Tourists Beware - Don't Drink and Drive in New Zealand

As of December 1st 2014 the legal alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 years and over will be lowered from 80 to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, or 400 to 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.
The alcohol limit for drivers under the age of 20 will remain at zero.

There is no coincidence that it is Christmas Holiday time that this new law will take effect. Every year In New Zealand there are an average of 61 fatalities, 244 serious injuries, and 761 minor injuries every year caused by drivers who have been drinking.

If you’re going to drink, don’t drive, and if you’re going to drive, don’t drink.”

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we advise travellers to catch the bus or a taxi if they wish to go out for dinner. Please be careful..

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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A Macabre Bit of Early New Zealand History...

I used to run the Auckland Ghost Tours ; so when I see evidence of our Colonial Past and the macabre international trade in severed heads, I am fascinated . Information from new book has found that the intensified Maori inter-tribal warfare from such a Trade grew to such an extent it was feared the Maori would be wiped out altogether.

European agents sent to New Zealand in the nineteenth century to buy or trade for the best baked heads were often murdered and beheaded themselves, before being traded back as authentic “Maori warriors”, according to a new book on the history of severed heads.

In ‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found’, English author and anthropological expert Dr Frances Larson explores the “bizarre, often gruesome and confounding history of the severed head … our history is littered with them”.

In it she features the grisly history of Maori trophy heads, or toi moko, traditionally taken from the enemy during inter-tribal warfare.

The heads were not shrunken, like in South American head hunting cultures, but preserved with their skulls intact.

“Specialists, often tribal chiefs, removed the brains, eyes, and tongues before stuffing the nostrils and skull with flax and burying the head with hot stones so that it gradually steam or cured dry,” the book says.

Toi moko were displayed on short poles, usually around the chief’s house.

Joseph Banks, the naturalist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his historic first voyage to the South Pacific, was the first European to acquire a Maori head.

He managed to “persuade a reluctant elderly Maori man” to part with it in exchange for a pair of white linen drawers.

But when the old man took the drawers, he then refused to give up the head until Banks “enforced his threats” at musketpoint.

As contact with European whalers and sealers increased, and the desire for guns increased among Maori in the early nineteenth century, the trade is preserved heads took off.

Over the course of the 50 years from Captain Cook’s first visit in 1769, trade in human heads “reached such intensity, and inter-tribal warfare escalated so ferociously, that many believed the Maori would be completely annihilated,” Dr Larson writes.

The intricate facial tattoos of Maori chiefs were particularly attractive to Europeans.

But they were also the hardest to find and led to slaves being forcibly tattooed and sold to order.

European agents sent over were sometimes killed, tattooed, and sold back to their own unsuspecting countrymen.

Preserved heads were snaffled by private collectors and museums, but also sold in European shops and auction houses as curiosities.

In 1831, the Governor of New South Wales, Ralph Darling banned the increasingly popular practice, saying “there is strong reason to believe that such disgusting traffic tends greatly to increase the sacrifice of human life amongst savages whose disregard of it is notorious”.

The 317-page book notes the observation of one nineteenth century collector, Horatio Robley, who said the human head trade had by then stocked the museums of Europe but had also “considerably reduced the population of New Zealand”.

Since 2003, more than 70 toi moko have been returned to Te Papa Museum in Wellington from public collections in Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Denmark, Australia, Argentina, France, Hawaii, the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, USA, and Germany.

However, it’s believed there are at least 100 more in collections around the world.

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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.

1. Church of the Good ShepherdChurch-Good-Shepherd-NZ-Eden-Park-BnB

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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Wealthy Tourists

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in a campaign of building and renovation. We are installing a Bay Window onto the front room and hanging new wallpaper in various rooms. The window was saved from a building that was destroyed in the Christchurch earthquake. It’s our little bit of saving a piece of Christchurch history….

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New Zealand v Australia - Bledisloe Cup Showdown

It’s game day at Eden Park Saturday 23rd, August 2014
The World Champions ; the All Blacks , play Australia in the second Rugby Test for the Bledisloe Cup.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have the FULL house sign up. The energy levels around the neighbourhood are high. The Buzz surrounding the game is fun to watch . Kick off is 1935 tonight.

Go Black ….

New Zealand economics comment: More than just milk

Monday, 11 August 2014, 1:30 pm
Press Release: HSBC Bank

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast I follow economic news with great interest . This report from the HSBC bank gives great “Feel Good ” factor about New Zealand…….

Falling dairy prices have created some doubts about the robustness of New Zealand’s economic boom. But it is worth keeping in mind that dairy is only one part of the economy’s recent growth story. Growth has also been driven by the post-earthquake rebuilding of the Canterbury region, an upswing in housing construction in Auckland and strong net inward-migration. While we expect the recent fall in dairy prices could weaken local income growth, we still expect GDP growth to be above trend in 2014 and 2015. There are also good reasons to believe that the recent slump in dairy prices could prove to be temporary.

Dairy prices have fallen sharply in recent months, with the GlobalDairyTrade price index down by -40% from its recent peak in February. New Zealand’s major dairy cooperative has revised down its forecast farm gate milk price for next season to NZD 6.00 per kilogram of milk solids (kgMS), which would be a noticeable hit to farm incomes compared to the 2013/14 season’s NZD 8.40 kgMS payout, if the fall proves to be permanent. If these price levels persist, they could knock as much as 2% of GDP off income growth, although there are a number of mitigating factors.

A key offset will be a likely ramp up in export volumes. To the extent that volumes ramp up without putting significant further downward pressure on prices, this will reduce the negative impact of the recent price fall on incomes. In our view, it is also likely that the dairy price story improves in coming quarters. The fall in dairy prices appears to largely reflect that China ramped up its milk powder inventories substantially in H2 2013 and is now running them down. We expect medium-term demand for dairy products to be well supported, as Asia’s middle class incomes rise, although, as with most agricultural commodities, weather-related supply factors and inventory cycles can drive significant volatility around this general trend.

Importantly, New Zealand’s recent growth story is more broad-based than just dairy. While the dairy sector is large, it is not dominant: in 2013/14’s stellar production season, dairy exports were worth NZD 15bn, equivalent to around 7% of GDP. Adding in dairy industry support services could boost the share of the economy reliant on the industry to around 10-15% of GDP. Even within the agricultural sector, dairy is not the full story. Meat prices are strengthening and meat exports to China are rising rapidly.

In terms of employment, agriculture is a relatively small sector. In total, 139,000 workers – 6% of the total – are classified as working in agriculture. New Zealand’s economy added +82,500 jobs over the year to Q2, but employment in the agriculture sector actually fell by 8,500 during that time. By contrast, the construction sector added nearly +30,000 jobs.

Construction has been a key driver of recent growth. The post-earthquake Canterbury rebuild, worth NZD 40bn (20% of GDP), is still in its early stages, with over a decade of reconstruction still ahead and the peak contribution to GDP growth not expected until at least 2015. Since the 2011 earthquake, total building activity in the region has measured around NZD 7bn, leaving over NZD 30bn yet to happen. Construction in Auckland is also rising, and should continue to do so, driven by strong population growth and weak housing supply. Central and local governments have recently put in place plans to speed up the growth in Auckland’s housing stock. Meanwhile, a renewed focus on upgrading buildings to higher earthquake standards should also boost construction activity, particularly in the earthquake-prone capital, Wellington.

Despite the fall in dairy prices, sentiment also remains high across consumers and businesses. Business confidence remains at levels implying GDP growth of 3-4%, with business investment and hiring intentions particularly positive. Consumer sentiment is holding up very well, with the quarterly survey remaining near a nine-year high in Q2.

Adding to New Zealand’s growth story, net migration flows have seen a remarkable turnaround over the past couple of years. Annual net migration is currently close to +40,000 (0.9% of the population), which is a huge turnaround from late 2012, when there was net outward migration of around -4,000 people. The turnaround has more than doubled New Zealand’s population growth. The major driver has been trans- Tasman migration, with fewer Kiwis leaving for Australia and a large increase in the number returning home from Australia (the highest rate in over two decades). New Zealand is also attracting more migrants from elsewhere, in particular from China, India and mainland Europe. All of those migrants will need somewhere to live and are expected to add to domestic demand.

Not only is New Zealand proving an attractive place to live, it is also attracting more tourists. Over the year to June, total visitor arrivals were up by +6% from the previous year. Encouragingly, the largest tourism market, Australia, continues to show steady growth despite the lower AUD/NZD. Visitor numbers from China have been the major source of growth over recent years, rising by +30% since June 2012. Tourism and supporting services are estimated to make up around 9% of GDP.

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast our infrastructure is based around the accommodation sector. I do like the sound of these figures released in this report.

It is the view that New Zealand’s growth will continue to be above trend, largely driven by construction and surging inward-migration, which are expected to support domestic demand. At this stage we expect the recent fall in dairy prices will prove to be a temporary supply-side and inventory effect, rather than a permanent decline, although clearly this bears watching carefully.

With growth accelerating over the past year, the RBNZ has lifted its cash rate by 100bps since March. With a pause in the hiking cycle now being signalled, the question is how much more the RBNZ will need to do and when? Despite the fall in dairy prices, we still expect growth to be above trend in 2014 and 2015. Thanks to the strong growth outlook, we expect inflation to rise gradually over the next 12 months. We expect that the RBNZ will need to raise rates further yet, as the cash rate (currently at 3.50%) is still well below its neutral level. At this stage, we still expect another 25bp hike before the end of the year.

Tourism Growth for New Zealand

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in the accommodation industry in Auckland. Latest Tourism reports show total visitor spending in New Zealand grew by 11 per cent to $7.1 billion in the past year, driven by strong growth from the United States, Germany and China.

Financial figures for the year ending in June showed visitors increased their spending by $800 million.These figures are based on results from approximately 8900 visitors departing New Zealand airports.

The results showed there was a significant increase in total spending by visitors from the United States, up an estimated 53 per cent from the previous year to $773m, and Germany, up 63 per cent to $375m. Spending by visitors from China rose 26 per cent to $912m, as visitors moved from lower value short shopping trips to longer stays.

But how to tap the Chinese Market is still a challenge. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , we accommodate a percentage from that FIT market , but tapping into the Chinese Tour Market is still difficult ….or impossible !

Spending by Australians fell 4 per cent to $2.11b.
And business spending tumbled by 22 per cent from $585m to $459m.

Tourism is still strong tho. Although we found it to be quiet for accommodation in the month of July , August shows improvement . Next week we have the All Blacks playing Australia at Eden Park. Full House at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast.
Go Black !

More Cruise Ships to Arrive in Auckland

Auckland will be having a boost to its economy with more cruise ships to arrive in Auckland. Last year at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we had numerous arrivals with travelers arriving for pre and post cruise accommodation .

Statistics show that each arrival delivers an estimated $1 Million to the local economy in accommodation, dining, transport and shopping, as well as crew expenditure, supplies and port charges.

The cruise industry contributed $310 million to New Zealand’s economy in 2013, with $115.5 million going to Auckland. The industry has gone from being worth $63 million to $115.5 million to Auckland in the past five years.

New Zealand’s cruise market has increased every year over the past 5 years and will further buoyed by another two operators increasing their visits. Last year, 89 cruise ships visited Auckland bringing in 162,000 passengers and crew.

P&O is doubling the number of cruises operating from Auckland over the next couple of years and extending its season.This year, during its May to June season, it offered eight cruises. It will add two extra cruises and the season will run from April to June next year.

This is further good news for the Tourism Industry in New Zealand.

 

New Zealand challenges for 35th America's Cup

As a Kiwi sailor and being part of Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland, I am a TRUE BLACK supporter of the announcement that Team New Zealand , backed by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron , New Zealand challenges for 35th America’s Cup.

The Kiwi syndicate, became the first team to officially announce their challenge .

Scuttlebutt in the yachting circles says that Italian team Luna Rossa and Artemis submitted their entries before Emirates Team New Zealand, but have yet to officially announce their challenge. Others who have signaled they’ll be throwing their hat in the ring are Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR) and a French challenge led by Franck Cammas, bringing the suggested total of challengers for the 2017 event to five . But scuttlebutt also says that this is all supposition because some believe that the funding for these challengers it’s not guaranteed.

After the withdrawal of the Challenger of Record ( Australia) last month, Oracle have been desperately trying to salvage the public relations fiasco surrounding the race. It is expected that the role of (COR ) will go to the first challenger to submit their entry, rumored to be Luna Rossa.

Supposedly we are also led to believe that the Italian team led the way in rallying their fellow intended challengers to issue a joint accord statement to reiterate their support for the event following Team Australia’s withdrawal . (I note Team New Zealand’s non participation in this accord.)

After last years racing and our demoralizing defeat to the enemy( Oracle ) , I am still a firm believer that we have the technological  skill and the sailors to take this piece of silver from the Americans .

Go Kiwis!

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