New Tourism Venture For Auckland

Great news in Auckland as the announcement that the ship Ipipiri, which has 30 cabins will be permanently based in the Viaduct Harbour.

The catamaran Ipipiri is New Zealand’s largest permanently-based cruise ship and the Auckland-based cruise business was launched today.

It will be able to cater cocktail events for up to 100 people and has restaurant seating for up to 80.

The vessel has offers 30 ocean view cabins, complete with en suites and will offer day and overnight cruises in the vicinity of Waiheke Island .

IPIPRI
• Length: 44.5m
• Width: 13m
• Height: 11m
• Hull depth: 1.4m
• Decks: 4
• Cabins: 30 ocean view rooms with en suites

I personally think this is brilliant for the Tourism Industry. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in the accommodation sector. We promote activities and tours to guests travelling within Auckland and New Zealand. To be able to offer another activity that keeps travellers within Auckland offers spin offs to other tourism operators . We may even have to go out for a trip ourselves when the time allows ……

Americas Cup Games .....again!

Although we are in the middle of Winter here in Auckland and although traffic flow into the Bed and Breakfast is slower ; I find great delight in seeing the Billionaires involved in the Americas Cup already starting to moan .
The lack of clarity from holders Oracle Team USA around the next America’s Cup looks to have cost organisers its challenger of record.
Hamilton Island Yacht Club today advised America’s Cup organisers of their intention to withdraw Team Australia from the 35th America’s Cup.
A statement from the syndicate said it was proving too difficult for a start-up commercial team to put a challenge together when no dates or venue have been confirmed for the event.
Russell Coutts, director of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) said he was very disappointed to receive the news.

“We were excited to have Australia as a challenger and we were also looking forward to the prospect of holding America’s Cup World Series events in Australia,” said Coutts.
But our focus going forward is with the teams that have already submitted challenges and the teams that have told us of their intent to do so before the entry deadline on August 8th.

In a competitors meeting held in Los Angeles last weekend, several teams expressed their reservations over the two remaining venue options – San Diego and Bermuda – and emphasised the a lack of certainly around dates and venue was hampering efforts to secure funding.

It appears Team Australia, who were responsible for negotiating the Protocol with the defenders, were finding the going particularly tough.

It is not yet known who the new challenger of record will be, but it is understood the ACEA have already received official entries from Italian team Luna Rossa and Swedish syndicate Artemis – the challenger of record for the 34th event.

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton said he was disappointed to see the Australian syndicate pull out but said the Kiwi team were on track.

“We have the class rule and the design team is well into its programme; the sailing team continues to compete successfully overseas, with great recent results by Dean Barker and Glenn Ashby in the A class cats worlds and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke still dominating the 49er scene,” said Dalton.

“In addition, we have never been in better shape with potential

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Busy time at the Bed and Breakfast

Auckland has been full for the past3 weeks with very little available accommodation for any travellers. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have had the unusual scenario of travellers (without reservations) turning up at the door wanting accommodation. Sorry but pre booked clients have first priority

Traveller arrivals to 9 February 2014
International Visitor Arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 12% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: China 45%, Korea 20%, USA 14%, Germany 9%, UK 8%, Australia 7%, Singapore 5%, Canada 2%

Down: Japan -6%, India -3%

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#NRL Nines at Eden Park

22 Feb

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This weekend has seen activity at Eden Park unseen since the #RWC 2011.
The #NRL nines has been in town for two days. We have seen enthusiasm and costume colour that is a joy to behold. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , we have the FULL sign up and it’s 8 for breakfast.

INBOUND VISITOR ARRIVALS to 2nd February 2014
Total visitor arrivals are up 13% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: China 60%, Singapore 41%, India 8%, Germany 18%, Australia 9%, UK 7%, Korea 11%, USA 2%, Canada 1%

Down: Japan -5%

Visitor Arrivals in New Zealand

International Visitor Arrivals to January 26th 2013
Total visitor arrivals are up 9% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: China 39%, Singapore 39%, India 29%, Germany 23%, Australia 9%, UK 8%,Korea 7%

Down: USA -11%, Canada -9%

No change: Japan

Americas Cup Superstition

Sitting down after breakfast at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast I have just read about sailors superstitions. If you remember back to the first time Team New Zealand won the Americas Cup…..
In that series we won all the races except one. On that race Sir Peter Blake was not on the boat.
Yesterday we lost a race. This time Grant Dalton was not on the boat….
I wonder if we will see Grant on the boat for every race from here on……..
Personally I think we are doing an amazing job of bringing this cup home. But Americans hate to lose so we have to be brutal on the water. Go Team New Zealand.

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Big Day Out at Western Springs

The Big Day Out Music Festival is to be hosted at Western Springs, Auckland on January 17 ,2014.

The event was canned for 2013 when it became financially unsustainable with increasing costs and decreasing profits.

Big Day Out NZ would host a multi-stage music, art and culture event created specifically for its New Zealand audience.

Early-bird tickets will go on sale from bigdayout.com and ticketmaster.co.nz at 9am on Monday August 12.

With Western Springs Stadium in close proximity to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , I would urge interested patrons getting in early to reserve accommodation.

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Tourism Numbers still Up.

Winter is here in New Zealand. The drought has truly broken with more than enough rain falling. I have managed to get the house painted at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. I made the mistake of replacing the Finnial Pole on top of the gable. What a nightmare that was with all the rain falling . Am trying to get the final bit done this weekend and remove the scaffold on Monday. OH JOY !

INBOUND travel
International Visitor Arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 14.7% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: China 40%, Australia 20%, Germany 17%, USA 11%, Singapore 7%, UK 3%

Down: Malaysia -38%, Korea -4%, Canada -2%, Japan -2%

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Auckland Vineyard Wins Award

Waiheke Island is one of the Islands in the Hauraki Gulf of Auckland. We send numerous guests from Eden Park Bed and Breakfast down to the ferry to visit it. I now have greater reason to send them there afternoon Stony-ridge Vineyard has received recognition for its red wine, which has topped the list for the best Cabernet Merlot in The Age/ Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide 2013. The Stonyridge Larose 2010 scored 97 points to make it the highest equal scoring red wine in 2013 and finish ahead of all of Australia’s most iconic Cabernet Merlots.
This award is the latest in a long string of international accolades that Stonyridge Larose has achieved since the first vintage back in 1985, further cementing this wine as New Zealand’s greatest Bordeaux Blend, and indeed a wine that can stand proud on the world stage.
This latest recognition is remarkable because it blasts the old generalisation that Australia makes great reds and NZ great whites. This latest acknowledgement confirms Stonyridge as one of the world’s best red wine producers. Last year Australian wine magazine Winestate awarded Stonyridge Larose 2006 five stars, placing it first equal with the legendary Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River in its annual awards in 2011, ahead of Chateau Latour 2006 and Chateau Rothschild 2006.
Well done Stonyridge……..

A Chinese Rip-Off

21 Jan

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This story about the Chinese Tourists getting a FREE meal at the City Mission just won’t go away .
They now say a rogue tour operator in Auckland promised them visits to farms, geyser parks and buffet dinners – but instead took them to free public facilities and charitable events, including the City Mission’s annual Christmas dinner. Ming Xi, a visitor from Wuhan, said he and 10 other Chinese tourists were taken to the City Mission lunch by the tour leader, who told them the event was an annual “buffet treat” the New Zealand Government organised for citizens and visitors.
The tourists arrived last month as part of a tour group on a four-day North Island tour.
They decided to extend their visit to experience how Christmas was celebrated in a Western country. They were approached by the Mandarin-speaking tour leader as they left the i-Site Visitor Information Centre in Quay St, Auckland, the week before Christmas and offered a discounted daily rate of $88 a person for the tour, which included meals and all activities and entry charges.
The itinerary would include visits to a wildlife reserve, a farm park, gardens and a geyser park, and meals would include a Kiwi barbecue, a cultural dinner and a grand Christmas buffet.

Thinking they had real bargain, they decided to go with him was because it would be handy to have a local guide who spoke Mandarin.
The Kiwi barbecue was a sausage sizzle at a public barbecue pit, and the cultural dinner was a vegetarian meal at an “Indian” spiritual gathering where the group were asked to chant, sing and dance before eating.
The offer
*A grand Christmas buffet, cultural dinner and a great Kiwi barbecue

*Admission to a farm park with farm shows, shearing and milking

*Visit to a wildlife reserve with endangered native birds

*Geysers, mud pools and a soak in Rotorua hot mineral pool

What they got:

*Auckland City Mission charity Christmas lunch

*Vegetarian dinner by an “Indian” spiritual group, for which they had to chant, sing and dance

*A sausage sizzle on a public barbecue pit

*Council-funded Ambury Farm Park and Western Springs

*Rotorua’s public Kuirau Park and a soak at its free foot bath

Supposedly this operator is not one of the accredited Chinese Tourism Operators in New Zealand.
Personally, I have to admit its a great story…….

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