Featured Listing

 
The New Zealand Bed & Breakfast - Blog

Hospitality Qoutes

17th May 13
I was rummaging through my desk this morning and I found a few pages of hospitality and travel quotes. I've picked a few of the gems. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb “A...

April's Shooting Stars

22nd Apr 13
It’s here! The Lyrid meteor shower lasts from about April 16 to 25, so, anytime now, you have an opportunity to see a Lyrid meteor, April’s shooting stars. Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors per hour at peak can be expected around the peak morning on April 22, 2013. The Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to...

Autumn Fruit

10th Apr 13
Autumn is my favourite season in New Zealand. The scenery is amazing and of course there is all the autumn fruit such as golden queen peaches and feijoas. Feijoas are originally from South America but have become one of our iconic backyard fruit trees. If you have a feijoa tree, you may have so many feijoas that you don't know what to do with them! This Feijoa and Peach Crumble is...

B&B has a broad definition

14th Mar 13
The definition of B&B has changed over the last few decades. It also changes from country to country. In New Zealand the term B&B is usually used to describe a small establishment that offers overnight accommodation and breakfast. Lately the meaning of the term has also extended to include self contained accommodations. That is quite a broad range of hospitality from Farm and Home-stays to Boutique Hotels and Self-contained cabins. Homestay,...

Sunday Roast History

28th Feb 13
A Sunday roast is one of my favorite meals. While staying with a B&B host last week we were treated to best roast lamb I've eaten.After the meal our host told us that she had slow cooked the meal for five hours at 130°C, she also gave us a brief history of the Sunday roast. Before ovens, people of means used spits over large fireplaces to roast their meat, usually for...

Home Made Furniture

11th Feb 13
I've been to stay in a number of B&Bs where the hosts have made some lovely but simple furniture and fittings. I've always had a soft spot for things that are made or found so I find myself taking the odd photo. This lampshade was in a cabin we rented. It would have been very simple to make and in an all white room it looked really good. Take some old...

Northland Walks

4th Feb 13
Being a part of the New Zealand B&B industry we are exposed to the best that life has to offer. From great food and interior design to the best of the world's scenery and beaches. I recently visited Northland and did a few walks through its wonderful landscape. Whangarei Falls are spectacular at any time of year. It's an easy walk to the base of the falls taking around 30 minutes...