What's in it for the hosts?
Our hosts are all committed to their land and the production of quality food and wine. They love what they do, but they aren’t in it for entertainment – they need to make a living. So, as a member of Okay2stay they welcome you to stay overnight and to take a look, purchase and enjoy some of their delicious wares. That way it’s a win/win!
Are hosts throughout NZ?
Currently we have over 100 hosts all over New Zealand. The majority of them are rural but reasonably close to main tourist roads. They are located where products grow best. Some areas have quite a few hosts and some have none. For instance, there are no hosts in Te Anau or Milford Sound (it’s mainly national park) but there is a great selection of hosts in Nelson and Marlborough! Take a look at the map on our host page to see if there are hosts along your route.
What sort of things do hosts sell?
We select hosts because they produce something that will be desirable and practical for people travelling in motorhomes to buy – so no large stone sculptures! You will find boutique and artisan producers such as vineyards and breweries, as well as olive, lavender and berry growers. There are cheese makers, nut, fruit & vegie producers, organic producers and gourmet sausage makers, etc. Not only do they grow this delicious produce, they turn it into a mouth-watering array of preserves, chutneys, jams, pickles, sweets, ice creams, lotions and sometimes, potent brews! As well as producers of fine food and wine, there are rural award-winning restaurants, cafes and places that offer unique Kiwi experiences such as a high-country farm stay or unique museum. There are also a couple of ‘Pay2stays’ where a charge is made to stay but usually a discount is given for Okay2stay members.
Must I buy something?
Okay2stay is based on win/win. We ask that you make a purchase either for yourself or as a gift for family and friends to show your appreciation to your host. When considering how much you should spend with a host, please be generous and keep in mind how much you are saving by not staying at a campground. Many of the hosts have on-site cafes and restaurants which showcase their products. Gain the satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from and in supporting small family-operated farms.
Can I just show up or do I have to reserve a spot?
There is no formal booking system with Okay2stay. However, for most hosts it is essential that you email or phone ahead to let them know that you would like to stay - preferably at least the day before. Their listing will say if this is not necessary. There may occasionally be reasons why it is not suitable for hosts to have members to stay, or it may be that all allocated parks are taken. In that unlikely event, you will need to make alternative arrangements. Hosts are often away at Farmers' Markets at weekends so it pays to check a suitable arrival time. You may prefer to email a host well ahead of time if you would like more certainty. This usually works well for hosts too.
Is it worth it for non-drinkers?
In most areas there is a selection of hosts – and the selection is growing all the time. So if you don't drink wine you may prefer to choose a host that makes something else you would like to buy. However, having said that, some of our wineries are in magic locations with stunning views that you won't want to miss. Fortunately many of them have cafés or restaurants on site where you can purchase a legendary flat white coffee and delicious homemade muffin.