What To Do or Not Do in New Zealand

There are many ways to experience the lush, ridiculous beauty of New Zealand, and the best way to experience this is by driving.

New Zealand is not known for its easy public transport system and so , to experience New Zealand, you will have to experience the amazing landscapes and wild views.

There are several popular spots to know about.  The real beauty of New Zealand, is found on the road

New Zealand Road Trip

If you are on budget, then you can take a guided tour, or rent your own car or caravan.  It really depends on what you are trying to do. If  you do decide to drive, make sure you understand you will be driving on the left, and not the right as most countries.

In the following article, we will discus what you can do and not do in your New Zealand road trip!   Make sure you pick the right car for your trip.  If you choose to get car in winter, make sure you add on snow chains. You will need to get up the ski resort roads

So just think about the kind of trip that you want to do and get a car or van that fits it. If you will be trying to find a place to camp, make sure you learn how the camping system works in New Zealand.  First of all, its best to think of getting a van, with a toilet.  IF you don’t get one with a toilet, you won’t be able to freedom camp.  Usually when you freedom camp, you are allowed to camp on public land for free as long as you have the right facilities.

It Is very important you understand how the camper-van and freedom camping system works in New Zealand and not abuse it.

New Zealand Road Trip

Make sure you understand that you can’t freedom camp anywhere near Wanaka or Queenstown.    These are considered popular places, so you can’t really be there camping . No room.  The places where you can camp, are at holiday parks.  However keep in mind that many people really do abuse the holiday park campout.

Keep note, Holiday parks, do not come cheap.  You could pay around $20-$30 Holiday parks aren’t cheap though. I paid between $20-$30 for a total night for 1 person for a non-powered site and wifi .

There are cheaper options, like outside towns, and usually in a dead zone for any type of phone services like 3G…etc.

 

Half of the beauty of New Zealand lies in getting lost and finding your own favorite little spots, and it’s one of the best reasons to get a car.    Because New Zealand is so sparsely populated, you can get away with winging it and being spontaneous here. There is always a campsite and always somewhere to sleep. Don’t worry!

Make sure you don’t underestimate the road dangers in New Zealand.   All the roads are basically one lane in either direction, and the remote roads don’t even have guardrails.

New Zealand Road Trip

 

All roads are hardly straight.   New Zealand landscape frequently likes to add obstacles to the adventure like landslides, hitchhikers, and sheep, so be alert.   All roads are well labelled, so it’s hard to get lost.  Unless you are not paying attention.

It takes a while to get used to the roads in New Zealand.  It’s much better to drive slower and be safe, and do not drive on the RIGHT! Only on the left!

DO- Book a Room with a BNB

Do make sure you book a room with a place you can trust and is well renown for its accommodation services.   Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland , New Zealand, is an award winning bed and breakfast found right next door to Eden Park Venue.  For more information on availability and prices please visit Eden Park Bed and Breakfast NZ here.

 

 

 

Video: Oprah Winfrey is loving her time in New Zealand

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Oprah Winfrey has shared her breathtaking helicopter ride over flight over Lake Hawea with her 8.3million Instagram Followers. 

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Oprah Winfrey seems to be working with Tourism New Zealand, where she has been posting photos of our amazing landscapes and panoramic views of our mountaintops, letting her fans how she loves our beloved New Zealand.

Oprah Winfrey will be filming at Lake Hawea with Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

On Saturday morning, Oprah shared her videos of a helicopter ride over the lake and enthusiastically exclaimed, “Amazing, love it!”.

Go and Follow Oprah Winfrey on her Instagram account so you can follow her story! 

Auckland Tourism 2017

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We have the latest statistics for the year that passed.

Auckland had more than 2.49 million international visitors – up 11.9 per cent, year-on-year.
Tourism continues to be Auckland’s huge economic success story, and with the welcoming of the largest cruise ship to visit New Zealand, Ovation of the Seas, helped boost Auckland’s business by $1.5 million.

Auckland will have a busy calendar ahead on major events during the shoulder and winter seasons.  Events such as the Downer NRL Auckland Nines, World Masters Games 2017, and the ASB Classic are the events to focus on 2017. This is going to be a big year for Auckland.

Below is a video which marks the five year point since the inception of ATEED’s Auckland Visitor Plan in December 2011.

Watch the highlights video by Visit Auckland

With more reasons than ever for visitors to come and explore our region, we hope you have a great year.

Remember to make your reservation at our award winning Bed and Breakfast in Auckland.

Check for accommodation availability here 

Trivago Awards 2016

Based on 175 million traveller ratings from over 250 online booking sites trivago.co.nz has analyzed accommodation in New Zealand with 100 reviews or more to define the top-rated across the country.

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EDEN PARK BED AND BREAKFAST TOP-RATED IN AUCKLAND REGION

Eden Park Bed and Breakfast has been named the top-rated accommodation in the Auckland Region for the second consecutive year after being named the winner of the trivago Awards 2017.

The bed and breakfast, as well as Enclosure Bay, made the top 100 best-rated nationally. Eden Park Bed and Breakfast placed sixth and Enclosure Bay at 24th within the country.
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About the trivago Awards 2017

Each year, trivago analyses aggregated ratings and reviews of hotels across New Zealand to find which hotels have the best ratings from travellers and which destinations have the highest rated hotels. The awards are based on 175 million ratings from over 250 booking sites worldwide. Any hotel or accommodation featured on trivago with 100+ reviews is included in the trivago Awards 2017. Only destinations with a minimum of 10 hotels and 500+ reviews are included in the Awards. Ratings data is based on live figures as at September 2016.

About trivago

Travellers find the ideal hotel for the best price on trivago.co.nz. trivago is the world’s largest online hotel search site, comparing rates from over 1,000,000 hotels on over 250 booking sites worldwide. trivago integrates over 175 million hotel ratings and 14 million photos in order to make finding the perfect hotel easier for users. Over 120 million visitors per month find their ideal hotel by using trivago’s various filters. trivago was founded in 2005 in Düsseldorf, Germany and currently operates 55 international country platforms in 33 languages.

This press release is copyrighted and may only be published with reference to www.trivago.co.nz. 

Air activities to do in Auckland New Zealand

Are you into Air Activities?  We all know how Auckland looks from above.  Auckland looks beautiful.  If you are a true adventurer looking for a true air experience, you should try hand gliding!

Head over to Aqua Air Adventure.

Aqua Air Adventure

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Live on the edge. Hang-gliding gives you a taste of man’s greatest dream of flying. With the glider responding to the slightest movement man and glider become one. Thirty years experience allows you to relax and totally enjoy this amazing experience, while also have a chance to control the glider yourselves.

For more Air Activities in South Auckland click here

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Scenic Flights in Auckland

You can also Enjoy Auckland’s stunning natural playground from the air on a scenic flight. Fly over city landscapes and the sparkling blue waters and emerald islands of the Haruaki Gulf. Sit back, relax and take in the incredible views.

For More Scenic Flights to Choose From  click here 

Where to Stay? 

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Great Place to Stay and Enjoy all activities is in Mt. Eden, Auckland New Zealand.  Our award winning Bed and Breakfast welcomes you with open arms.

You get to choose from 4 different themed bedrooms within our BnB.   Accommodation is affordable and service is exceptional.  Please check for availability at http://bedandbreakfastnz.com

 

 

 

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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2016 Super Rugby Season - New Zealand

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.

Competition

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.

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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.

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Grab Your Game Tickets By Clicking the Image Below

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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.

Check for Availability Here . 

Welcome to Auckland's Eden Park Stadium

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

21 min (19.1 km) via State Highway 20 .  20 min without traffic from Auckland Airport

So if you are at the Airport, at Ray Emery Drive, Auckland 2022, New Zealand , you go ahead an follow State Highway 20A and State Highway 20to Maioro S.t in Mount Roskill. It will take around 13 min (14.8 km) .  You then take Sandringham Rd Exit and Sandringham Rd to your destination in Mount Eden.  It will take around 9 min (4.3 km)  50 Walters Rd Mt Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand

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.

Check for room availability by clicking here. 

New Zealand Travel Statistics

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%.
DOWN: Nil

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
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New Zealand Visitor Arrivals

Overview of latest international travel trends
Provisional travel statistics for major source and destination countries
Four weeks ended 25 October 2015

International visitor arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 8% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: China 35%, India 19%, Korea 15%, Canada 6%, Australia 6%, USA 5%, Japan 3%, Germany 3%.
DOWN: UK 5%, Singapore 11%.

New Zealand resident departures
Total trips abroad by NZ residents are up 7% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: UK 116%, Thailand 22%, Cook Islands 16%, India 14%, China 13%, Samoa 10%, Indonesia 6%, Australia 1%, Fiji less than 1%.
DOWN: USA 6%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand
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Brief overview of upcoming events in Auckland City

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