My hosts for the TONIC Conference used BookABach.com to find a very nice apartment near both the conference and the beach!
(“Bach” is Kiwi slang for “flat” which is a more pedestrian “apartment” for those of us from USA.)
This apartment would easily have fit my entire family, yet cost about the price of a moderate hotel room. It even came with a parking spot in a covered garage.
When I travel, I like to be frugal and do food shopping at a grocery store. This apartment let us do that.
And we could easily walk to the beach to do some homeschool reading in the morning. Walking through residential neighborhoods definitely made our stay in Tauranga even more enjoyable.
I definitely recommend trying out sites like BookABach.com.