Braemar on Parliament Street – Auckland Gay Friendly B&B

Author: , October 17th, 2019

Braemar on Parliament Street - Auckland Gay Friendly B&B

There’s nothing else like it.

Step back, to a time before the world went mad, in the central city’s only scheduled heritage home you can sleep in. Built in 1901 of solid brick and ancient Kauri woodwork, Braemar has been lovingly restored with up to the minute technology embedded throughout. It’s turn of the century style, clear grain joinery, furnishings with yesterday’s looks and old style bathrooms with classic clawfoot bath tubs.

Four guest rooms to choose from, two of which have their own bathrooms. Batten Suite has ensuite bathroom and private lounge, Victorian Room has its facilities in the corner of this large room behind an antique screen, and the other two guest rooms; Norman and Jenny share with each-other the house’s big original bathroom just along the hallway. If you’d like to have the place to yourselves book the whole house for 5 beds, 3 bathrooms and three lounges. All the guest bedrooms are on the top floor.

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Dolly Travels – Wellington, New Zealand’s Capital City

Author: , October 12th, 2015

Wellington - Dolly GoolsbyI have to apologize. We were so busy during our last few days in New Zealand, that I simply did not have time to write without feeling rushed; therefore, I am writing about Wellington after I am back on United States soil. Nevertheless, Wellington is still very much in my mind. What a lovely city.

We were fortunate that the weather continued to be in our favor. We had arrived in Wellington at night, so we were very happy to wake up to a beautiful sunny day for our tour of the city. Aaron had arranged a tiny little minibus with a driver, to take us on our tour. As Wellington is a very hilly town, we soon saw the wisdom in that choice.

First, we drove up to the top of a hill that can also be accessed by a cable car. From this vantage point, one can walk down through the lovely Botanical Gardens. We did not have time for that leisurely stroll, so our little bus took us down to the glass buildings of the gardens.

Next, our driver took us up another very winding road to an overlook, where we could see the city and the Harbour.

We visited Old St. Paul’s Church. This church was built in the 1860’s, by shipbuilders. It was the Diocese of the Anglican Church for over 100 years. When a new cathedral was built, this church was in danger of being torn down. Thank goodness the Historical Society prevailed, as this church is beautiful.

Looking down the aisle of the church. You can see the ceiling looks like an upside down ship’s hull. There is so much lovely wood in the church…engraved beams, the pews, the altars.

We drove past the Parliament houses. But my favorite place of all was the National Museum, Te Papa. It is situated on the waterfront and is a fabulous collection of Maori culture, memories and exhibits of both World Wars, science exhibits, showing, and letting one feel, earthquakes. Dioramas of how volcanoes erupt, how the mountains are pushed up by sliding tectonic plates. We entered the realm of the deepest seas, and saw a giant squid, who was under glass and dead, I am happy to say.

There was so much to see. Nearby our hotel, the waterfront area was so entertaining. Many shops, restaurants, outdoor art works, places to sit and relax. It is hard to believe this area was a thriving United States Marine Corps base during World War II. When the Marines left, they gave this land back to New Zealand, and this waterfront area was developed. What a great gift.

The day we left, I just had to go back to the museum. It had made such an impression on me, and there were areas I hadn’t seen, some I wanted to see again. One very nice feature of the museum is that is open to everyone, free of charge. There is a donation box so that contributions can be made to keep it free.

All in all, Wellington is a lovely city. There were so many little nooks and crannies…small parks with children playing, people sitting on the grass eating lunch, enjoying the sunshine. I could have spent more time there. However, all good things come to an end, so Wednesday afternoon we had to trek off to the airport, fly to Aukland and from Auckland fly back home to the United States.

This was a marvelous trip. Everyday was a new and exciting adventure. I enjoyed every minute of the trip.

There are still some stories and pictures I would like to share, in future posts. Particularly some of the foods that are considered ?delicacies? So, as I continue to re-live my fabulous New Zealand adventure, I will write more about the country.

Can you believe I have hardly mentioned the fantastic wines from this country? Oh, my. Definitely more posts coming your way.

But I must say, goodby for now,

Dolly

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Forget Rainbow Crosswalks. Wellington Has Gay ATMs!

Author: , February 6th, 2015

GAYTMSedate inner-city banking has been transformed with ANZ unveiling four fabulous “GAYTMs” in Auckland and Wellington to celebrate diversity and inclusion for New Zealand’s rainbow community. Dripping with rhinestones, the customised cash machines were accompanied today by ANZ staff dressed as their drag queen alter-egos, a colourful scene that stopped passersby in their tracks.

“I think it’s awesome,” said one woman as she photographed the sparkling spectacle in Wellington’s Willis St today.

The art installations celebrated the bank’s partnership with Auckland’s Pride Festival, which would run throughout this month, and Wellington’s Out In The Park on February 14, and marked its accreditation into the Rainbow Tick programme. The machines welcomed customers with rainbow-friendly messages on their screens and printed “out and proud” on receipts.

By Richard Meadows and Deidre Mussen – Full Story at Stuff.co.nz | Wellington Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Hadley Park B&B, Red Beach, North Island, New Zealand

Author: , April 29th, 2013

Hadley Park B&B, Red Beach, New ZealandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Lovely Home, Stunning location, Great Hosts: Enjoy our quality B&B on the Hibiscus Coast surrounded by 12 beautiful beaches and 3 golf courses. All our rooms have ensuites with TVs and free wi-fi. Max and Noel will ensure that your stay is happy, friendly and relaxed.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Great Ponsonby Arthotel, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Author: , April 4th, 2013

Great Ponsonby Arthotel - Auckland, North Island, New ZealandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Greek Omlettes to Die for: Legendary breakfasts, vibrant colours and art throughout. Free, unlimited wifi in rooms, ipod docks. This is a place to have fun and was first gay friendly accommodation in Auckland. Ponsonby is a cosmopolitan area of bars, cafes, galleries. Walk to gay bars, sauna and harbour.

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Exploring Rotorua, New Zealand

Author: , March 10th, 2013
by Peter, Guysers Gaystay, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
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Rotorua Ziplining - Guysers GaystayNew Zealand – “the land of the long white cloud”. The country at the bottom of the globe that everyone thinks belongs to Australia and has more sheep than people. It is a country that is promoted as ‘clean and green’ with incredible scenery, diverse landscapes and multi-cultural cities. It’s a land of mountains and lakes, volcanoes and beaches, cities and forests.

It’s a country that seems so far away, yet is a country that most people have on their top 10 list of places to visit.

New Zealand is a country that is very liberated, open-minded and accepting, where Civil Unions are common and Gay Marriage legislation is soon to be passed through Government.

Rotorua Kerosene Creek - Guysers GaystayThe main cities of New Zealand offer gay night clubs, saunas, cruise clubs, bars and cafes. There is always something fun going on from gay fairs, leather nights, bears bowling, underwear parties, Pride festivals, naked bike rides, fetish events – you name it, New Zealand’s got it. And the men here are pretty hot too!

But if you are planning a trip to New Zealand, it’s probably because you’ve come to see the beautiful places and scenery rather than its nightclubs and saunas. For this reason it is essential you do your homework for the places you want to visit, how your going to get there and where you are going to stay.

Rotorua is the most recognised place for tourists visiting the North Island due to its geothermal parks, hot springs, World Top 10 Spa, and its extensive array of recreation, scenic and adventure activities. There is just so much to see and do in Rotorua that any stay shorter than 3 days does not do it justice.

Rotorua Rafting - Guysers GaystayBut like all tourist towns around the world, activities often come with a price, so bring plenty of pocket money as some things are not cheap, but they are well worth the money and they will be experiences unique to New Zealand.

Rotorua is rich in Maori history and culture and has the highest population of Maori in New Zealand. So no trip to Rotorua is complete without experiencing a Maori cultural show and indigenous hangi dinner (a hangi is a pit in the ground where meats, potatoes and vegetables are wrapped in tin foil or gauze and placed over hot stones, covered, and left to steam until cooked).

For the budget traveller Rotorua does offer a lot of free things to do. Geothermal activity such as mudpools and steaming fumaroles can be seen for free in Kuirau Park which is right in the city. Kerosene Creek and Wai-O-Tapu Stream are hot thermal water rivers where you bathe (and skinny dip) just a short drive from Rotorua City. There are plenty of free walks you can do as well around lakes, through redwood forests, or along rivers and fresh water springs.

Rotorua Thermal Pond - Guysers GaystayRotorua has weekly markets and night markets offering some very tasty and cheap food, as well as stalls selling crafts, homewears, clothing, hand made soaps, jewellery, bric-a-brac and more.

For thrill-seekers, Rotorua offers some of the best white water rafting experiences in the world including the Grade 5 Kaituna River which has a 7m waterfall! Try and overcome any fear of heights with Canopy Tours – these are ziplines as long as 220 meters in length and some 22 metres high in the trees above untouched New Zealand native forest.

For the gay traveller, New Zealand offers some wonderful gay hosted B&Bs. www.gaystay.co.nz has a list of over 60 gay owned B&Bs, homestays and farmstays throughout New Zealand. By staying in a ‘gaystay’ you get to experience real New Zealand hospitality at its best and will come back with far better memories than if you had booked into motel units.

Rotorua Guysers GaystayGuysers Gaystay is in the heart of Rotorua City, so guests can wander into town to the restaurants, bars, clubs and shops and leave the rental car behind. Our B&B is comfortable, homely and stylish, our beds are luxurious and our facilities offer guests all the comforts they would expect when on holiday. Relax with your hosts or your travel companion(s) in our 5-person spa pool, sit with a book or a glass of New Zealand wine under our covered pergola or get an all-over tan in our clothing optional patio/garden area (summer time). In winter time take advantage of all the geothermal activities and hot pools that Rotorua is famous for, and don’t forget to try a mud bath!

So get saving, and make your next holiday one to remember! Come and experience New Zealand and don’t forget to spend a few days with us at Guysers Gaystay, Rotorua. Your hosts Mike and Peter look forward to your arrival. For more information on Rotorua and Guysers Gaystay visit www.guysersgaystay.com

Rotorua, New Zealand: More Than Just Another Pretty Place

Author: , May 5th, 2010
by Ann, Ann’s Volcanic Rotorua Motel, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Welcome to beautiful New Zealand! New Zealand is famous for it’s Anti Nuclear policy, green pastures, blue sea, crystal clear night skies, fjords and sheep.

But we mustn’t forget the Kiwi (the fruit), Carlos Spencer (at left), Daniel Carter, Jonah Lomu and Ritchie Mc Caw (All Black Rugby players),

Xena‘Xena’ – Lucy Lawless (obviously), Russell Crowe(Gladiator) , Crowded House (terrific band – now disbanded) and having had the most famous Minister of Parliament in the world; Georgina Beyer.

Russell CroweMy place – Rotorua claims Cliff Curtis (‘3 Kings’), Tem Morrison (‘Star Wars’) and gorgeous All Blacks; Richard Kahui (born 20 mins out of town) and Liam Messam as their own.

But back to nature….

Rotorua is a volcanic wonderland on the Central Plateau of the North Island and the Lake District of the North Island of New Zealand. Anticipate staying a minimum of 2 nights.

Rotorua is dimpled with thermal parks. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is situated 17 km south of Rotorua City and is awe inspiring. Internationally graded ‘A’ as a protected environment; Waimangu has been protected since the eruption of the Tarawera Volcano in 1886. My favourite – Waimangu is a beautiful park of steaming volcanic craters created by the Tarawera eruption in 4 and ½ hours, one terrible June night.

Down the road a little, is Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland. The pretty coloured pools and the daily eruption at 10.15 am, of the ‘Lady Knox’ Geyser make this are one of the most popular thermal areas to visit.

At Te Puia in the Whakarewarewa area, you can watch Pohutu Geyser ‘play’ (erupt) almost every 40 minutes. The mud plops and bubbles and there is a Maori Cultural performance at 10.15am, 12.15pm and 3.15pm every day of the year.

Slide into a pool of mud at Hell’s Gate and therapy becomes fun!

Zorb - New ZealandAdventure fanatics take a deep breath – Rotorua is home of the ZORB. Have you ever thought you’d like to roll down a big grassy hill in a huge ball of bubble-wrap? Great! You are going to be so happy when you get in this crazy kiwi invention.

Wet or dry? This is my simple explanation; Wet – you will stay sitting almost upright as the ZORB rolls down the hill…you will be wet. Dry – you will roll with your ZORB over and over til you reach the bottom- but…you’ll be dry.

Rotorua is the only place on earth where you can take a 5+ rafting trip over the Okere Falls on the Kaituna River. The highest grade in the world. You are picked up from your accommodation and delivered back about 3 hours later. Short, sharp and thrilling! Wetsuits are provided, along with a crash helmet and a life jacket.

Whitewater Rafting - New ZealandAdventure bunnies will also love to bungy, kayak, swoop or shweeb. It sounds like gibberish now but you’ll be speaking the language before you leave Rotorua.

Rotorua is the heart of Maori culture…so don’t miss enjoying a Maori Hangi and Concert.

You will enjoy a concert performance and learn a lot about the Maori People of New Zealand.

The hangi is a feast. The food is cooked underground and is just mouth watering! A buffet meal of ground vegetables like potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, and greens …spinach or peas.

There is beef, lamb and chicken and usually a fish dish. Vegetarians are well taken care of too. A steamed pudding follows with yummy fresh whipped New Zealand Cream.

Make sure you visit the Agrodome Sheep show – performing sheep 3 times a day… hard to believe isn’t it? You’ll have seen sheep all over the fields in New Zealand but these sheep are special. The ‘littlies’ get to bottle-feed the lambs and the farm tour will get you into a rural frame of mind.

Don’t miss Rainbow Springs. There is a kiwi (the bird) breeding programme and you can see kiwis bolting around in their natural environment at night in the bush (once again-the bird).

The ‘kiwis’ (New Zealanders) are bolting around in their natural environment at night too.

Visit the pub – ‘The pig and Whistle’ is a popular haunt and the food is really good. They have a band on the weekend. ‘Henneseys’ is fun too…with a pretty good Irish ‘knees-up’ on Thursday nights and the food is classic Irish and nourishing.

For breakfast or lunch I go to the ‘Fat Dog Cafe’ or ‘Abracadabra cafe’ . The ‘Fat Dog’ has great fish n chips (fush n chups) with a beer batter and ‘Abracadabra’ has Morrocan food and my favourite is the Calamari salad.

After a hard day holidaying, the best stop of all, is the Polynesian Spa. Wonderful to ease the tired limbs and is open til 11pm every night. You can have an ‘aix’ massage; massage under warm mineral water, or a mud wrap, or choose from a variety of therapies. Half hour or full hour treatments are available .

And after a full day …come home to Ann’s Volcanic Rotorua Motel for a quiet and relaxed stay. I’ve been listed on Purple Roofs since 1997! World famous Ann’s Volcanic Rotorua Motel and Serviced Apartments has been featured in the Lonely Planet Guide Book for 13 years & has been the ‘Author’s Pick’ since 2006 til now.

We are also featured in the French Guide Book – oh la la… ‘Petit Fute’ since 2007. Also a NZ Tourism Award Finalist in the season 2001-2002; Ann’s Volcanic has accommodation ranging from standard to fabulous! We have organic vegie gardens and fruit trees. Rotorua is gorgeous, scenic and active.