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
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.
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 !
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 is known as the playground for adventure. We have picked the top 11 things to do in New Zealand. 1) Cape Reinga Cape Reinga also known as Te Rerenga Wairua, is the northwestern most tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Cape Reinga, is known as the most spiritual significant place in Maori tradition and mythology. The cape where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean is known as the place Maori spirits descend into the underworld. Everywhere you turn at Cape Reinga you are surrounded by beauty, whether it’s stunning beaches or the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Things to do: There is a 90-mile beach, a public highway on route to Cape Reinga, where you can also go sand-boarding on the sand dunes, and Rarawa Beach, a gorgeous cove perfect for surfing. 2) Lake Wanaka Lake Wanaka is located in the Otago region of New Zealand, at an altitude of 300 metres. Covering an area of 192 km², it is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake, and estimated to be more than 300 m deep. Its name is Māori, a corruption of Oanaka. The Lake Wanaka region is a playground in the natural wonderland of mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes – its a living breathing paradise. You get to adventure at your own pace, in your own time, in your own way. 3) White Water Rafting, Rotorua Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand’s North Island. White Water Rafting on the Kaituna River is known as the “best, most amazing experien” on Trip Advisor. You must experience Kaituna for yourself. It is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world – Tutea Falls. It consists of Warm water, outstanding scenery, heart pumping rapids and world class guides Make sure you make Rotorua Rafting your first stop activity in Rotorua. 4) Milford Sound Milford Sound or Piopiotahi in Maori is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island. With around 550,000 to 1 million visitors per year this has been labeled as one of the best world tourist destinations to visit. New Zealand’s own, it has been called the eighth Wonder of the World. Things to do : Tramping, canoeing, and some other water sports are usually popular. You can also take small boat trips. A very small percentage of tourists stay more than a day, so there isn’t really any accommodation for long stays. You can also check out the underwater tourist observatory found in one of the bays of the sound provides viewing of black coral, usually only found in much deeper waters. 5) Abel Tasman National Park Abel Tasman National Park is a New Zealand national park located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island. A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak. The Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life. From Hiking, to Canoeing, followed by sun bathing, then swimming and breathtaking snorkeling, and the list goes on. Accommodation consists of luxurious lodges. The most popular type of sleeping, is the sleeping under the stars outside in Nature So you have two options , one is taking the Jumping off Nevis, New Zealand’s highest bungy from a cable car. Then you have the “The Ledge” overlooking Queenstown where you can bungy at night, or take a look at AJ Hackett Bungy for more details. 6) Tongariro Alpine Crossing The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is a tramping track in New Zealand, and is among the most popular day hikes in New Zealand. You can have a one-day adventure, walking across active volcanoes, with spectacular and unique volcanic terrain. Experience the cold mountain spring, old lava flows, active volcanic craters ,thermal steam vents, amazing mesmerizing lakes and to top it off ; a native forest to explore. You can also get the best view of the mountains and lakes of the central North Island. 7) Whale Watching, Kaikoura This is where the Mountains meet the Sea….With a population of approximately 3,800 residents, Kaikoura is located on a rocky peninsula, surrounded by lush farmland beneath the mountains. Right off the peninsular, there is a rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds making it an ideal place for experiencing it at first hand. You will be Whale Watching! Several different species of whale can be seen off Kaikoura . The Sperm Whales are the main species seen. 8) Skydiving, Lake Taupo Lake Taupo is a lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand and is the largest lake in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake. Things to do : Skydiving is the main tourist attraction. This is why our tourists visit Lake Taupo. If you are not a fan of skydiving then you can easily join the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, which is a a cycling tour around the lake which can take anywhere between four and ten hours. There are Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay on Lake Taupō that are over 10 metres high and only accessible by boat. The cliff has become a popular tourist destination with hundreds of boats and yachts visiting the spot daily. It is a noted trout fishery with stocks of introduced brown trout and rainbow trout. 9) Franz Josef Glacier The Franz Josef (Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori) is a glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The glacier area is one of the main tourist attractions of the West Coast, You may take Guided and unguided walks up to and onto the glacier. Glacier walks also require some specialized equipment, namely ice axes and crampons that latch onto a sturdy boot. 10) Bungy Jumping, Queenstown New Zealand is known at the the bungy capital of the world. Did you know that Bungy Jumping originated in New Zealand? Its true! The First Bungee Jump ever was at the Kawarau Bridge. And finally coming to #11, we want to end this article, with our personal introduction to our award winning Luxury Bed and Breakfast Hotel in Central Auckland. We offer a guarantee that you will have a pleasant and rewarding stay with us. We think you should choose Eden Park and Breakfast as your best choice of accommodation in Auckland. 11) Best Accommodation? Eden Park Bed and Breakfast In Auckland This Bed and Breakfast offers Four luxuriously appointed rooms with individual sophistication and character. They include The Cream Room, The Blue Room and The Yellow room with ensuite bathrooms while The Green Room comes with its own private bathroom. Our complimentary breakfast is set with china, silver and Linen. We offer a three course breakfast including a fruit bowl, with a continental selection and a hot cooked option. There is a well-appointed guest lounge, and our B&B includes a WiFi Hotspot for your free Internet. There is an excellent selection of Restaurants and Cafes near by in Dominion Road, Mt. Eden and Kingsland. The Local buses and trains are within a close walking distance for transport to the city. When you visit New Zealand and land at Auckland Airport, catch the Airporter bus. Take the Dominion Road Shuttle and get off at the intersection of Bellwood Ave/ Dominion Road, Eden Valley Shops.We are 200meters down Bellwood Avenue on the LHS. This is the cheapest option for transport to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast from the Airport. Right Next Door: Eden Park Venue Eden Park Bed and Breakfast Is located right next door to Eden Park. This is New Zealand’s largest Rugby Stadium and has been selected as a venue for the 2015 Cricket World Cup Games that will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. We hope you enjoyed our top 11 things to do in New Zealand. We hope it was helpful and valuable. Please do leave a comment below. Thank you!
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
One of the most amazing memorable NRL Auckland Nines Final was won by South Sydney with a score of 18-14 during golden try extra time. The Sharks put out a strong defensive wall making it hard for South Sydney to break through easily.
Weekend in Review
The Rabbitohs, defeated Cronulla 18-14 another memorable final.
Cronulla knocked out the Warriors in the quarter-final stages along the way to a spot in the final.
The Sharks beat the Roosters and the Rabbitohs beat the Eels in the semi-finals.
Women’s NRL Series
In the women’s series, the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns won beating the Jillaroos, 2-1.
Note this event was the first time that matches between the two women’s teams were on live television. Very impressive match ups.
Thousands attended to watch skillful football played at Eden Park over the Weekend.
TheNRL Auckland Nines is competitive football tournament played in a fun environment., and will be back again next year!
The NRL Auckland Nines Fans raid
Right before the game and after the game, we had fans from the NRL Nines tourney passing by our Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. I mean it when we say that we are a stones throw away from the Eden Park Venue ; so we get to catch all the fun during these events. Here are some candit pics of the fans .
Did you watch the NRL Auckland Nines?
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