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

TOP 11 Things To do in New Zealand

New Zealand is known as the playground for adventure. We have picked the top 11 things to do in New Zealand. 1) Cape Reinga Cape Reinga also known as Te Rerenga Wairua, is the northwestern most tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Cape Reinga, is known as the most spiritual significant place in Maori tradition and mythology. The cape where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean is known as the place Maori spirits descend into the underworld. Everywhere you turn at Cape Reinga you are surrounded by beauty, whether it’s stunning beaches or the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Things to do: There is a 90-mile beach, a public highway on route to Cape Reinga, where you can also go sand-boarding on the sand dunes, and Rarawa Beach, a gorgeous cove perfect for surfing. 2) Lake Wanaka lakewanaka Lake Wanaka is located in the Otago region of New Zealand, at an altitude of 300 metres. Covering an area of 192 km², it is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake, and estimated to be more than 300 m deep. Its name is Māori, a corruption of Oanaka. The Lake Wanaka region is a playground in the natural wonderland of mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes – its a living breathing paradise. You get to adventure at your own pace, in your own time, in your own way. 3) White Water Rafting, Rotorua Rotorua Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand’s North Island. White Water Rafting on the Kaituna River is known as the “best, most amazing experien” on Trip Advisor. You must experience Kaituna for yourself. It is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world – Tutea Falls. It consists of Warm water, outstanding scenery, heart pumping rapids and world class guides Make sure you make Rotorua Rafting your first stop activity in Rotorua. 4) Milford Sound milford-sound-hd-wallpaper Milford Sound or Piopiotahi in Maori is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island. With around 550,000 to 1 million visitors per year this has been labeled as one of the best world tourist destinations to visit. New Zealand’s own, it has been called the eighth Wonder of the World. Things to do : Tramping, canoeing, and some other water sports are usually popular. You can also take small boat trips. A very small percentage of tourists stay more than a day, so there isn’t really any accommodation for long stays. You can also check out the underwater tourist observatory found in one of the bays of the sound provides viewing of black coral, usually only found in much deeper waters. 5) Abel Tasman National Park abel_tasman_national_park1 Abel Tasman National Park is a New Zealand national park located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island. A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak. The Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life. From Hiking, to Canoeing, followed by sun bathing, then swimming and breathtaking snorkeling, and the list goes on. Accommodation consists of luxurious lodges. The most popular type of sleeping, is the sleeping under the stars outside in Nature So you have two options , one is taking the Jumping off Nevis, New Zealand’s highest bungy from a cable car. Then you have the “The Ledge” overlooking Queenstown where you can bungy at night, or take a look at AJ Hackett Bungy for more details. 6) Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tongariro_alpine_crossing_view The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is a tramping track in New Zealand, and is among the most popular day hikes in New Zealand. You can have a one-day adventure, walking across active volcanoes, with spectacular and unique volcanic terrain. Experience the cold mountain spring, old lava flows, active volcanic craters ,thermal steam vents, amazing mesmerizing lakes and to top it off ; a native forest to explore. You can also get the best view of the mountains and lakes of the central North Island. 7) Whale Watching, Kaikoura Whale-Watching-Kaikoura This is where the Mountains meet the Sea….With a population of approximately 3,800 residents, Kaikoura is located on a rocky peninsula, surrounded by lush farmland beneath the mountains. Right off the peninsular, there is a rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds making it an ideal place for experiencing it at first hand. You will be Whale Watching! Several different species of whale can be seen off Kaikoura . The Sperm Whales are the main species seen. 8) Skydiving, Lake Taupo Taupo_Skydiving Lake Taupo is a lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand and is the largest lake in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake. Things to do : Skydiving is the main tourist attraction. This is why our tourists visit Lake Taupo. If you are not a fan of skydiving then you can easily join the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, which is a a cycling tour around the lake which can take anywhere between four and ten hours. There are Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay on Lake Taupō that are over 10 metres high and only accessible by boat. The cliff has become a popular tourist destination with hundreds of boats and yachts visiting the spot daily. It is a noted trout fishery with stocks of introduced brown trout and rainbow trout. 9) Franz Josef Glacier KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA The Franz Josef (Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori) is a glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The glacier area is one of the main tourist attractions of the West Coast, You may take Guided and unguided walks up to and onto the glacier. Glacier walks also require some specialized equipment, namely ice axes and crampons that latch onto a sturdy boot. 10) Bungy Jumping, Queenstown Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 10.31.35 PM New Zealand is known at the the bungy capital of the world. Did you know that Bungy Jumping originated in New Zealand? Its true! :) The First Bungee Jump ever was at the Kawarau Bridge. And finally coming to #11, we want to end this article, with our personal introduction to our award winning Luxury Bed and Breakfast Hotel in Central Auckland.  We offer a guarantee that you will have a pleasant and rewarding stay with us. We think you should choose Eden Park and Breakfast as your best choice of accommodation in Auckland. 11) Best Accommodation? Eden Park Bed and Breakfast In Auckland 01 This Bed and Breakfast offers Four luxuriously appointed rooms with individual sophistication and character. They include The Cream Room, The Blue Room and The Yellow room with ensuite bathrooms while The Green Room comes with its own private bathroom. Our complimentary breakfast is set with china, silver and Linen. We offer a three course breakfast including a fruit bowl, with a continental selection and a hot cooked option. There is a well-appointed guest lounge, and our B&B includes a WiFi Hotspot for your free Internet. There is an excellent selection of Restaurants and Cafes near by in Dominion Road, Mt. Eden and Kingsland. The Local buses and trains are within a close walking distance for transport to the city. When you visit New Zealand and land at Auckland Airport, catch the Airporter bus. Take the Dominion Road Shuttle and get off at the intersection of Bellwood Ave/ Dominion Road, Eden Valley Shops.We are 200meters down Bellwood Avenue on the LHS. This is the cheapest option for transport to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast from the Airport. Right Next Door: Eden Park Venue foto-eden-park Eden Park Bed and Breakfast Is located right next door to Eden Park. This is New Zealand’s largest Rugby Stadium and has been selected as a venue for the 2015 Cricket World Cup Games that will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. We hope you enjoyed our top 11 things to do in New Zealand. We hope it was helpful and valuable. Please do leave a comment below. Thank you!

NRL Auckland Nines Post Weekend in Review

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.

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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.

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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

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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 .

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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.

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Summer Holidays are Christmas Holidays in New Zealand

Summer Holidays in New Zealand are basically Christmas Holidays but with a twist. You get to celebrate Christmas like it’s actually summer.

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The New Zealand Summer holidays begin around the 20th of December and last up to 31st of January. You can expect to see a lot of trailers loading up on Boxing day heading for the Coastal Areas.

Summer Holidays in New Zealand is the ultimate Summer Vacation. So much to do and using the massive stretch of coastline areas which connect the North and South Islands feels like there is so many things you can do.

Surfing New Zealand

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If you are looking for a place to Surf, then head out to the popular Surf Highway brings together the best surfers from around the world. Just ask how you can get to Taranaki.

So surfing is your passion, you’ll love New Zealand. You’re always next to the sea.

Life Style Holidays

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Life style in New Zealand is one of a kind. You can do a variety of things to do.  Some examples are Fishing, Sailing, Various Water Activities, Bungee jumping, or Volcano Touring and Hiking.  Don’t forget to visit Mount Eden (AKL) Amazing view on top of Mt. Eden.  If you head down below you’ll find Eden Park, World’s Biggest Rugby Stadium.

If you are into Music and Festivals, you will appreciate Whangamata.  This is a great place to stroll and perfect for Summer Festivals during the Whanga Week, and the Summer Festival happening in New Zealand during this time.

BBQ in NZ

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Summer holidays in New Zealand include bbq and Ice creams.   It is guaranteed to find Kiwi Families enjoying their picnic outing, with their bbq grills, on a summer’s night on a beach.

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If you want a great tan, then head out to Hawkes Bay and Nelson to enjoy your summer holidays in New Zealand like you should. Camp for the night there if you like, you won’t be able to compare this to anywhere else you have ever been in this world.  Promise.

 

Where to Stay in Auckland during your Summer Holidays in Auckland?

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Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is located in Auckland, next to Eden Park’s World’s Largest Rubgy Stadium (Eden Park Stadium on Reimers Ave)   We offer luxury accommodation at an affordable price.  Make sure you contact us prior so we can guarantee your booking.  Christmas Holidays are pretty busy here in Auckland.  Looking forward to your stay.

 

Is Adventure Tourism Unsafe?

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Of course it is !

But the New Zealand Government introduced new regulations in October 2011 following a Department of Labour report which said 29 people had died in adventure tourism activities in the previous five years. Things moved rapidly following the accident in 2012 when 11 people died during a hot air balloon sightseeing trip after the balloon flew into power lines near Carterton. This crash is considered one of the worst hot air balloon accidents in the world.

The New safety rules for the adventure tourism sector came into force on November 1 2014, and WorkSafe said at the time only 86 of 348 adventure tourism companies met the deadline and 199 were given an extension until December 1.

The safety agencies said yesterday the number of operators was now 349 and of those 255 are registered. As of 5pm yesterday all unregistered operators cannot legally operate.

So… , when they tie a rubber band around your ankles and suggest you jump off a perfectly safe bridge…… Make certain they have tied it tight .

Flights New Zealand ... Everything about NZ Air Travel

 

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Are you looking for affordable flights? New Zealand’s national flight carrier is Air New Zealand and this is the primary method of transport via air all through New Zealand.   New Zealand’s next significant flight carrier is Qantas the Australian national flight carrier.

Trans-Tasman Market

Article Lead - wide6111161810egay1410243541929.jpg-620x349 There are other primary players in the aggressive trans-Tasman flights market (meaning the flight traffic between New Zealand and Australia that crosses the Tasman Sea) they incorporate Jetstar, Virgin Pacific, Freedom and Emirates.

The Flight Carriers

2079075 Virgin, Jetstar and Freedom are the big boys in the flights market..   Jetstar and Freedom are considered the cheap flights to and from and between New Zealand and Australia.   Jetstar is actually owned by Qantas and Freedom is owned by Air New Zealand.

Small Plane Flight Tours

New-Zealand-Small-Group-Tours-Milford-Sound New Zealand additionally has Small Planes for specific sightseeing views of the New Zealand Skies.  Get a glimpse from sky high, and take in the beautiful New Zealand breathtaking sceneries.

Beware of Undeclared Items

New Zealand’s Safety standards at airports and flights, are amongst the best in the world. When you arrive to New Zealand make sure you do not bring any undeclared food or items or anything that could be harmful to New Zealand’s environment. You will receive a fine if you are caught !

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Have a fabulous time flying the New Zealand skies. You will appreciate the amicability of New Zealand air transport staff and the administration that you will get.

Bed and Breakfast Stop

17 When you do Arrive in New Zealand, take the Airporter Bus . It will take you straight to our Bed and Breakfast Hotel, at Eden Park.   This is the cheapest method of transport from Auckland Airport. Take the Dominion Road Bus and this will drop you at the top of Bellwood Avenue,Mt Eden.We are 2 blocks down on the left hand side. The cost from Airport to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is $16.00 (single) or $32.00 (double)   For more information on how to book please visit www.bedandbreakfastnz.com/book-now/

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A Macabre Bit of Early New Zealand History...

I used to run the Auckland Ghost Tours ; so when I see evidence of our Colonial Past and the macabre international trade in severed heads, I am fascinated . Information from new book has found that the intensified Maori inter-tribal warfare from such a Trade grew to such an extent it was feared the Maori would be wiped out altogether.

European agents sent to New Zealand in the nineteenth century to buy or trade for the best baked heads were often murdered and beheaded themselves, before being traded back as authentic “Maori warriors”, according to a new book on the history of severed heads.

In ‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found’, English author and anthropological expert Dr Frances Larson explores the “bizarre, often gruesome and confounding history of the severed head … our history is littered with them”.

In it she features the grisly history of Maori trophy heads, or toi moko, traditionally taken from the enemy during inter-tribal warfare.

The heads were not shrunken, like in South American head hunting cultures, but preserved with their skulls intact.

“Specialists, often tribal chiefs, removed the brains, eyes, and tongues before stuffing the nostrils and skull with flax and burying the head with hot stones so that it gradually steam or cured dry,” the book says.

Toi moko were displayed on short poles, usually around the chief’s house.

Joseph Banks, the naturalist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his historic first voyage to the South Pacific, was the first European to acquire a Maori head.

He managed to “persuade a reluctant elderly Maori man” to part with it in exchange for a pair of white linen drawers.

But when the old man took the drawers, he then refused to give up the head until Banks “enforced his threats” at musketpoint.

As contact with European whalers and sealers increased, and the desire for guns increased among Maori in the early nineteenth century, the trade is preserved heads took off.

Over the course of the 50 years from Captain Cook’s first visit in 1769, trade in human heads “reached such intensity, and inter-tribal warfare escalated so ferociously, that many believed the Maori would be completely annihilated,” Dr Larson writes.

The intricate facial tattoos of Maori chiefs were particularly attractive to Europeans.

But they were also the hardest to find and led to slaves being forcibly tattooed and sold to order.

European agents sent over were sometimes killed, tattooed, and sold back to their own unsuspecting countrymen.

Preserved heads were snaffled by private collectors and museums, but also sold in European shops and auction houses as curiosities.

In 1831, the Governor of New South Wales, Ralph Darling banned the increasingly popular practice, saying “there is strong reason to believe that such disgusting traffic tends greatly to increase the sacrifice of human life amongst savages whose disregard of it is notorious”.

The 317-page book notes the observation of one nineteenth century collector, Horatio Robley, who said the human head trade had by then stocked the museums of Europe but had also “considerably reduced the population of New Zealand”.

Since 2003, more than 70 toi moko have been returned to Te Papa Museum in Wellington from public collections in Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Denmark, Australia, Argentina, France, Hawaii, the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, USA, and Germany.

However, it’s believed there are at least 100 more in collections around the world.

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Wedding Planning Checklist - 8 Wedding Venues spots to choose from in New Zealand

There are about 8 top locations for you to tick off your Wedding Planning Checklist.  There are so many different wedding venues in New Zealand to choose from when you finally decide to tie the knot with your special other half.  New Zealand is quite popular as a location for destination weddings due to the amazing beauty that New Zealand beholds.  If you are looking for an ideal place to have your wedding with amazing breathtaking background sceneries, then please look no further.  We have 9 top locations to start off, so start checking that Wedding Planning Checklist !

Trust us, New Zealand has enough spots to make your wedding an unforgettable experience.

Below are our 8 top favorite locations for you to mark off your wedding planning checklist and make this a time to remember in New Zealand.

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With a magnificent background scenery, the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, is our top choice of a location.
2.  Take a helicopter ride

helicopter-ride-nz-scenery-eden-park-bnbTake a helicopter ride on top of Tasman Glacier, where you can have your wedding surrounded by amazing Mountain peaks covered with Snow.

3.  Marry on a luxury sail boat. 

Get married on a luxury sailing boat. From bay to bay, float on a marriage-luxury-boatLake in Rotorua.  More specifically Lake Rotoiti.

4.  Wineries and Vineyards  

Hawke’s Bay, with amazing food and wine, architecture, beaches and wildlife. Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island  and is accessible by air, land and sea so getting there is nice and easy .  So while having your wedding, have a sample tasting of New Zealand’s award winning local wine vineyards.

5.  Take a mud bath with your other half. 

Get all dirty and healthy in our Geothermal waters in New Zealand , to help you clean your soul, and to make the “i do” officially at Hell’s Gate in Rototua.

6. 20.000ft off the Ground!th

Try something crazy. Get on one of New Zealand’s famous Air Balloons and tie the knot 20.000ft off the ground.  With jaw dropping site viewing of New Zealand from high above would certainly take your breath away.

7. Golfing

If you are into Golf.  Then why not plan your wedding on our lush green grass lands on our famous Golf Courses at Kauri Cliffs or Cape Kidnappers. With a breathtaking background that will surely make this wedding a one to remember.

8. Beach

If you are the beach type, then just head up to Marlborough Sounds, and have your wedding overlooking the ancient sunken river valleys, bays, and our golden sandy beaches.

All these are doable.  All you need to do is plan ahead.  And make sure you have a high budget for all of this to become a reality.  Besides, you usually get married just once, and you must make this a time to remember. Make sure to research a wedding planner here in New Zealand, to help you plan out your one of a kind wedding ceremony in New Zealand.

If you have guests coming from overseas make sure you look for places which offer accommodation. We can provide accommodation at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast, in Auckland, New Zealand.  We offer 4 luxury rooms for you and your guests to stay in.  Choose from our Cream Room, Yellow Room, Green Room, and Blue Room.  Make sure you visit our official website for more information on our accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Your major goal here is to plan your New Zealand wedding successfully without any type of problems.  They say New Zealand isn’t that affordable.  It is if you plan ahead.

Thank you for reading our article on the 8 top places to have your special wedding in New Zealand.  Make sure you add New Zealand in your Wedding Planning Checklist.

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