Tips on Superhosts

There are some awesome tips and guidance on the Airbnb website and if you are looking at how to improve your guests experience then visit it first to see where to start. But while your here why not see our top 5 tips on being and staying a #superhost on @airbnb :


1: description- be super accurate with what your place is and don't make it out to be something it's not, get this right and your review will be spot on.

2. Clean- make a cleaning list and itemise all the things that you need clean/change/refill , this is sooo important!! Nobody wants to stay in a dirty bed or shower in someone else's hair. Never leave anything to chance, clean clean and clean again.

3. Honesty- be yourself and don't pretend to be someone your not. Part of the success of being a host is being open and letting guests know what you are about, embrace them!

4. Your guests are special- it's a privilege to host people and because of this you should make them feel as special, add a personal touch, write a nice note or just spend some time with them. Remember, not only are you representing yourself but you are also representing the area where you live, you want people to come back time and time again.

5. Have fun- if you get the top 4 right then enjoy the experience!! See you soon!

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Being a superhost requires dedication and putting the guest first

Being a superhost requires dedication and putting the guest first

The walking festival


The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival offers guided walks all over the peninsula. The guides, all volunteers, bring a huge wealth of knowledge and experience which makes each walk a valuable experience beyond access to tracks, reserves and private land.

Welcome to the 2015 Banks Peninsula Walking Festival!

you can find all of the walks here 



The full programme is below.

Four Wonderful Weekends: November 7th - 29th

We have curated a diverse programme of quality walking experiences, all lead by experienced volunteer guides who have a passion for the land, ecology and communities of the peninsula. We are also proud to present several special events in this year's programme, including the Rod Donald hut opening, Global Climate Mobilisation, overnight trip to the Packhorse hut for children and new walks at the Purple Peak Curry Reserve and Panama Reserve.

Children under 10 free

Participants are responsible for their own safety, equipment, food, clothing and vehicles

Postponement/cancellation information call 328 9243

Meeting points and other information will be emailed to you after you register.


All walks must be booked and paid for in advance. To book, please visit

Walks lead by TimeBank members: If you are a member and the walk you are booking for has “TB” on the programme, use the code TIMEBANK when checking out at eventfinda.

Find us on facebook: Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

Visit for up to date information including transport

For Banks Peninsula Walking information and maps, visit

For accommodation and other services vist Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre or Akaroa District Promotions

Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust Events

The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust works in partnership with others to promote access, biodiversity and knowledge of Banks Peninsula. It is named after MP Rod Donald, the highly respected Green Party co-leader, who sadly died in 2005, and had stood as the candidate for Banks Peninsula in many elections.

The Trust is delighted be part of the pan-peninsula organising partnership for this festival facilitating local guides and to showcase progress on some of our projects:

The new Rod Donald Hut will formally open to the public on the first day of the festival. It provides a much needed second night of accommodation on the Summit Walkway - a wonderful tramp linking the Lyttelton crater to the Akaroa crater along the peninsula’s central high ridgeline. The Trust is working in partnership with Department of Conservation to develop the Summit Walkway into an introductory tramping experience aimed at Christchurch families and youth groups. After opening the new hut will be available to the public, but overnight users must book bunks via the DOC online booking system.

The Packhorse Hut has been seismic strengthened and given a spruce up by DOC as their contribution. Walkers intending to stay overnight must also now book a bunk. This is to help novice tramper families and youth groups ensure they have a bed for the night.

Purple Peak Curry Reserve, 190ha high above Akaroa has been purchased by a consortium of this Trust, the Native Forest Restoration Trust, and Christchurch City Council. The reserve will be managed by Hugh Wilson and his team from neighbouring Hinewai to foster biodiversity recovery. Hugh will be leading a preview walk on a new track in the festival, prior to the reserve’s formal opening next year.

Panama Reserve – the Trust has added 104ha to the Josef Langer Trust’s reserve at Le Bons Bay. Reserve Manager Robin Burleigh will lead a walk including new track areas under the Panana lava dyke.

If you want to find out more about all the public walks on Banks Peninsula, check our comprehensive new website or pop into a Peninsula Visitor Centre or the DOC Visitor Centre in Christchurch to obtain our reference book “Banks Peninsula Walks Overview”. You will also find our new brochures detailing the many walks around Akaroa and the Bays and we hope to have the first of our new brochures on walks in the Lyttelton Basin available in time for the Festival.

Feeling a wee bit french....


Akaroa frech festival is an amazing weekend where you can practice your french and indulge in a kiwi/fenchie style of festival.. we have some great accommodation deals

Event date: 

Friday, October 9, 2015 to Sunday, October 11, 2015

Brief Description

The Festival will be held on 9th, 10th & 11th October 2015. Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as you celebrate Akaroa’s unique French connection at the Akaroa French Festival. Settle in on Friday evening and relax with sea side dining. Watch the street come alive with entertainment, music. and a light show. On Saturday enjoy the French landing at the beach, the parade, flag raising and market stalls and Sunday look forward to traditional games. This year also celebrating 175 years since Akaroa was founded by the French in 1840. Akaroa French Fest 2015 will be an event not to miss.

Event Date:

Event date: 

Friday, October 9, 2015 to Sunday, October 11, 2015