Why staying at an Auckland bed and breakfast is better than staying at an Auckland hotel

Luxury Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. For many travelers Bed and Breakfast means, cozy rural cottage with homemade cookies  and a hombnbvshotele away from home.

However, things have changed. For example at Eden Park Bed and breakfast we evolved far beyond these traditional bounds. Eden Park Bed and Breakfast offers modern services, which define a quality experience from check in, to check out.

Auckland Bed and Breakfasts offer more value than ever before. You won’t be able to find modern accouterments, spa options or locally sourced fresh home cooked breakfasts which are served for free, compared to if you stayed in any Auckland Hotel. You will find all these amenities and free services at a B&B, especially at our Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland.

It is said that Travelers say B&B’s offer better amenities than Hotels. Homemade breakfast is free at a B&B and at hotels it costs.

Bottled Water: There is always bottled water in the room and its free at a B&B. The number one request from Travelers is to see more complimentary bottled water in their hotel rooms.

Free Wifi: Everyone needs a wifi for their online connection. At Eden Park bed and breakfast the Wifi is Free. In Hotels. You usually get charged. Service is very important to any guest.

Concierge Service: Having a concierge will make you tip here and there. At a B&B you get free services by the owners of the Bed and Breakfast. At Eden Park bed and breakfast, Marlene and Anthony Mcnaulty will be there to attend to your every need, for Free.

Free Snacks: Nearly One in Four travelers say that unlimited access to free food and drinks is the home comfort they miss most when they are traveling. Marked-up prices on food and drinks at a hotel could end up costly for you. At most Bed and Breakfasts, these luxuries are usually offered Free.

Private Bathrooms: 97% of Bed and Breakfast’s offer private bathrooms. Here at Eden Park bed and breakfast we offer private bathrooms for each room you choose to stay in.

So simply put, B&B’s can cost less than comparable hotels and offer much more value in terms of the average cost per night.

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast, we will arrange for flexible check-ins and check-out times when contacting us in advance. We offer private bathrooms for each of the four themed rooms at Eden Park B&B. We offer Gluten Free meals to make sure your breakfast meets your dietary needs.

So seeking out the luxuries of a modern bed and breakfast doesn’t mean paying more. In fact, you’re likely to save money by choosing the right bed and breakfast in Auckland and is better than staying at an Auckland Hotel.

The savings are huge when you compare Bed and Breakfast vs. hotel. You already know about the free breakfast, but what you might not realize is just how many other things you’ll get at a B&B for free: Hotels will always charge you for services, meaning you’ll end up paying a lot more.

How is it that you can get so much more at a B&B? The answer is simple: every B&B is personally operated by an innkeeper whose goal is to offer you the best possible experience.

Eden Park Bed and Breakfast Introduction

You’re not just another room number, you are a guest and you’ll never feel more welcome  at a B&B and more specifically our Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in New Zealand, than a hotel.

That’s how we feel here at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. The reasons mentioned above are strong enough reasons of why you should choose to stay at an Auckland Bed and Breakfast rather than staying at an Auckland Hotel.

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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 14 June 2015

International visitor arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 10% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: China 47%, Germany 19%, USA 13%, Australia 7%, Korea 5%, India 4%, Japan 1%, Canada 1%.
DOWN: UK 3%, Singapore 4%.

New Zealand resident departures
Total trips abroad by NZ residents are up 6% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: Thailand 21%, China 20%, India 17%, USA 13%, Fiji 11%, Cook Islands 10%, Australia 7%, Indonesia 1%, UK 1%.
DOWN: Samoa 10%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

TripAdvisor Awards of Excellence 2015 - Five time Winner!

From TripAdvisor :

Subject : Welcome to the Hall of Fame!‏

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 2.43.06 PMThat’s what we got in our email yesterday!  Another award goes to  Eden Park Bed and Breakfast New Zealand.

Awards by TripAdvisor are considered serious business.  They Distinguish the Top-Performing Businesses as Reviewed by Travelers who are signed up to the popular platform TripAdvisor.

Five Wins in a Row! 

Eden Park Bed and Breakfast NZ  have been awarded for their Five-Time Winner of the Certificate of Excellence and has been added to the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

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This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for Five years in A Row. This award is only earned by receiving consistently great reviews on TripAdvisor.

Over 100,000 hospitality businesses from around the world have been awarded this year.

Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence worldwide and is given to accommodations, restaurants and attractions listed on TripAdvisor that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the site.

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When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, as well as a business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.

In order to qualify for the award, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

TripAdvisor honors exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site

Eden Park Bed and Breakfast focuses on delivering great service to customers and guests, and is a good example of good business practices in its category.

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TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Hall of Fame 2015

As 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of the award, TripAdvisor is announcing its Certificate of Excellence “Hall of Fame.”

As mentioned previously, this award goes to businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years and winners will receive a special Hall of Fame certificate and window sticker to promote their accomplishment.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

Thank you

We Are honored to have received this award. We would like to thank all of our previous guests that have given us the best reviews any bed and breakfast accommodation can receive.   We will continue to strive for the best accommodation someone can experience while in Auckland, New Zealand.

 

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The Blues won last night.....

International visitor arrivals at Four weeks ended 19 April 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up 7% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: India 39%, Canada 39%, USA 26%, Japan 20%, Korea 19%, China 16%, Singapore 6%, UK 6%, Germany 4%, Australia less than 1%.
DOWN: Nil

New Zealand resident departures
Total trips abroad by NZ residents are up 6% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: Indonesia 57%, India 26%, Samoa 19%, Fiji 15%, USA 15%, Australia 8%.
DOWN: Cook Islands 2%, Thailand 3%, China 5%, UK 14%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Top Five New Zeland Beaches to Visit in 2015

Explore the top Five New Zealand Beaches to Visit in 2015.  New Zealand is a beautiful place with beautiful mountain vistas, Volcano Sites, but our beaches are something else. 

Whatipu, North Island

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Whatipu sits an hour (40km) west of Auckland on the edge of the Waitakere Ranges.This beach consists of wetlands, sand dunes, rocky cliffs and unique black sand beaches. Considered perfect fo the Family outing adventure.   Make sure you pack a lunch basket and water because you won’t be finding any shops nearby . You take your nature walks through the caves through to a spot of surfcasting.   Perfect outing for a family.

Black Pebble Beach, South Island

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Black Pebble Beach is famous for its black pebbles. Very unique location to visit. Keep in mind the waters are cold.   There are restaurant and bars in the area so you can enjoy your drink while enjoying the sunset at Black Pebble Beach. Black Pebble Beach is 250km north from Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Anapai Beach, South Island

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 If you are headed to South Island, then head to the Top of Abel Tasman National Park. You can go Kayaking to seals beach where you can interact with the wildlife there. (seals) . Enjoy bushwalks and secluded beaches.

The Catlins, South Island  

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Just 2 hours south of Dunedin you will find the The Catlins. There is a rainforest , beaches, and rugged landscapes. A place of unique endangered birds, such as our Rare Yellow – Eyed Penguin. Enjoy the fur seals, and sea lions, but please don’t get too close!

Tapotupotu Bay, North Island

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If you are into night camping, surfing, or fishing, then head off to North Island and find Tapotupotu Bay. You will find white sand beaches, great fishing locations and beautiful places to camp at night and be one with nature.

Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , Auckland, NZ

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If all of those beaches don’t  satisfy your tastes, and you want something more comfortable, and closer to the city, then stay with us at our luxurious bed and breakfast Inn, in Mt. Eden.   For the Rugby and Cricket Fans, we are a stones throw away from Eden Park Venue on Reimers Ave., so it would be easy for you to catch a match while staying at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast NZ.

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Tourism still humming in New Zealand

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have seen the first traveller slowdown since October last year as the “season” winds down.. We still have regular arrivals but we see the beginnings of the Winter season. It’s been a horrible weekend with the weather in Auckland. Rain, thunderstorms, heavy wind, and boats blown up onto the rocks of the harbour.

International visitor arrivals at Four weeks ended 12 April 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up 19% compared to the same four-week period last year.
UP: India 66%, Canada 30%, USA 27%, Australia 20%, Korea 18%, China 17%, UK 16%, Japan 15%, Germany 13%, Singapore 4%.

DOWN: Nil

New Zealand resident departures
Total trips abroad by NZ residents are up 27% compared to the same four-week period last year.
UP: Indonesia 165%, India 57%, USA 50%, Fiji 40%, Samoa 40%, Thailand 32%, Australia 28%, China 22%, Cook Islands 9%.

DOWN: UK less than 1%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

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Top Five Travel Apps for your next trip!

We’ve decided do a little research and find the best top five travel apps that will assist you on your next trip. As long as you have WiFi, 3g, 4g, or whatever type of internet, these top ten travel apps will help you either with your packing, or your boarding, or finding your way around, we are sure you will be grateful you took the time to read this article.

So let’s begin with , Packing.

 

Travel App1#

Packing Pro

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Crete your own personal packing list and check your items off as you are packing. How great is that?   You can also save that list as a template on your next packing trip, or even when leaving to return, that checklist will come in handy so you don’t forget that , charger…or your slippers.

Get it here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/packing-pro/id312266675?mt=8

Travel App #2

TripIT

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When wanting to organize your trip. You will need Tripit.   As soon as you book your ticket, you then add that information details into your Tripit App, from information of your flight, to your hotel booking, as well as information on your car rental too. Tripit App will have all info in there for you to use with a touch of a finger. If you’ve made any plans through your email, it will pull that info up as well.   How many times have you got to the counter without that piece of paper with all that info on there? This will save you time, and space. Your flight details is monitored in real-time, and TripIt will text and email you if there are any changes in your flight schedule.

It provides you with everything you can think of. Maps , weather airport info and the details of your flight destination.

Get it here https://www.tripit.com/

Travel App # 3

XE Currencyimages

XE Currency will help you to convert money no matter where you are. XE Currency is fully updated and will give you a heads up on what you are paying for when exchanging your money.

XE Currency will help you to convert money no matter where you are. XE Currency is fully updated and will give you a heads up on what you are paying for when exchanging your money.

Very useful for making sure you don’t lose money while exchanging your money.

Get it here http://www.xe.com/apps/

 Travel App #4

SLEEPSOUNDS HQ

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SleepSounds HQ offers a simple but brilliant solution to the noisy locations you might be experiencing in your trip adventure.

This little app basically, let’s you mask all distractions with more than 600 tracks . So no more focusing on that noise distraction

Get it here http://www.sleepsoundshq.com/

Travel App #4

WI-FI FINDER

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 3.25.36 PMAs everyone seems to rely on technology , such as the internet. Finding a Wi-fi hotspot is the first thing visitors usually do when getting off a plane. So using this Wi-Fi Finder with its preloaded database of secured wifi hotspots, would save you some hassle in finding some free internet for you to use and get back in contact with your loved ones, or to just post that “Check in” on facebook.

Get it here https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/free-wi-fi-finder/id307217005?mt=8

Travel App#5

Pano

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If you are visiting places like New Zealand. Then you might want to download the PANO app. You can thank us later when you are viewing your panoramic shots of our middle earth. Very easy to use, and the technology allows it to automatically create a high quality panoramic photo to add to your trip album!

We hope you enjoyed this article on our favorite top five travel apps. Please comment below your experience with these apps .

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Get it https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/pano/id293709029?mt=8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busy Weekend in Auckland City

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

Super Rugby Concerns 2016

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.

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.