We are nowhere near to planning our itinerary and making bookings for our next visit to New Zealand.
However, I am keeping an eye on the forum and am checking out any accommodation which may be of future interest.
One place which has caught my attention is 'Adrift' in Golden Bay.We are hoping to spend two or three nights in the Abel Tasman area.
Now,Adrift asks for a minimum two night stay in high season which would be fine.They also ask for one night's payment upon booking and I know that some properties request this.
However,they say that if you cancel prior to 30 days from arrival you will be charged for this night.Cancel any later and you pay 100% of your booking.
Isn't this unusual for NZ? Looking back through my folder for our last trip I notice that no motel/hotel or apartment complex charged for cancellations more than at most 14 days away from arrival.
We like to book well ahead in order to get the property we want but I am rather put off by this.Things happen in life to cause one to have to cancel or modify a trip and we are talking here about $350-400 which is a considerable amount.
I know that some of you regulars on the forum are holiday property owners so would be interested to know your views on this.