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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

Summer Holidays are Christmas Holidays in New Zealand

Summer Holidays in New Zealand are basically Christmas Holidays but with a twist. You get to celebrate Christmas like it’s actually summer.

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The New Zealand Summer holidays begin around the 20th of December and last up to 31st of January. You can expect to see a lot of trailers loading up on Boxing day heading for the Coastal Areas.

Summer Holidays in New Zealand is the ultimate Summer Vacation. So much to do and using the massive stretch of coastline areas which connect the North and South Islands feels like there is so many things you can do.

Surfing New Zealand

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If you are looking for a place to Surf, then head out to the popular Surf Highway brings together the best surfers from around the world. Just ask how you can get to Taranaki.

So surfing is your passion, you’ll love New Zealand. You’re always next to the sea.

Life Style Holidays

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Life style in New Zealand is one of a kind. You can do a variety of things to do.  Some examples are Fishing, Sailing, Various Water Activities, Bungee jumping, or Volcano Touring and Hiking.  Don’t forget to visit Mount Eden (AKL) Amazing view on top of Mt. Eden.  If you head down below you’ll find Eden Park, World’s Biggest Rugby Stadium.

If you are into Music and Festivals, you will appreciate Whangamata.  This is a great place to stroll and perfect for Summer Festivals during the Whanga Week, and the Summer Festival happening in New Zealand during this time.

BBQ in NZ

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Summer holidays in New Zealand include bbq and Ice creams.   It is guaranteed to find Kiwi Families enjoying their picnic outing, with their bbq grills, on a summer’s night on a beach.

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If you want a great tan, then head out to Hawkes Bay and Nelson to enjoy your summer holidays in New Zealand like you should. Camp for the night there if you like, you won’t be able to compare this to anywhere else you have ever been in this world.  Promise.

 

Where to Stay in Auckland during your Summer Holidays in Auckland?

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Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is located in Auckland, next to Eden Park’s World’s Largest Rubgy Stadium (Eden Park Stadium on Reimers Ave)   We offer luxury accommodation at an affordable price.  Make sure you contact us prior so we can guarantee your booking.  Christmas Holidays are pretty busy here in Auckland.  Looking forward to your stay.

 

Is Adventure Tourism Unsafe?

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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..

Flights New Zealand ... Everything about NZ Air Travel

 

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Are you looking for affordable flights? New Zealand’s national flight carrier is Air New Zealand and this is the primary method of transport via air all through New Zealand.   New Zealand’s next significant flight carrier is Qantas the Australian national flight carrier.

Trans-Tasman Market

Article Lead - wide6111161810egay1410243541929.jpg-620x349 There are other primary players in the aggressive trans-Tasman flights market (meaning the flight traffic between New Zealand and Australia that crosses the Tasman Sea) they incorporate Jetstar, Virgin Pacific, Freedom and Emirates.

The Flight Carriers

2079075 Virgin, Jetstar and Freedom are the big boys in the flights market..   Jetstar and Freedom are considered the cheap flights to and from and between New Zealand and Australia.   Jetstar is actually owned by Qantas and Freedom is owned by Air New Zealand.

Small Plane Flight Tours

New-Zealand-Small-Group-Tours-Milford-Sound New Zealand additionally has Small Planes for specific sightseeing views of the New Zealand Skies.  Get a glimpse from sky high, and take in the beautiful New Zealand breathtaking sceneries.

Beware of Undeclared Items

New Zealand’s Safety standards at airports and flights, are amongst the best in the world. When you arrive to New Zealand make sure you do not bring any undeclared food or items or anything that could be harmful to New Zealand’s environment. You will receive a fine if you are caught !

Enjoy

Have a fabulous time flying the New Zealand skies. You will appreciate the amicability of New Zealand air transport staff and the administration that you will get.

Bed and Breakfast Stop

17 When you do Arrive in New Zealand, take the Airporter Bus . It will take you straight to our Bed and Breakfast Hotel, at Eden Park.   This is the cheapest method of transport from Auckland Airport. Take the Dominion Road Bus and this will drop you at the top of Bellwood Avenue,Mt Eden.We are 2 blocks down on the left hand side. The cost from Airport to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is $16.00 (single) or $32.00 (double)   For more information on how to book please visit www.bedandbreakfastnz.com/book-now/

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A Macabre Bit of Early New Zealand History...

I used to run the Auckland Ghost Tours ; so when I see evidence of our Colonial Past and the macabre international trade in severed heads, I am fascinated . Information from new book has found that the intensified Maori inter-tribal warfare from such a Trade grew to such an extent it was feared the Maori would be wiped out altogether.

European agents sent to New Zealand in the nineteenth century to buy or trade for the best baked heads were often murdered and beheaded themselves, before being traded back as authentic “Maori warriors”, according to a new book on the history of severed heads.

In ‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found’, English author and anthropological expert Dr Frances Larson explores the “bizarre, often gruesome and confounding history of the severed head … our history is littered with them”.

In it she features the grisly history of Maori trophy heads, or toi moko, traditionally taken from the enemy during inter-tribal warfare.

The heads were not shrunken, like in South American head hunting cultures, but preserved with their skulls intact.

“Specialists, often tribal chiefs, removed the brains, eyes, and tongues before stuffing the nostrils and skull with flax and burying the head with hot stones so that it gradually steam or cured dry,” the book says.

Toi moko were displayed on short poles, usually around the chief’s house.

Joseph Banks, the naturalist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his historic first voyage to the South Pacific, was the first European to acquire a Maori head.

He managed to “persuade a reluctant elderly Maori man” to part with it in exchange for a pair of white linen drawers.

But when the old man took the drawers, he then refused to give up the head until Banks “enforced his threats” at musketpoint.

As contact with European whalers and sealers increased, and the desire for guns increased among Maori in the early nineteenth century, the trade is preserved heads took off.

Over the course of the 50 years from Captain Cook’s first visit in 1769, trade in human heads “reached such intensity, and inter-tribal warfare escalated so ferociously, that many believed the Maori would be completely annihilated,” Dr Larson writes.

The intricate facial tattoos of Maori chiefs were particularly attractive to Europeans.

But they were also the hardest to find and led to slaves being forcibly tattooed and sold to order.

European agents sent over were sometimes killed, tattooed, and sold back to their own unsuspecting countrymen.

Preserved heads were snaffled by private collectors and museums, but also sold in European shops and auction houses as curiosities.

In 1831, the Governor of New South Wales, Ralph Darling banned the increasingly popular practice, saying “there is strong reason to believe that such disgusting traffic tends greatly to increase the sacrifice of human life amongst savages whose disregard of it is notorious”.

The 317-page book notes the observation of one nineteenth century collector, Horatio Robley, who said the human head trade had by then stocked the museums of Europe but had also “considerably reduced the population of New Zealand”.

Since 2003, more than 70 toi moko have been returned to Te Papa Museum in Wellington from public collections in Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Denmark, Australia, Argentina, France, Hawaii, the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, USA, and Germany.

However, it’s believed there are at least 100 more in collections around the world.

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Wedding Planning Checklist - 8 Wedding Venues spots to choose from in New Zealand

There are about 8 top locations for you to tick off your Wedding Planning Checklist.  There are so many different wedding venues in New Zealand to choose from when you finally decide to tie the knot with your special other half.  New Zealand is quite popular as a location for destination weddings due to the amazing beauty that New Zealand beholds.  If you are looking for an ideal place to have your wedding with amazing breathtaking background sceneries, then please look no further.  We have 9 top locations to start off, so start checking that Wedding Planning Checklist !

Trust us, New Zealand has enough spots to make your wedding an unforgettable experience.

Below are our 8 top favorite locations for you to mark off your wedding planning checklist and make this a time to remember in New Zealand.

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With a magnificent background scenery, the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, is our top choice of a location.
2.  Take a helicopter ride

helicopter-ride-nz-scenery-eden-park-bnbTake a helicopter ride on top of Tasman Glacier, where you can have your wedding surrounded by amazing Mountain peaks covered with Snow.

3.  Marry on a luxury sail boat. 

Get married on a luxury sailing boat. From bay to bay, float on a marriage-luxury-boatLake in Rotorua.  More specifically Lake Rotoiti.

4.  Wineries and Vineyards  

Hawke’s Bay, with amazing food and wine, architecture, beaches and wildlife. Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island  and is accessible by air, land and sea so getting there is nice and easy .  So while having your wedding, have a sample tasting of New Zealand’s award winning local wine vineyards.

5.  Take a mud bath with your other half. 

Get all dirty and healthy in our Geothermal waters in New Zealand , to help you clean your soul, and to make the “i do” officially at Hell’s Gate in Rototua.

6. 20.000ft off the Ground!th

Try something crazy. Get on one of New Zealand’s famous Air Balloons and tie the knot 20.000ft off the ground.  With jaw dropping site viewing of New Zealand from high above would certainly take your breath away.

7. Golfing

If you are into Golf.  Then why not plan your wedding on our lush green grass lands on our famous Golf Courses at Kauri Cliffs or Cape Kidnappers. With a breathtaking background that will surely make this wedding a one to remember.

8. Beach

If you are the beach type, then just head up to Marlborough Sounds, and have your wedding overlooking the ancient sunken river valleys, bays, and our golden sandy beaches.

All these are doable.  All you need to do is plan ahead.  And make sure you have a high budget for all of this to become a reality.  Besides, you usually get married just once, and you must make this a time to remember. Make sure to research a wedding planner here in New Zealand, to help you plan out your one of a kind wedding ceremony in New Zealand.

If you have guests coming from overseas make sure you look for places which offer accommodation. We can provide accommodation at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast, in Auckland, New Zealand.  We offer 4 luxury rooms for you and your guests to stay in.  Choose from our Cream Room, Yellow Room, Green Room, and Blue Room.  Make sure you visit our official website for more information on our accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Your major goal here is to plan your New Zealand wedding successfully without any type of problems.  They say New Zealand isn’t that affordable.  It is if you plan ahead.

Thank you for reading our article on the 8 top places to have your special wedding in New Zealand.  Make sure you add New Zealand in your Wedding Planning Checklist.

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7 Valuable Tips in Saving on your New Zealand Trip

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New Zealand is known for its amazing mountain views, amazing wildlife, amazing beaches making this Maori Culture Destination, a dream come true for many adventure travelers.

However, let us warn you, this doesn’t come cheap. So we decided we wanted to share with you 10 valuable tips on Saving on your next New Zealand Holiday trip…

 

Keep in mind, that by the time you step foot on New Zealand soil, up till the point you leave, you will be spending.  So instead of you spending cluelessly, we are here to help you save a few coins here and there.

Here are our 7 Valuable tips in Saving on your New Zealand Trip

1) Pre Booking!  

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New Zealand’s seasons are pretty weird.  What I mean by weird, I mean, if you are looking for planning a summer vacation, then best choice is to book your ticket for December.   We have summer up to February. Great time to check out our beautiful beaches.  No we are serious!    If you are looking for a quiet time in New Zealand, then you should either plan your trip for  Spring or Fall. Tourism is down during that time.

For the Skiing fans out there, you should plan your trip to Queenstown.

2) Cut New Zealand In Half.

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New Zealand is pretty big. Don’t let the “island” look trick you.  This island is huge!    So if you either coming for more than two weeks, you should then take your time planning for both the North Island and South Island. It would be a shame if you didn’t enjoy each to the fullest.  If you are on a budget, then this is the best way to tour New Zealand.  Concentrate at one are at a time.  This will save you money.  We promise!

3) Find the Best Deals

We suggest you look around for great deals. Follow us on Facebook, or any of our social media profiles so you can find out on great deals on air fair tickets.   Air fair is pretty expensive due to the New Zealand’s remote location.

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Check out Trip Advisor’s main page to get info on great air fair deals. While you are at it, you can read our review on Trip Advisor. We were voted Travelers Choice Awards, with great reviews. If you are planning your trip, keep us informed so we can pick you up ourselves.

4) Paper or Plastic?  

We suggest bringing your Visa, Mastercard or whatever Plastic you like. New Zealand accepts all plastic, everywhere. Restaurants, hotels, and shops all take plastic.

5) Tipping . Its ok if you don’t tip. Its not customary in New Zealand, so save your money!  notip

 

6) Choosing the Right Touring Guide.  

You could easily spend on hundreds of dollars, on tours, excursions and entrance fees, particularly if your New Zealand bucket list includes pricey once-in-a-lifetime activities like bungy jumping or helicopter flight-seeing.

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If your budget hurts just thinking about it, we advise you to ask us. We are experts in this category since we have our own touring transportation service you can use as well.  (www.Supercare4u.com) for more info.

7) Drink from the tap.  No need to waste money on bottled water. Our water in New Zealand is drinkable.

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 We hope you enjoyed our article on our 7 tips on how you can save on your next New Zealand trip!  

 

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At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in a campaign of building and renovation. We are installing a Bay Window onto the front room and hanging new wallpaper in various rooms. The window was saved from a building that was destroyed in the Christchurch earthquake. It’s our little bit of saving a piece of Christchurch history….

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Auckland's Top Restaurants

The first five restaurants are within a 10 minute walking distance from Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. All of the restaurants have gained a following due to their high standard of cuisine and presentation. Eating out in Auckland is a pleasure. Enjoy!

Two Fifteen Bistro 215 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 630-6474 www.twofifteen.co.nz

The Dominion 234 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-2121 www.dominionbar.co.nz

Basil Thai 2/236 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-2334 www.basilthai.co.nz

Merediths 365 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-3170 www.merediths.co.nz

Clare Inn Irish Pub 274-278 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-8233 www.theclareinn.com

Reservations are recommended for all of the following restaurants

601(New North Rd) 601 New North Rd Morningside 849-7268 www.601newnorthroad.co.nz

Andiamo 194 Jerviois Rd Herne Bay 378-7811 www.andiamo.co.nz

Baduzzi Cnr Jellicoe St and Fish Lane North Wharf.City 309-9339 www.baduzzi.co.nz

Cazador 854 Dominion Rd Balmoral 620-8730 www.huntgatherfeed.com

CIBO Axis Building, 91 street Georges Bay Rd Parnell 303-9660 www.cibo.co.nz

Clooney 33 Sale Street Central City 358-1702 www.clooney.co.nz

Cocoro 56a Brown St Ponsonby 360-0927
www.cocoro.co.nz

Coco’s Cantina 376 Karangahape Rd Newton 300-7582 www.cocoscantina.co.nz

Debretts Kitchen Hotel De Brett, 2 High St Central City 969-1545 www.hoteldebrett.co.nz

Depot 86 Federal St. Central City 363-7048 www.eatatdepot.co.nz

Ebisu 116-118 Quay St.Britomart Central City 300-5271 www.ebisu.co.nz

Federal Delicatessen 86 Federal St. Central City 363-7184 www.thefed.co.nz

Fish Hilton Auckland. Princess Wharf. 147 Quay St Viaduct 978-2020 www.fishrestaurant.co.nz

Ima 57 Fort St Central City 300-7252
www.imacuisine.co.nz

Kazuya 193 Symonds St Eden Terrace 377-8537 www.kazuya.co.nz

Masu Sky City Grand Hotel.90 Federal St Central City 363-6278 www.skycityauckland.co.nz

Merediths 365 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-3140 www.merediths.co.nz

Moochowchow 23 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-6262 www.moochowchow.co.nz

Non Solo Pizza 259 Parnell Rd Parnell 379-5358 www.nonsolopizza.co.nz

O’Connell St Bistro 3 O’Connell St Central City 377-1884 www.oconnellstbistro.com

Orphans Kitchen 118 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 378-7979 www.orphanskitchen.co.nz

Ortolana The Pavilions. 31 Tyler St. Britomart Central City 368-9487 www.britomart.org/ortolana

O’Sarracino 3-5 Mt Eden Rd. Eden Terrace 309-3740 www.osarracino.co.nz

Astro Level 2. Seafarers.52 Tyler St.Britomart Central City 302-9888 www.seafarers.co.nz

Ponsonby Rd Bistro 165 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-1611 www.ponsonbyroadbistro.co.nz

Rosie 82 Gladstone Rd Parnell 369-1182 Rosie

Sidart Three Lamps Plaza. 283 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-2122 www.sidart.co.nz

Soto 13 St Marys Rd St Marys Bay 360-0021 www.soto.co.nz

Soul Bar and Bistro Viaduct Harbour Viaduct 356-7249 www.soulbar.co.nz

SPQR 150 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-1710 www.spqrnz.co.nz

St Heliers Café and Bistro 387 Tamaki Dr St Heliers 575-6995 www.stheliersbaycafe.co.nz

The Blue Breeze Inn 146 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-0303 www.thebluebreezeinn.co.nz

The French Café 210 Symonds St Eden Terrace 377-1977 www.thefrenchcafe.co.nz

The Grill by Sean Connolly Sky City Grand Hotel.90 Federal St Central City 363-7067 www.skycityauckland.co.nz

The Grove St Patricks Square. Wyndham St Central City 368-4129 www.thegroverestaurant.co.nz

The Sugar Club Sky Tower,Cnr Federal and Victoria Sts Central City 363-6365 www.skycityauckland.co.nz

Tribeca The Foundation Bldg. 8 George St Parnell 379-6359 www.tribeca.co.nz

Vinnies 166 Jervois Rd Herne Bay 376-5597 www.vinnies.co.nz

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

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