We have now sorted out our accommodation for the next few months and are really looking forward to it. We leave Queenstown on Tues Feb 5th and up until a few days ago had no where else to stay! But after much research and thought we have worked out our plans and booked everything. February is still a really busy month in Queenstown and there was very little availability. So we have decided to hire a car and rent a lovely holiday house called Mountain View Cottage in Glenorchy (one of our absolutely favourite places) at an incredibly good reduced rate (about $70 a night!). We will stay here for just over 3 weeks. Glenorchy is a small quaint place and we love its beauty and quiet. It is also only a 45 minute drive from Queenstown so we can pop in whenever we want.
Following that we will then fly up to Auckland before taking the ferry over to Waiheke Island. We have only spent a day on Waiheke before but absolutely loved it. Despite not being far from Auckland it really is a whole world away. We wanted to see what it would be like staying on Waiheke for a longer period of time (also to consider whether it is an option longer term for the future). We found a lovely cottage online called Tui Cottage and after communicating with the lovely owners we have booked it for 5 weeks (again at a fantastic weekly rate, saving money on a usually expensive nightly rate!). We can’t wait to explore the island some more, take lots of walks and get used to Waiheke life! John currently has further work from home for Feb and potentially March and I am working on setting up my own business. It is great we have the flexibility to live wherever we want, and hope to make the best of this time. Roll on Glenorchy and Waiheke!