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Busy Weekend in Auckland City

It has been a busy weekend at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast with the Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand v Australia at Eden Park, Auckland. We won but they were very good. It all bodes well for a rematch further on in the competition. We still have some accommodation for the All Blacks v Australia Rugby match in August. These are two day specials only.

Overview of latest international travel trends
Provisional travel statistics for major source and destination countries

International visitor arrivals at Four weeks ended 15 February 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up 4% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: India 36%, Korea 23%, Japan 13%, China 10%, Australia 5%, Germany 4%, UK 2%, Singapore 2%.

DOWN: USA 2%, Canada 2%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Super Rugby Concerns 2016

There seems to be concern in the ranks about the future of Super Rugby with dire predictions about next year’s set-up.

Publicly, lNew Zealand’s teams are resigned to toeing the party line and accepting that the addition of a team from Argentina, Japan and another in South Africa is good for the game.

The realism is that the current system has seen a seen a declining trend around attendance.

In 2006, South Africa posted an average Super Rugby crowd of 34,000, Australia 24,000 and New Zealand 22,000.

By 2012, those numbers had dropped across the board – South Africa were down to 28,000, Australia 20,000 and New Zealand 16,000. I would imagine that the numbers for 2014 would be lower again.

Week one of Super Rugby kicked off with a sea of empty seats. With the Black Caps playing in Christchurch the following day, the Crusaders were resigned to a poor turnout. They got one.

It was the same in Auckland, where the Blues weren’t able to host the Chiefs at Eden Park. They knew it wouldn’t be a great crowd at North Harbour, and they were right.

The problem is the core product !

TV has been allowed to dictate the playing schedules; jumping from 12 to 15 teams has diluted the quality of the overall playing pool; the format has suffered from not being a true round-robin; the rules remain unfathomable and inconsistently applied; stadiums, with the exception of the Forsyth Barr, don’t have cover; the food in stadiums is mostly crap and expensive and maybe most damaging has been that the biggest name players have been allowed to drift in, drift out and skip the bits they don’t fancy.

Add all that together and that explains the 30 per cent drop in average crowds since 2006.

The actual rugby is great. Unfortunately with TV controlling the money and the terms of scheduling we are only going to see a lot more empty seats.
On a better note , at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we see good response from game patrons wanting luxury accommodation close to the stadium.

How much to charge for a ride?

28 Feb

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You have to admit that New Zealand is a pretty cool place to visit. Even our Wildlife thinks so!

Yesterday while out on the Auckland Harbour on a surf ski , a local woman had an experience with a seal that will remain in her memory for ever.

As she neared Rangitoto Island ,she came across a seal in the water and being a friendly Kiwi,she attracted its attention.

To her surprise it came over to her surf ski,put its nose up on the front and then hopped up and made itself comfortable.”
It then proceeded to settle down for a snooze laying its head on her shin.

Although after 30 minutes and showing no signs of leaving the woman decided enough was enough and removed her freeloading visitor by tipping the ski over and depositing the seal back in the water.

So this is why you should visit New Zealand. It’s fun and you never know what will pop up on your surf ski !

ICC Cricket World Cup comes to Auckland

We are running strong reservations for accommodation at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. The full house sign is burning bright at the moment. There is the ICC Cricket World Cup match next weekend in Auckland with New Zealand v Australia at Eden Park. Both teams look good so there will be a strong patriotic atmosphere around the stadium.
Other news about Auckland hosting the challenger series of the Americas Cup is welcome. Now we just have to wait for Team New Zealand to solve the public relations mess they find themselves in over the axing of the current skipper……..!

International visitor arrivals at Four weeks ended 8th February 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up 2% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: India 43%, Korea 33%, Japan 14%, Australia 10%, Germany 6%, UK 2%.
DOWN: Canada 1%, USA 4%, Singapore 10%, China 15%.

New Zealand resident departures
Total trips abroad by NZ residents are up 7% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: Fiji 33%, USA 25%, Canada 23%, India 22%, UK 13%, Cook Islands 7%, Australia 3%, China 3%, Samoa 2%.
DOWN: Thailand 4%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand Tourism Arrivals

From nothing last year we are now seeing the beginnings of the Chinese FIT traveller seeking accommodation at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland, New Zealand.

International visitor arrivals as at Four Weeks ended 1st February 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up less than 1% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: Korea 27%, India 17%, Australia 9%, Japan 8%, Germany 3%, UK 2%.
DOWN: USA 3%, Canada 8%, Singapore 14%, China 23%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Latest Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand

It hasent been over the top this summer with accommodation in Auckland.

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have found a 15% guest stay reduction in accommodation from last year but we will make this inbalance up with the NRL 9’s and the ICC World Cup Cricket being staged at Eden Park. This is full house in this period, so i hope you have all made your reservations.

Its hot here in Auckland tho. Fans in all the rooms and doors and windows open by 0630 for the house to receive the morning coolness.

International visitor arrivals Four weeks ended 11 January 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up 6% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: China 51%, Korea 22%, India 20%, Germany 12%, Singapore 12%, USA 7%, Japan 4%, UK 2%, Australia 1%.

DOWN: Canada 2%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand Visitor Arrivals

International visitor arrivals for Four weeks ended 21 December 2014
Total visitor arrivals are up 3% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: China 42%, Korea 19%, India 14%, Singapore 13%, Germany 10%, Canada 8%, Japan 7%, USA 1%.

DOWN: Australia 3%, UK 4%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Is Adventure Tourism Unsafe?

13 Dec

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Of course it is !

But the New Zealand Government introduced new regulations in October 2011 following a Department of Labour report which said 29 people had died in adventure tourism activities in the previous five years. Things moved rapidly following the accident in 2012 when 11 people died during a hot air balloon sightseeing trip after the balloon flew into power lines near Carterton. This crash is considered one of the worst hot air balloon accidents in the world.

The New safety rules for the adventure tourism sector came into force on November 1 2014, and WorkSafe said at the time only 86 of 348 adventure tourism companies met the deadline and 199 were given an extension until December 1.

The safety agencies said yesterday the number of operators was now 349 and of those 255 are registered. As of 5pm yesterday all unregistered operators cannot legally operate.

So… , when they tie a rubber band around your ankles and suggest you jump off a perfectly safe bridge…… Make certain they have tied it tight .

Tourists Beware - Don't Drink and Drive in New Zealand

As of December 1st 2014 the legal alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 years and over will be lowered from 80 to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, or 400 to 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.
The alcohol limit for drivers under the age of 20 will remain at zero.

There is no coincidence that it is Christmas Holiday time that this new law will take effect. Every year In New Zealand there are an average of 61 fatalities, 244 serious injuries, and 761 minor injuries every year caused by drivers who have been drinking.

If you’re going to drink, don’t drive, and if you’re going to drive, don’t drink.”

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we advise travellers to catch the bus or a taxi if they wish to go out for dinner. Please be careful..

Auckland's top Restaurants offer Terrific food, served with great charm and efficiency in a smart but probably somewhat informal atmosphere.

Brief overview of upcoming events in Auckland City

A short walk from Eden Park makes us the perfect destination for all their sporting fixtures.