New Tourism Venture For Auckland

Great news in Auckland as the announcement that the ship Ipipiri, which has 30 cabins will be permanently based in the Viaduct Harbour.

The catamaran Ipipiri is New Zealand’s largest permanently-based cruise ship and the Auckland-based cruise business was launched today.

It will be able to cater cocktail events for up to 100 people and has restaurant seating for up to 80.

The vessel has offers 30 ocean view cabins, complete with en suites and will offer day and overnight cruises in the vicinity of Waiheke Island .

IPIPRI
• Length: 44.5m
• Width: 13m
• Height: 11m
• Hull depth: 1.4m
• Decks: 4
• Cabins: 30 ocean view rooms with en suites

I personally think this is brilliant for the Tourism Industry. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in the accommodation sector. We promote activities and tours to guests travelling within Auckland and New Zealand. To be able to offer another activity that keeps travellers within Auckland offers spin offs to other tourism operators . We may even have to go out for a trip ourselves when the time allows ……

Tourism Gains in New Zealand

In the Bed and Breakfast industry in New Zealand there is widespread belief that the future bodes well due to Tourism New Zealand reporting significant gains in visitor numbers over the past year – with an estimated 150,000 extra people gracing our shores. And all these arrivals have need of the 4 vital components in Tourism;
1) accommodation
2) Food
3) leisure activities
4) transportation

The number of arrivals from Germany rose by 16.6%, while visitor numbers rose by 2.8% for the UK and 11.7% for the USA.

There was also strong growth in the Asian markets, with Singapore up 18.6% and Malaysia up 19.4%. An increase in the number of arrivals was also recorded in Indonesia, India and China.

The Australian market also continued to grow – up 4.4% for the year.

(if only Team New Zealand had bought the Americas Cup home ….)

Americas Cup Games .....again!

Although we are in the middle of Winter here in Auckland and although traffic flow into the Bed and Breakfast is slower ; I find great delight in seeing the Billionaires involved in the Americas Cup already starting to moan .
The lack of clarity from holders Oracle Team USA around the next America’s Cup looks to have cost organisers its challenger of record.
Hamilton Island Yacht Club today advised America’s Cup organisers of their intention to withdraw Team Australia from the 35th America’s Cup.
A statement from the syndicate said it was proving too difficult for a start-up commercial team to put a challenge together when no dates or venue have been confirmed for the event.
Russell Coutts, director of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) said he was very disappointed to receive the news.

“We were excited to have Australia as a challenger and we were also looking forward to the prospect of holding America’s Cup World Series events in Australia,” said Coutts.
But our focus going forward is with the teams that have already submitted challenges and the teams that have told us of their intent to do so before the entry deadline on August 8th.

In a competitors meeting held in Los Angeles last weekend, several teams expressed their reservations over the two remaining venue options – San Diego and Bermuda – and emphasised the a lack of certainly around dates and venue was hampering efforts to secure funding.

It appears Team Australia, who were responsible for negotiating the Protocol with the defenders, were finding the going particularly tough.

It is not yet known who the new challenger of record will be, but it is understood the ACEA have already received official entries from Italian team Luna Rossa and Swedish syndicate Artemis – the challenger of record for the 34th event.

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton said he was disappointed to see the Australian syndicate pull out but said the Kiwi team were on track.

“We have the class rule and the design team is well into its programme; the sailing team continues to compete successfully overseas, with great recent results by Dean Barker and Glenn Ashby in the A class cats worlds and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke still dominating the 49er scene,” said Dalton.

“In addition, we have never been in better shape with potential

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Busy time at the Bed and Breakfast

Auckland has been full for the past3 weeks with very little available accommodation for any travellers. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have had the unusual scenario of travellers (without reservations) turning up at the door wanting accommodation. Sorry but pre booked clients have first priority

Traveller arrivals to 9 February 2014
International Visitor Arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 12% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: China 45%, Korea 20%, USA 14%, Germany 9%, UK 8%, Australia 7%, Singapore 5%, Canada 2%

Down: Japan -6%, India -3%

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Visitor Arrivals in New Zealand

International Visitor Arrivals to January 26th 2013
Total visitor arrivals are up 9% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: China 39%, Singapore 39%, India 29%, Germany 23%, Australia 9%, UK 8%,Korea 7%

Down: USA -11%, Canada -9%

No change: Japan

Time Out .

We have had the opportunity to avail ourselves to a small mini break in for the weekend. So due to a lull in the reservations at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast ….off we went. Lots of books and treats and generally just lazing around doing nothing. BLISS.
I am very interested to watch the progress of ETNZ in San Francisco with the Americas Cup. It’s still early and we are well versed in the adage of “it’s not over until the fat lady sings” but I think we have the real deal with this boat. Lets hope it remains upright until the last race……

International Visitor Arrivals up to July 14th 2013
Total visitor arrivals are up 6.7% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: Singapore 27%, China 16%, UK 15%, USA 11%, Australia 9%, India 4%

Down: Germany -21%, Japan -20%, Korea -5%, Canada -3%

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Big Day Out at Western Springs

The Big Day Out Music Festival is to be hosted at Western Springs, Auckland on January 17 ,2014.

The event was canned for 2013 when it became financially unsustainable with increasing costs and decreasing profits.

Big Day Out NZ would host a multi-stage music, art and culture event created specifically for its New Zealand audience.

Early-bird tickets will go on sale from bigdayout.com and ticketmaster.co.nz at 9am on Monday August 12.

With Western Springs Stadium in close proximity to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , I would urge interested patrons getting in early to reserve accommodation.

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Tourism Numbers still Up.

Winter is here in New Zealand. The drought has truly broken with more than enough rain falling. I have managed to get the house painted at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. I made the mistake of replacing the Finnial Pole on top of the gable. What a nightmare that was with all the rain falling . Am trying to get the final bit done this weekend and remove the scaffold on Monday. OH JOY !

INBOUND travel
International Visitor Arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 14.7% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: China 40%, Australia 20%, Germany 17%, USA 11%, Singapore 7%, UK 3%

Down: Malaysia -38%, Korea -4%, Canada -2%, Japan -2%

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Are the Blues on a Roll

The BLUES win again.
In-front of a bumper 31,014 home crowd, this 34-15 victory was a step up from last week’s upset of the Hurricanes in Wellington. While Auckland’s population are a bit slack in passion towards sports teams it is obvious that they want to believe in this rugby team. I remember the poor attendance last year to their games. Last night there was an atmosphere in the crowds walking past Eden Park Bed and Breakfast that I haven’t seen since the RWC 2011.
And 5 try’s to zip says it all….
While it’s too early to say these rejuvenated Blues are the real deal – there is no doubt Sir John Kirwan, Graham Henry and co have modelled a unified, passionate group.Long may it continue. I am a great believer that a strong Auckland Rugby presence offers great value to New Zealand Rugby.
International Visitor Arrivals to 17th Feb 2013
Total visitor arrivals are up 6.3% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: Japan 11%, China 63%, Singapore 35%, Australia 1%, USA 8%, Canada 1%

Downs: UK -6%, Malaysia -24%, Korea -32%

Unchanged: Germany

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Eden Park Sporting Events

Here’s what’s happening at Eden Park this year…..
With Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in such close proximity to the stadium, we urge all those interested in attending the games to make a reservation sooner than later.
We do not like saying, ‘sorry we are full’

Rugby Union 2013
International Rugby:

Saturday 8th June
All Blacks v France at Eden Park
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 14th September
All Blacks v South Africa
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Super Rugby:

Friday 1st March
Blues v Crusaders(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Sunday 10th March
Blues v Bulls(SA)
Kickoff 1605 hrs

Friday 5th April
Blues v Highlanders(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 13th April
Blues v Hurricanes(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 11th May
Blues v Rebels (Aust)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 25th May
Blues v Brumbies(Aust)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 13th July
Blues v Chiefs(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Rugby League 2013

Saturday 16th March
Vodafone Warriors v Sydney Roosters
Kickoff 1730 hrs

International Cricket 2013
New Zealand v England

Saturday 9th February 2013
First twenty20 at Eden Park
Start 1900 hrs

Saturday 23rd February 2013
Third ODI at Eden Park
Start 1400 hrs

Friday 22nd-26th March 2013
Third Test at Eden Park
Start 1030 hrs

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

Brief overview of upcoming events in Auckland City

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

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