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Splashncash

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NZ MMMers - vacation rental questions
« on: January 21, 2018, 04:00:31 PM »
Hello New Zealand MMMers,
We are planning a trip to NZ in June and July and looking for vacation rentals.  We are using VRBO right now but having a hard time figuring out the bottom line rental cost.  When we get to the booking page, that nice per night fee results in a much more expensive total stay cost because of added charges.

The VRBO site has also pushed us along to two NZ sites: Good Stays and Book a Bach.  We found that Good Stays adds quite a bit with booking fees, linen rentals, cleaning fees, etc.  The Book a Bach site adds $30 per night per child.

For example, we found a cool place which sleeps 4 and is advertised for $106 per night.  By the time we got to the booking page, it turned out it was over $160 per night.  Although the place slept 4, they charged us $30 per person per night for each person over 2 adults.

So, I have a couple of questions -
 - is it common to have a surcharge for more than 2 people?
 - are we idiots for telling them we have 2 kids?  Should we not mention having 2 kids (15 and 10 years old)?
 - are there other/better sites locals use to set up vacation rentals?   

Thanks for any insight you can offer.

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Re: NZ MMMers - vacation rental questions
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 08:13:32 PM »
Following - also planning a trip to NZ this year so I'd like to see any great local resources this might generate Splash. 

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Re: NZ MMMers - vacation rental questions
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 01:23:33 AM »
Bookabatch
Nzholidayhomes
Airbnb

Not every home charges extra for more than two guests, but it isnít uncommon. Also expect to pay a premium if staying during our summer.

We budget around $200 NZD per night for a family of four.

If you want to save money, try renting a cabin at a holiday park, or motel room, or a bed at a DOC hut.
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Re: NZ MMMers - vacation rental questions
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 10:59:54 AM »
Thanks, Gooki.

Good to know the reference point of $200 NZD.  We will be in NZ for your winter.  We are planning on one ski week on the south island.

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Re: NZ MMMers - vacation rental questions
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 08:16:05 AM »
I second gooki's comment. Bookabatch and airbnb are two of the main ones.

I don't know what the average price is, but I do know that there is currently a real shortage of tourist accommodation in the country at the moment due to high levels of tourism, so that might be pushing up the prices a bit.

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Re: NZ MMMers - vacation rental questions
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2018, 11:21:34 PM »
Awesome. Where in the South island are you planning ski?


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Re: NZ MMMers - vacation rental questions
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2018, 01:15:06 PM »
Cardrona, staying in Wanaka.

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Re: NZ MMMers - vacation rental questions
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2018, 12:34:16 PM »
Nice choice, my favorite ski field in NZ. Good luck finding something reasonably priced.