The latest search trends have just been released by Airbnb, and they provide a great snapshot of life before and after lockdown.
In 2020, it was properties with wifi and fully equipped kitchens that were most popular with people searching on the accommodation website, but they've made way for pets and jacuzzi's in 2021.
The top searched accommodation features Kiwi guests for 2021:
- Pets (up 3)
- Jacuzzi (up 4)
- Wi-fi (down 2)
- Fully equipped kitchen facilities (down 2)
- Free parking (down 2)
- Pool (down 1)
- Washer (down 3)
- Air conditioning (up2)
- Satellite TV (New)
- Heating (up 1)
The results suggest Kiwis adopted some furry friends over lockdown, with a 38 percent increase in searches for pet friendly stays in 2021, compared to last year.
Interestingly, jacuzzis were the second most sought-after amenity.
Search trends provide essential information to those who are thinking of offering accommodation on Airbnb, as does the experience of those the company calls 'superhosts.'
In Motueka Valley, 'Superhost' Tessa says it's important to establish why you want to list your property in the first place.
For her it was about sharing awareness for living a sustainable life in a comfortable way.
"People like to experience something different and for many, a stay in the Yurt is something special. Tucked in an eco-village surrounded by native bush, guests are treated to both an outdoor tub overlooking Motueka River, and a stunning view of the stars through the Yurt's skylight," the superhost said.
"As we're off the grid, we explain how to light a fire, how to use the composting toilet, as well as the dos and don'ts, such as going without the hair dryers on a cloudy day. Some things that are basic for us are a novelty to some".
Another top Superhost, Jo Demanser from Hawke's Bay, believes it's the special touches she adds to her accommodation offering which has earned her five stars.
"From the outset, communication is key during the whole process. I want my guests to have the best holiday possible so I ensure I respond fast, leave very clear instructions and directions, and share my local knowledge. We also leave a breakfast pack which I make from scratch, this includes home-baked bread, home-made muesli, preserved local fruit, honey from our hives, and eggs from our chickens," Demanser said.
Her house, which boasts spectacular 360 rural and sea views from every window, has recently had a shed converted into a book exchange and is filled with thousands of books.
For visitors to Demanser property, the books are great, but the real story is in the experience of those who come to stay and the memories that are created.