The Downer NRL Auckland Nines Weekend!

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Next weekend, New Zealand’s biggest and most exciting summer extravaganza is back on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2017!  

Auckland will once again host some of the NRL’s biggest stars which will be held at Eden Park.

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There is only one winner who will pick the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines trophy and win the cash prize which is up for grabs.

You will also get to see the Kiwi Ferns play against the Australian Jillaroos who will showcase the best in woman’s rugby league in a three test Nines series.

The tradition continues, with the amazing carnival atmosphere which will get you to dress up with your favorite team club colours, or just go crazy with it, and make it an unforgettable weekend.

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This could be your opportunity, to watch and experience so  many star NRL Players, and with the 16 teams all in one place, Eden Park Venue! It is expected  that 40,000-strong roaring crowds will be filling the Auckland streets for two days of non-stop entertainment!

  • All 16 NRL clubs together in Auckland
  • Two-day knock-out tournament
  • Featuring 288+ star players
  • Superstars Johnathan Thurston, Shaun Johnson and Jarryd Hayne the first to confirm they will play
  • 31 action packed games
  • More speed! More tries! More fun!
  • 9 players per team, 9 minute halves
  • NZ $2.6 million dollars + in prize money
  • Over 80,000 fans expected over 2 days

The difference between a proper rugby game, is that the  games are shorter, the gaps are wider and the action is hotter, so get ready for an explosion of on-field entertainment.  Who are you ruling for?

Looking for accommodation in Auckland?  Take a look at our award winning Bed and Breakfast NZ, right next door to Eden Park Venue.  Check for accommodation here 

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE EVENT!

Where To Find The Best MilkShakes In Auckland

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If you are looking for the best milkshakes in Auckland then you’ve come to the right place.  We’ve not only found you the best Milkshakes you will ever have, but they are Milkshakes with a few surprises in them.  We’re talking trying a milkshake with a doughnut in your drink.
What do I mean?  Pimped out Milkshakes with extras.

So where will you taste these Freak-shakes as we would like to call them….Read our List below, and their locations to help you get there asap.

Cereal Killa

Mt Eden

We find Cereal Killa to be our favorite, since it’s also a block a way walking distance from our Bed and Breakfast Hotel in Auckland.

They are the ones responsible for creating the FreakShakes as they are called.  You’ll find milkshakes with toppings such as toffee caramel popcorn complete with waffle fingers within your shake.  Try the strawberry doughnut dip shake, with peanut butter or  Nutella , you decide.   They are also responsible for introducing special shakes on the reg, with special sugary ingredients to keep Auckland addicted to their freakshakes.

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Casa Del Gelato

Parnell

This little Dessert heaven, is located in brick lane in Parnell.  Parnell is known for its sweet district.  You will also find, waffles, mega shakes, and ice cream and holds a good reputation in it’s Auckland area.  

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Link to Casa Del Gelato 

 

The Shelf

Auckland CBD

The Shelf isn’t really go all out on Milkshakes, but they have an itch for creating something different and even more delicious like the Oreo Monster shake which they serve with some Whipped Cream.  Topped up with Marshmallows and chocolate sauce, this iced white chocolate needs to be consumed.  It’s like eating a delicious chocolate.
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link to Cereal Killa found on facebook

Al’s Deli

Auckland CBD

Al’s deli is responsible for joining two sweet forces together.  Doughnuts and Milk.  Put them together, you get an epic dessert mix for that sweet tooth of yours.   Al’s Deli off Queen Street concocts their silky smooth Nutella milkshake then pops a doughnut on top for an outrageously delicious treat.

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Link to Al’s Deli

So what are you waiting for?  Head over to one of those places and get yourself a Milkshake you’ll remember!

 

15 Things to do in Auckland in March

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. 

 

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 . 

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
2014-07-23 20.17

Best Room To Pick at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast

So you decided to visit New Zealand, and you picked Auckland as your destination place to be.  Your next move is to choose the right accommodation for you so you can make sure that your trip and stay will be as pleasant as you would like it to be.

Have no fear, Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is here for you to cover all your needs and wants.  We have conducted a few videos showcasing our rooms to you as they are.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

This Bed and Breakfast offers Four luxuriously appointed rooms with individual sophistication and character. This include The Cream Room, The Blue Room and The Yellow room with en-suite bathrooms while The Green Room comes with its own private bathroom.

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When you see what you like, then just click the More information link under the video so you can go ahead and book your accommodation with us.

The Cream Room

Relax in our Premiere Queen Size Room with fireplace and en-suite bathroom. Facing North, this room is bright and luminous and has the morning sun through multiple windows. A luxurious en-suite is attached…

Tariff (per night):
Single:$165.00
Double:$250.00

 

The Blue Room

A warm blue decor that captures the morning sun.This room has a queen size double bed. A luxurious en-suite is attached…

Tariff (per night):
Single:$165.00
Double:$250.00

The Green Room

A Double bed set in a tastefully decorated smaller room with soft green tonings for a quiet nights sleep. Private bathroom facilities. Eden Park Bed & Break Fast

Tariff (per night):
Single:$145.00
Double:$235.00

The Yellow Room

Step back in time and spend a blissful night’s sleep in (circa) 1873 French twin beds. This room faces North and has a verandah outside the window. Attached to the room is a large luxury en-suite…

Tariff (per night):
Single:$165.00
Double:$250.00

Extra  Information for our Guests

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, You will catch the Airporter bus, that picks you up and drops you off at the top of our road. (Bellwood Ave, Mt. Eden).

Make sure you check the New Zealand Weather prior to arriving or visiting so you are dressed accordingly.

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New Zealand Visitor Arrivals

Overview of lates

t international travel trends
Provisional travel statistics for major source and destination countries
Four weeks ended 20 September 2015

International visitor arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 11% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: China 37%, Canada 23%, India 22%, Singapore 17%, Japan 14%, USA 12%, Germany 10%, Australia 9%, Korea 4%, UK 2%.
DOWN: Nil

New Zealand resident departures
Total trips abroad by NZ residents are up 5% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: UK 23%, Fiji 18%, Thailand 14%, USA 12%, Australia 4%, Indonesia 2%.
DOWN: India 2%, Samoa 2%, Cook Islands 3%, China 5%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand
2014-07-23 20.17

New Zealand Visitor Arrivals

Overview of latest international travel trends
Provisional travel statistics for major source and destination countries
Four weeks ended 6 September 2015

International visitor arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 9% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: India 43%, China 33%, Canada 22%, Germany 9%, UK 8%, Australia 6%, USA 6%, Singapore 5%, Japan 4%, Korea 3%.
DOWN: Nil

New Zealand resident departures
Total trips abroad by NZ residents are up 4% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: India 28%, Thailand 15%, Indonesia 12%, Fiji 11%, USA 10%, UK 9%, Samoa 8%, Australia 5%.
DOWN: Cook Islands 5%, China 17%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand
2014-07-23 20.15

New Zealand Visitor Arrivals

Overview of latest international travel trends
Provisional travel statistics for major source and destination countries
Four weeks ended 30 August 2015

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

UP: India 32%, China 30%, Canada 24%, Singapore 14%, USA 11%, UK 10%, Germany 8%, Korea 7%, Australia 6%, Japan 4%.
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: India 49%, Thailand 30%, USA 15%, Samoa 13%, Fiji 11%, UK 9%, Australia 7%, Indonesia 4%.
DOWN: Cook Islands 4%, China 6%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand
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