NZ accommodation #11: B2 Lakeview Apartment @ Lake Tekapo, South NZ

After the cheapest accommodation at Oamaru, the next day we had the most expensive accommodation in Lake Tekapo. The booking with B2 was not a smooth one, we were told that the apartment had been taken even I wrote to Kaori 3 months earlier. For your information, B2 had only one apartment. So if it was taken, then we had to look for other accommodation. So I replied and asked them to notice me if the guest cancel their booking. To my surprise, Kaori replied and said that she has made a mistake on my booking date and the room was still available. So, we booked the room at NZ$195. I had to be very firm with my decision because NZ$195 was not cheap at all. ;)

Before that, I really have to admit that the pictures posted below could not do a good judgement of the apartment. We arrived in the late evening where it was not a good time for taking pictures. And for the rest of our stay, we were too busy enjoying ourselves until we did not retake any pictures. Check out their website(link at the bottom of this post) for better pictures. :p

This was the entrance to B2 Lakeview. It was a double-storey building where the owner stayed at downstair and we stayed at upstair.

We parked our car in front of the building.

There was a staircase leading to upstair directly.

The 1-room apartment size was about 50m2. The very first thing that I noticed was there were many huge windows in the apartment for an unsurpassed view of Lake Tekapo, whether when we were resting on the sofa, having a meal at the dining area or even taking a warm bath.

There were also enough of heating elements in the apartment to ensure a warm and cosy night. Firstly, it had under carpet heater in the apartment and under tile heater in the bathroom. Then, it had one oil heater in the living room and another one in the bedroom. Lastly, we found our favourite blanket heater in the bedroom.

The bathroom had a shower area and a big bath tub. There was a very sophisticated panel on the wall to control the water temperature and water level. It took us quite a while to figure out how to use it. I almost forgot to mention that there were sky windows in the bedroom and bathroom. Lake tekapo was famous for its star-studded night sky and we were able to watch it in the apartment!

The apartment also had a washer and dryer. A few of the accomodation we stayed earlier provided a washer, but not a dryer. We had to hang the clothes at airy places so that it would dry the next day. But in B2, we had a dryer and we managed to clean all our laundry(especially those from Mt Cook's trekking) before heading to our last destination, Christchurh.

View from the balcony

B2 Lakeview was definitely a pampered stay for us. New and clean were not enough to describe the apartment. It was a fully self-contained 1-room apartment with all the details that we could or we could not think of. We enjoyed every moments we spent in the apartment.

B2 Lakeview
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NZ accommodation #10: Old Bones BBH @ Oamaru, South NZ

The cheapest accomodation we had in New Zealand, NZ$66 for a double room and it showed us that "Good things do not come cheap" might not be true all the time.

Old bones backpacker is one of the popular and top rated BBH in New Zealand. It received 94% BPP rating. Each BBH will receive a BPP rating yearly, the higher the rating shows that more guests have enjoyed their stay at that hostel. Check it out at BBH website. After reading so many good reviews in the web, I booked a double room with Old bones once I had confirmed the night I will spend in Oamaru.

Once we entered Old bones, we were greeted by Gloria and went through a very simple procedure of checking in to the hostel. The door in the picture above was the bathroom and toilet for gents. For ladies, it was directly opposite the gents's room. I was a bit skeptical when I knew that Old bones only have common bathrooms. But then it was so nicely and practically designed, spotlessly clean, spacious and new that I could not link it with common area.

At the back of reception, it was a very big common area where the kitchen, dining area and rest area are located. The bedrooms were located at both side of the common area, 4 rooms each side. Therefore there were only 8 rooms in total.

I requested for Room #8 as I read that room #6 and room #8 has the best view.

The bedroom was not big but everything was perfect. The room was equipped with heated flooring where you would not find in most of the backpackers or even hostels.

If you did not manage to book room #6 or room #8, you are not going to be disappointed. I did not bother to stay in the room. I preferred sitting next to the log fire, enjoying the amazing ocean view and surfing net with the free WIFI. It was such a peaceful and comfortable evening.

the view outside the french window

details in the hostels

Old bones had a great kitchen but too bad I was too lazy to cook dinner. Anyway, we had hot breakfast the next morning and got some questions from other travelers who made cold sandwiches. They said noodles was not for breakfast. ;)

In summary, Old bones was definitely not overrated. It lived up to the expectation as one of the best BBH in New Zealand. It was a cool accommodation experience for us with just NZ$66.

Old Bones Backpackers
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NZ accommodation #9: Arcadian Motel @ Dunedin, South NZ

The concept of the motel was very similar to Malfroy Motor Lodge in Rotorua. When we stepped into the room, I was a bit disappointed. I had to agree with some reviewers that the furniture and design in the room was dated. But then slowly, I had to agree with other reviewers, it was clean and was reasonably priced at NZ$115.

Arcadian Motel

Off street parking in front of studio unit

Standard queen-sized bed, but with electric blanket. We were excited to see electric blanket each time, the temperature at night was too cold for us.

Kitchen and dining area were separated with a sliding door.

Bathroom and toilet

Our breakfast

Arcadian Motel
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