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Our mission is to ensure you leave refreshed...

Forget the lonely, bland motel room.  We offer architecturally-designed accommodation in a quiet tree-lined street.  For your exclusive use, the upstairs level provides a choice of two generous queen-sized bedrooms, private lounge and your own spacious bathroom.  Your booking includes a breakfast everyone talks about.

If you are after a little bit extra, we can help there too; transfers, a pre-arranged home-cooked dinner, office space to prepare for next-day presentations and secure off-road parking.


For a modern B&B experience in Palmerston North, choose Refreshstay.

Handy location


  • 5 minute walk to bus stop

  • 5 minute walk to Caccia Birch House

  • 10 minute walk to Manawatū Golf Club

  • 15 minute walk to the city or the Manawatū River pathway

  • 10 minute drive to airport

  • 4 minute drive to Wildbase Recovery

  • 7 minute drive to Massey University

  • 20 minute drive to Arapuke Forest Mountain Bike Park

People say the nicest things… 


Vince and Terri made us feel so welcome from the get go. Wow. So comfortable, so supportive, such gorgeous company and conversation.  And, of course, the egg-ceptional breakfasts. Many thanks Refreshstay.

Faye Flegg

Matarangi, Coromandel (June 2024)

Refreshstay was a highlight of our stay in New Zealand. It was refreshing to stay at a home with amazing hosts, homemade breakfast, and calming dogs to adore. Our room and bathroom had everything we needed and more! It was the first time we had booked a bed and breakfast and it will be hard to find another as perfect as Refreshstay again.

Susan and Derek Burnham

Utah, USA (February 2024)


Thank you for being the highlight of our New Zealand trip. We will never forget the kindness you showed us. You guys are so awesome.

Don, Greer and Sophie

Perth, Australia (October 2023)

Thank you for making us so welcome and for being such good company.  10/10!
Richard and Joan Cassels

Lismore, Australia (March 2023)

We are so grateful. You saved us late on a Saturday night when our booked accommodation didn't eventuate. The shower and comfy bed were so awesome, not to mentioned being guided up the Refreshstay driveway by torchlight just before 11pm. Thank you again.

Rubi and Dean

Portland, USA (February 2023)

We arrived, took one look, and thought we'd hit the jackpot. What an amazing place! Vince and Terri made us feel so at home. A cooked breakfast and great coffee each morning was a bonus. We loved every minute of our stay  - beautiful home and beautiful people. 

Jon and Tash

Porirua (January 2023)

Thank you very much for another fabulous experience. Until next time.

Joy and Bruce Bickley Asher

Wellington (November 2022)


Thanks so much for being part of "The Last Hurrah," Terri and Vince. The Refreshstay dinner was delicious.

Steve Lawton

Wellington (May 2022)

Chief Refreshers Terri and Vince are the epitome of hospitable. All the little things and the important things are taken care of to ensure a lovely stay. There was nothing we didn't like. This place truly is 10/10!

Eva and Richard

Tawa (August 2021)

Everything was perfect. Warm, comfy rooms and a great shower. Refreshstay was so welcoming and exactly what we needed.

Paul and Trix 

Upper Hutt (June 2021)


I first started traveling for business and leisure in 1975 and have stayed in many countries. I would not hesitate to rate Refreshstay in my Top 10 world accommodations. Well done to you both. Being spoilt on my birthday was such a nice touch and I have to say the dogs are beautiful. We are definitely telling others about our great weekend at Refreshstay.

Ken and Liz

Levin (June 2021)

We just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for our stay. Every thing was just perfect. We so enjoyed your company, the wonderful dinner and breakfast. From the moment we met, you made us feel welcomed and comfortable. We certainly left feeling 'refreshed'. Until we meet again - thank you both.

Kitrena and Tony

Taumaranui (May 2021)


Exceptional! The Refreshstay hosts were amazing (as were the two canine sidekicks). Nothing was too much trouble. Great conversation. We will be back.
Sandra Boston 

Whangarei (February 2021)


Very friendly hosts who went above and beyond to make sure we had a comfortable stay.  All our needs were definitely met.  Thank you so much Chief Refreshers.
Sandra Yeldon

Wellington (February 2021)

If you want to be totally spoiled this is the place for you.

We stayed 5 days at this beautiful home with Terri and Vince, the kindest, most fun loving and generous hosts you could ever wish for.

The breakfasts were top class and the room very clean and comfortable. We are already on the hunt for an excuse to go back and stay with them again!
Christine and Murray

New Plymouth (December 2020)

Very welcoming hosts and such fun. Facilities very clean and comfortable. Breakfast made to order and time to suit. Proper coffee made by the in-house barista! Will definitely return.

Ruth and Rob Snijders

Marton (November 2020)

So comfortable and very clean. The Chief Refreshers were fabulous and so welcoming. We loved the chats and all the extras. Breakfast was delicious. 

Pauline and Steve Leppard

Christchurch (September 2020)


Wonderful stay. Super clean, bed comfy, shower amazing, breakfast yum, hosts outstanding...Best BnB we have stayed in for years. Stunning house, very friendly and welcoming. 

Marie and Ken Baird

Taupo (August 2020)


Having never stayed at a B&B before I was so incredibly happy with my experience at Refreshstay! I received the warmest of welcomes, the facilities and room exceeded my expectations, and cleanliness was first rate. Wifi was super fast and easy to access. The shower was very powerful with instant hot water, and it was a great way to wake up each morning. I was presented a beautiful breakfast at the time of my choosing, with excellent coffee - and lots of it! I would not hesitate to return to Refreshstay. This is a first-rate guest experience and I would rate it a firm 10 out of 10!

Simon Davey

Pokeno, Auckland (August 2020)


An unexpected visit with Vince and Terri at Refreshstay jumpstarted the greatest adventure of my lifetime. I cannot thank them enough for everything they did to make me comfortable, welcome and refreshed! Without a doubt, this is one of the best kept secrets of the Manawatu, and a bucket list item for anyone traveling in Aotearoa New Zealand. If you are not in New Zealand yet – make a beeline here for warm vibrant accommodation, glorious food and great conversation with truly interesting people who know the meaning of hospitality. Once you’ve stayed, you will be back. Bliss.


Auckland (July 2020)

Everything is to like about this bit of paradise. We have travelled the world and this is the BEST B&B we have ever visited. The conviviality was great. We would consider coming back to Palmerston North just to stay there!!

Linda and Paul Muhly

Iowa, USA (February 2020)

Just to say again how welcome I felt, even for the (too) short time I stayed in your lovely home. The promise has been made... if I am back, I will be staying with you!!

Grant Davidson

The Netherlands (December 2019)

We arrived as strangers and left as friends! What amazing hosts Terri and Vince were - nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast was divine (tomatoes out of this world!), lovely comfortable room and bed, beautiful house in a quiet street and, to top it off, great conversations. We certainly left feeling "refreshed." If we are ever in Palmy again Refreshstay would definitely be our first port of call! Thanks again for a wonderful week.

Debbie and Nigel Morgan

Auckland (September/October 2019)

Breakfast was scrumptious. B&B is cosy. Terri and Vince were very kind. Unforgettable memories.

Guanghai Chang (Jack)

Jiaxing, China (May 2019)


The perfect B&B. We couldn't find fault with anything - great hosts, great food, great coffee, wonderful bed.

Godfrey and Samme Williamson

Lake Boga, Australia (March 2019)

Great hosts, very comfortable bed, perfect shower, outstanding coffee, delicious breakfast...loved it! Palmy has now been added to our favourite stays in New Zealand. 

Sally and Ross Fowler

Guildford, United Kingdom (February 2019)


We have only positive things to say about our time at Refreshstay. Our room was lovely; the evening meal we requested ahead exceptional, and attention to detail amazing. Thank you so much for a memorable stay.

Nancy and Paul van Broekhoven

Boston, USA (February 2019)

This was a very last minute booking and I have never been happier with a last minute decision! Vince and Terri's home is a work of art, with modern furnishings and fun gadgets. I have never felt more at home or comfortable staying at a B & B. Vince and Terri make you feel so welcome, are so kind and funny that you may just want to hang out with them the entire time you are in Palmerston North! I will definitely be back.

Melanie McBain

Kaponga (November 2018)


Vince et Terri sont toutes deux des personnes réellement "refreshing". Tout dans leur hébergement reflète leur caractère unique et énergisant. Une halte qu'on voudrait plus longue. Merci.

(Translation: Vince and Terri are both really people. Everything in their accommodation reflects their unique and energising character. A stop that we would like longer. Thank you).

Samuel and Caroline Austin

France (November 2018)


A big thanks for everything - especially the family breakfast you created with our daughter being part of it.

Sophie and Denis Chevalier

France (October 2018)

A place where Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders would get into a lot of trouble. Absolutely fabulous.

Peter Cowley

Tauranga (October 2018)

Beautiful - just wished we could have stayed longer.

Allan and Annette Pryor

Port Macquarie, Australia (October 2018)

I have stayed in many B&Bs around the world and Refreshstay has to be the best - unbeatable.

Neil Cooper

Stratford, Taranaki (September 2018)


What a great place to stay! Vince and Terri made us so welcome and their hospitality was out of this world. Best B&B we have stayed in. Thanks again. 

Debbie Cooper

Stratford, Taranaki (September 2018)


Wow - what a great night spent at Refreshstay. Fantastic hospitality and nothing was too much bother.  We will be back!

Christine Jenkins

Auckland (September 2018)



A modern, beautifully decorated home. Our accommodation was clean and luxurious, our hosts friendly and generous. And, to top it off, we enjoyed great conversation and a delicious home-cooked breakfast.  

Kathie and Darcy

Melbourne, Australia (August 2018)


What a lovely couple of days at Refreshstay. I really do feel refreshed. Lovely people, lovely home, lovely pets and lovely food. What more could anyone ask for? I felt like I was leaving friends.


Penang, Malaysia (July 2018)


As we get ready to leave New Zealand, all three of us are still talking about the wonderful time we had at Refreshstay. We want the world to know what fabulous hosts you are and, short as it was, the fantastic time we spent with you. You are great New Zealand ambassadors (as are Clicquot and Taittinger) and there is nothing you need to change - everything was perfect.

Bob, Jeanne and Bobby

Virginia, USA (July 2018)


Thank you so much Refreshstay (Terri and Vince) for your hospitality. Staying with you was an absolute highlight! 

Tony Pike

Rotorua (June 2018)

OMG. Had a fantastic time. Vince and Terri are wonderful hosts but their two small dogs are even better (joke)! Would HIGHLY recommend Refreshstay and will definitely stop there again.

Jackie and Phil 

Havelock North (June 2018)

Some people hunt for treasure. others stumble across it... There is a treasure in Palmerston North called Refreshstay. We tasted its nectar over almost three days.  Hosts Terri and Vince are so naturally friendly, love your company and are genuinely interested in hearing about your experiences. You do not feel compelled to make conversation, but drawn. Thanks for your natural hospitality, the gourmet meals (I am a trained chef and was gobsmacked by the culinary skill and atmosphere), the laughter, the fascinating stories, and the movie that followed the perfect dinner.  We have been to numerous hotels, motels, B&Bs and restaurants over 40 years but never like this. The only reservation we have in sharing the Refreshstay gem is that it may push us to the back of the queue.  

Ian and Joy

Kaipara (May 2018)

Thank you for an awesome stay. The food, wine and conversation was tops. We will definitely be back. Love you both to bits.

Helen and Nigel 

Atiamuri (May 2018)

This was the best accommodation I have stayed in. I will be booking here every month. Shhhhhhh...I do not want to say too much as Refreshstay will get booked up and I will miss out.


Christchurch (May 2018)


Simply the best!

Manon Bianchi

Auckland (April 2018)

Thank you both again for our second two-night stay. Your home is definitely relaxing and your warm personalities and great hospitality make a truly outstanding B&B. Loved your breakfasts and the dinner, the yummy dessert, wine, great movie and your affectionate dogs. Watch out for a third visit!​

Ann McKenzie

Auckland (April 2018)


We had a wonderful time at Refreshstay - the hosts are exceptional and make the place feel like a home away from home (with a delicious breakfast included)! I would highly recommend staying here - the rooms are spacious yet cosy, the bathroom very modern and the lounge area kitted out for relaxation. Thank you for a great stay!

John and Suzie; Nina and Stanley; Sophie

England (February 2018)

We can't stress enough how much we enjoyed our time at Refreshstay and the generosity and hospitality extended to us. What we felt was much more than a business arrangement. And, yes, you will be a top recommendation for friends and family.

Ed and Faye; Janet and Nigel

New Plymouth and Auckland (January 2018)

Hands down the best Airbnb experience yet! Refreshstay was very accommodating of our later than expected arrival. The place is absolutely gorgeous and very welcoming. The dogs were also very friendly and fun to interact with. We also got an incredible tip on where to grab lunch by the beach on our drive to Wellington. Highly recommend and would stay again if ever in the area again!

Jennifer and Eric

Huntsville, Alabama (December 2017)


We had a truly wonderful time staying with you in November.

Your beautiful home is such a tranquil retreat - and you share it so generously and warmly. Our days with you were a true highlight of a lovely trip - we felt as if we were staying with some exceptionally stylish, generous and kind friends.

Thanks for everything you do!

Cathy, Elliot, Peter, Myra

Australia (November 2017)

Thanks to you both for making what could have been an ordinary night into an extra special evening!


Masterton (July 2017)


We have still got a big smile on our faces after meeting you two wonderful ladies. Once more a huge thanks for your warmth and hospitality. See you in Denmark soon!

Nina and Kim

Denmark (November 2017)

Coming as strangers, leaving as friends! This was the most welcoming place we stayed in since we started our trip in November 2016 - and we have seen many. Why choosing Palmerston North? For us there were several reasons: We wanted to be off the beaten track and see NZ's hidden secrets in the countryside. And being an architect I fell in love with this outstanding state-of-the-art design house and cutting-edge technology. And last but not least there are lovely hosts Terri and Vince, and Clicquot, this charming little dog. We spent two nights with very stimulating conversations, had a very tasty dinner and wine from a well stocked wine 'cellar'. What more do you need? Thank you Terri and Vince for such an awesome New Zealand experience!

Renate and Jurgen

Hamburg, Germany (January 2017)


We loved our time at Refreshstay. The modern architecturally designed house is tucked down a driveway on the quiet tree lined Ake Ake Ave. Terri and Vince (and their friendly little dog) greeted us with smiles and were very accommodating. The home is very spacious, exceptionally clean and furnished with unique art works and designer furniture. The upstairs area reserved for guests is perfect - The bed was very comfy and the bathroom kitted out with everything you need (hairdryer, nice soaps and shampoos etc). Oh and the breakfast - These two foodies could open a 1st class cafe - Exceptional. Thanks, we loved our stay and would book again in a heartbeat.

Chelsea Brett

Auckland (April 2017)


WOW! We were so impressed with Refreshstay. From the moment that Vince opened the door and greeted us so warmly, and popped the bubbles, we were treated to the most wonderful company and lovely accommodation. Terri and Vince were superb hosts and delightful raconteurs. We had a wonderful time. Great bed - snuggly and warm - awesome shower and bathroom, and beautiful surroundings. We will absolutely be going back - and soon!

Elaine Wolstenholme

Whanganui (August 2017)



Outstanding hospitality and top-rate value! Perfect for a stress-free relaxing stay. When can we move in!

Karen Ladbrook

Invercargill (October 2017)

The best place I have had so far and I had some. Terri and Vince are excellent hosts, everything is finest and spotlessly clean. The spacious house is located in a quiet environment and is easily accessible. I had wonderful and interesting conversations along with an excellent meal. You miss a highlight when you do not accept the invitation to eat.

Ruth Basel

Switzerland (April 2017)

Hi Refreshstay. Thank you so much for everything - it was great - and the beautiful breakfast. Please get in contact when you are in Sydney.


Sydney (May 2017)

A very stylish home, architecturally-designed, with a top floor just for the guests, complete with a very well appointed bathroom - fabulous shower! There are some steps up to the guest room with a solid railing. The bed was really comfy, the room spacious, appointed with a TV for evening relaxation. Two friendly furry doggy friends greet you on arrival. They have lots of fun playing "chase" around the sitting room and love a scratch behind the ear now and then. The hosts were always helpful with all aspects of my stay and were most generous with their hospitality. Wonderful bird song to announce the day! A most enjoyable stay all round.


Taupo (October 2017)

We had a fabulous time with Vince and Terri - they are incredibly welcoming and generous. Breakfasts are cafe worthy, coffee is delicious and rugby on the big screen just topped it off. Perfect set-up for travelling with our 1 year old. Thanks again ladies, we will be back!

Tammy, Ryan and Caleb

Tauranga (May 2017)

Terri and Vince's house could be a 6 or 7-star hotel. Everything was beyond our expectations and they were so hospitable. We will definitely stay here again if we come back to Palmerston North.

Colleen and Winnie

China (November 2017)

My time at Refreshstay was superb. I could not have been made to feel more welcome, comfortable or at home! The amenities are excellent. The meals are the two hosts' piece de resistance. Delicious!


Wellington (August 2017)


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