Our cozy house is tucked in a friendly little enclave on an exclusive street in the heart of Rotorua. Walk onto the fifth fairway of the unique and challenging Arikapakapaka Golf Course. Or if mountain biking is your thing, bike to the nearby Redwoods in one direction or the Waipa Mountain Bike Park in the other - both easily reached by bike. (Not to mention the many other great biking trails.) Adventure awaits!
Danish Blue is designed to be a home-away-from-home. The name derives from my Danish heritage and collection of Royal Copenhagen plates, not the cheese. However, if you request blue cheese, I am happy to provide it!
Unlimited free wi-fi is provided to guests.
There is a fully fenced and private back yard with plenty of seating both on the decks and the lawn.
The house is an original Lockwood and it "talks" to you a little, as do most wooden houses - the odd creak and groan as the wood expands and contracts. I find it quite an endearing characteristic of Lockwoods along with their warm wooden interiors.
There is a large TV to the lounge with MySky TV and a multitude of movie, news and sports channels. MySky has the added advantage of letting you pause and/or record programs.
The master bedroom has a queen bed with a new Ecosa mattress bought this year; it is quite firm but the feedback has been very positive, especially after I added an Ecosa topper. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet through to your own shower and vanity. It also has a separate TV with a blu-ray player (with Freeview but not Sky). There are movies for both children and adults in the lounge bookcase.
There are two bathrooms but only one toilet - a separate room between the bathrooms. The second bathroom has a bathtub/shower and a vanity.
Two more bedrooms each have a pair of single beds. You can push the two single beds together and add a foam topper to make a king-sized bed in the front bedroom - I have king sheets and comforter available for that purpose. The back bedroom is through the attached garage and has its own ranch slider opening onto a small deck in the back yard. All beds are made up with quality American pure cotton bed linens and down comforters.
The five beds sleep six and there is a rollaway bed for one more person (to set up in the garage or lounge). I generally discourage groups of 7 as it stretches the resources of the house a little and is not as comfortable for my guests. But if you're happy with the inconvenience of setting up the rollaway bed where you like it, that's fine. (It's better in summer where you can set the bed up in the garage but a bit too cold there in winter.)
The house is heated with a flued gas heater - instant heat with the flick of a switch, and it is always warm and comfortable. The back bedroom is the only place the heater doesn't reach and we have installed a panel heater for the wall as well as providing a separate heater for the colder months for that room. Electric blankets on all the beds keep you toasty.
In the summer, there is plenty of cross ventilation and I have two fans available for the extra hot days (though uncomfortably hot days are uncommon here in Rotorua where it is normally very temperate.)
The bookcase is full of good reading for adults and children alike, with plenty of games to play, and extra toys for little people in the front bedroom closet. I'm happy for you to borrow a book if you become engrossed, as long as you post it back to me!
There are plenty of sheets and towels, including a few beach towels that you are welcome to use away from the house.
We have recently added a gas barbecue which lives under a cover in the back yard. There are also tables and chairs outside for al fresco dining.
Although it seems most of my guests bring their own bikes, I have put two adult cruiser-style bikes in the garage - one has a basket for shopping - and both have bike locks for tethering them if you go into town. There is also a bagful of helmets of varying sizes as helmets are compulsory for bike riders in NZ.
I like to meet my guests and show them around but if I am not available I have a key safe that can be used for access.
The guests can access the golf course (walk onto the fifth fairway) after visiting the clubhouse first to buy their rounds. There is a set of women's clubs available in the garage.
The attached single garage has an automatic door and provides secure storage for golf clubs or bicycles. There is enough room for two cars in the parking space beside the house. Maximum cars allowed at the property is two - any others are to be parked on the street as our neighbours need to be able to get in and out.
The back yard is fully enclosed - safe and private with a high fence and mature plantings. The gate to the back yard has a lock which makes the house even more secure.
I live in a home that is a stone's throw away from Danish Blue and I'm nearly always available by phone. I'm happy to provide advice and help for most anything you might need.
I do not provide breakfast on a daily basis but try to have a loaf of freshly baked bread available on your arrival, and I provide milk, cereal and spreads for at least the first few days of your stay. If you have a particular dietary requirement, please let me know.
Rotorua is mountain bike paradise and also a great place for walkers and hikers. The famous Redwoods with walking and cycling tracks are a few minutes away by car or bike. The Waipa Mountain Bike Park is a few minutes away in the other direction. There are all sorts of adventurous activities available on the outskirts of Rotorua, from the Zorb to the luge to jetboating plus heaps more. And relaxing activities - the Polynesian Spa and Queen Elizabeth Spa (famous for treating arthritis) to name just two. And of course if you want to discover a bit about Maori culture, you have a surfeit of choices. You shouldn't leave NZ without indulging in at least one hangi, and the Maori concerts are spectacular as well. And we are just around the corner from Te Puia and the Whakarewarewa Village. The fascinating Buried Village is a short drive away, and there are many hot springs in or near Rotorua that range from completely free to quite expensive.
We ask our guests to keep the noise down after 10 pm for the sake of our lovely neighbours. And please do not smoke in the house. (Outside if you must!) Pets are not allowed unless there are exceptional circumstances.