11 Things To Know About When Travelling

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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

 Going Solo

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.  

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Top Reasons Why New Zealand is the World's best country

We all know New Zealand as the World’s best country in a lot of things.

They are also the World’s best in Rugby.  But that’s not all.

Breathtaking Landscapes

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New Zealand is known for its vast tract of mountainous terrain that occupies the south-west corner of South Island New Zealand.

Land of Trekking 

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New Zealand’s best known place for trekking is around South Island.  It is just over 33 miles long, with waterfalls, suspension bridges, mountains, valleys and spellbinding lakes.

Home to the Haka 

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The New Zealand All Blacks are known as the most successful sporting dynasties in the world.  Warming up with the Haka dance, is one of the reasons why they are the best.

Home to the Kakapo

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The Kakapo is a special bird, other known as the largest and longest living parrot in the world. Very rare.

The Beaches

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New Zealand is known for its 90 mile beaches.  Amazing sunsets and surf breaks, make it a popular tourist attraction and destination.  You are surrounded by water, at all times. The furthest you are from water is only 80 miles, unless you find a lake nearby.

The longest name in the world

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On the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island you will find a hill named “Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu”. Translated in English means “the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as ‘landeater’, played his flute to his loved one.”

Oldest Trees in the World

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You will find the extraordinary Kauri tree , which is known to live for more than 1,000 years. In Waipoua Forest in North Auckland, you will find the oldest tree which is up to 4,000 years old.  Tane Mahuta is the country’s largest with a huge 4.4 metres diameter.

Home of the Maori culture

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The indigenous people of New Zealand arrived more than 1,000 years ago from Polynesia, Carving, weaving and tattooing are common Maori art forms, as are powerful physical performances combining waita (singing) and kapa haka (dance).

A land full of Geysers 

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Found in Rotorua in due to its volcanic activity. Wai-o-tapu is the arguably the best of its sites, dotted by striking lakes with a mineral hue with geyser that erupts every morning, spurting out mud. In Rotorua, visitors can watch concerts at Whakarewarewa and Te Puia  reserves preserving Maori culture among hot springs, bubbling mud and geysers.

Marine Volcano

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At White Island is the only Marine Volcano  you will find in New Zealand.  Get up close and personal  to the inner crater of the country’s only marine volcano.

Great Wine Vine Fields,  And Dine

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There are few finer feelings than sitting at a restaurant terrace enjoying fine food, watching the sun set behind the vineyard, with the light gleaming through a glass of cabernet sauvignon. Dinner within the vines in Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough, Marlborough, Central Otago and a variety of other wine regions.

 Art Deco in Napier 

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The Art Deco architecture of Napier, has the highest concentration of the genre in the southern hemisphere. The town was largely rebuilt after a massive 7.8 Richter earthquake in 1931. Alongside Miami Beach, it is now a must-visit for Art Deco devotees.

The Worlds Scenic Railway

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Taieri Gorge is known as one of the scenic, heading 50-miles into mountain scenery that is difficult to access otherwise.  Same goes for the  TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.

The Home of the Bungie

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Even though its not a national sport, it’s something a lot of people like to do, especially in New Zealand, capturing the scenic views and a variety of choices to choose from locations.

The Best Culinary flavours 

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Auckland is known as a culinary front for New Zealand.   You will find one of the best chefs in Sky Tower.

Best places to Cycle

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Amazing trails at Nga Haerenga.  This is the  New Zealand Cycle Trail  which is a nationwide network of paths covering about 2,500km. The Otago Rail Trail runs for around 100 miles from Clyde to Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island,  going through amazing views, of mountains, gorges and mining towns.

New Zealand is Middle Earth

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The Lord of the Rings were filmed in New Zealand.  Now as an attraction setting for movie lovers and fans of LOTR.

The gardens of New Zealand

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You will find glorious gardens, with a natural diversity and range of climate which allows a variety of plants, trees and shrubs to flourish.  The theme of Hamilton Gardens is the most popular attraction in the Waikato region is the “story of gardens”, with everything from a traditional herb garden to an American Modernist Garden.  Events are held there annually.

The Coolest Capital City

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Little Wellington is popular in the  cultural and culinary scene. It also has an amazing beautiful setting too. Whether the day is clear, or rainy, there is always something to do in Wellington.

Whale Watching

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Sperm whales live  off the South Island’s shores. Visiting Kaikoura will help you spot one from there.  You can also take a Whale Watch boat tour.  Catch a glimpse of fur seals too while at it.

Glacier Watching

 

Looking for a place to stay while on your adventure tour in New Zealand?   Take a break and stay with us at our lovely , Eden Park Bed and Breakfast.  Enjoy Eden Park Venue Stadium, which is a stone throw away.  Many great events happening , ask us and we’ll help you get organized and plan ahead of time for anything you are wanting to do while in New Zealand.

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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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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 . 

Welcome to Auckland's Eden Park Stadium

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

21 min (19.1 km) via State Highway 20 .  20 min without traffic from Auckland Airport

So if you are at the Airport, at Ray Emery Drive, Auckland 2022, New Zealand , you go ahead an follow State Highway 20A and State Highway 20to Maioro S.t in Mount Roskill. It will take around 13 min (14.8 km) .  You then take Sandringham Rd Exit and Sandringham Rd to your destination in Mount Eden.  It will take around 9 min (4.3 km)  50 Walters Rd Mt Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand

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. 

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

New Zealand Visitor Arrivals

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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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A short walk from Eden Park makes us the perfect destination for all their sporting fixtures.