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 


Extra Jets Flying Over NZ Skies - Travel is Booming

More people and goods flying through NZ skies than ever before

An extra 315 jet movements are being made each week as travel booms.


Each week, New Zealand sees an extra 315 jets flying over the Nz Skies.  This means, Travel is booming!

There are more flights to and from Asia, together with other domestic flights, this has been probably the busiest summer breaking all other records.

It has been said that there has been an extra 315 jet movements a week this year, mostly to and from Auckland.  The air traffic volumes are breaking records from previous years.

It is known that not only does the number or air traffic matter, but also the weights and distances flown!  The increase is from the domestic and international traffic.

Internationally, the growth was coming from an additional 87 flights arriving from Asia each week, while domestically, Jetstar’s regional expansion and a change to Air New Zealand’s fleet had provided the increase.

Larger aircrafts have been used more throughout the decade now, which this means, more passengers, and goods which are transported through New Zealand’s airspace, than ever before.

This was reflected by an expected 50,000 jet aircraft movements between January and March this year, up from a low of 42,000 in 2012.

Overall, there was about 280,000 aircraft movements over the summer period each year.

Last time there was so much air traffic, was during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, held at the Venue right around the corner from award winning Eden Park Bed and Breakfast NZ.

The Asia-Pacific region in particular is experiencing higher levels of air traffic growth which this is only good news for New Zealand’s economic and tourist boom.

It seems that the aviation industry too is doing well in terms of reducing any delays, responding well to the extra air traffic .

Also “Investments in the modernisation of New Zealand’s airspace as well as strong partnerships between airlines, airports and air traffic control are helping to manage this extra demand while dramatically improving efficiency and minimising environmental impacts.

learn more here

Where To Find The Best MilkShakes In Auckland



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.


Casa Del Gelato


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.  


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.

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.


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!


11 Things To Know About When Travelling


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.  




Lack of hotel beds in Auckland

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A lack of hotel beds in Auckland during major events next year including the British & Irish Lions rugby tour means visitors will likely be stung by a “spike” in prices, a Government-commissioned report warns.Auckland’s looming hotel “critical constraint status” could also push business and major events to other areas, the new research finds, with escalating room rates posing a risk to the wider tourism industry.A total of 26 additional hotels, above and beyond what is currently planned, will be needed over the next 10 years, across the country’s tourist hotspots.There is a current shortage of hotel rooms during high demand periods in all the centres, particularly in summer and autumn.That has pushed up average revenue per available room to record levels in Auckland, surpassing levels achieved because of huge demand during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.The Government wants to drive new investment in hotels, with the help of the findings from the report, commissioned by NZTE, Tourism New Zealand, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).But for areas like Auckland, the shortage will be felt before new rooms can be constructed.”Current demand and supply projections indicate that Auckland’s hotel sector will remain highly constrained over the next decade, resulting in annual occupancy rates that approach 90 per cent in the long-term,” the report states.”It is likely that the Auckland hotel market will reach “critical constraint status” as early as 2017 with no new supply forecast over the next 18 months and a number of major events occurring such as World Masters Games, the British & Irish Lions tour and the Rugby League World Cup.”That will likely lead to a “spike” in the average daily rate for a hotel room next year, “due to no new room supply and aggressive pricing”.The report states there is a risk of escalating Auckland room rates during peak times “creating long-term consequences for the wider tourism industry”, and a loss of business and major events to other areas. Other business models like Airbnb and campervans may be turned to by tourists put-off by increasing prices, the report states.While infrastructure in centres like Auckland largely performed well during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, there was controversy about the prices some visitors were asked to pay for accommodation.In the lead-up to the tournament, the Herald reported on one lodge that had increased its normal $31.43 a night rate for a single room, to $350 a night for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.And rugby writer Peter Bills’ description of New Zealand as 100 per cent rip-off rather than 100 per cent pure sparked debate about how much visitors pay during stays here.The new research – part of work dubbed Project Palace – focused on Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.It showed that, if demand and supply estimates are accurate, the shortfall in new hotel rooms could be up to 4526 across these centres by 2025, over and above new hotels already planned.”While there is significant hotel investment underway and planned, this report underlines the size of the opportunities there are to grow the sector in New Zealand”, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said.”The Project Palace work will help match investors with opportunities, and reduce the time taken to fill information gaps that can slow down investment.”International visitor arrivals, particularly from China and Australia, will be a major driver of hotel demand, with numbers forecast to grow 5.4 per cent each year.Lobby group the Taxpayers’ Union attacked the research as wasting taxpayer money on analysis that should be done by the private sector.A spokesman for Mr Joyce said organisers of next year’s events are taking steps to ensure sufficient accommodation options.”The Lions Tour will take place in the off peak season and the Masters Games are in the shoulder season for tourism. In the last Lion tour many visitors chose to travel around in motor-homes, and the Veteran Games will have some billeting of competitors.”It is also important to note that this study only counts people in three star or higher hotels in the city centres. There is of course accommodation like motels and hotels further out from the centre, plus Airbnb etc that people will also use.”

Source: Lack of hotel beds in Auckland and at New Zealand tourist hotspots reaches ‘critical’ level

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. 


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%.

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%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand
2014-07-23 20.17

New Zealand Visitor Arrivals

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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%.

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

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Brief overview of upcoming events in Auckland City

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