TOP 11 Things To do in New Zealand

New Zealand is known as the playground for adventure. We have picked the top 11 things to do in New Zealand. 1) Cape Reinga Cape Reinga also known as Te Rerenga Wairua, is the northwestern most tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Cape Reinga, is known as the most spiritual significant place in Maori tradition and mythology. The cape where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean is known as the place Maori spirits descend into the underworld. Everywhere you turn at Cape Reinga you are surrounded by beauty, whether it’s stunning beaches or the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Things to do: There is a 90-mile beach, a public highway on route to Cape Reinga, where you can also go sand-boarding on the sand dunes, and Rarawa Beach, a gorgeous cove perfect for surfing. 2) Lake Wanaka lakewanaka Lake Wanaka is located in the Otago region of New Zealand, at an altitude of 300 metres. Covering an area of 192 km², it is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake, and estimated to be more than 300 m deep. Its name is Māori, a corruption of Oanaka. The Lake Wanaka region is a playground in the natural wonderland of mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes – its a living breathing paradise. You get to adventure at your own pace, in your own time, in your own way. 3) White Water Rafting, Rotorua Rotorua Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand’s North Island. White Water Rafting on the Kaituna River is known as the “best, most amazing experien” on Trip Advisor. You must experience Kaituna for yourself. It is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world – Tutea Falls. It consists of Warm water, outstanding scenery, heart pumping rapids and world class guides Make sure you make Rotorua Rafting your first stop activity in Rotorua. 4) Milford Sound milford-sound-hd-wallpaper Milford Sound or Piopiotahi in Maori is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island. With around 550,000 to 1 million visitors per year this has been labeled as one of the best world tourist destinations to visit. New Zealand’s own, it has been called the eighth Wonder of the World. Things to do : Tramping, canoeing, and some other water sports are usually popular. You can also take small boat trips. A very small percentage of tourists stay more than a day, so there isn’t really any accommodation for long stays. You can also check out the underwater tourist observatory found in one of the bays of the sound provides viewing of black coral, usually only found in much deeper waters. 5) Abel Tasman National Park abel_tasman_national_park1 Abel Tasman National Park is a New Zealand national park located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island. A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak. The Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life. From Hiking, to Canoeing, followed by sun bathing, then swimming and breathtaking snorkeling, and the list goes on. Accommodation consists of luxurious lodges. The most popular type of sleeping, is the sleeping under the stars outside in Nature So you have two options , one is taking the Jumping off Nevis, New Zealand’s highest bungy from a cable car. Then you have the “The Ledge” overlooking Queenstown where you can bungy at night, or take a look at AJ Hackett Bungy for more details. 6) Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tongariro_alpine_crossing_view The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is a tramping track in New Zealand, and is among the most popular day hikes in New Zealand. You can have a one-day adventure, walking across active volcanoes, with spectacular and unique volcanic terrain. Experience the cold mountain spring, old lava flows, active volcanic craters ,thermal steam vents, amazing mesmerizing lakes and to top it off ; a native forest to explore. You can also get the best view of the mountains and lakes of the central North Island. 7) Whale Watching, Kaikoura Whale-Watching-Kaikoura This is where the Mountains meet the Sea….With a population of approximately 3,800 residents, Kaikoura is located on a rocky peninsula, surrounded by lush farmland beneath the mountains. Right off the peninsular, there is a rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds making it an ideal place for experiencing it at first hand. You will be Whale Watching! Several different species of whale can be seen off Kaikoura . The Sperm Whales are the main species seen. 8) Skydiving, Lake Taupo Taupo_Skydiving Lake Taupo is a lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand and is the largest lake in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake. Things to do : Skydiving is the main tourist attraction. This is why our tourists visit Lake Taupo. If you are not a fan of skydiving then you can easily join the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, which is a a cycling tour around the lake which can take anywhere between four and ten hours. There are Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay on Lake Taupō that are over 10 metres high and only accessible by boat. The cliff has become a popular tourist destination with hundreds of boats and yachts visiting the spot daily. It is a noted trout fishery with stocks of introduced brown trout and rainbow trout. 9) Franz Josef Glacier KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA The Franz Josef (Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori) is a glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The glacier area is one of the main tourist attractions of the West Coast, You may take Guided and unguided walks up to and onto the glacier. Glacier walks also require some specialized equipment, namely ice axes and crampons that latch onto a sturdy boot. 10) Bungy Jumping, Queenstown Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 10.31.35 PM New Zealand is known at the the bungy capital of the world. Did you know that Bungy Jumping originated in New Zealand? Its true! :) The First Bungee Jump ever was at the Kawarau Bridge. And finally coming to #11, we want to end this article, with our personal introduction to our award winning Luxury Bed and Breakfast Hotel in Central Auckland.  We offer a guarantee that you will have a pleasant and rewarding stay with us. We think you should choose Eden Park and Breakfast as your best choice of accommodation in Auckland. 11) Best Accommodation? Eden Park Bed and Breakfast In Auckland 01 This Bed and Breakfast offers Four luxuriously appointed rooms with individual sophistication and character. They include The Cream Room, The Blue Room and The Yellow room with ensuite bathrooms while The Green Room comes with its own private bathroom. Our complimentary breakfast is set with china, silver and Linen. We offer a three course breakfast including a fruit bowl, with a continental selection and a hot cooked option. There is a well-appointed guest lounge, and our B&B includes a WiFi Hotspot for your free Internet. There is an excellent selection of Restaurants and Cafes near by in Dominion Road, Mt. Eden and Kingsland. The Local buses and trains are within a close walking distance for transport to the city. When you visit New Zealand and land at Auckland Airport, catch the Airporter bus. Take the Dominion Road Shuttle and get off at the intersection of Bellwood Ave/ Dominion Road, Eden Valley Shops.We are 200meters down Bellwood Avenue on the LHS. This is the cheapest option for transport to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast from the Airport. Right Next Door: Eden Park Venue foto-eden-park Eden Park Bed and Breakfast Is located right next door to Eden Park. This is New Zealand’s largest Rugby Stadium and has been selected as a venue for the 2015 Cricket World Cup Games that will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. We hope you enjoyed our top 11 things to do in New Zealand. We hope it was helpful and valuable. Please do leave a comment below. Thank you!

New Zealand Tourism Arrivals

From nothing last year we are now seeing the beginnings of the Chinese FIT traveller seeking accommodation at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland, New Zealand.

International visitor arrivals as at Four Weeks ended 1st February 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up less than 1% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: Korea 27%, India 17%, Australia 9%, Japan 8%, Germany 3%, UK 2%.
DOWN: USA 3%, Canada 8%, Singapore 14%, China 23%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

NRL Auckland Nines Post Weekend in Review

One of the most amazing memorable NRL Auckland Nines Final was won by South Sydney with a score of 18-14 during golden try extra time. The Sharks put out a strong defensive wall making it hard for South Sydney to break through easily.

Weekend in Review

The Rabbitohs, defeated Cronulla 18-14 another memorable final.

finalscoresCronulla knocked out the Warriors in the quarter-final stages along the way to a spot in the final.

The Sharks beat the Roosters and the Rabbitohs beat the Eels in the semi-finals.

Women’s NRL Series

In the women’s series, the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns won beating the Jillaroos, 2-1.

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Note this event was the first time that matches between the two women’s teams were on  live television.   Very impressive match ups.

Thousands attended to watch skillful football played at Eden Park over the Weekend.

TheNRL Auckland Nines is competitive football tournament played in a fun environment., and will be back again next year!

The NRL Auckland Nines Fans raid

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Right before the game and after the game, we had fans from the NRL Nines tourney passing by our Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. I mean it when we say that we are  a stones throw away from the Eden Park Venue ; so we get to catch all the fun during these events.    Here are some candit pics of the fans .

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NRL Auckland Nines - Probably Known as The Greatest Weekend in 2015!

The NRL Auckland Nines is a rugby league competition held this weekend. This competition started just last year ; more specifically on the 15th and 16th February 2014. Last years NRL9’s Event was the first of the five which is going to be held at Eden Park.This is New Zealand’s Biggest Rugby Stadium.

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In this Tournament 16 NRL Clubs compete. Each squad has at least 12 of their top players from their squad and one marquee player. The winner of the tournaments receive a hefty amount as a prize. Usually around NZD$530,000.

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In this years 2015 Dick Smith’s NRL Auckland Nines, it is again held at Eden Park. Which is a stone throw away from our beloved Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. And this year ,as last year, all sixteen NRL Clubs will compete along with the KIWI FERNS and the Jillaroos, who competed in a three game series. The Final Pool names for this year are: Rangitoto, Waiheke, Piha, and Hunua .
These were chosen and voted by by the general public.

 

Rules for NRL Auckland Nines

 

The NRL Auckland Nines have a few rule variations which ensure the games are a lot faster and smoother with less delays and stoppages.

The Difference between the Regular NRL Games are the following:

  • There are Nine players a side with six unlimited interchange players.
  • Scrums will only form after a double knock on, with attacking teams to elect which side to feed the ball.
  • No video referee, with one on-field referee.
  • There is a five minute golden try period in qualifying rounds with a draw to be deemed if there is no result, while unlimited golden try for the finals.
  • A tap restart will take place after a 40/20.
  • Five points for a try scored in the bonus zone under the posts, with two point drop kick conversion attempts.
  • The scoring team will have a dropkick off to restart play.
  • There Are five minute sin bins.
  • There are five tackles in a set

 

If you decide to attend the NRL Auckland Nines, then please head out to our event created online to assist you to finding tickets for the competition.

More info here >> NRL Auckland Nines Event

Usually our neighborhood in Mt. Eden get’s a lot of fans during this time of year. These fans usually dress up in costumes , get in groups and walk the streets of Mt. Eden heading to and from Eden Park Stadium.   It is Fun to be part of. Great fun all around for Fans of this Rugby League Sporting Event.

Pictures Taken Right Outside our Bed and Breakfast

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Latest Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand

It hasent been over the top this summer with accommodation in Auckland.

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have found a 15% guest stay reduction in accommodation from last year but we will make this inbalance up with the NRL 9’s and the ICC World Cup Cricket being staged at Eden Park. This is full house in this period, so i hope you have all made your reservations.

Its hot here in Auckland tho. Fans in all the rooms and doors and windows open by 0630 for the house to receive the morning coolness.

International visitor arrivals Four weeks ended 11 January 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up 6% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: China 51%, Korea 22%, India 20%, Germany 12%, Singapore 12%, USA 7%, Japan 4%, UK 2%, Australia 1%.

DOWN: Canada 2%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand - When to go,  How long and Where...

 1994---scenic222 (1)You can experience the full four seasons in New Zealand, however, with a little twist…You Summer is our Winter, and our Winter is during your Summer. For example…Summer is during the Months of December, January and February .So if you are planning on visiting then, make sure you pack lightly…meaning you are packing your summer clothes!

Autumn is during the months of March, April and May. Yes I know, weird right? While Winter is in June, July and August, where the rest of the world are Hot! We are doing the opposite. Just like us driving on the left side.   Spring starts off in September, October and November.

New Zealand is just perfect for its variety of activities. New Zealand is built for you to be able to enjoy almost anything you do. Hiking, Walking, touring, cruising (cruises) Skiing, flying, anything you can really think of, while wining and dining at the worlds most exceptional award winning restaurants, or just coming to watch Rugby’s most popular team “The All Blacks” at Eden Park ,New Zealand’s Largest Rugby Venue .The ICC Cricket World Cup is happening this year, so 2015 will be a very busy year for New Zealand and Eden Park Bed and Breakfast.

Estimated Time Need To Tour New Zealand

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If you wanted to take a tour between the most popular destinations, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Queenstown, then allow around 15 days of touring.

If you wanted to enjoy some activities and explore each destination, then add another 5 days to that. So you would need around 20 days to enjoy what New Zealand has to offer.

If you were looking for going from North Side to Southside…meaning, from one end of the island to the other end, you will need around 20 days or more to enjoy this tour and stay. So add another 7 days to hang out and explore Milford Sound, Kaikoura for some whale watching! , or the Coromandel and Bay of Islands. Make sure you pack a camera to enjoy the amazing scenery and golden beaches. Surfers are welcome too.

 

Where To Stay? 

We personally recommend you staying in Auckland. Auckland is where most of the activities are going on .qThis is where you can begin your tour. You may book and stay at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast Hotel , right in the heart of Auckland, next to Eden Park , the Biggest Rugby Venue in New Zealand. We have 4 themed luxury rooms for you to choose from . Just make sure you book early because this year will be a busy one (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015). www.bedandbreakfastnz.com

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Eden Park Bed and Breakfast accommodation is known, for our high standards, friendly ambience, location, character and facilities. Eden Park recieved multiple awards through out the past 4 years…voted and awarded the “Traveller’s Choice Awards” by Trip Advisor. Or you may choose to stay in a Hotel, Motel, or a Self Catering Accommodation (basically an apartment to rent.

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Driving distances

Make sure you understand that touring New Zealand, will be long. The driving distances are really long. For example…from Auckland to Wellington is about 8 hours of driving.

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Booking your holiday

Make sure you contact us, so we can give you further details on how you can go about in booking your room with us. We will help you with your transportation, and we will inform you on any good deals when visiting New Zealand.

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The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is back.

Auckland is getting prepared for cricket’s most prestigious World Tournament, which is returning to New Zealand and Australia since last here in 1992. Both countries are joint hosting14 nations that are competing to be the best Cricket team in the world.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 begins 14 February and ends 29 March 2015.

Brief History of ICC Cricket World Cup

The ICC Cricket World Cup is the flagship event of the International cricket world, and like the Football world cup, it takes place every four years.

The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is the 11th tournament and will be hosted by New Zealand and Australia. It has been 23 years since their previous hosting back in 1992.

The ICC Cricket 2015 World Cup is considered the largest international sports tournament. It consists of 14 teams competing from around the world.

Facts about ICC Cricket World Cup 

• ICC World Cup  One of the world’s largest international sports tournaments

•Has 14 competing teams from around the world (New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Australia, England, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Scotland, India, South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland, UAE)

•Engages one-fifth of the world’s population

•Expected TV airing population of more than a billion people

• Includes around 400  players and officials.

The first tournament took place in England in 1975, which was won by the West Indies. Four years ago, The ICC Cricket World Cup was held in India hosted along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. India Won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Tournament.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Auckland

This Years ICC Cricket World Cup will also be in  various venues around New Zealand. Auckland has the Biggest events placed in our neighboring venue “Eden Park”.

Don’t forget to book your rooms at your Favorite B&B Hotel ,Eden Park Bed and Breakfast! Auckland ; just a stones throw away from the Eden Park Venue. www.bedandbreakfastnz.com Make Sure you Like and Follow us for more info about ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

News** Update This Saturday 17/1/15 we have a ODI cricket test with New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Eden Park. 

New Zealand Visitor Arrivals

International visitor arrivals for Four weeks ended 21 December 2014
Total visitor arrivals are up 3% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: China 42%, Korea 19%, India 14%, Singapore 13%, Germany 10%, Canada 8%, Japan 7%, USA 1%.

DOWN: Australia 3%, UK 4%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Flights New Zealand ... Everything about NZ Air Travel

 

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Are you looking for affordable flights? New Zealand’s national flight carrier is Air New Zealand and this is the primary method of transport via air all through New Zealand.   New Zealand’s next significant flight carrier is Qantas the Australian national flight carrier.

Trans-Tasman Market

Article Lead - wide6111161810egay1410243541929.jpg-620x349 There are other primary players in the aggressive trans-Tasman flights market (meaning the flight traffic between New Zealand and Australia that crosses the Tasman Sea) they incorporate Jetstar, Virgin Pacific, Freedom and Emirates.

The Flight Carriers

2079075 Virgin, Jetstar and Freedom are the big boys in the flights market..   Jetstar and Freedom are considered the cheap flights to and from and between New Zealand and Australia.   Jetstar is actually owned by Qantas and Freedom is owned by Air New Zealand.

Small Plane Flight Tours

New-Zealand-Small-Group-Tours-Milford-Sound New Zealand additionally has Small Planes for specific sightseeing views of the New Zealand Skies.  Get a glimpse from sky high, and take in the beautiful New Zealand breathtaking sceneries.

Beware of Undeclared Items

New Zealand’s Safety standards at airports and flights, are amongst the best in the world. When you arrive to New Zealand make sure you do not bring any undeclared food or items or anything that could be harmful to New Zealand’s environment. You will receive a fine if you are caught !

Enjoy

Have a fabulous time flying the New Zealand skies. You will appreciate the amicability of New Zealand air transport staff and the administration that you will get.

Bed and Breakfast Stop

17 When you do Arrive in New Zealand, take the Airporter Bus . It will take you straight to our Bed and Breakfast Hotel, at Eden Park.   This is the cheapest method of transport from Auckland Airport. Take the Dominion Road Bus and this will drop you at the top of Bellwood Avenue,Mt Eden.We are 2 blocks down on the left hand side. The cost from Airport to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is $16.00 (single) or $32.00 (double)   For more information on how to book please visit www.bedandbreakfastnz.com/book-now/

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Wedding Planning Checklist - 8 Wedding Venues spots to choose from in New Zealand

There are about 8 top locations for you to tick off your Wedding Planning Checklist.  There are so many different wedding venues in New Zealand to choose from when you finally decide to tie the knot with your special other half.  New Zealand is quite popular as a location for destination weddings due to the amazing beauty that New Zealand beholds.  If you are looking for an ideal place to have your wedding with amazing breathtaking background sceneries, then please look no further.  We have 9 top locations to start off, so start checking that Wedding Planning Checklist !

Trust us, New Zealand has enough spots to make your wedding an unforgettable experience.

Below are our 8 top favorite locations for you to mark off your wedding planning checklist and make this a time to remember in New Zealand.

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With a magnificent background scenery, the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, is our top choice of a location.
2.  Take a helicopter ride

helicopter-ride-nz-scenery-eden-park-bnbTake a helicopter ride on top of Tasman Glacier, where you can have your wedding surrounded by amazing Mountain peaks covered with Snow.

3.  Marry on a luxury sail boat. 

Get married on a luxury sailing boat. From bay to bay, float on a marriage-luxury-boatLake in Rotorua.  More specifically Lake Rotoiti.

4.  Wineries and Vineyards  

Hawke’s Bay, with amazing food and wine, architecture, beaches and wildlife. Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island  and is accessible by air, land and sea so getting there is nice and easy .  So while having your wedding, have a sample tasting of New Zealand’s award winning local wine vineyards.

5.  Take a mud bath with your other half. 

Get all dirty and healthy in our Geothermal waters in New Zealand , to help you clean your soul, and to make the “i do” officially at Hell’s Gate in Rototua.

6. 20.000ft off the Ground!th

Try something crazy. Get on one of New Zealand’s famous Air Balloons and tie the knot 20.000ft off the ground.  With jaw dropping site viewing of New Zealand from high above would certainly take your breath away.

7. Golfing

If you are into Golf.  Then why not plan your wedding on our lush green grass lands on our famous Golf Courses at Kauri Cliffs or Cape Kidnappers. With a breathtaking background that will surely make this wedding a one to remember.

8. Beach

If you are the beach type, then just head up to Marlborough Sounds, and have your wedding overlooking the ancient sunken river valleys, bays, and our golden sandy beaches.

All these are doable.  All you need to do is plan ahead.  And make sure you have a high budget for all of this to become a reality.  Besides, you usually get married just once, and you must make this a time to remember. Make sure to research a wedding planner here in New Zealand, to help you plan out your one of a kind wedding ceremony in New Zealand.

If you have guests coming from overseas make sure you look for places which offer accommodation. We can provide accommodation at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast, in Auckland, New Zealand.  We offer 4 luxury rooms for you and your guests to stay in.  Choose from our Cream Room, Yellow Room, Green Room, and Blue Room.  Make sure you visit our official website for more information on our accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Your major goal here is to plan your New Zealand wedding successfully without any type of problems.  They say New Zealand isn’t that affordable.  It is if you plan ahead.

Thank you for reading our article on the 8 top places to have your special wedding in New Zealand.  Make sure you add New Zealand in your Wedding Planning Checklist.

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