Top Five Travel Apps for your next trip!

We’ve decided do a little research and find the best top five travel apps that will assist you on your next trip. As long as you have WiFi, 3g, 4g, or whatever type of internet, these top ten travel apps will help you either with your packing, or your boarding, or finding your way around, we are sure you will be grateful you took the time to read this article.

So let’s begin with , Packing.

 

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Packing Pro

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Crete your own personal packing list and check your items off as you are packing. How great is that?   You can also save that list as a template on your next packing trip, or even when leaving to return, that checklist will come in handy so you don’t forget that , charger…or your slippers.

Get it here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/packing-pro/id312266675?mt=8

Travel App #2

TripIT

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When wanting to organize your trip. You will need Tripit.   As soon as you book your ticket, you then add that information details into your Tripit App, from information of your flight, to your hotel booking, as well as information on your car rental too. Tripit App will have all info in there for you to use with a touch of a finger. If you’ve made any plans through your email, it will pull that info up as well.   How many times have you got to the counter without that piece of paper with all that info on there? This will save you time, and space. Your flight details is monitored in real-time, and TripIt will text and email you if there are any changes in your flight schedule.

It provides you with everything you can think of. Maps , weather airport info and the details of your flight destination.

Get it here https://www.tripit.com/

Travel App # 3

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XE Currency will help you to convert money no matter where you are. XE Currency is fully updated and will give you a heads up on what you are paying for when exchanging your money.

XE Currency will help you to convert money no matter where you are. XE Currency is fully updated and will give you a heads up on what you are paying for when exchanging your money.

Very useful for making sure you don’t lose money while exchanging your money.

Get it here http://www.xe.com/apps/

 Travel App #4

SLEEPSOUNDS HQ

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SleepSounds HQ offers a simple but brilliant solution to the noisy locations you might be experiencing in your trip adventure.

This little app basically, let’s you mask all distractions with more than 600 tracks . So no more focusing on that noise distraction

Get it here http://www.sleepsoundshq.com/

Travel App #4

WI-FI FINDER

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 3.25.36 PMAs everyone seems to rely on technology , such as the internet. Finding a Wi-fi hotspot is the first thing visitors usually do when getting off a plane. So using this Wi-Fi Finder with its preloaded database of secured wifi hotspots, would save you some hassle in finding some free internet for you to use and get back in contact with your loved ones, or to just post that “Check in” on facebook.

Get it here https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/free-wi-fi-finder/id307217005?mt=8

Travel App#5

Pano

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If you are visiting places like New Zealand. Then you might want to download the PANO app. You can thank us later when you are viewing your panoramic shots of our middle earth. Very easy to use, and the technology allows it to automatically create a high quality panoramic photo to add to your trip album!

We hope you enjoyed this article on our favorite top five travel apps. Please comment below your experience with these apps .

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Get it https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/pano/id293709029?mt=8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download your Hauraki Gulf Islands Map ...

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 3.33.33 PMThe Hauraki Gulf Islands consist of more than 50 islands  many of which are public conservation lands managed by the Department of Conservation.

Most islands are open to the public for recreation and relaxation. Some are sanctuaries for endangered species and to land you must have a permit.

You will discover islands lined with golden-sand beaches, also known as the  ‘island of wine’ you will enjoy your fine wine after your adventurous day of , kayaking, sailing or even dolphin spotting.

To make sure you don’t get lost, make sure you download this map of the Hauraki Islands, courtesy of www.aucklandnz.com

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Need your NORTH AUCKLAND MAP ?

North Auckland map

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If you ever decide to head north of Auckland, then you will experience and discover why everyone is laid back in those areas.

Lifestyle here is really chilled out, with great food to enjoy, and great Wine to Taste and sip while enjoying the amazing view of the beautiful sea which surrounds North Auckland.

To make sure you get to where you want to get, make sure you download this map of North Auckland, courtesy of www.aucklandnz.com

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Explore Central Auckland, Download This Map

 

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Amazing Waterfront Breathtaking views.  Get anything you need or want, through our world-class shopping stores and malls.  Make sure you enjoy our vibrant arts and culture , all found in the heart of Auckland.

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Either be relaxed or adventurous, you can do everything you can think of in Auckland, and in order to find everything, we suggest you  Download this Map of Central Auckland  so you can get around, courtesy of www.aucklandnz.com

 

 

South & East Auckland map, Get yours Here

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If you are looking for Clean Sparkling blue waters, Golden and white-sandy beaches, or just wanting to find the true countryside of New Zealand.  You will need a map.

You don’t want to get lost in the other rainforest found in East Auckland region. Auckland’s south is a melting pot of cultures from around the world; a place where history, adventure and beautiful landscapes combine.

Now, Auckland’s south is a special place with a mixture of cultures from around the world.  There is a lot of history, mixing it in with Adventure through its breathtaking landscapes, you will enjoy this part of New Zealand.

Make your life easier, by downloading this map courtesy of www.aucklandnz.com

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Get your West Auckland Map Here

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If you Get to Visit West Auckland, Make Sure you Download this Map , courtesy  of http://www.aucklandnz.com/  Full on information on each are in West Auckland.

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Take a Trip to a region of natural beauty. Hike through the untouched rainforest, experience the natural rugged beauty of the wild west coast beaches.

 

West Auckland is also known for its amazing Wine.  Feel free to contact us and ask us information about West Auckland.

Thank you!

 

 

Busy Weekend in Auckland City

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

Super Rugby Concerns 2016

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.

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You have to admit that New Zealand is a pretty cool place to visit. Even our Wildlife thinks so!

Yesterday while out on the Auckland Harbour on a surf ski , a local woman had an experience with a seal that will remain in her memory for ever.

As she neared Rangitoto Island ,she came across a seal in the water and being a friendly Kiwi,she attracted its attention.

To her surprise it came over to her surf ski,put its nose up on the front and then hopped up and made itself comfortable.”
It then proceeded to settle down for a snooze laying its head on her shin.

Although after 30 minutes and showing no signs of leaving the woman decided enough was enough and removed her freeloading visitor by tipping the ski over and depositing the seal back in the water.

So this is why you should visit New Zealand. It’s fun and you never know what will pop up on your surf ski !

ICC Cricket World Cup comes to Auckland

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

Auckland's top Restaurants offer Terrific food, served with great charm and efficiency in a smart but probably somewhat informal atmosphere.

Brief overview of upcoming events in Auckland City

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