About the Homestay

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I live on the lower slopes of the Cashmere Hills among the trees with a stunning view of the main divide. I am a part time teacher of adult literacy. I have travelled NZ extensively ,parts of Australia and recently returned from three months discovering Europe. I have extensive knowledge of NZ particularly our beautiful South Island
My adult family are involved in tourism, music teaching, building, education, naval services, dairy farming and parenting.
I have two young cats Reg and Mollie who make their own arrangements. I am a hill walker, having done most of the trails on the Port Hills. I cycle although not a Lycra chick and better on cooler days. My bike is available for use. (NZ laws require helmets to be worn)

My home is on four levels with the guest ensuite room being on the main level. All levels have views over the city to the main mountain divide.......glorious in winter.
Guests are welcome to use my living spaces. The main lounge has a pellet fire, stereo and piano. The dining living room has TV, Wifi access and comfortable seating leading to sunny deck for outdoor dining during the summer. Modern laundry facilities are available.
There is ample parking for vehicles. The Orbiter bus connection is handy as is the city bus and as I am less than 3kms from the city centre taxi fares are reasonable.
NB: It is possible to access my home with a wheelchair although there are five deep steps to the front door. The ensuite shower is 900 m2 and cosy. There is a larger wheelchair accessible toilet on the main floor.

Pets

Cat

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Bikes for use
  • Computer
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm

Bedrooms available for booking

   

Upstairs main
From $49 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
$49
$80
Upstairs double
From $70 per night
Twin Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
2 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
$70
$80
Garden view
From $72 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom ensuite (within room)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Large Double en suite room with queen size bed. The room is west facing and has views over the garden.

Facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
$90
$100
Weekly Price
$567
$630
Monthly price
$2,160
$2,400
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About the Area

My home is located on the lower slopes of the Cashmere Hills.
Green and leafy it has great views of the city across the plain and to the hills beyond. My section is 1000 M2 with terraced gardens, large trees, developing fernery and native flora. I border a reserve making it rather like living in our own park. I am within 3kms of the city centre. There are city buses at the bottom of the hill and the Orbiter bus which travels a wide area of the city including the university is accessed through a lane from my lower gate.

Local Area Facilities
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Swimming
  • Library
  • Shopping Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Bus Stop

Meals

Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
  • Half Board
Diet Type available on request
  • Vegetarian
  • Coeliac
  • Lactose Intolerant

House Rules

Check out time is 10 am or by prior arrangement.
Breakfast is served 7am - 9 am. Earlier/ later if requested.
Please do not consume takeaway food in our bedrooms. You are welcome to use our dining area, cutlery and crockery.

Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

30 Reviews

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    England
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    November 2018

    Jo is a wonderful host you turn up as guests and leave as friends. Lovely relaxed style and great conversation and suggestions. We loved Hanmer springs and did a wonderful Albatross encounter. Breakfast was delicious and nothing was too much trouble thoroughly recommend thank you Jo hope to see you in Akaroa

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    Germany
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    March 2018

    Jo was amazing helpful and friendly, uncomplicated!
    The House is wonderful, pur Room with extra bath Great!
    Mostly we liked the Breakfast ...
    An wonderful Experience!!

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    Germany
    Age 65 - 74

    5 hearts
    March 2018

    Our trip through NZ couldn't have started better. Jo is such a friendly, helpful person who even drove us around in her car to show us parts of Christchurch which had been devastated by earthquakes, especially in 2011.
    The ground floor room we lived in is spacious and cosy.
    The breakfast she offered us was delightful: muesli, fruit, toast, the delicious Manuka honey, jam, cheese etc.
    In the evening, we had (optional) dinners! They were delicious!
    All in all, if we could give 6 hearts or more, we would do so.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jo in ,

    Thank you Klaus for your kind words. I’m was delighted to be your first kiwi host. I trust your continuing travels topped the hearts too. Lovely to meet you and Angelika (sp). I was impressed by your interest of our once battered city and happy to show you the real effect. Hope to meet again one day, safe passage. Jo

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    Germany
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    February 2018

    I really enjoyed the time with Jo and in her cosy home and I wish I could have spent more time there. Jo is such a nice, helpful person and I´m glad that I met her and found this lovely and peaceful place. The beautiful garden with an amazing view over Christchurch was perfect for relaxing. From the first contact until I had to say goodbye I felt very comfortable and everything seemed very familiar and easy going. Thank you Jo for a very pleasant and unforgettable homestay!

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jo in ,

    Thank you Ariane for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet and host you. I am fortunate to live in this lovely environment and be able to share with others. Thank you also for your interaction with my other guests. I do plan to venture across the seas next year and will be sure to contact you. Best Wishes for this coming year.

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    Wales
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    February 2018

    Jo is a wonderful host with a beautiful home in a great location. When I'm next in Christchurch this is where I'll stay!
    P.S. the breakfast and coffee is awesome :oD

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jo in ,

    Super to have you in my patch, Tom. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations. Thanks for your comments about breakfast, your interaction with others and your easy manner. so glad you enjoyed.
    I trust all your sea adventures went to plan....see you next time.

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    Germany
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    January 2018

    This guest awarded the host 5 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jo in ,

    Thanks Brita. I thoroughly enjoyed having your company. Sincere thanks to Frank for repairing the shower door. Trust you can drag him away again before too long. You are on my itinerary for my next jaunt across the miles. Kind Regards Jo

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    Hong Kong
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    September 2017

    Have a wonderful stay in Jo's home!
    SO Good to see her!

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    Northern Ireland
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    August 2017

    My stay with Joe was wonderful lovely room with pvt facilities nice breaky ! But most of all was the ease of us making friends, I felt very comfortable staying at Joe's she was also very helpful in advising me on my days out where to go eat etc. Joe is very imformative and knowledgable about all aspects of NZ. I highly recomend Joes Tree house.
    P Scott

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    Vietnam
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    April 2017

    I definitely recommend Jo, great location, clean, friendly, stocked kitchen for cooking. Definitely returning!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jo in ,

    Thank you Loi. I look forward to your return.

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    Germany
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    March 2017

    Beautiful place to stay. Jo was a wonderful host. Yummy breakfast. Enjoyed our time in Christchurch.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jo in ,

    Thank you Eva. Super to meet you and Evelyn. I trust you will enjoy exploring our nature as you did in Banks Peninsula..safe travel

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