Apartment, urban with 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4, 1 bathroom(s), floor area of 100 m2 (1075 sq.ft), WCs 2, car optional, children OK, NO smoking, second home, including internet , number of travellers: 2
We are open for all dates, mail us.
Anytime is a good time to travel. I prefer to visit when the weather is warm and not so wet. Your summer is most likely when I would wish to visit
Where we want to go
1) North America
- We like to go anywhere, surprise us!!
- I want to travel the world in my retirement so open to any destination.
+ European destinations a focus. + Non simultaneous exchanges only.
Description of our house
+ My house is perfect for house swapping, in addition to being perfectly located it is "Convenient, Compact and Comfortable".
+ Newly furnished modern holiday house that has all the basics when on holiday.
+ Very clean and tidy and a great retreat to return to at the end of the day and to relax.
+ Maintenance free and OK to leave for longer periods if traveling around NZ and using Christchurch as a base.
+ One of 15 apartments, it has 3 levels with an internal garage.
+ 2 bedrooms on the top level both with views of the city.
+ Not been affected by the earthquakes.
+ My second home so available for non-simultaneous exchanges year round.
+ Even though there is so much happening in the neighbourhood, it is quiet inside my apartment.
+ Ideally located close to a major shopping center and in one of the worlds best cities (my opinion).
Accommodation and facilities
Tv / cable, sofa, carpet
Kitchen and washing:
Freezer, fridge, microwave, oven, washing machine, dryer
Balcony, garage, parking, bicycles
Mountain biking, horse riding, tennis, hiking, swimming, paragliding, mountaineering, golfing, skiing, fishing
Local places to go:
Galleries/museums, fine restaurants, good shopping, country club, nightlife
Nearest major airport:
Christchurch intl, 7 km / 4 mile
Car recommended, children ok, no smoking, including internet, long term considered, non-simultaneous optional, car optional
= marks the location of this home
+ My unit is located near the Riccarton shopping Mall only a 3 minute walk away.
+ 12 mins bus ride from airport, 5 mins to the city.
+ Riccarton is the new city center while the city rebuilds after the earthquakes.
+ Plenty of options for transport as there are many bus lines that use Riccarton road and I have 2 good bikes available.
+ Biking is a very popular way to get around the city and there are many bike lanes.
+ The city and Hagley park are close and within walking distance, if you like waking.
+ The South Island of NZ has breath-taking scenery and there are many places of interest within a few hours drive.
+ Hanmer Springs with its hot thermal springs is 1.5 hours away, consider staying overnight.
+ Akaroa is a quaint French village is well worth a days visit, although is is a very windy road.
+ Kaikoura (whale watching) is nearby and is a good place to stop on the way to Picton or Nelson.
+ Christchurch is the gateway for the South Island and the largest city in the South Island.
+ The South Island has a mountain range running the full length of the West Coast of the Island (Southern Alps).
+ The South Island is ideal for outdoor activities (tramping, biking, fishing) or just enjoying the scenery, and taking lots of photos.
Something about ourselves
+ My name is Brian and I have been based in Melbourne (Australia) for the last 25 years.
+ I am unsure if I am an Australian or a New Zealander ... Perhaps both now.
+ I lived in South Africa for 6 years after leaving NZ in 1985, I loved SA, the people and the place.
+ I have traveled extensively but still want to see so much more.
+ I am a 58 yr old retired professional, working for engineering companies and involved in computers.
+ All house swap inquiries welcome and encouraged.
+ Plan to eventually settle in Christchurch perhaps when I finish traveling in 15 years.
+ Non smoker and do not drink alcohol very often.
+ Love to travel and would consider any destination for a house swap.
+ Swaps ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks considered although 3 to 4 week swaps are ideal.
+ Like walking, tramping-hiking, fly fishing, photography and anything outdoors, not golf though.
+ Understand computers and technical things and I do have too many gadgets.
+ I like to walk and often spend the whole exploring new areas walking around.
+ Typically I am a solo traveler, although I love to meet house swappers and new people.
+ I am very easy going and relaxed... stress does not enter my life very often.
+ I will look after your home and treat it as my own, leaving it just as I find it.
+ I like to combine several house swaps into one holiday and travel from 6 to 9 months per year.
+ I have already completed many house swaps and references are available.
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