Sonny Bill Williams to stay with New Zealand rugby until 2019
Sonny Bill Williams, the New Zealand rugby league international and heavyweight boxing champion, who is hoping to win gold in Olympic rugby sevens for his country in August, helped the All Blacks to successive World Cup triumphs in 2011 and last year.
Williams will be playing for the Â Super RugbyÂ league Â with The Blues (Auckland) , reuniting with the coach no other than the one that got him away from New Zealand and got him to play in the French Club back in 2008.
Williams will not be taking part in the June Test against the Wales team. Â He will be playing during this year’s Rugby Championship.
Williams is not in the New Zealand squad preparing for the June Test series against Wales, having decided to commit fully to the All Blacks sevens programme. He is, however, expected to be available for this yearâs Rugby Championship as well as the end-of-year tour once his Olympics commitments end.
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 Â French Film Festival | 1st â 13th march
On its 10th year, The Â The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, willÂ showcase a special selection of films from the Cannes International Film Festival, Patron Antonia Prebbleâs personal favourites and a number of other French-language productions.
#2 Â Amber Griffin Photography Exhibition | 1st March â 1st April
If you are into Photography, then head out to Â the Exhibitions Gallery in Newmarket to view really amazing beautiful photographs. Amber Griffin, has worked close with some of Â New Zealandâs top ballet and contemporary dance artists to explore the beauty and majesty of movement through a diverse range of contemporary photographic processes.
#3 Â Auckland Arts Festival | 2nd â 20th March
the Auckland Arts FestivalÂ will give you 19 days of Theater, Dance, Music, Circus and Dreams to the City of Sails.
#4 Â Auckland Cup Week | 5th â 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 thereâs some serious awards up for grabs at Auckland Cup Day.
#5 Â Pasifika | 12th â 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 Â Live WellâLifestyle, Wellness & Fitness Festival | 12th â 13th March
Head out to The Cloud for a weekend that is all about healthy living, fitness, lifestyle, nutrition, food and wellness.
#7 Â The Hugh Green Group Street Parade | 13th March
Dress in Green on the 13th to celebrate St Patrickâs Day. Featuring Irish inspired floats, traditional music, dancing, bands, banners and more, itâs time to don those shamrocks, drink some Guinness and create a bit of luck.
#8 Â 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 Â Highwic Art Deco Day Out | 13th March
TheÂ Highwic HouseÂ 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 thereâll be prizes for the best dressed.
#10 Â 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 Â 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 Â Auckland International Cultural Festival | 20th March
Be Diverse and join theÂ International Culture Festival. With a selection of food, music, sports, arts and culture from around the world, itâs an awesome event to add to your March calendar.
#13 Â Royal Easter Show | 24th â 28th March
This easter theÂ Royal Easter Show is back with Art World, Farm World, an ice skating rink and loads more. Itâs 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 bangâor several.
#14 Â Waiheke International Jazz Festival | 25th â 27th March
Are you into music and jazz? Â WaihekeÂ 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, âWhere the stars come out to play.â
#15 Â 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 StayÂ
Eden Park Bed and Breakfast NZ is one of the top luxury Bed and Breakfast’s in Auckland, New Zealand. Â We invite you to our home and bnb for a good night’s rest just like back at your own home. Â For Booking and Availability please click here.Â
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
The Rugby World Cup 2015 final game takes centre stage on Saturday, at Twickenham, London, Â as New Zealand take on neighbours and rivals, Australia in the final fight on who takes the Cup home.
Both teams were forced to fight their way through their tough semi-final ties last weekend against South Africa and Argentina, and this final is going to be the battle of the giants, since both are coming in strong and in form with full confidence.It is known that the All Blacks are the favourites to claim their back-to-back world titles. It won’t be easy for Australia.Hereâs all you need to know about the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, including where you can watch the hard-hitting drama unfold.
Australia vs New Zealand â The Big Final
Date: Saturday, 31th October 2015 â Time: 16:00 Uk time
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Channel: ITV (UK), TSN (Canada), FoxSports (Australia)
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All Blacks Adidas Rugby World Cup Jersey Unveiled!
According to the All Blacks website, the new adidas jersey was unveiled at a function in Auckland and is considered as the most technically advanced All Blacks jersey ever created. Â Â The design was developed with input from All Blacks management and senior players. There is a Rugby World Cup Â trophy is embossed on the right sleeve of the jersey acknowledging the All Blacksâ Rugby World Cup successes in 1987 and 2011. The Rugby World Cup 2015 logo moved to the right. Â The All Blacks silver fern logo remains on the left-hand side of the jersey. The Adidas and All Blacks logos, as well as the jersey numbers on the back, are of a metal silver colour.Using new technologically advanced techniques , Adidas managed to create a body mapping process called âDynamic Stretch Analysisâ allows Adidas to measure bodies as they moved and how much strain was being applied to the skin. Based on this research, Adidas has developed two jerseys, tailored specifically to the needs of All Blacks forwards and backs â jerseys that replicate the movements of playersâ skin. Featuring fabric-weaving technology, which has a unique two-way stretch, Woven Carbon was developed by the team at Adidas to ensure the use of a superior fabric that doesnât compromise on strength, flexibility, weight or comfort, and can withstand the rigour of the game. For more information about the Â please visit the All Blacks official online store.Â Â
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We Thought we should help our guests and future travellers with our directions from Auckland Airport to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in 19 minutes.
Please follow our instructions and you should be fine. Â We went to Google Maps to get this information , so you can trust the routes. Â Just keep in mind, the end of the trip ends right at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. Â If you are into Rugby, or Cricket, we have the best seats in the house. Â We are only a stones throw away from the Famous Eden Park Rugby World Cup Venue.
Auckland Airport overview map. Â This is where you start!
These are your directions to Central Auckland, and more specifically Eden Park Bed and Breakfast Hotel.
We are looking at 19 minutes tops without traffic. Â So we aren’t that far from Auckland Airport.
900 meters leaving the Airport, At the 1st roundabout take the 4th exit towards State Highway 20A
4.2 km down the road, At the next roundabout, make sure you take the 2nd exit and stay on the State highway 20A
7.5 km you will Merge on to State highway 20A
Drive for about 400m after merging and then turn Right on Dominion Road
At this point you are at the 19min mark with no Traffic. Â Proceed towards RD/Urban Route 4. Keep right.
Turn on Bellwood Ave and head to number 20. Â You will find us on the left.
We are Located a strone throw away from Eden Park, the 2011 Rugby World Cup Rugby Venue at Mt. Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.
For more information on how to get to and from Auckland Aiport, please contact us we will be happy to assist you.
Rugby is about how to obtain possession of the ball and score as many points as possible by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding the ball.
The Game Starts when a player kicks the rugby ball from the halfway line. The team in possession of the ball advances towards the try line by running forward and passing the ball from one player to another.
The ball must be passed laterally or behind and not passed infront. Not allowed. The other team will try and prevent the team in possession from moving the ball down the field and scoring a try. (this is grounding the ball over the try line – Enz Zone line)
The other team will try and grab the ball-carrier and tackle them to the ground.. The ball-carrier must then pass or release the ball allowing both teams to contest possession.
If the ball goes out of play, then a lineout is called to restart the game. When there is some committed foul, the game will begin with a scrum, free kick or penalty kick depending on the foul committed.
How to Score in Rugby
Try (5 points)
Grounding the ball over the try line.
Conversion (2 points)
Kicking the goal over the goal posts if a try has been scored.
Field Goal (3 points)
A drop kick over the goal posts when in the field of play.
Penalty (3 points)
Kicking the ball over the goal posts when a penalty has been awarded following an infringement.
The dimensions of a proper rugby field is 100m long and 69m wide.
You can find two in-goal areas at each end of the field and the two sidelines which are known as touchlines.
At each end of the field there are goal posts that are 5.6m apart with a crossbar set at 3m giving the goal the shape of the letter H.
Lines on the Rugby Field
This line is where the game starts and restarts after tries and goals are scored.
This line is on both sides of the halfway line. The kick restart from halfway must go at least this far.
This line is 22 metres towards the halfway line from each goal line. Play is restarted from these lines if the ball has been pressed down by the defending team or the ball has crossed or touched the Dead-Ball Line or Touch In-Goal Line.
This line can also be called the “try line” and you can find these on each end of the field. If the ball get’s grounded inside this area then team will score a try.
This line is at the end of the in-goal area. If the ball touches or goes beyond this line the ball is considered out of play.
This is the line on either side of the field. On or outside this line is considered out of play.
This line is the touchline continued between the goal line and the dead ball line.
There are 15 people in each team.
Super Rugby is the largest and pre-eminent professional rugby union football competition in the Southern Hemisphere.
Building off various Southern Hemisphere competitions dating back to the South Pacific Championship in 1986, with teams from a number of southern nations,
Super Rugby officially consists of teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The Next Big Super Rugby Game
Next big game is happening at Eden Park is New Zealand’s largest stadium, located in central Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, it is three kilometres southwest of the CBD, on the boundary between the suburbs of Mount Eden and Kingsland Between the Blues vs Brumbies. Get your Tickets here >>The Blues vs Brumbies
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
There seems to be concern in the ranks about the future of Super Rugby with dire predictions about next year’s set-up.
Publicly, lNew Zealand’s teams are resigned to toeing the party line and accepting that the addition of a team from Argentina, Japan and another in South Africa is good for the game.
The realism is that the current system has seen a seen a declining trend around attendance.
In 2006, South Africa posted an average Super Rugby crowd of 34,000, Australia 24,000 and New Zealand 22,000.
By 2012, those numbers had dropped across the board – South Africa were down to 28,000, Australia 20,000 and New Zealand 16,000. I would imagine that the numbers for 2014 would be lower again.
Week one of Super Rugby kicked off with a sea of empty seats. With the Black Caps playing in Christchurch the following day, the Crusaders were resigned to a poor turnout. They got one.
It was the same in Auckland, where the Blues weren’t able to host the Chiefs at Eden Park. They knew it wouldn’t be a great crowd at North Harbour, and they were right.
The problem is the core product !
TV has been allowed to dictate the playing schedules; jumping from 12 to 15 teams has diluted the quality of the overall playing pool; the format has suffered from not being a true round-robin; the rules remain unfathomable and inconsistently applied; stadiums, with the exception of the Forsyth Barr, don’t have cover; the food in stadiums is mostly crap and expensive and maybe most damaging has been that the biggest name players have been allowed to drift in, drift out and skip the bits they don’t fancy.
Add all that together and that explains the 30 per cent drop in average crowds since 2006.
The actual rugby is great. Unfortunately with TV controlling the money and the terms of scheduling we are only going to see a lot more empty seats.
On a better note , at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we see good response from game patrons wanting luxury accommodation close to the stadium.
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 itâs 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 Lake Wanaka is located in the Otago region of New Zealand, at an altitude of 300 metres. Covering an area of 192 kmÂ², it is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake, and estimated to be more than 300 m deep. Its name is MÄori, a corruption of Oanaka. The Lake Wanaka region is a playground in the natural wonderland of mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes â 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 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 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 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 Zealandâs 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 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 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 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 TaupÅ 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 The Franz Josef (Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in MÄori) 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 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. Â 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 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 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!