There are a number of accommodation options in the area. I only list places on this webpage that I have personally visited, seen the room, met the hosts and heard good client reviews about. I have discussed with each host what they can expect when having guests who are chronically ill and who are doing The Switch, so they are aware of your journey and how best to support you. Walking distances are all based on google calculations, though you may be faster or slower than these times.
MISSION BAY – ATKIN B&B
For the most affordable and close option, this little cottage is a 7 minute walk (500 metres with a short steep hill) from the course and is only $60/night, including a beautiful breakfast. It’s a small south-facing room with a double bed, TV and desk and its own bathroom within the host’s house. The host is a lovely lady who is a HUGE Switch enthusiast, having done the course herself. She will give you lifts to the course or Mission Bay cafes if you need it, and usually also offers $10 dinners if you want them. A second guest can stay for an extra $25/night.
Godden Crescent Bedsit Loft
This loft is spacious and cosy all at once. It is an 8 minute (550 metres) walk to the course, along a flat street. It costs $105/night, including basic breakfast supplies to make yourself. It is open plan with a comfy queen size bed, sitting area (wifi and TV), your own bathroom and kitchenette with cooking facilities, all in a separate building to the main house. Debbie, the host, has a kind persona, and says “You can have as little or as much to do with us as you like. We are happy to help in any way”.
Contact Debbie at: Debbie@collinz.co.nz, 021 964 021
MISSION BAY – NIHILL B&B
This lovely sunny guest room has views to Bastion Point and is $80/night including breakfast ($20 extra for a second person). It’s a 10 minute walk up the hill (800m) to the course and 600m to the beach and cafés. Guests have joint use of a bathroom (with a big bath!) and lounge room, and are welcome to use the kitchen. Dinner is also available for $15 (usually organic). The hosts are a really friendly couple who both believe in mind-body work. They’re happy to chat with you in evenings or give you space. Augusta is a massage therapist and yoga teacher, so you can book in a session for $80/hour while you are staying – what a nice way to pamper yourself during the course! When they are available, they are happy to drive guests to and from the course and Eastridge supermarket.
Kohi Beach Bed & Breakfast
Kohi Bed and Breakfast is located a 5 minute drive or a 19 minute walk (1.5 km) from the course venue and is a 5 minute walk to Kohimarama Beach with views to Waiheke Island. Rooms start from $130. This is a beautiful, upmarket B&B. The Hosts also do airport pickups ($70) and are happy to drive people to and from the course each day if required.
Aarangi Motel is located just 80 metres from Kohimarama Beach and is a 5 minute drive or 24 minute walk (1.9km) from the course venue. Their units are one bedroomed with open plan dining and lounge area, with WiFi and a guest laundry. Previous clients have commented that the hosts are very friendly. Airport pick ups are $55.
www.aarangimotel.co.nz or 09 521 2649
TERRY AND CINDY’S B&B
Terry and Cindy’s B&B is located a 20 minutes walk from the course venue with shops and cafes close by. The hosts are happy to pick you up from the airport ($40) and are happy to drive guests to the course if required. Their accommodation includes a self contained apartment with cooking facilities (double $140, single $120) and a queen room (double $120, single $100) per night including breakfast. The hosts are very supportive of The Switch, and can usually help out with drop-offs to the course, if required.
To contact Terry and Cindy, visit www.tcbb.co.nz, or phone 09 528 5656 or 021 532 025.