“Graham & Moira's home is spacious and beautifully designed. It is situated very close to Whangerei, making it the perfect base for exploring the region. Graham & Moira were very friendly and gracious hosts, taking us on a tour of the town and providing many suggestions for outings while in the area. In particular, they were very thoughtful about making suggestions for families travelling together, and our girls loved their time there in large part due to Graham & Moira's advice. When they came to Montreal later in the year, we enjoyed meeting up with them again to exchange stories and reconnect. We would definitely recommend Graham & Moira as exchange partners.”
Graham's reviewsAs a host (3)
“Nous voulions visiter l'île du Nord en camping car et en échange de maison. Nous avons été accueillis par Moira et Graham, dans leur charmante maison. Moira parle très bien français et Graham comprend presque tout. Ils nous ont beaucoup aidé à planifier ce que nous devions voir et à faire de notre séjour une réussite. Comme nous cohabitions, à tous les soirs nous partagions nos découvertes et demandions conseil pour nos visites du lendemain. La Nouvelle-Zélande est magnifique, mais je dois dire que l’accueil que nous avons eu était sans égal. Nous resterons amis pour la vie et espérons y retourner un jour.”
“A great location to discover Northland and the best welcoming you can imagine. A wonderful place to experience kiwi life. We wish everybody to have the chance to enjoy an unforgettable home exchange with Graham and Moïra.”
Where is it?
Whangarei is the largest city in Northland, about a 3 hour drive north from Auckland airport. However, by world standards it is only a town with about 60,000 inhabitants. It has good services, hospital, shops, marina etc. and is a pleasant place to live. Our home is a 10 minute drive to the north of the city, elevated and looking north (towards the sun down here) out over farmland and bush/tree clad hills. The whole of Northland is easily accessible by way of day trips from Whangarei by car (there is hardly any public transport) and we would make a good place to stay for a while before moving south to visit the rest of New Zealand. The north has many varied beaches & forests with opportunities for fishing, diving, golf, hiking, kayaking or whatever interests you. Although we are a long way away, Northland has inhabitants from many parts of the world (we are English) and visitors are made welcome. Our climate is described as subtropical (bananas and citrus grow well here) and frosts are rare-maybe only once or twice in most years. In light of events over the last few years, it may be worth pointing out that our area, the Far North of NZ, is well away from the seismic fault line which runs through the far east of the country and life here has been unaffected by those earthquakes.
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