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11 Things To Know About When Travelling

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Travelling could be a little stressful.  There are ways you can eliminate your stress when travelling by being prepared for certain things.

Here are 11 tips you can use when traveling

 Going Solo

Being in a group doesn’t mean you have to do everything with the group you travelled with.  So to eliminate stress, or just not wanting to do anything, just go with your gutt feeling.  Don’t do anything.  Let them go. You don’t have to .  You do whatever you feel like doing, so everyone enjoys their trip and vacation.

Get A Carry on and put all your items

Use a carry on to put your important stuff in one place.  This includes all your technology (and the corresponding chargers and cords), your passport, your flight documents, your money, your credit cards, any prescribed medication, and valuables like jewelry or gifts.

Packing light is always best when traveling.

Do not worry about Guidebooks

To eliminate stress, and make things more interesting, just forget what the guidebooks and do whatever you want instead. It is a good idea to list  general types of activities you know you’d want to experience.  If you feel you should visit any popular or typically touristy spots then by all means go ahead.

Make copies of your important docs

This is in case your credit card is stolen, you lose your passport, you can’t get on wifi to access your flight information, or any other number of inconvenient, annoying travel mishaps occur. Make photocopies of all your important documents and keep them securely in your carry-on.

Don’t forget to give a second copy of everything to someone trustworthy at home, too. That way, if through a series of really unfortunate events you lose your passport and the copy of your passport and can’t access your digital copy of your passport (what were you doing?), a friend or family member can save the day with a quick email or fax.

Find Cheap Flights 

Instead of choosing specific dates for your flight, you can select an entire month to see which days are the cheapest. Or if you have two available weeks to travel and you’re open to different destinations, choose the “flexible” button under your destination to see a list of flights — ordered from cheapest to most expensive — that go everywhere in the world.

Register for Global Entry

Global Entry is a US Customs and Border Protection program that gives low-risk, pre-approved travelers faster clearance through security and customs checkpoints. In other words, you get to skip the line and the hassle of taking off your shoes in security. Plus, it makes getting back into the country a breeze — all you do is give your fingerprints at customs before waving back at the winding Disneyland line behind you with a mixture of smug satisfaction and relief.

Always go to the Restrooms

Depending on where you travel, public restrooms can be a rarity and a luxury. And public restrooms where you can do your business without having to buy a latte first or insert a coin into a machine? Even trickier to find.

Make sure you have good comfortable shoes

Traveling means being on your feet all day so make sure you invested in some comfortable shoes.

Have a map at hand

Ask the tourist office for a map you can hold in your hands. Sure, you may have an excellent data plan with super fast LTE, but using your phone’s GPS to get around won’t give you a better understanding of the area you’re in, and on day 3 you’ll still find yourself dependent on it.

Back up everything.

Before you travel, back up your phone, photos, and important documents on both your computer and an external hard drive. During your travels, back up your photos every few days in at least two different virtual locations. And though it may be tempting, don’t bring your external hard drive on the road with you. If your stuff gets stolen, you don’t want to lose your computer and your backup drive.

Reviews on Hotels and Bed and Breakfast inns

Check Trip Advisor for the best hotels or bed and breakfast’s you would want to stay with. For example, Eden Bed and Breakfast in New Zealand, is an award winning B&B , featured in Trip Advisor.  

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Auckland Events & What To look For in September

29 Aug

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Wow, What another great month gone by. Living in New Zealand could be a challenge, trying to pick a favorite month in a year.

It just seems that events always happen on every month all year around. Not just any type of events, but major world wide, international events taking place all the time.

So exciting, having so many tourists, visiting our beautiful island.

Well, we have all the info on what happened this past August, and What to expect Next Month of the Major events in New Zealand!

So , this past month in August, Auckland had its annual Auckland Restaurant Month With special menus with more than 100 participating restaurants and 25 plus foodie events on during this month. More than 100 special menus were showcased.

Once again the line-up of special events was spectacular, from the enormously popular Street Eats and Taste of Federal Street in the first week, to The Big Cheese and Dinner in the Dark wrapping the month up.

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New Zealand Fashion Week also took place in Auckland between 22-28 at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre. Keep note, this has nothing to do with the above event.

Fashion Week NZ showcased New Zealand’s fashion designers next season’s range on the catwalk to local and international media and buyers.

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Why you should be excited about September in NZ!

The World of Wearable Arts is an original fashion show with a twist. Keep note, this has nothing to do with the above event.

Designers from New Zealand and around the world compete in various clothing categories with the craziest creations you’ve ever seen as part of a huge extravaganza.

Auckland on Water Boat Show is also going on, in September, on the 29th up until October 2nd.

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Get a head start on summer and go to Viaduct Harbour to see the latest boats, engines, electronics and accessories .  Doesn’t matter what your favorite water adventure is, like,  sailing, fishing, paddle-boarding, water sports or pleasure cruising.  You will enjoy the opportunity to get with the experts presenting a wide array of marine-oriented products and services at this event!

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If you ever need a place to stay, make sure you visit our Bed and Breakfast, located in Auckland, right next to Eden Park Venue. 4 themed rooms to choose from. Take note we are also an award winning BNB in New Zealand, Voted by Trip Advisor for consecutive years!

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New Zealand Lions Series 2017!

11 Jul

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NEW ZEALAND LIONS SERIES 2017!

NEW ZEALAND LIONS SERIES 2017!

The countdown to the New Zealand Lions Series 2017 has begun.  It’s the biggest rugby event to come to New Zealand since Rugby World Cup 2011.

New Zealand Rugby and Eden Park, have confirmed that Eden Park Ground Members will be able to access tickets for the New Zealand Lions Series 2017 Test Matches and Blues v Lions fixture played at Eden Park in 2017.

In June and July 2017 , The Home nations will unite for their tour of New Zealand.  The British & Irish Lions will take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, every New Zealand Super Rugby team, the Maori All Blacks and the All Blacks.

The atmosphere is expected to be electric with thousands of passionate Lions fans, will take part in all rugby stadiums .  Get ready to unite for the challenge.

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Article source: http://www.edenpark.co.nz/

Top Reasons Why New Zealand is the World's best country

We all know New Zealand as the World’s best country in a lot of things.

They are also the World’s best in Rugby.  But that’s not all.

Breathtaking Landscapes

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New Zealand is known for its vast tract of mountainous terrain that occupies the south-west corner of South Island New Zealand.

Land of Trekking 

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New Zealand’s best known place for trekking is around South Island.  It is just over 33 miles long, with waterfalls, suspension bridges, mountains, valleys and spellbinding lakes.

Home to the Haka 

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The New Zealand All Blacks are known as the most successful sporting dynasties in the world.  Warming up with the Haka dance, is one of the reasons why they are the best.

Home to the Kakapo

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The Kakapo is a special bird, other known as the largest and longest living parrot in the world. Very rare.

The Beaches

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New Zealand is known for its 90 mile beaches.  Amazing sunsets and surf breaks, make it a popular tourist attraction and destination.  You are surrounded by water, at all times. The furthest you are from water is only 80 miles, unless you find a lake nearby.

The longest name in the world

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On the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island you will find a hill named “Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu”. Translated in English means “the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as ‘landeater’, played his flute to his loved one.”

Oldest Trees in the World

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You will find the extraordinary Kauri tree , which is known to live for more than 1,000 years. In Waipoua Forest in North Auckland, you will find the oldest tree which is up to 4,000 years old.  Tane Mahuta is the country’s largest with a huge 4.4 metres diameter.

Home of the Maori culture

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The indigenous people of New Zealand arrived more than 1,000 years ago from Polynesia, Carving, weaving and tattooing are common Maori art forms, as are powerful physical performances combining waita (singing) and kapa haka (dance).

A land full of Geysers 

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Found in Rotorua in due to its volcanic activity. Wai-o-tapu is the arguably the best of its sites, dotted by striking lakes with a mineral hue with geyser that erupts every morning, spurting out mud. In Rotorua, visitors can watch concerts at Whakarewarewa and Te Puia  reserves preserving Maori culture among hot springs, bubbling mud and geysers.

Marine Volcano

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At White Island is the only Marine Volcano  you will find in New Zealand.  Get up close and personal  to the inner crater of the country’s only marine volcano.

Great Wine Vine Fields,  And Dine

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There are few finer feelings than sitting at a restaurant terrace enjoying fine food, watching the sun set behind the vineyard, with the light gleaming through a glass of cabernet sauvignon. Dinner within the vines in Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough, Marlborough, Central Otago and a variety of other wine regions.

 Art Deco in Napier 

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The Art Deco architecture of Napier, has the highest concentration of the genre in the southern hemisphere. The town was largely rebuilt after a massive 7.8 Richter earthquake in 1931. Alongside Miami Beach, it is now a must-visit for Art Deco devotees.

The Worlds Scenic Railway

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Taieri Gorge is known as one of the scenic, heading 50-miles into mountain scenery that is difficult to access otherwise.  Same goes for the  TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.

The Home of the Bungie

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Even though its not a national sport, it’s something a lot of people like to do, especially in New Zealand, capturing the scenic views and a variety of choices to choose from locations.

The Best Culinary flavours 

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Auckland is known as a culinary front for New Zealand.   You will find one of the best chefs in Sky Tower.

Best places to Cycle

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Amazing trails at Nga Haerenga.  This is the  New Zealand Cycle Trail  which is a nationwide network of paths covering about 2,500km. The Otago Rail Trail runs for around 100 miles from Clyde to Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island,  going through amazing views, of mountains, gorges and mining towns.

New Zealand is Middle Earth

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The Lord of the Rings were filmed in New Zealand.  Now as an attraction setting for movie lovers and fans of LOTR.

The gardens of New Zealand

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You will find glorious gardens, with a natural diversity and range of climate which allows a variety of plants, trees and shrubs to flourish.  The theme of Hamilton Gardens is the most popular attraction in the Waikato region is the “story of gardens”, with everything from a traditional herb garden to an American Modernist Garden.  Events are held there annually.

The Coolest Capital City

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Little Wellington is popular in the  cultural and culinary scene. It also has an amazing beautiful setting too. Whether the day is clear, or rainy, there is always something to do in Wellington.

Whale Watching

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Sperm whales live  off the South Island’s shores. Visiting Kaikoura will help you spot one from there.  You can also take a Whale Watch boat tour.  Catch a glimpse of fur seals too while at it.

Glacier Watching

 

Looking for a place to stay while on your adventure tour in New Zealand?   Take a break and stay with us at our lovely , Eden Park Bed and Breakfast.  Enjoy Eden Park Venue Stadium, which is a stone throw away.  Many great events happening , ask us and we’ll help you get organized and plan ahead of time for anything you are wanting to do while in New Zealand.

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GABS Beer & Food Fest 2016 in Auckland!

9 Jun

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GABS Beer & Food Fest 2016, A craft beer and food festival, judged one of the best beer festivals in …, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland, Auckland, 18 June 2016

GABS is a craft beer and food festival, and is known to be one of the best beer festivals in the world.  This June, if you are in Auckland, then you will be able to experience the best craft brewers from New Zealand and all over the world!

Gabs Beer and Food Festival begun in  2012 .   Responsible for the event are Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone.  They own award winning Local Taphouse beer bars in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.  Usually every year, GABS attracts around 23,000 people from all over the world.  Kiwi brewers were also part of the festival too.

The celebration of diversity for Craft Beer together with other hundreds of beers, stands, food vendors, cooking demo’s, educational seminars, GABS celebrates the diversity of craft beer and features hundreds of beers, brewery stands, outstanding food vendors, cooking demonstrations, educational seminars, fun activities for everyone together with one of a kind entertainment makes GABS Beer festival a unique experience for all.

 

GABS Auckland will be held on Saturday 18th June at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. Tickets on sale March 18th. 

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Sonny Bill Williams Staying with New Zealand rugby until 2019 

Sonny Bill Williams to stay with New Zealand rugby until 2019

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Sonny Bill Williams, the New Zealand rugby league international and heavyweight boxing champion, who is hoping to win gold in Olympic rugby sevens for his country in August, helped the All Blacks to successive World Cup triumphs in 2011 and last year.

Williams will be playing for the  Super Rugby league  with The Blues (Auckland) , reuniting with the coach no other than the one that got him away from New Zealand and got him to play in the French Club back in 2008.

 

Williams will not be taking part in the June Test against the Wales team.  He will be playing during this year’s Rugby Championship.

Williams is not in the New Zealand squad preparing for the June Test series against Wales, having decided to commit fully to the All Blacks sevens programme. He is, however, expected to be available for this year’s Rugby Championship as well as the end-of-year tour once his Olympics commitments end.

 

Source: Sonny Bill Williams to stay with New Zealand rugby until 2019 | Sport | The Guardian

Lack of hotel beds in Auckland

24 May

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A lack of hotel beds in Auckland during major events next year including the British & Irish Lions rugby tour means visitors will likely be stung by a “spike” in prices, a Government-commissioned report warns.Auckland’s looming hotel “critical constraint status” could also push business and major events to other areas, the new research finds, with escalating room rates posing a risk to the wider tourism industry.A total of 26 additional hotels, above and beyond what is currently planned, will be needed over the next 10 years, across the country’s tourist hotspots.There is a current shortage of hotel rooms during high demand periods in all the centres, particularly in summer and autumn.That has pushed up average revenue per available room to record levels in Auckland, surpassing levels achieved because of huge demand during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.The Government wants to drive new investment in hotels, with the help of the findings from the report, commissioned by NZTE, Tourism New Zealand, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).But for areas like Auckland, the shortage will be felt before new rooms can be constructed.”Current demand and supply projections indicate that Auckland’s hotel sector will remain highly constrained over the next decade, resulting in annual occupancy rates that approach 90 per cent in the long-term,” the report states.”It is likely that the Auckland hotel market will reach “critical constraint status” as early as 2017 with no new supply forecast over the next 18 months and a number of major events occurring such as World Masters Games, the British & Irish Lions tour and the Rugby League World Cup.”That will likely lead to a “spike” in the average daily rate for a hotel room next year, “due to no new room supply and aggressive pricing”.The report states there is a risk of escalating Auckland room rates during peak times “creating long-term consequences for the wider tourism industry”, and a loss of business and major events to other areas. Other business models like Airbnb and campervans may be turned to by tourists put-off by increasing prices, the report states.While infrastructure in centres like Auckland largely performed well during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, there was controversy about the prices some visitors were asked to pay for accommodation.In the lead-up to the tournament, the Herald reported on one lodge that had increased its normal $31.43 a night rate for a single room, to $350 a night for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.And rugby writer Peter Bills’ description of New Zealand as 100 per cent rip-off rather than 100 per cent pure sparked debate about how much visitors pay during stays here.The new research – part of work dubbed Project Palace – focused on Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.It showed that, if demand and supply estimates are accurate, the shortfall in new hotel rooms could be up to 4526 across these centres by 2025, over and above new hotels already planned.”While there is significant hotel investment underway and planned, this report underlines the size of the opportunities there are to grow the sector in New Zealand”, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said.”The Project Palace work will help match investors with opportunities, and reduce the time taken to fill information gaps that can slow down investment.”International visitor arrivals, particularly from China and Australia, will be a major driver of hotel demand, with numbers forecast to grow 5.4 per cent each year.Lobby group the Taxpayers’ Union attacked the research as wasting taxpayer money on analysis that should be done by the private sector.A spokesman for Mr Joyce said organisers of next year’s events are taking steps to ensure sufficient accommodation options.”The Lions Tour will take place in the off peak season and the Masters Games are in the shoulder season for tourism. In the last Lion tour many visitors chose to travel around in motor-homes, and the Veteran Games will have some billeting of competitors.”It is also important to note that this study only counts people in three star or higher hotels in the city centres. There is of course accommodation like motels and hotels further out from the centre, plus Airbnb etc that people will also use.”

Source: Lack of hotel beds in Auckland and at New Zealand tourist hotspots reaches ‘critical’ level

Top 10 Things To do in Auckland in Autumn

The Weather is getting cooler.  and the mild weather means you will want to enjoy the great oudoors.  Here are the Top 10 Things to do in Auckland in Auckland

 

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.