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
Eden Park Bed and Breakfast NZ is one of the top luxury Bed and Breakfast’s in Auckland, New Zealand. We invite you to our home and bnb for a good night’s rest just like back at your own home. For Booking and Availability please click here.
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.
Come back for more Super Rugby Updates every week on Eden’s Bed and Breakfast Blog!
The 2016 Super Rugby season will be marking the 21st season of Super Rugby and will be the first season featuring an expanded 18-team format. This 2016 season will also include for the first time, Teams outside the usual Australia , New Zealand, and South Africa adding teams from Argentina and Japan.
The round-robin games will take place every weekend from 26 February to 16 July 2016 (with a break for international matches during June), followed by the finals series at the end of July and culminating in the final on 6 August.
The 18 teams will be grouped geographically, with two regional groups, each consisting of two conferences: the Australasian Group, with five teams in the Australian Conference and five teams in the New Zealand Conference and the South African Group, with six South African teams, one Argentinean team and one Japanese team split into a four-team Africa 1 Conference and a four-team Africa 2 Conference.
The Group Stages will be consisting of 17 rounds of matches, where each team will play 15 matches and have two rounds of byes for a total of 135 matches.
Teams will play six intra-conference matches in the four-team African Conferences, with each team playing other three teams in their conference home and away. The 5 team Australasian Conferences will play two teams home and away and will also play once again the other two teams (one at home and one away).
The other nine matches will be a single round of matches against each team in the other conference in their group, as well as against each team from one of the conferences in the other group.
In 2016, the teams in Africa 1 will play the teams in the Australian Conference, while the teams in Africa 2 will play the teams in the New Zealand Conference.
The top team in each of the four conferences will automatically qualify to the Quarter Finals. The next top three teams in the Australasian Group and the next top team in the South African group will also qualify to the Quarter Finals as wildcards. The conference winners will be seeded #1 to #4 for the Quarter Finals, in order of log points gained during the group stages, while the wildcards will be seeded as #5 to #8 in order of log points gained during the group stages.
In the Quarter Finals, the conference winners will host the first round of the finals, with the highest-seeded conference winner hosting the fourth-seeded wildcard entry, the second-seeded conference winner hosting the third-seeded wildcard entry, the third-seeded conference winner hosting the second-seeded wildcard entry and the fourth-seeded conference winner hosting the top-seed wildcard entry.
The Quarter Final winners will progress to the Semi-Finals, where the highest seed to reach the Semi-Finals will host the lowest seed and the second-seeded semi-finalist will host the third-seeded team.
The winners of the Semi-Finals will progress to the Final, at the venue of the highest-seeded team.
Season Begins on February 26th – First Game At Eden Park Venue, Auckland
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Accommodation For the 2016 Super Rugby Season
If you are looking for a place to stay during the 2016 Super Rugby Season, You should Know that Eden Park Bed and Breakfast NZ is only a stone throw away from the 2016 Super Rugby Venue at Eden Park. Make sure you contact us for room availability during this busy season. Make sure you book prior to visiting Auckland, New Zealand.
Auckland promoter CRS Presents together in partnership with C3 Presents and Live Nation Entertainment, have announced the Auckland City Limits Music Festival, which will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Western Springs stadium, the surrounding fields and lakeside park. The line is up diverse, with a lot of major international music stars and local talents alike . This is a one day event which will showcase 40 artists from across a broad range of musical genres as well as feature outstanding culinary options, local artworks, an artisanal market, festival fashion, a kids zone and a new festival forum for speaking on and exchanging cultural and innovative ideas.
This new Auckland City Limits Music Festival, is actually inspired by and aligned with the world-class Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. This City Limits Music festival in New Zealand celebrates the spirit and heritage of Auckland for years to come.
Make sure you book your room prior to the festival and if there is availability at our Eden Bed and Breakfast in New Zealand, Mt. Eden, Auckland. We are an award winning luxirious bed and breakfast right next door to Eden Park Sports Venue. To check for room availability please click here.
We want to welcome you to Eden Park since we are just a stone throw away from this venue. We have all the juicy details when it comes to events at Eden Park…
You should know that every year, there are over 500,000 local and international sport fans who enjoy games and events at the park.
It is notably known that Eden Park Venue was the hosts of the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final, and since the early 1900’s, it has been a place for Auckland Cricket, Auckland Rugby and international events since the early 1900’s. In 2016 will see Eden Park as co-host for the Southern Bowl (American Football) Dick Smith NRL Auckland 9s, Bledisloe Cup, ITM Cup, Super Rugby, Football and International and Domestic Cricket games.
Eden Park can hold 50,000 people for match days and events.
It should be known that many features of the stadium have been upgraded. Lighting, audio visual infrastructure, ICT, external building materials and seating.
Eden Park is located in the heart of Auckland (3km from the CBD), and is well serviced by arterial roads.
Welcome to Auckland’s Eden Park Stadium, for more information head over to the official website.
Transportation to Eden Park Venue
Public transport is a very easy way to get anyone to attend Events at Eden Park
There are bus services and trains to and from Eden Park. It is possible to include trains and buses when you grab your match tickets.
For all public transport information
Driving Directions from the Auckland International Airport
Accommodation in Auckland
The best place to stay, if you can find any availability, is at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast NZ. We are the best at what we do, in terms of hospitality, and services. We are a stone throw away from Eden Park Venue, which means you will have a more confortable stay knowing you are next door. Maybe places to eat and dine. We are in the heart of Mt. Eden located at 20 Bellwood Ave.
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Overview of latest international travel trends
Provisional travel statistics for major source and destination countries
Four weeks ended 22 November 2015
International visitor arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 10% compared to the same four-week period last year.
UP: China 31%, Korea 23%, Germany 13%, India 13%, Singapore 9%, UK 9%, Australia 7%, Canada 6%, USA 4%, Japan 3%.
New Zealand resident departures
Total trips abroad by NZ residents are up 2% compared to the same four-week period last year.
UP: India 35%, Fiji 22%, China 15%, UK 12%, Thailand 3%, Cook Islands 2%, Australia 2%.
DOWN: Samoa 4%, USA 15%, Indonesia 22%.
Source: Statistics New Zealand