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Opportunity for homestay exchange to Arizona

Monday, 24 May 2021

I’m Paul Wiener a retired professor from Northern Arizona University and my wife is Ann, who is retired from being President and CEO of North Country Healthcare, a non-profit community healthcare organization.

We spent 10 weeks in NZ three years ago, loved it, and would like to make another extended visit.

We live in Flagstaff, AZ, which is about 150 miles north of Phoenix, on the Colorado Plateau, 7,000’ feet above sea level. Arizona Snowbowl is our local ski area, about 20 minute’s drive from town.

Here is one site with area information and here’s the visitors’ bureau site.

We have a very flexible schedule, and can travel almost any time, but were thinking of scheduling a home exchange during Otago’s summer holidays.

We could stay in Dunedin and our exchange partner could stay in our house. It would be convenient, but not necessary, to swap cars at the same time.

If the summer holidays are not a good time, we could either find another time that works, or arrange to stay at a different time from when our exchange partner stays in Flagstaff.

We have a summer (Northern Hemisphere) home on a lake on the South Dakota/Minnesota border, and could offer that as an alternative to Flagstaff, but I would not recommend it during our winter.

The Flagstaff house is in a quiet residential neighbourhood, at the base of Mount Elden, about two blocks from the Coconino National Forest and hiking trails. The house is about 2,500 sq.ft (230 sq.meters), with three bedrooms, one of which I use as an office, two bathrooms, a large living/dining room, a TV room and Ann’s studio, where she does stained glass and mosaic work.

We both like to cook, and the kitchen is roomy and well equipped. We have Wi-Fi and cable television. There are grassed front and back yards, with a hot tub in the back yard. A Safeway supermarket and a couple restaurants are in a small shopping centre five minutes drive from the house, and it’s about 10 minutes to downtown.

Contact Paul at