Don’t miss this double header… the Pasifika Challenge ick Off Times:
4.30pm Gates Open
5.30pm Tonga v Wales
8.00pm All Blacks v Samoa
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has announced the Pasifika Challenge double-header at Eden Park on Friday 16 June that will see the All Blacks play Samoa in a pre-DHL New Zealand Lions Series hit-out, preceded by Tonga playing Wales.
The Pasifika Challenge promises to be a great night for Pacific rugby and the Pacific community in New Zealand. Auckland is home to the largest Pacific Island population in the world, and to have Samoa and Tonga playing Test matches back to back in an unprecedented double-header will be something unique so we hope the Pasific community turns up in masses, which will contribute to the special occasion.
All Blacks Vs New Zealand Lions June 24th
The first Test Match and seventh match of the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 sees the All Blacks taking on The British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland on 24 June.
The British & Irish Lions haven’t beating the All Blacks since 1993 and have only beaten them in a Test Series once. The 1987, 2011 and 2015 World Champions will be keen to maintain this record.
Be there to support your team and experience the electric atmosphere when thousands of passionate British & Irish Lions fans descend on your stadium. OUT ROAR.
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For room and board, make sure you pick Eden Park Bed and Breakfast NZ which is a stone throw away from Eden Park Venue where the Games will be held.
Eden Park Venue at Mt. Eden in Auckland, is going to be hosting a lot of rugby games when the Lions come into town in just less than a month.
Keep note that the First and the Third Test matches will be all sold out.
Eden Park is going to be overbooked
Auckland will be ready to fill almost 47,000 seats on four nights in the space of four weeks.
If you’re looking for a place to stay then don’t forget to check for accommodation with
Auckland’s Award Winning Bed and Breakfast at Eden Park, which is only a stone throw away from Eden Park Venue.
Blues v Force is on 1st of April, for Super Rugby 2017 at Eden Park Venue
In this game the Blues will be looking to go against the Force from Australia, on Saturday.
Join the Event Here Blues v Force Event
In the last 7 gamse, against the Force, the Blues have won. So really, it doesn’t look like Perth has a chance. Keep in mind the Blues also have 3 home games against them, with 111 points from that time. Blues have more chances of winning in this game on Saturday 1st of April.
Keep in mind The Force have back to back defeats, and also has been beat by the Crusaders, in their last game.
In the last game between the Blues v Force, The Blues ran out 17-13 winners in Perth last year. We expect the Blues to come out as winners out of Eden Park against a Force
2016: Blues won 17-13 in Perth
2015: Blues won 41-24 in Auckland
2014: Blues won 40-14 in Perth
2012: Blues won 32-9 in Auckland
2011: 22-22 draw in Perth
2010: Blues won 38-17 in Auckland
2009: Blues won 25-19 in Perth
2008: Force won 27-17 in North Harbour
Date: Saturday, April 1
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 17:15 local (05:15 GMT)
Join the Event Here Blues v Force Event
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
Check for room availability by clicking here.
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