What is Anzac day?Â
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in both Australia and New Zealand that that commemorates everyone who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations as well as their contribution and suffering of all those who have served. This happens every 25th of April. Anzac was originally a day to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) bserved on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Two Events Happening on the 25th. The Dawn Service, starting at 6am, and the Civic Service, starting at 11am. Both of these take place on the Court of Honour (Cenotaph)at Auckland Memorial Museum.
New Zealand’s Commemoration of Anzac Day
Anzac Day now promotes a sense of unity, perhaps more effectively than any other day on the national calendar. The day is a public holiday in New Zealand. Shops are prohibited from opening before 1 pm
Info about Auckland War Memorial Museum
The Auckland War Memorial Museum was built in 1929 with the help of the locals in in remembrance of their war heroes of WW1 . It’s one of New Zealand’s most important museums and war memorials. It has collections in regards to New Zealand’s natural history as well as military history. The museum is also one of the most iconic Auckland buildings, constructed in the neo-classicist style, and sitting on a grassed plinth upon a dead volcano in the Auckland Domain. This is the largest public park close to Auckland city. To this day, Auckland War Memorial Museum is a touchstone of remembrance for families and returned service personnel who wish to honour their loved ones and fallen comrades.
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
We are running strong reservations for accommodation at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. The full house sign is burning bright at the moment. There is the ICC Cricket World Cup match next weekend in Auckland with New Zealand v Australia at Eden Park. Both teams look good so there will be a strong patriotic atmosphere around the stadium.
Other news about Auckland hosting the challenger series of the Americas Cup is welcome. Now we just have to wait for Team New Zealand to solve the public relations mess they find themselves in over the axing of the current skipper……..!
International visitor arrivals at Four weeks ended 8th February 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up 2% compared to the same four-week period last year.
UP: India 43%, Korea 33%, Japan 14%, Australia 10%, Germany 6%, UK 2%.
DOWN: Canada 1%, USA 4%, Singapore 10%, China 15%.
New Zealand resident departures
Total trips abroad by NZ residents are up 7% compared to the same four-week period last year.
UP: Fiji 33%, USA 25%, Canada 23%, India 22%, UK 13%, Cook Islands 7%, Australia 3%, China 3%, Samoa 2%.
DOWN: Thailand 4%.
Source: Statistics New Zealand
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
Â 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.Â Â 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
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?Â
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
Eden Park Bed and Breakfast accommodation isÂ 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.
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.
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.
For more information about your reservations and booking please visit www.bedandbreakfastnz.com/book-now
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Auckland is getting prepared for cricketâs 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 CupÂ
â¢ ICC World Cup Â One of the worldâs largest international sports tournaments
â¢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)
â¢EngagesÂ one-fifth of the worldâs population
â¢Expected TV airing population of more than a billion people
â¢ Includes around 400 Â 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 Â 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.Â
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.
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
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
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 !
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
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/
New Zealand is known for its amazing mountain views, amazing wildlife, amazing beaches making this Maori Culture Destination, a dream come true for many adventure travelers.
However, let us warn you, this doesnât come cheap. So we decided we wanted to share with you 10 valuable tips on Saving on your next New Zealand Holiday trip…
Keep in mind, that by the time you step foot on New Zealand soil, up till the point you leave, you will be spending. Â So instead of you spending cluelessly, we are here to help you save a few coins here and there.
Here are our 7 Valuable tips in Saving on your New Zealand Trip
1) Pre Booking! Â
New Zealand’s seasons are pretty weird. Â What I mean by weird, I mean, if you are looking for planning a summer vacation, then best choice is to book yourÂ ticket for December. Â We have summer up to February. Great time to check out our beautiful beaches. Â No we are serious! Â Â If you are looking for a quiet time in New Zealand, then you should either plan your trip for Â Spring or Fall. Tourism is down during that time.
For the Skiing fans out there, you should plan your trip to Queenstown.
2) Cut New Zealand In Half.
New Zealand is pretty big. Don’t let the “island” look trick you. Â This island is huge! Â Â So if you either coming for more than two weeks, you should then take your time planning for both the North Island and South Island. It would be a shame if you didnât enjoy each to the fullest. Â If you are on a budget, then this is the best way to tour New Zealand. Â Concentrate at one are at a time. Â This will save you money. Â We promise!
3) Find theÂ Best Deals
We suggest you look around for great deals. Follow us on Facebook, or any of our social media profiles so you can find out on great deals on air fair tickets.Â Â Air fair is pretty expensive due to the New Zealandâs remote location.
Check out Trip Advisorâs main page to get info on great air fair deals. While you are at it, you can read our review on Trip Advisor. We were voted Travelers Choice Awards, with great reviews. If you are planning your trip, keep us informed so we can pick you up ourselves.
4) Paper or Plastic? Â
We suggest bringing your Visa, Mastercard or whatever Plastic you like. New Zealand accepts all plastic, everywhere. Restaurants, hotels, and shops all take plastic.
6) Choosing the Right Touring Guide. Â
You could easily spend on hundreds of dollars, on tours, excursions and entrance fees, particularly if your New Zealand bucket list includes pricey once-in-a-lifetime activities like bungy jumping or helicopter flight-seeing.
If your budget hurts just thinking about it, we advise you to ask us. We are experts in this category since we have our own touring transportation service you can use as well. Â (www.Supercare4u.com) for more info.
7) Drink from the tap. Â No need to waste money on bottled water. Our water in New Zealand is drinkable.
Â We hope you enjoyed our article on our 7 tips on how you can save on your next New Zealand trip! Â
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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 !
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.