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.
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 !
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
One of the most amazing memorable NRL Auckland Nines Final was won by South Sydney with a score of 18-14 during golden try extra time. The Sharks put out a strong defensive wall making it hard for South Sydney to break through easily.
Weekend in Review
The Rabbitohs, defeated Cronulla 18-14 another memorable final.
Cronulla knocked out the Warriors in the quarter-final stages along the way to a spot in the final.
The Sharks beat the Roosters and the Rabbitohs beat the Eels in the semi-finals.
Women’s NRL Series
In the women’s series, the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns won beating the Jillaroos, 2-1.
Note this event was the first time that matches between the two women’s teams were on live television. Very impressive match ups.
Thousands attended to watch skillful football played at Eden Park over the Weekend.
TheNRL Auckland Nines is competitive football tournament played in a fun environment., and will be back again next year!
The NRL Auckland Nines Fans raid
Right before the game and after the game, we had fans from the NRL Nines tourney passing by our Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. I mean it when we say that we are a stones throw away from the Eden Park Venue ; so we get to catch all the fun during these events. Here are some candit pics of the fans .
Did you watch the NRL Auckland Nines?
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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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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….
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
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
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