Minor Shakes Overnight

Monday Morning at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland. Breakfast is over and onto the rooms next. We have checkouts and checkins . But first a coffee and a read of the newspaper.
I read that we are still rocking and rolling with three minor earthquakes been recorded in parts of New Zealand today.A 3.2 shake was felt in Canterbury at 10:19am, 10km east of Christchurch and 10km deep. At 10:31am a small quake of 2.1 magnitude was recorded within 5km of Cromwell in central Otago, at a 5km depth.mThe third quake, felt at 12:30pm, measured 3.7 and shook northern Hawke’s Bay. It was located 30km south of Wairoa at a depth of 33km.
Another day in New Zealand….

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New Zealand Rocking and Rolling

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are surrounded by the Auckland Volcanic Plateau. As they are dormant we tend to ignore them and do not think about them. There is nothing nice about an earthquake or a Volcano doing its thing. In New Zealand at the moment we are moving more than we want to be. They call us the land of the long white cloud. If these volcanoes keep popping off that will be a very real component as all the ash and dust in the air will generate that exact case. We now have two volcanos venting ash and who knows if there is more to come. I pray NOT.
This morning a strong earthquake has rocked the Bay of Plenty region .The 4.7 magnitude struck 40 kilometers north-east of Opotiki, near Whakatane, at 7.30am.The quake was at a depth of 40km.
The earthquake comes as ash continues to spew from nearby White Island. The volcanic Island, which lies 48km off the Bay of Plenty coast, was raised to a Volcanic Alert Level 2 after a surveillance camera captured a small eruption from its crater on Sunday.
Another earthquake was reported near Invercargill last night. It struck 160 km west of Tuatapere, north west of Invercargill, at 7.40pm. It was at a depth of 33km.
The quake was followed by a 3.7 magnitude earthquake that struck within 5km of Lyttelton at a depth of eight kilometres.
They don’t call us the Shakey Isles for nothing……

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Slowdown In Christchurch Tourism

With the aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquake it is now apparent that one area of concern is the collapse of the Tourism Industry within the City. Before the destructive earthquake sequence began in September 2010, tourism contributed $2.3 billion a year to Canterbury’s economy. It has shrunk by at least 15 per cent. In the year ended February 2012, Christchurch lost over one million guest nights – a third of its visitors staying overnight in the city. International visitor guest nights fell by a whopping 73 per cent. Lack of accommodation, particularly in the hotel and backpacker sectors after many quake-damaged buildings had to be demolished, was also impeding the industry’s recovery.
The New Zealand Tourism Industry will be looking at ways to assist operators caught in the disaster zone. Evidence of assistance was shown last week with the NZRU hosting the second Rugby Test between New Zealand and Ireland in the city.

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The Joy of Painting

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we had an excellent March and April with guests needing accommodation. This is shown with the highest number of international guest nights in Auckland, up 6%. Auckland will always be the gateway but with the aftermath of the earthquakes in Christchurch we have found an increasing number of clients not even thinking of going to the South Island. They want to stay in Auckland and do day trips. I feel that this might be an increasing trend with International arrivals. We started our yearly maintenance schedule this month and I have been in the painting mode so we concentrated on getting the interior white paint done. I am a fan of using oil based high gloss white paint on the skirting,scotia and architraves. And it looks very good. Although the paint smell is still strong in the house. Marlene is in Christchurch visiting the grandchildren so I have the house to myself. It’s lonely being by one self again.
Total guest nights fell 0.8% to 3.1 million in March from the same month a year ago.
The bulk of the decline came from a 3.6% drop in international visitor guest nights to 1.3m, with a sharper fall in South Island accommodation.
That was offset by a 1.4% gain in guest nights from New Zealanders to 1.8m.
The figures come after the Ministry of Tourism data showed 2.62m foreign visitors spent $5.64 billion locally in the year ended March
International guest nights decreased in eight of the country’s 12 regions in last month, led by Northland, down 25% and Otago, which fell 8%.

Domestic guest nights also increased in six regions. Bay of Plenty led the fall, down 6.6%, followed by Northland on 13%.
Auckland had the largest rise of about 7%.
Holiday parks bore the brunt, down 5.6%, followed by backpacker accommodation, which slipped 2.7%, and motels, with a dip of 2.1%.

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Did the Earth move for you??

22 Jan

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I suppose earthquake tourism was bound to appear and sure enough,Quake-hit Christchurch has become the destination of choice for holiday-makers wanting to experience the earth moving.
Curiosity about earthquakes has led to a small but steady stream of visitors hoping to experience a tremor.
American Steve Atkinson said the recent seismic activity made visiting the city exciting. “Where I come from, you don’t get earthquakes, so I’m curious about what it feels like. I’m kinda hoping there is one while I’m here – not a big one, a small one.”
And the Sunday Star-Times has been told of an Auckland family who added a few days stay in Christchurch to their South Island holiday just so their children could experience an earthquake.

Motel Association Christchurch branch president Mike Brown said he had heard anecdotal reports of people being attracted to the city by the prospect of experiencing a quake, but the visitors he met were wary of the quakes and shocked by how damaging they could be.

Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism chief executive Tim Hunter said curiosity would inevitably draw some visitors. “If you haven’t felt an earthquake before it is an unusual experience and if some people are into that, we’d love to have them

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Good News for Christchurch

11 Jan

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At last some good news for Christchurch,New Zealand. And they do need it so to all you visitors intending to travel to the South Island of New Zealand, definitely spend a few days in the city. There’s still plenty to do, and you’ll be supporting the new businesses inspiring Christchurch’s renaissance.
Lonely Planet has labelled quake-ravaged Christchurch as one of New Zealand’s most exciting cities.In an online article published yesterday by the renowned travel guide firm, author Brett Atkinson said researchers had visited three times since the February 22 earthquake – including two weeks on-the-ground research “recently” – and were impressed by what they saw.
“Our latest visit was unlike any other Lonely Planet research gig, with virtually all of the bars, cafes and restaurants recommended in our 2010 New Zealand guidebook no longer open,” Atkinson wrote.

“But amid the occasional uncertainty of aftershocks, Christchurch is re-emerging as one of NZ’s most exciting cities.
Lonely Planet has labelled quake-ravaged Christchurch as one of New Zealand’s most exciting cities.

In an online article published yesterday by the renowned travel guide firm, author Brett Atkinson said researchers had visited three times since the February 22 earthquake – including two weeks on-the-ground research “recently” – and were impressed by what they saw.

“Our latest visit was unlike any other Lonely Planet research gig, with virtually all of the bars, cafes and restaurants recommended in our 2010 New Zealand guidebook no longer open,” Atkinson wrote.

“But amid the occasional uncertainty of aftershocks, Christchurch is re-emerging as one of NZ’s most exciting cities.

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