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  • 27 November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends.

In New Zealand, like its neighbour Australia, Christmas comes in the middle of the summer holidays. Many NZ based Americans having just celebrated Thanksgiving may be counting down the days until Christmas but for many New Zealanders we are days away from celebrating the 1st of December, the start of Summer!

I for one am looking forward to the return of Auckland Live Summer in the Square at Aotea Square. Based around the block from our Federal Street furnished apartment ‘The Heart’ it will have FREE entertainment that is also family-friendly and runs for an amazing 3 months, 1 December 2016 – 24 February 2017! Visit here for details on what’s on offer.

My kids are looking forward to seeing the two-storey high LEGO® Christmas tree. With over half a million LEGO® bricks it has a distinct kiwiana theme including a surfing Santa! Every evening from 7pm until Tuesday 27 November it will be lit up with over 3000 LED lights. Go check it out!

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  • 16 November 2016

All is well post Earthquake

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I am pleased to confirm that all our lovely tenants, staff members and their families are safe following Sunday night's earthquake which was felt strongly in Wellington. 

Although a few nerves were frayed, especially for those who had never experienced an Earthquake before, everyone — and all our apartments are fine. There has been superficial damage in a most of the complex's that we have properties in (some painting and plastering needed!), which be addressed in due course but no structural damage.  

HiAtlas is up and running as per normal.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the earthquake and we hope their daily routine gets back to normal shortly.

 

  • 10 November 2016

Moving from the US to New Zealand

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Disappointed with the results? You're in good company, and will be welcomed with open arms in New Zealand —and we’ve got loads of beautiful condos ready and waiting for you. 


 

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We love this internal note shared by Rod Drury, CEO of the awesome accounting SaaS company Xero.

 

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  • 26 October 2016

Laundry... a never ending story

About a year ago we bought a fancy pants 10kg washing machine. Our old one had just broken down and lucky for me, my dear husband agreed we needed an industrial sized one. The amount of washing our three children created was diabolical. Two loads in our old washing machine are now done in one, it has changed my life!

Six years ago (before kids) my husband and I rented a one-bedroom apartment in Sydney and we had to share one washing machine and dryer with eight other apartments in our block. Our 'day' was on Wed night and Fri night. It used to be so annoying to be scheduled, especially if both of us had work drinks on the same night.

Thankfully our tenants at HiAtlas do not have to suffer in the same manner. All of our apartments have washing machines and dryers within the apartment so no need to traipse dirty laundry to the nearest laundromat. HiAtlas can even arrange for linen, shirts or all laundry to be done offsite* if you prefer or simply don't have time, just ask us about this service.

Speaking of dryers, I think my husband needs some convincing to get me a new dryer to match my washing machine! The current one looks so drab beside my fancy pants washing machine. Actually who am I kidding! I am so thankful I have one all to myself!

* note this service costs extra.

  • 21 September 2016

Spring Forward

Intense Fitness Boot Camps are starting up everywhere in my neighbourhood. Come along 3 times a week for the next 12 weeks for that bikini ready body they say. I am not quite ready for that kind of commitment but have been heading along to one class a week.

Yoga is more my kind of body changing experience. In Auckland with the change in season this outdoor yoga in the Wynyard Quarter is far more appealing. For our tenants in Wellington who experience far less warm days there are plenty of indoor yoga options to choose from.

For all of our tenants who are new to New Zealand, daylight savings is about to start this weekend. So before you go to bed this Sunday 25 September, make sure you adjust your clocks on the stoves and microwaves one hour forward as 2am will become 3am.

Hopefully we have just experienced the last of the winter storms and the days are going to get warmer and brighter as we move into more Spring like weather.

  • 30 August 2016

Butterfly or Backstroke?

Well the Olympics are over for another four years. Did you watch it on TV? It was New Zealand's greatest Olympic medal tally yet! In celebration of the Olympics my son’s school had all the kids dressing up in Olympic sports gear for a Mufti Day. He went as a golfer, but what he really wanted to go as was a swimmer. Wisely deciding it was too cold to wear a swimsuit! A bit sad, I promised my future Olympian a trip to the pool at the weekend to cheer him up.

The Tepid Baths in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour is over a 100 years old. With two pools, 25 and 15 metres respectively, a spa and sauna, it also has a fitness centre. Although we had to wait until 1pm for the learn to swim classes to finish in the 15 metre pool, the 25 metre lane pool was open all day. The benefit of “The Teps” is how close it is to our Auckland furnished apartments – the closest being our Loft Living apartment, practically across the road and visible from the lounge. However, if it's an Olympic length pool you are after you’ll need to take a train or bus ride out to Newmarket from Britomart Station to the appropriately named ‘The Olympic’. Both fine establishments to exercise or practice for that upcoming triathlon!

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  • 16 August 2016

Dining out in Wellington

It's that time of the year again, Visa Wellington On a Plate! Even though all of our furnished apartments have wonderful kitchens so you can create your own culinary feasts, for the next two weeks you can put down the tongs and get inspiration from our top chefs and restaurants.

For those of you new to Wellington, the Visa Wellington On a Plate is a culinary delight with over 127 participating restaurants all providing a specific meal often with matching wine or beer at a very reasonable price.

If a two or three course meal isn't what you are after, then perhaps the Burger Wellington is the meal for you. You then get to score your burger to find out the ultimate burger offering in Wellington. If you are after a liquid diet, then go try one of the new Cocktails developed just for the Cocktail Wellington event. 

I am a burger girl through and through, so this is very exciting for me! So far I have tried the fried chicken burger from Slim Davey's on Marjoribanks Street and believe me, it was good! So ditch the scales for the next few weeks and go out and explore all the amazing food in Wellington. Have a look at the website for all the delicious options.

 

  • 15 August 2016

A haven for all

Home to over 2000 boats, Westhaven Marina is also the largest marina in the southern hemisphere. Looking at the historical photos on the marina’s website of the gradual change from a humble beach to a boating playground and haven, you can not help but be impressed with the end result that we see today.

Last weekend we took the kids and their bikes and rode along the Westhaven Promenade. It was a stunning day and the kids enjoyed spotting a shag sunning himself on a pontoon but they were a little disappointed it was not the leopard seal that has made the Hauraki Gulf, including the marina, his home since July 2015. Signs up warning of his potential presence were the only reminder.

My kids also pointed out some other keen cyclists on bright yellow bikes. Turns out it was a promotion run by Mercury Energy as a way of promoting renewable energy. For the next month they are offering people the chance to ride their e-bikes for free. So if you are staying in one of our Auckland furnished apartments take advantage of the promotion while you still can or take a walk and enjoy the view of the harbour bridge or the city skyline peeking behind hundreds of boat masts. 

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  • 4 August 2016

Cup of tea?

There are many cafés within a short stroll from our Auckland and Wellington furnished apartments. All serving delicious cups of coffee or tea. Although a few weekends ago I went a bit further to get my cup of tea. All the way up to the Puhoi Cottage Tearooms! About 30 minutes north of Auckland, it is one of the oldest tea rooms in New Zealand opening in 1976. Serving over 20 different cups of tea I ordered their Devonshire Tea and freshly made scone with jam, cream and butter. Superb.

As my husband lamented – it was not a great place for coffee drinkers. Instead he found his coffee at the Puhoi Valley Café and Cheese Shop and I found a pack of 3 cheeses for $10, feta, camembert and brie – the real reason we went there. Afterwards we went for a walk to Cudlip Loop in the Mahurangi West Regional Park. It was amazing to be chased by fantails - some as close as 15cm away from us. Very normal behavior for them apparently.

So if you are happy to keep it local, just step out of your apartment for some fabulous cafés or for something different such as beautiful views of the Hauraki Gulf, take a day trip to one of Auckland's Regional Parks.

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  • 26 July 2016

New Zealand Condominium

Huffington Post recently published an article on 15 reasons why Americans should move to New Zealand. The article came after US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she would move to New Zealand if Donald Trump were to win the US Presidential elections in November.

Huffington Post mentioned our lovely beaches, national parks, amazing coffees and affordable living in the cities. At HiAtlas we can add in number 16. Our amazing condominiums located in either Wellington or Auckland City's CBD. They are all fully furnished and come with satellite TV, Wi-Fi and power so all you need to do is un-pack your bags!

So if you want to leave behind the craziness of the US elections (or the Brexit post-UK) drop us an email. We would love to be able to provide you with your first new home away from home. 

 

  • 16 July 2016

Smoke Alarm Requirements

It is the school holidays at the moment so I do not have get up early to organise and drop off the kids so the other night I played the rebel and stayed up to watch a movie (and admittedly more TV after that) so I went to bed pretty late. I set my alarm for 7am knowing full well my kids would wake me up before then but did so just in case I slept in. But it was not my lovely phone alarm that woke me but the loud shriek of a smoke alarm at 3am.

Rather surreal to be woken by a smoke alarm when you are in a deep sleep. Panic set in straight away and as my husband was away overseas it was up to me and my mother in law, who was staying, to flick on all the lights and locate any potential fire. 5 minutes later of searching and it was safe to say there was no fire. I wasn’t sure if there was a defect or if it was the battery so I put in a new one and went back to bed and needless to say will be buying a new one just in case. Although it was a nuisance it was a sobering reminder of the importance of having it in the first place.

As of 1 July 2016 all residential rental homes need to have working smoke alarms installed as per the new amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act. In all of our apartments there must be at least one working smoke alarm in each bedroom or within 3 metres of each bedroom door. Alarms and batteries are checked at the beginning of each new tenancy and it will be your responsibility to replace worn-out batteries and inform us of any possible defects. One thing we will not play rebel with is your life.

  • 7 July 2016

Aussies are crossing the pond

I read an interesting article recently on how more Australians’ were migrating to New Zealand rather then the other way around, the first time in over two decades. In particular, Wellington appears to be the New Zealand city of choice to settle in.


The majority of these Australian’s are attracted to the creative industries and the many technology start-ups’ that Wellington is known for. Housing is another factor as to why Australian’s are making the move given house prices are reaching crazy levels in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. With a healthy salary of $82,000 it can take you a lot further in Wellington as median house prices are at just over $550,000.

There aren’t many capital cities where you can live in a four-bedroom home, with land, and still only be a 20-minute commute into the city.
Not only can you still buy a great house in Wellington, the other great benefits of living in a compact city where generally one is only a short distance away from the CBD is the great public transport system – rush hour in Wellington doesn’t slow you down much.
You can read the full article here

So if you are thinking about relocating to Wellington to take advantage of our wonderful city – drop us a line here at HiAtlas so we can helpyou with your transition whilst waiting for your furniture to arrive. All our apartments are fully furnished, include power, SKY and WiFi and are based in the CBD – the perfect location to start your Wellington adventure.

  • 1 July 2016

Changing Sky Line

I have written a blog about the Auckland skyline before, gushing over the Sky Tower, well the skyline could be about to change now that Auckland Council has received resource consent to build a 52-storey residential tower on Auckland’s Custom Street.

 

We think this is an exciting development. One that HiAtlas would love to be a part of as we think it would serve our clients well given its location and design aesthetics. A hotel will be part of the build but as our HiAtlas clients know, our furnished apartments can be better long term, financially and practically, compared to staying in hotels.

 

Artists impressions can be seen on the NZ Herald webpage with some interesting facts and figures for would be investors!. As can be imagined it will certainly make an impact on Auckland’s skyline and indeed for those that are fortunate to be living in the new build.

  • 17 June 2016

HiAtlas.com

It's been a few years since HiAtlas started, as we've grown our website was starting to bust at the seams. We here at HiAtlas are excited to show you our new look website. With easier navigation and some amazing back-end advancements, you can easily navigate between cities and zones and see all our wonderful apartments and the specific features that they have. The website will now be able to grow with us as we look to the future and to other cities.

The search function allows you to easily find all available apartments within the dates you require and our featured properties show you which apartments are going to be available soon. 

We have a few more tricks up our sleeve with this new website. Soon we will be releasing  owner and tenant log-ins where you will be able to find out all the information about your bookings and apartments. 

Please feel free to contact us about either listing your apartment with us or about booking one of our lovely furnished apartments in Wellington or Auckland, New Zealand.

  • 13 June 2016

Ice Skating in Aotea Square

It is well and truly winter here in New Zealand. For the first few weeks of June, winter for me has meant standing on the side-lines, sometimes in the rain, watching my son train or play Rippa Rugby. It means sipping on hot chocolates, wearing gumboots (or Wellingtons) and at the weekends when it has been too cold to head out, sitting down to watch a movie.

Nearly all of our furnished apartments have SKY TV which means you too can cosy up on the couch on those really wintry days. Or perhaps you’ll be streaming movies onto your laptop using the Wi-Fi all of our apartments provide.

But if being cooped up inside isn’t your thing, like me you may be excited to know that for the fifth year in a row, there will be a temporary ice skating rink opening up in Aotea Square from June 17 - July 24, 2016. For the six weeks there will be all sorts of programmes lined up including Friday night parties with a DJ! Aotea Square is only a 10-minute walk away from our Auckland furnished apartments so rug up for a brisk walk. Lucky for my Wellington friends there is already a permanent Ice Skating rink in Petone.

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  • 1 June 2016

A different way of thinking

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Traditionally if staff members needed to visit a different city for a few days each week, a company would book a hotel. Which makes sense if this is a one-off trip, for one individual in a company. But what happens when one or two people are going away, each for a couple of nights every week and for an extended period of time. Before you know it, there is a large hotel bill waiting!

We've found that smarter companies are looking at their accommodation for travelling staff in a different manner. By booking a fully furnished apartment you can provide staff with a home-like accommodation and one which can be used by different members of staff when needed. We can provide full cleaning and laundry services in between their stays - allowing you to manage the apartment with staff members as needed.

For longer confirmed stays we can offer discounted rates and we always try to be as flexible as we can with requests! So if you are constantly booking different hotel rooms for staff, perhaps a furnished apartment in Auckland or Wellington is the answer for you?

  • 27 May 2016

Auckland has my vote for best city on the water

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I read an article in the NZ Herald the other day that “Auckland has been ranked the world's best city on the water by an American cruise line business”. Well I guess Auckland isn’t called the City of Sails for nothing. Rather amazingly Auckland has two harbours, on the city side is Waitemata Harbour that opens into the South Pacific Ocean and the other, Manukau Harbour,  that greets the Tasman Sea.

Our Auckland furnished apartments feature views of Waitemata Harbour. At the rather appropriately named Dockside Lane apartment enjoy the comings and goings of the Auckland Docks. At the Wolfe St apartment glance out across to the Harbour Bridge or take a stroll down to the Viaduct Harbour where there is always something happening.

Both apartments are not far from the Downtown Ferry Terminal. Take a weekend trip over to Waiheke Island like I did recently. Then you will definitely be spoiled by some of the ‘best water’. Even in Autumn it is majestic. If Waiheke is too far, a ferry trip over to Devonport and a 20min walk over to Cheltenham Beach will also have you agree Auckland is the ‘best’.

 

 

  • 17 May 2016

Relocate into our furnished apartments

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Are you an individual or family relocating to or within New Zealand? Perhaps you are using the services of a relocation agent?

We here at HiAtlas know a thing or two about relocating to a new City. I have moved from Wellington to Sydney then four years later back to Wellington with a 10mth old baby! Relocating can be a a stressful time, with one of the first questions asked is "Where am I going to live?". Fortunately we already owned our home to move into but later on when we moved up to Auckland with a 3, 2 and 1 year old, we spent a great deal of time looking for a place. And if you have moved passed back-packers or renting out small rooms, HiAtlas are here to help you solve your immediate (or longer term) accommodation needs.

If you want to move into a apartment that is all ready furnished down to the knifes and forks in either Wellington or Auckland, we can provide you with a number of options in both cities. We are happy to work with a relocation agent, workplace or you directly to help ensure that you have a beautiful home to move into on your arrival day.

Feel free to contact us directly, if you know your budget, number of beds, location and the dates you require and we’ll get back to you as to the availability of apartments. Our apartments may be just what you are looking for.

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  • 3 May 2016

Timing is everything


Timing in life is everything, I am sure you have heard this saying before. But it is true, good timing can make the world of difference in life. From getting the best car parking space, to meeting a future partner or finding the perfect pair of jeans (okay that maybe more complex than timing) however many successful exchanges in life have eventuated from being in the right place at the right time.

For many of our clients the success of their request comes down to timing. Firstly the timing of the request and secondly the timings of availability. These two events need to be mutually exclusive in order for a successful outcome for all parties involved.

However one can increase the possibility of a successful outcome if they can provide us at HiAtlas, accommodation requirements a few months in advance. This gives us the opportunity to talk to our current tenants and plan availability and bookings and potentially even bring on new apartments. We try to be flexible and open with all our tenants both future and current, so the more information and time you can give us, the more likely we are to be able to offer you one of our lovely fully furnished apartments in Wellington or Auckland.

If you or any of your staff members have any future accommodation needs, please contact us so we can see what we can do to help!

  • 28 April 2016

HiAtlas vs a hotel

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In a former life I spent a lot of time in hotel rooms, travelling for a couple of months at a time between different cities for large scale events. I would be living out of my suitcase in a hotel room that got smaller by the day - even a large hotel room can start to feel very cramped when you are staying and working in one place for an extended period of time.

There are great benefits of hotel rooms, house keeping, clean linen and towels and 24 hour meal delivery services! At a HiAtlas furnished apartment we can't offer 24 hour meal services (though there are companies such as Eat who will deliver meals to your apartment), we can however arrange our guests apartment cleaning as regularly as they would like or professionally laundered sheets and towels and even dry cleaning!

But the best service we can offer, is a space that feels like a home, with your own separate bedroom, a kitchen big enough to cook up your own culinary delights and the ability to be able to do your own washing - sometimes it's nice to have a wee bit of privacy! We understand the importance of being comfortable in your new temporary home so you can do the best work you need to do!

We offer this and much more, all at the fraction of the price of a hotel room. Makes you wonder why you'd choose a hotel room when away for a longer length of time!

If you or a colleague need accommodation in Wellington or Auckland, reach out to us and we would love to see what we can do to help!

  • 27 April 2016

City Farmer's Market at Britomart

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Who knew there was a pop up radio station in Britomart? Not until I went to the City Farmer’s Market at Britomart did I discover this.

Every Saturday morning 8am – 12pm at Takutai Square you will see people shopping for their locally grown or produced, fresh fruit, veges, eggs, delicatessen goods and more. They may also be bopping to the tunes that the Britomart FM DJs are playing (or maybe that was just me!)

On this beautiful sunny day there were even little kids running through the water spouts to cool off while their parents sat in the sun (oh ok, that was also me!). It isn’t hard to walk away from this market feeling happy and the great news is that this charming market at Galway St is only a short stroll from either our Dockside Lane furnished apartment or Wolfe St furnished apartment.

  • 20 April 2016

Enjoy Auckland - even in the rain!

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On a rainy day are you an indoors or outdoors person or like me are you a bit of both? Today it is raining and this morning I would have enjoyed reading a book in bed, however my kids do not allow sleep ins in this household! So instead my daughter and I have made a chocolate banana cake and then my husband has taken the kids to swimming lessons and later perhaps we’ll pull out our umbrellas and gumboots and go for a walk.

Last weekend I took my kids down to Queens Wharf and the Cloud to the amazing Japan Day, it was raining then too but there was still an impressive amount of people. A sea of umbrellas, Animes and Samurai enjoying the sights, flavours and smells of the Japanese culture right here in Auckland.

Our HiAtlas furnished apartments are warm and inviting places to be, even on a rainy day! If like me you enjoy the warmth of inside but still want to get outside, there is always the beautiful, appropriately named Wintergardens, two heated glasshouses where you can enjoy beautiful greenery all year round. Come rain or shine, contact us auckland@hiatlas.com to discuss our furnished apartments.

Don't have a garden, enjoy this one instead. Wintergardens, Auckland Domain.

 

  • 12 April 2016

Cityhop - car sharing comes to Wellington

One of the benefits for living in a central city apartment in Wellington is that your feet are the best mode of transport. Central Wellington city is small and compact and most of the time you can get where you need to go by walking. Not having to worry about small parks or road jams is a great blessing.

But there are times when having access to a car would be handy - which is where Cityhop comes into play. They are a self-service car sharing company where cars can be booked for one hour or up to six months! This gives you flexibility to use a car if you have somewhere you need to go without all the hassle and cost of owning or renting a hire car.

I think this a great option for any of our tenants living in a HiAtlas furnished apartment in Wellington or Auckland - their locations are close by to our apartments giving you more options to explore both of these wonderful cities.

For more details - visit the Cityhop website.

 

  • 11 April 2016

Nelson St Cycleway

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I have a bike mad family. My husband bikes 10km to work and 10km back. That’s 20 km a day! My kids’ favourite hobby is to ride their bikes. If it is raining, they insist I park the car outside so they can have their daily fix riding in the garage. So it may be a surprise that I don’t own a bike and haven’t since I was 12! This is all about to change… I have seen the new Nelson St cycleway, named Te Ara I Whiti (The Lightpath) and I am now desperate to purchase a bike.

In the 4 months since it has been opened over 100,000 people have used the cycleway. Starting near Upper Queen Street it crosses the motorway and continues on the old Nelson Street motorway off-ramp, which was last used in 2005. And my word, it is painted pink!

Take a look at this clip of the cycleway’s opening night last year in December 2015 and perhaps like me, you will have the urge to bike it. Of course if you are staying in a HiAtlas apartment and don’t have a bike, don’t let this put you off, hire a bike.

  • 2 April 2016

Wellington - our quality of life


As a born and bred Wellingtonian who has lived in both Melbourne and London I always knew Wellington was the place I'd to go back to. It's always interesting seeing old friends return from years overseas saying, living internationally was amazing but there is something special about Wellington that brings you home. Where else in the world can you be minutes away from a harbour, beach, mountain bike tracks, amazing cafes and restaurants?

In the latest Quality of Life survey (2014), it showed that nine out of ten Wellingtonians rated their quality of life positively, and 80% are happy with their life in general - the highest in the country. 92% of respondents agree or strongly agree that Wellington is a great place to live!

At HiAtlas we take pride in the cities we live in and the apartments we manage, we hope that your experience in any of our apartments be it Wellington or Auckland is as positive as the permanent residents. The next survey will be out later this year, looking forward to seeing how Wellington and Auckland stack up!

  • 31 March 2016

Feijoa Forest in Auckland City

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Feijoas are popping up on my facebook newsfeed. It is Feijoa season here in New Zealand, late March to June and friends have been posting pictures of themselves enjoying this flavoursome fruit.

Feijoas are my favourite and are one of those fruits you either love or hate. In my lifetime most of the properties I have lived in have had bountiful feijoa trees and with this thought it got me thinking about Apartment dwellers and how they get their gardening fix or touch of nature.

Auckland CBD dwellers are fortunate to have some beautiful gardens and parks nearby. A quick google map search uncovered several parks and to my amazement up came ‘Feijoa Forest’ in Constitution Hill. Further googling and I listened to apartment dweller of 10 years, Mik Smellie on 95bFM discuss his ‘convenient lifestyle’ living in the city and how his Feijoa Guild planted 6 Feijoa trees in the Feijoa Forest late last year.

Perhaps your only plant may be a potted herb in the kitchen or you want to go all out with a potted Feijoa tree on the balcony contact HiAtlas to see if we have the right apartment for you. auckland@hiatlas.com

  • 24 March 2016

Sending your staff away for work?

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Global human resources consulting firm, Mercer, recently released their annual Quality of Living survey advising where the best cities for expats are. It helps multinational employers compensate their employees fairly when placing them on overseas assignments and does this by assessing living conditions under 10 categories.

Not to toot our own horn BUT… in the list containing 230 countries Auckland came 3rd and Wellington 12th! It was the second year in a row that Auckland came 3rd and Auckland and Wellington were the only NZ cities to feature.

HiAtlas knew we were onto something good when the company started in Wellington, we found the best apartments and property owners and furnished the apartments to a high standard and found happy and fabulous tenants to rent them to.

We have been helping expats settle into New Zealand life in Wellington over the last four years and now have some fabulous apartments in Auckland too. HiAtlas can definitely help with your employees’ quality of living, by providing a home away from home.

“Auckland and Wellington have been rated some of the safest in the world in an era of heightened global security issues and social unrest, according to Mercer’s 2016 annual Quality of Living survey.”
http://www.mercer.co.nz/newsroom/auckland-in-worlds-top-3-for-quality-of-living.html

  • 11 March 2016

Sky Tower and your apartment, sharing the Auckland skyline vista

At 328 metres high, the Sky Tower in Auckland is New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure. Part of the SKYCITY casino complex, it is a famed tourist attraction with several restaurants including Auckland's only 360-degree revolving restaurant. There are several elevators that take the public up to one of three circular public observation levels and on a beautiful day you can see for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.

I have been up to the Sky Tower twice and it is truly worth the fee to marvel at this amazing city. Where ever you live there is usually something you see when you return home and for me when I return from a holiday and see the Sky Tower I feel that I am home. Perhaps you have an apartment in the city, furnished or unfurnished? Perhaps it has a view of the Sky Tower and perhaps you would like to have it rented out? Whatever the view, let HiAtlas find you tenants that will make your apartment their home. Let them enjoy trips up to the Sky Tower, just so they can spot their home amongst this amazing city. Email us auckland@hiatlas.co.nz

  • 8 March 2016

HiAtlas vs. Hotel Service Apartments

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One of the questions I get frequently is, why book a furnished apartment in Wellington or Auckland through HiAtlas when there are lots of good, purpose built serviced apartments?

Sure, there are many benefits of a serviced apartment hotel set-up, especially if you are only in town for a few weeks or days and want something bigger than a standard hotel room and to be able to make a cup of tea or toast some bread. But if you are staying away from your home, family and normal routine for a longer period of time, you want something that makes you feel at home when you open your front door at the end of the day, not a sterile hotel room.

We have had many guests move in from a serviced apartment hotel, and they are amazed with the space that we can provide them. No longer are they cramped in a kitchenette but they have the ability to cook up a three-course dinner with new friends, relax with movies or super fast internet, then fall asleep in a large comfortable bed at the end of the day.

That's the difference that HiAtlas offers tenants, the ability to feel at home when they are away from home. Our apartments are fully furnished right down to the knives and forks and we have top of the line furnishings, WiFi and Power included as standard.

What's more, we generally cost less!

  • 7 March 2016

What's at your doorstep?

I went shopping in Auckland city at the weekend. Popped into Aotea Square to eat my morning tea. It’s a bit of a habit, you see usually with my kids we have something to eat there and they have a run around before we venture onto our next spot. However on this bright and sunny Saturday I happened to be kid-free and lucky me I came across the NZ Herald Festival Garden. Only up for the Auckland Arts Festival, 2- 20 March, there was Mojo coffee, a garden bar, bean bags and more. I picked up my free guide, listing all the amazing entertainment on offer and still thinking of my family I was happy to see there is a Family Day on Sunday 13 March in the Square. I think I’ll be back sooner than I thought.

With exciting festivals like this happening in the city how fitting that the festival’s catchphrase is ‘The world at your doorstep’. So very true if you are living in a furnished city apartment! Contact us if you own an executive property to know more about our Property Management services in Auckland. auckland@hiatlas.co.nz

  • 3 March 2016

Welcome Sarah - our newest member to the HiAtlas team

We are very excited to welcome Sarah Brien, she has recently joined the team to lead the HiAtlas Auckland office. Originally from Wellington, she lived in Australia for 4 years and relocated to Auckland in 2014. Sarah is here to help build our portfolio of apartments and help you feel at home in Auckland city.

Reach out to Sarah to discuss your accommodation requirements in Auckland. She is very friendly and can advise on all the best attractions in the city!

 

  • 1 March 2016

The One - Lambton Quay

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Located in the heart of Lambton Quay, sits a pillar to the years gone by. The Prudential Building is one of the finest examples of art-deco architecture that Wellington has to offer. Converted into unique apartments in 2005, it provides tenants with a prime CBD location minutes away from The Terrace, shops and waterfront.

We now have availability from 10 March in The One, a one bedroom apartment however, empty apartments in this complex don't last for long! Located at the front of the building overlooking the Old Bank Arcade, this is an ideal base for an individual or a couple who wants to be based in the Wellington CBD.

The apartment is about twice the size of a hotel room, it has been finished to a very high standard, with quality furnishings throughout. It has a large bedroom featuring a designer king-sized bed. A well-designed modern kitchen with an open-plan dining and living area makes the apartment a pleasure to live in.

Email us at wellington@hiatlas.com if you are interested in viewing or booking this apartment.

 

  • 25 February 2016

Wellington - the arts Capital of New Zealand

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For those of you who are new to Wellington, not only is Wellington the Coolest little Capital in the world, it is also the arts capital of New Zealand. Throughout the year, there are many different cultural events going on, but once a year, something extra special transforms Wellington's arts scene. Now in its 30th year, the New Zealand art festival is about to officially begin on the 26th of February. As the summer weather continues, now is a great time to see what the city and the arts festival has to offer. The New Zealand ballet are starting their 2016 season with a Speed of Light at the St James theater - just a short walk away from our Tory St and Lambton Quay Apartments. All over Courtney Place, the waterfront and pop-up venues the streets of Wellington will be alive with arts and culture for the next few weeks - go out and explore!

Check out http://www.festival.co.nz/ for more details.