Apple Tree Apartment
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 6
ApTrAp is the ground floor of our 1950s wooden house. Its private entrance takes you through our potager garden; its conservatory windows open on to our four apple trees - golden delicious, eater, cooker, and a Monty Don. Through the conservatory (also serves as dining room) , is a studio - sitting room, a double bedroom, and fully equipped kitchen and shower toilet room. There's underfloor heating throughout, SKY TV plus wi-fi, and you sleep under feather Fairyfown duvets. The whole place is peaceful and quiet, its big windows looking out to the King Fern (with luck, there'll be a bird resting on it) , lancewood and other native trees, plus colourful flowers and flaxes of all sorts.
We live in Newtown, Wellington's most cosmopolitan suburb. 4 mins walk away is the bus stop with regular buses into the city (a 20 min ride) . We are a 10 minute drive from the airport and 25 minutes from the South Island Ferry. At either end of Paeroa Street are pleasant walks through the city's green belt. The regional aquatic centre is just down the road. There's a golf course over the hill, international stadiums are a bus ride away, and Lyall and Island Bays (surf, swim or summer time basking) are nearby.
Our city (Wellington's very happy to be known as "absolutely, positively, the best little capital in the world" ) hosts - of course - Sir Peter Jackson's film studios, plus lots of cinemas and museums (including our national Te Papa); very good theatres, international, local and craft shopping and eating and drinking places to cater for every taste and pocket. An hour's drive will take you to Marlborough's vineyards or up the coast to Waikanae's sandy beaches, bird-filled estuary and the enchanting Kapiti Island where pukeko, kiwi, tui, and many other native birds can be watched peacefully at play.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lyall Bay; Island Bay; Oriental Bay 3 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Wellington International Airport; links all NZ tow 4 km, Nearest railway: Wellington Railway; for travel to the north 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The North Island region
Wellington is a beaut place to live in or visit; it tops NZ's high national average "quality of life" indicators for health, public transport, city safety, and cultural diversity. In 2012 we won the 150,000-400,000 population section of the International Awards for Liveable Communities.
ApTrAp is on the ground floor of our two storey wooden house in a quiet cul-de-sac on the edge of the green reserve which curves round our hilly, compact city. Nearby walks include the gentle climb up Mount Victoria, with splendid views of the Orongorongo and Kaikoura mountains and our beautiful harbour with its narrow exit to Cook Strait.
It's a 5 minute walk into our cosmopolitan "village", Newtown. On the way to the supermarket or to eat at one of the Greek, Indian, French, Chinese, Kiwi or other restaurants, you'll be greeted by New Zealanders from all sorts of backgrounds - Maori, Samoan, Indian, Tongan, Somali, European.
A regular bus service takes you to city centre with its theatres, galleries, museums, restaurants and rail and ferry connections north and south. There are many beautiful public and private gardens and tennis courts, golf courses, stadiums, mountain bike tracks, surf and swimming beaches. The temperate Pacific weather - maybe a couple of frosty mornings in August; mid-20s celsius in January/February - lets us keep active all year round (though we wrap up and stay inside when one of the winter's three or four southerly storms whistles across Cook Strait).
Our 'big buzz' times include the International Rugby Sevens in February, the world-renowned International Festival of the Arts every other March, and WOW - the famous Wearable Arts Concert which pulls in visitors every year. There's something different going on every week - concerts and plays, test matches and tournaments, exhibitions and lectures, conventions and parades, regattas, circuses and ceremonies.
Or, if you prefer, just stroll along the waterfront, soak up the ozone and harbour views, read the stories of our city, pause for a drink or a bite and saunter back home to Apple Tree Apartment.
It is an hour's drive from Wellington to Martinborough, where they produce many excellent pinots, or Otaki with its Maori heritage, gardens and lovely ocean beaches.
Drive on and you'll soon be at Mount Bruce, admiring native kaka parrots and kakapo, or travelling beside the majestic Rangitikei river, or perhaps admiring the gannet colony at Cape Kidnapper's before going on to Napier to see the unique collection of 1930s Art Deco architecture and then choosing your favourite merlot from one of Hawke's Bay's many sun-drenched vineyards.
To the west is the province of Taranaki, whose distinctive conical mountain overlooks lush dairy farms and maraes and villages carrying mementoes of the land wars fought between the indigenous Maori and British settlers in the 1860s.
There's good fishing, tramping and climbing right across this lower North island region, and in August/September great ski-ing or snowboarding just five hours north of Wellington by road.
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12 Sep 2014
"Just like home"
This was just like being at home. Well equipped kitchen, comfortable bed, immaculate, a sun room and a lovely garden. To top it all off lovely owners who were so easy to chat to. It is a little way… More
11 Sep 2014
"A home away from home"
We stayed at Apple Tree Apartment in June for an entire month. It was a wonderful choice for us. Ian and Marjorie, the hosts, are warm and tremendously helpful. They picked us up at the airport, and m… More
17 May 2014
"Best of both worlds in Wellington City"
Apple Tree Apartment offered the best of both worlds for us self confessed country bumpkins. It is close enough to the city centre and all that Wellington has to offer, but is a peaceful, private have… More
12 May 2014
"Great accomodation that suited us perfectly"
Couldn't have asked for better accommodation than Apple Tree apartment. Although Ian & Marjorie were away on our arrival we were given clear instructions for our stay. Having off street parking… More
26 Jan 2014
"lovely garden stay"
our family of five loved our wonderful stay at the apple tree. Ian and his lovely wife made us feel welcome. they were helpful in pointing out some wonderful eateries and places to visit. the apartm… More
13 Jan 2014
"Lovely, peaceful apartment"
Our family of four (two adults and two tall teens) stayed at the Appletree Apartment for 3 days. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were surprised by how much larger and quieter it was than we expect… More
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