we have just returned from a holiday on the south island of new zealand where we rented 3 holiday homes for one week each time - in Picton, Kaiteriteri and Hanmer Hot Springs.
Two were private rentals found on websites and one was through an agency.
We found that all rentals did not include bedding - sheets or towels - you are expected to bring your own. Kind of hard to do if you are travelling from overseas with luggage limits. The agency provided linen rental and also accepted credit card payment. For the private rentals one was expected to send payment overseas to a bank account. Sounded risky to me with no guarantees or receipts.
You are also expected to clean the house - vacuum, wash floors etc when you leave. However, the agency will do this - for an additional fee.
We found the houses were relatively clean except for the kitchens. Pots, fry pans, glasses etc had obviously not been washed properly & were just placed in the cupboards.
Besides being dirty,pots, fry pans etc were mostly 20-30 yr old castoffs, scratched teflon, worn out & in poor condition generally.
I think if New Zealanders want to list their properties to rent for overseas customers on the wwweb, standards of cleanliness should be adhered to & perhaps they should list with a professional agency.
I think they have a wonderful tourism opportunity but need to lift their professional standards to match the competion i.e. catered apts and motels, b&B's.