nui o te Ao?"

It is people, it is people, it really is our people!

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

Surviving and thriving through a global pandemic has taught us that.

Our philosophy has always been to put people first, so when designing an upgrade to our website recently, we asked you what you wanted.

You told us that it's not about the place (because everywhere in NZ is pretty amazing), it's about the reason for going somewhere.

It's to have a real holiday, get off the grid, get away from the day-to-day grind of life and have the time and space to do what you really want to do.

Researching places can be a drag so we've made it super easy by including a search box to choose accommodation and experiences based on popular activities like photography, cuisine, golf, cycling, writing, fishing, wine and food and walking.

Just type in your favourite interest or past-time and see what options come up!


Ideal for singles, couples, triples and small groups.

Choose from self-contained units, holiday homes, bed and breakfasts, Homestays, Lodges and guest suites and spare rooms.


We are proudly New Zealand owned and operated and our generous, helpful hosts go out of their way to make sure their properties are very clean, beautifully presented, very safe and that you feel rested and @Home....

All properties have been vetted to check they meet our standards, and prices are fair.

Look After Me is a cross between a hotel/motel and holiday houses: you don't have to do any laundry or cleaning but you can chose meal plans that suit your style (grocery deliveries, food bags, home hosting or take away menus).

All prices include linen, cleaning, booking and admin fees. A 2.9% Credit Card fee is applied at the check out if you chose to use our payment gateway. For stays more than 5 nights, we have an invoicing and payment plans available. 

If you are ready to look after yourself but have been waiting for the rush of the masses and traffic to subside - we've hand-picked a few places with some great themes - with places especially for looking after people like you, Julia.



LAKE KARAPIRO - Self-contained Cottage

The perfect place for looking after mind, body and soul. A stunning environment for active relaxers. Look after your body: walking, kayaking or cycling. Rejuvenate your mind and sooth your your soul in the idyllic spa, overlooking the lake. Queen room, ensuite, lounge and kitchen. Ideal for singles or couples wanting to get away from it all. Quality accommodation from $180 per night. Hosted by Jill and Adrian. [Ideal for kayaking and rowing events!]

Here's what some of our summer guests said about the Lake Karapiro Self-Contained Cottage:

"The Cottage was a lovely quiet escape and very comfortable/homely with fantastic panoramic views. Les loved the coffee machine! We really appreciated the personal touches e.g garden flowers, chocolates and personal provisions.

The spa was great! We also happily utilized the BBQ. Thanks to our wonderful hosts Jill and Adrian and to you Julia! We will continue to recommend Look After Me to our friends and family.

Karen and Les (December 2020)

Enjoy cooking?


Tranquil lakes, mesmerising views, stunning night skies, native birds, luscious bush, incredible geothermal landscapes and of course the opportunity to swim in crystal clear Lake Tarawera. Snap, save and share. Or bring a book and do absolutely nothing. Look after yourself at this Holiday House at Lake Tarawera. Three comfy Queen rooms. Well equipped kitchen - ideal for up to 6 people but could suit 2 or 3 women travelling together. Also comes with bikes and kayaks and easy access to swimming beaches at the lake. From $160 per night for the whole house. Or singles can book the gorgeous Butterfly Suite for $70. Hosted by Gwen & Mario.



Hilltop Homestay is a cyclist's paradise - with a myriad of cycling trails in every direction to explore and enjoy. Drive up, stay and play. Right in the heart of the Bay of Plenty - just a few minutes from Te Puke. Escape the hussle-bussle and enjoy the peace and tranquility of a modern, warm, comfortable home with two guest rooms - one Queen and one single. From $95 per night including breakfast. Hosted by Esmae and Basil.


NAPIER LUXURY B&B - Absolute BeachFront

Two Luxury queen rooms each with ensuite, right on the beach. Ideal for singles, couples and double couples who love wine, food and cycling. Ideal for creatives who need expansive views to contemplate, refresh and rest and then power up into productivity. From $210 per night, including breakfast. Hosted by Brin & Biddy.


AUCKLAND GUEST WING - Conifer Grove Oasis

Following the sailing? The Prada Cup is pretty epic and there's loads more action yet. Need a very clean, comfy place in Auckland, but want to stay away from hotels, lifts and hotel air-conditioning? A safer option is to enjoy your own guest wing with Queen room and a Single room, guest bathroom, lounge and swimming pool. Conifer Grove is a safe, peaceful suburb in Auckland. Lovely walking and cycle trails and a quick 30 minute trip down the highway to the heart of the Sailing Action at the Viaduct Marina. Still available in March for the America's Cup! From $145 per night. Hosted by Miriam.



CABIN BY THE RIVER - The Rabbithole - near Upper Hutt

By making your time away an act of deliberate learning, creative expression and reflection, your life will change forever. The Rabbithole provides you with the space and support to go deep and get into alignment with your soul’s calling and creativity. Enjoy your immersive getaway in an Idyllic escape, close to the river, with optional tuition in sustainable and healthy living practices, music (singing, songwriting – even record in Sean's studio!) or coaching to help you navigate life changes and decisions. Ideal for creatives - writers, artists, songwriters - and people needing to re-set, reflect and re-charge. Only $49 per person, per night (coaching/tuition charged extra and tailored to your needs). Cabin guests need to feel comfortable climbing a ladder to the mezzanine and nestling in an Alice in Wonderland inspired haven. Hosted by Singer/Songwriter Sean O'Connor and Life Coach and Sustainable Living Expert Natalie Hormann.





Does your bucket list include Milford or Doubtful Sound? Have you made a decision to spend more time in nature, do a few more enjoyable walks and get some of New Zealand's fresh, oxygenated air running through your life blood?Two x 2 bedroomed cottages between Te Anau and Manapouri. Visit either Milford or Doubtful Sound or explore the Kepler track. Fully equipped, self-catered, set in an idyllic location. Fantastic base for day walks, boating, glow-rooms, star-gazing and getting away from it all. From $190 per night. Hosted by Sacha and family.


DUNEDIN GUEST WING - Mornington Villa

Need the time and space to doodle, draw and dabble? Or have a story on the brew? Ideal for creatives, writers, artists -  Mornington Villa is ideal for picking up the vibes of this creative and cool little city. Comfortable Queen room, guest bathroom and your own study/library. Located in New Zealand's only City of Literature. Be inspired, be productive - look after you! From $145 per night, including breakfast. Hosted by Barbara and David.


We're looking for new hosts all over New Zealand

  1. Do you have clean, comfortable guest accommodation?
  2. Do you love the idea of making guests feel welcoming and setting them up for memorable, enjoyable experiences?
  3. Do you like doing business with New Zealand owned and operated companies?
  4. Are you happy to work with our Covid-Care guidelines to give everyone assurance of a safe, clean, comfortable experience?

We'd love to have you join our network.

Here's a few reasons why hosts with self-contained rooms, holiday houses, bed and breakfasts, homestays and guest suites join Look After Me:


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Look After Me, is ready to look after you...

As we contemplate 2023, please know that looking after people is our passion.

We'd love to help create happy holiday memories as well as taking their own health, wellbeing and happiness seriously this year.

Warmest regards to you and yours,

on behalf of all of the Look After Me team,

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Managing Director
Look After Me - Events & Accommodation
0800 526 123 - 021511606
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