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.
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
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
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
The Kakapo is a special bird, other known as the largest and longest living parrot in the world. Very rare.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Source: GABS Beer & Food Fest 2016
No-one expected Tana Umaga to be able to turn the Blues fortunes around in the space of a season, but he has instilled some steel in his charges and if they are able to build on that all may not be lost.
Source: Report Card: Blues
Sonny Bill Williams to stay with New Zealand rugby until 2019
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.
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.”
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
THE TRANSPORT USER’S GUIDE
Auckland City Limits is only a few days away and we feel its time to help our visitors get the right directions to Auckland City Limits on March 19, at Western Springs . There is free public transport to the big event and a special offer from UBER.
The best way to get around is preferably by Public Transport. This will be the best way to get to and from Auckland Transport and ACL also offers free special event buses from Quay Street in the city and free train travel on the city rail network on the day, just as long as you have your event ticket. More info on how to use the public transport click here.
The special event buses connect with bus and ferry services from other parts of Auckland to provide a seamless option for concertgoers from all corners of the city.
The festival is working close with UBER, so if you have the smartphone app installed you get a discount to and from the festival. You can find more info at the official Auckland City Limits website here. UBER rides from City Limits will be available from a zone on Old Mill Road as the festival ends.
Taxi and drop-off zones are located on Great North Road outside Western Springs Park along from MOTAT.
If you are going to the festival with your own personal transport, like maybe a bicycle? Then you can leave your bicycle at the special Auckland City Limit bike racks which have been placed for the cyclists specifically for the festival. Make sure you bring your own bike locks.
There are no parking spots and there is a limited amount of disability parking spots inside MOTAT.
Full information on these transport options can be found online here.
Auckland City Limits Music Festival:
Tickets for Auckland City Limits can be found on our Facebook Event we Created for this amazing Music Festival. Go here :https://www.facebook.com/events/176219846046205/
Inspired by and aligned with the world-class Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Auckland City Limits Music Festival will fuse the best elements of Austin’s premier festival with a New Zealand flavor and spirit to create an event that will celebrate the spirit and heritage of Auckland for years to come.
Looking for Accommodation?
If you are looking for accommodation during the Auckland Music Festival, then please head over to our Booking page and see if we have any vacancies during that busy period. Enjoy your stay at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast, No. 2 in the Trip Advisor BnB Categories in Auckland. A Choice of 4 themed rooms to choose from , and enjoy Marlene’s Breakfast before heading to the Festival.
So summer is almost gone, but don’t fret, there are still things to do in Auckland, loads of things happening in March, and we wrote this article for you to help you get yourself planned for various activities you can attend with your family and loved ones.
#1 French Film Festival | 1st — 13th march
On its 10th year, The The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, will showcase a special selection of films from the Cannes International Film Festival, Patron Antonia Prebble’s personal favourites and a number of other French-language productions.
#2 Amber Griffin Photography Exhibition | 1st March — 1st April
If you are into Photography, then head out to the Exhibitions Gallery in Newmarket to view really amazing beautiful photographs. Amber Griffin, has worked close with some of New Zealand’s top ballet and contemporary dance artists to explore the beauty and majesty of movement through a diverse range of contemporary photographic processes.
#3 Auckland Arts Festival | 2nd — 20th March
the Auckland Arts Festival will give you 19 days of Theater, Dance, Music, Circus and Dreams to the City of Sails.
#4 Auckland Cup Week | 5th — 12th March
Auckland Cup Week kicks off with the BMW Derby Day on March 5th. On Wednesday, join the racing elite at the Barfoot & Thompson Cocktail Party at The Hilton, and then on Saturday there’s some serious awards up for grabs at Auckland Cup Day.
#5 Pasifika | 12th — 13th March
Pasifika returns to Western Springs for two days of music and vibes. There will be 11 Pacific Island villages, each with their own stage and market setting, for a fabulous day out the entire family will enjoy.
#6 Live Well—Lifestyle, Wellness & Fitness Festival | 12th — 13th March
Head out to The Cloud for a weekend that is all about healthy living, fitness, lifestyle, nutrition, food and wellness.
#7 The Hugh Green Group Street Parade | 13th March
Dress in Green on the 13th to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Featuring Irish inspired floats, traditional music, dancing, bands, banners and more, it’s time to don those shamrocks, drink some Guinness and create a bit of luck.
#8 Auckland Fair | 13th March
The Auckland Fair is back at Shed 10 with more than 90 makers from around New Zealand showcasing homewares, art, clothing, furniture, toys, flowers, plants, cosmetics and more.
#9 Highwic Art Deco Day Out | 13th March
The Highwic House will have a day of live music, dancing, vintage cars, market stalls, tea, cake and cocktails! Start a Pinterest board and gather some ideas about what to wear, because there’ll be prizes for the best dressed.
#10 Auckland City Limits | 19th March
Auckland City Limits is will be a fusion of eats, music and art, and promises to be one of the highlights of the year. Inspired by and aligned with the world-class Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas it will add a NZ flavour and spirit.
#11 Auckland Colour Run | 20th March
The Colour Run celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the largest event series in the world, The Colour Run has more than 300 events in more than 50 countries. Put on a white t-shirt and end up looking like a tie-dyed vat of coloured goodness.
#12 Auckland International Cultural Festival | 20th March
Be Diverse and join the International Culture Festival. With a selection of food, music, sports, arts and culture from around the world, it’s an awesome event to add to your March calendar.
#13 Royal Easter Show | 24th — 28th March
This easter the Royal Easter Show is back with Art World, Farm World, an ice skating rink and loads more. It’s free entry, and you can purchase tickets for the carnival rides, circus and sideshows on-site. Stay around for the fireworks at 9.30pm to finish your night with a bang—or several.
#14 Waiheke International Jazz Festival | 25th — 27th March
Are you into music and jazz? Waiheke is up for an exciting line-up of local and NZ talent over Easter Weekend. All-day sessions, evening concert series and late night Supper Club Sessions. The Grand Finale is on Sunday night at Rangihoua Estate, ‘Where the stars come out to play.’
#15 The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band | 31st March
Are you into blues? Mick Fleetwood, is the co-founder of legendary Fleetwood Mac. Celebrating his Blues heritage with his band and with powerful percussion and persona, staying true to the early styling of the band you can Go Your Own Way and sing and dance the night away.
Places To Stay
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This is Super Rugby’s Week one Round up on Investec Super Rugby 2016 and one thing has quickly become clear…
New Zealand Conference
The Chiefs beat the Crusaders 27-21.
South Africa Conference 1
The Stormers beat the Bulls 33-9.
The Sunwolves hosted the Lions in Tokyo and lost 13-26.
South Africa Conference 2
The Kings, lost 43-8 by the Sharks.
The Brumbies and the Waratahs are on top of the leaderboard in Australia.
The Brumbies beat the Hurricanes 52-10 in Canberra.
The derby game between the Australian States of New South Whales and Queensland against the Waratahs, with 30-10 win over the reds.
This is Waratahs fifth straight win over the Reds,
The Melbourne Rebels won the Perth’s Force 25-19.
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