There’s a new laundromat in Snells Beach and owner Peter Guild is encouraging locals to give it a spin.
Peter established the Gull petrol station in Snells Beach, which is upstairs from the laundromat, but has taken a step back from the station to pursue new projects.
He says everyday Kiwis are waking up to the fact that a laundromat is not necessarily a replacement for the home laundry, but rather an option in its own right.
Larger machines make it easier to wash bulk loads of bedding and often save time on household laundry because they require fewer loads.
Water tank owners can also reduce their water usage during dry periods by using a laundromat self-service.
The new laundromat at 230 Mahurangi East Road aims to service the Mahurangi Peninsula and provide a more convenient option for the Matakana Coast than going to Warkworth.
There are 10kg, 20kg and 30kg washing machines, and the cost of a wash starts at $5 for a cold wash. Dryers are $3 per 10 minutes.
First time users purchase a card for $3 from a self-service kiosk. The same kiosk is used to load money onto the card using a credit card or eftpos. To pay for a wash or a dry, users just place their card on to the machine.
The system means users don’t have to find coins or wait around for service.
Cards can be registered online. If lost, money can be transferred from the lost card to a new card.
With nine washing machines and 12 dryers there is plenty of capacity, but an online app for the card system can also be used at home to check if machines are available.