NRL Auckland Nines - Probably Known as The Greatest Weekend in 2015!

The NRL Auckland Nines is a rugby league competition held this weekend. This competition started just last year ; more specifically on the 15th and 16th February 2014. Last years NRL9’s Event was the first of the five which is going to be held at Eden Park.This is New Zealand’s Biggest Rugby Stadium.

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In this Tournament 16 NRL Clubs compete. Each squad has at least 12 of their top players from their squad and one marquee player. The winner of the tournaments receive a hefty amount as a prize. Usually around NZD$530,000.

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In this years 2015 Dick Smith’s NRL Auckland Nines, it is again held at Eden Park. Which is a stone throw away from our beloved Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. And this year ,as last year, all sixteen NRL Clubs will compete along with the KIWI FERNS and the Jillaroos, who competed in a three game series. The Final Pool names for this year are: Rangitoto, Waiheke, Piha, and Hunua .
These were chosen and voted by by the general public.

 

Rules for NRL Auckland Nines

 

The NRL Auckland Nines have a few rule variations which ensure the games are a lot faster and smoother with less delays and stoppages.

The Difference between the Regular NRL Games are the following:

  • There are Nine players a side with six unlimited interchange players.
  • Scrums will only form after a double knock on, with attacking teams to elect which side to feed the ball.
  • No video referee, with one on-field referee.
  • There is a five minute golden try period in qualifying rounds with a draw to be deemed if there is no result, while unlimited golden try for the finals.
  • A tap restart will take place after a 40/20.
  • Five points for a try scored in the bonus zone under the posts, with two point drop kick conversion attempts.
  • The scoring team will have a dropkick off to restart play.
  • There Are five minute sin bins.
  • There are five tackles in a set

 

If you decide to attend the NRL Auckland Nines, then please head out to our event created online to assist you to finding tickets for the competition.

More info here >> NRL Auckland Nines Event

Usually our neighborhood in Mt. Eden get’s a lot of fans during this time of year. These fans usually dress up in costumes , get in groups and walk the streets of Mt. Eden heading to and from Eden Park Stadium.   It is Fun to be part of. Great fun all around for Fans of this Rugby League Sporting Event.

Pictures Taken Right Outside our Bed and Breakfast

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New Zealand - When to go,  How long and Where...

 1994---scenic222 (1)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.   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

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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? 

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

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Eden Park Bed and Breakfast accommodation is 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.

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Driving distances

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.

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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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At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in a campaign of building and renovation. We are installing a Bay Window onto the front room and hanging new wallpaper in various rooms. The window was saved from a building that was destroyed in the Christchurch earthquake. It’s our little bit of saving a piece of Christchurch history….

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Auckland's Top Restaurants

The first five restaurants are within a 10 minute walking distance from Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. All of the restaurants have gained a following due to their high standard of cuisine and presentation. Eating out in Auckland is a pleasure. Enjoy!

Two Fifteen Bistro 215 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 630-6474 www.twofifteen.co.nz

The Dominion 234 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-2121 www.dominionbar.co.nz

Basil Thai 2/236 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-2334 www.basilthai.co.nz

Merediths 365 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-3170 www.merediths.co.nz

Clare Inn Irish Pub 274-278 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-8233 www.theclareinn.com

Reservations are recommended for all of the following restaurants

601(New North Rd) 601 New North Rd Morningside 849-7268 www.601newnorthroad.co.nz

Andiamo 194 Jerviois Rd Herne Bay 378-7811 www.andiamo.co.nz

Baduzzi Cnr Jellicoe St and Fish Lane North Wharf.City 309-9339 www.baduzzi.co.nz

Cazador 854 Dominion Rd Balmoral 620-8730 www.huntgatherfeed.com

CIBO Axis Building, 91 street Georges Bay Rd Parnell 303-9660 www.cibo.co.nz

Clooney 33 Sale Street Central City 358-1702 www.clooney.co.nz

Cocoro 56a Brown St Ponsonby 360-0927
www.cocoro.co.nz

Coco’s Cantina 376 Karangahape Rd Newton 300-7582 www.cocoscantina.co.nz

Debretts Kitchen Hotel De Brett, 2 High St Central City 969-1545 www.hoteldebrett.co.nz

Depot 86 Federal St. Central City 363-7048 www.eatatdepot.co.nz

Ebisu 116-118 Quay St.Britomart Central City 300-5271 www.ebisu.co.nz

Federal Delicatessen 86 Federal St. Central City 363-7184 www.thefed.co.nz

Fish Hilton Auckland. Princess Wharf. 147 Quay St Viaduct 978-2020 www.fishrestaurant.co.nz

Ima 57 Fort St Central City 300-7252
www.imacuisine.co.nz

Kazuya 193 Symonds St Eden Terrace 377-8537 www.kazuya.co.nz

Masu Sky City Grand Hotel.90 Federal St Central City 363-6278 www.skycityauckland.co.nz

Merediths 365 Dominion Rd Mt Eden 623-3140 www.merediths.co.nz

Moochowchow 23 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-6262 www.moochowchow.co.nz

Non Solo Pizza 259 Parnell Rd Parnell 379-5358 www.nonsolopizza.co.nz

O’Connell St Bistro 3 O’Connell St Central City 377-1884 www.oconnellstbistro.com

Orphans Kitchen 118 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 378-7979 www.orphanskitchen.co.nz

Ortolana The Pavilions. 31 Tyler St. Britomart Central City 368-9487 www.britomart.org/ortolana

O’Sarracino 3-5 Mt Eden Rd. Eden Terrace 309-3740 www.osarracino.co.nz

Astro Level 2. Seafarers.52 Tyler St.Britomart Central City 302-9888 www.seafarers.co.nz

Ponsonby Rd Bistro 165 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-1611 www.ponsonbyroadbistro.co.nz

Rosie 82 Gladstone Rd Parnell 369-1182 Rosie

Sidart Three Lamps Plaza. 283 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-2122 www.sidart.co.nz

Soto 13 St Marys Rd St Marys Bay 360-0021 www.soto.co.nz

Soul Bar and Bistro Viaduct Harbour Viaduct 356-7249 www.soulbar.co.nz

SPQR 150 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-1710 www.spqrnz.co.nz

St Heliers Café and Bistro 387 Tamaki Dr St Heliers 575-6995 www.stheliersbaycafe.co.nz

The Blue Breeze Inn 146 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby 360-0303 www.thebluebreezeinn.co.nz

The French Café 210 Symonds St Eden Terrace 377-1977 www.thefrenchcafe.co.nz

The Grill by Sean Connolly Sky City Grand Hotel.90 Federal St Central City 363-7067 www.skycityauckland.co.nz

The Grove St Patricks Square. Wyndham St Central City 368-4129 www.thegroverestaurant.co.nz

The Sugar Club Sky Tower,Cnr Federal and Victoria Sts Central City 363-6365 www.skycityauckland.co.nz

Tribeca The Foundation Bldg. 8 George St Parnell 379-6359 www.tribeca.co.nz

Vinnies 166 Jervois Rd Herne Bay 376-5597 www.vinnies.co.nz

New Zealand v Australia - Bledisloe Cup Showdown

It’s game day at Eden Park Saturday 23rd, August 2014
The World Champions ; the All Blacks , play Australia in the second Rugby Test for the Bledisloe Cup.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have the FULL house sign up. The energy levels around the neighbourhood are high. The Buzz surrounding the game is fun to watch . Kick off is 1935 tonight.

Go Black ….

Tourism Growth for New Zealand

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 !

More Cruise Ships to Arrive in Auckland

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.

 

New Zealand challenges for 35th America's Cup

As a Kiwi sailor and being part of Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland, I am a TRUE BLACK supporter of the announcement that Team New Zealand , backed by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron , New Zealand challenges for 35th America’s Cup.

The Kiwi syndicate, became the first team to officially announce their challenge .

Scuttlebutt in the yachting circles says that Italian team Luna Rossa and Artemis submitted their entries before Emirates Team New Zealand, but have yet to officially announce their challenge. Others who have signaled they’ll be throwing their hat in the ring are Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR) and a French challenge led by Franck Cammas, bringing the suggested total of challengers for the 2017 event to five . But scuttlebutt also says that this is all supposition because some believe that the funding for these challengers it’s not guaranteed.

After the withdrawal of the Challenger of Record ( Australia) last month, Oracle have been desperately trying to salvage the public relations fiasco surrounding the race. It is expected that the role of (COR ) will go to the first challenger to submit their entry, rumored to be Luna Rossa.

Supposedly we are also led to believe that the Italian team led the way in rallying their fellow intended challengers to issue a joint accord statement to reiterate their support for the event following Team Australia’s withdrawal . (I note Team New Zealand’s non participation in this accord.)

After last years racing and our demoralizing defeat to the enemy( Oracle ) , I am still a firm believer that we have the technological  skill and the sailors to take this piece of silver from the Americans .

Go Kiwis!

Safer driving for Tourists in New Zealand

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we see numerous travellers arriving after picking up a car at the airport and driving into Auckland. We had one guest that had 3 incidents on the 18 km journey. So the issue of Safer driving for Tourists in New Zealand is something serious we should be aware of and get people informed.

The Police in Queenstown ,New Zealand have taken a bold step towards getting tourists driving in a safe manner. They are now working with rental car companies to take incompetent tourist drivers off the road.

When they come across a tourist driver they think is incompetent, they are phoning rental car companies and asking them to cancel a client’s contract.

It seems that they have legal issues if they use the Land Transport Act to prevent incompetent overseas visitors from driving. The only way for police to remove someone from the road is to arrest them for a driving offense or imposing bail conditions.

So to get around this they are working with rental companies to remove drivers they believe pose a threat to other road users

It was up to the rental company to cancel the contract.

It’s may seem not a lot ,but anything to have tourists practicing safe driving in New Zealand is always welcome.

The Volcano of Mount Eden Auckland , New Zealand

#MountEden – (Maungawhau- hill of the whau tree)
Starting 250,000 years ago, small basaltic volcanoes erupted across the Auckland Isthmus, creating the Volcano of Mount Eden Auckland, in New Zealand.

Some were violent eruptions where magma encountered water,but in the case of Mt Eden the magma rose without meeting water and produced a steep sided cone from localised scoria and ash, and fields from the quiet outpouring of lava flows.
The crater is circular, about 180m in diameter and 50m deep.

The southern side of the crater rim is the highest point on the scoria cone(196m above sea level), and is the highest point on the Auckland Isthmus.
The Isthmus of Auckland is one of the most remarkable volcanic districts on the earth.The volcanoes are unique in their number(50) , and the peculiar shape of their cones and craters.
Most of the volcanoes in Auckland are thought to have grown by eruptions lasting a few months or possibly a few years.
Maungawhau is named after the Whau tree, one of the world’s lightest woods it was used for fishing floats and utility rafts. New cultivation techniques brought from the Pacific saw massive production of Taro and Kumara. Huge gardens spread from the base of

Maungawhau through the modern day Mt Eden suburb with volcanic rocks used as passive solar heating for seed raising beds to help tropical crops adapt to the colder environment.
Te Tuahu o Hua Kai Waka on the slopes of Maungawhau is the ancient shrine where ceremonies were performed for significant events and battles. Maungawhau is also the repository of koiwi (human remains) with burials across the mountain and the Mt Eden suburb.

Tangata Whenua continue to observe customary practices on Maungawhau. Matariki or the Maori New Year is one such practice observed before dawn in June each year.

The road to the summit of Maungawhau is named for Puhihuia, a highborn daughter of Te Waiohua. Ponga of Ngati Kahukoka from Awhitu was visiting Maungawhau and although he was of lower social status they eloped to the anger of Puhihuia’s disapproving parents. They escaped across the Manukau Harbour to Awhitu followed by an avenging taua.

War between the Iwi was avoided when Puhihuia faced a series of duels. She defeated her opponents and the taua returned accepting Puhihuia’s choice of a husband.
The early Maori Tribes took advantage of the Volcanic cone to gain an advantage over their enemies by having advanced fortifications established . This Pa was an established village with sleeping huts and food storage.
Today the Volcanic cone is a major Tourist sightseeing destination.

For a guest to walk from Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is a 40 min walk. To catch a sunrise from this Volcanic point is a “MUST DO ” in Auckland City.

There are various organizations dedicated to the preservation of the Historical nature of this unique place.
The friends of Maungawhau are a non profit organisation that welcome any assistance that guests may have to offer. www.maungawhau.co.nz

 

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