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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.

the exhibition

We are incredibly lucky to have the internationally recognised Little River Gallery right on our doorstep and having such a wonderful gallery so close brings with it an array of fantastic people that visit the area, the next exhibition opening on the 16th May at 11:00am in the gallery is "Three wishes" a joint exhibition with Lisa Grennell and Rachel Kearney. We suggest that you can make a lovely weekend of it and enjoy a couple of nights with us, visit our booking page and we look forward to meeting you soon.

For more information on the gallery and artists visit



Car rally fundraiser

Like quizzes? Like driving? Enjoy supporting community needs? Well, little river can cater for you! The wonderful girls of Little River are trying to raise some money to allow the little ballerinas a chance to fulfil their dreams of dancing on the big stage. See below for details or email me. 

17 May – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER CAR RALLY – 1pm at the Little River Domain –  $25.00 per car.  A fundraiser for the Little Ballerinas - Its a Quiz on Wheels.  Win Prizes.  Register your team  by 10May  with Alison Evans Phone 3251 336 or email

To be followed by a BBQ, drinks and children’s games at the Domain courtesy of The Little River Wairewa Community Trust.

Bring your own refreshments and gold coin for the raffle.

_Car rally for Little Ballerinas

winter warmer

mulled wine

With winter just around the corner, Little River cottage is gearing up for a bumper season. Our resident hens are getting the winter feathers and will soon be laying some completely free ranged eggs! yum yum. We are looking for some inventive ideas of what we can do with them? got an awesome egg recipe? then let us know and we will add it to our blog and who knows maybe we will add as a surprise for one of our many guests!

We also have a fantastic mulled wine that we make during the winter months and it's pretty well know around Little river, if you fancy trying some out then why not take the tour and then come and stay with us.

see you soon

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