Are the Blues on a Roll

The BLUES win again.
In-front of a bumper 31,014 home crowd, this 34-15 victory was a step up from last week’s upset of the Hurricanes in Wellington. While Auckland’s population are a bit slack in passion towards sports teams it is obvious that they want to believe in this rugby team. I remember the poor attendance last year to their games. Last night there was an atmosphere in the crowds walking past Eden Park Bed and Breakfast that I haven’t seen since the RWC 2011.
And 5 try’s to zip says it all….
While it’s too early to say these rejuvenated Blues are the real deal – there is no doubt Sir John Kirwan, Graham Henry and co have modelled a unified, passionate group.Long may it continue. I am a great believer that a strong Auckland Rugby presence offers great value to New Zealand Rugby.
International Visitor Arrivals to 17th Feb 2013
Total visitor arrivals are up 6.3% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: Japan 11%, China 63%, Singapore 35%, Australia 1%, USA 8%, Canada 1%

Downs: UK -6%, Malaysia -24%, Korea -32%

Unchanged: Germany

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Eden Park Sporting Events

Here’s what’s happening at Eden Park this year…..
With Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in such close proximity to the stadium, we urge all those interested in attending the games to make a reservation sooner than later.
We do not like saying, ‘sorry we are full’

Rugby Union 2013
International Rugby:

Saturday 8th June
All Blacks v France at Eden Park
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 14th September
All Blacks v South Africa
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Super Rugby:

Friday 1st March
Blues v Crusaders(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Sunday 10th March
Blues v Bulls(SA)
Kickoff 1605 hrs

Friday 5th April
Blues v Highlanders(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 13th April
Blues v Hurricanes(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 11th May
Blues v Rebels (Aust)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 25th May
Blues v Brumbies(Aust)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 13th July
Blues v Chiefs(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Rugby League 2013

Saturday 16th March
Vodafone Warriors v Sydney Roosters
Kickoff 1730 hrs

International Cricket 2013
New Zealand v England

Saturday 9th February 2013
First twenty20 at Eden Park
Start 1900 hrs

Saturday 23rd February 2013
Third ODI at Eden Park
Start 1400 hrs

Friday 22nd-26th March 2013
Third Test at Eden Park
Start 1030 hrs

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IRB under 20's in Auckland

NEWS FLASH:

Eden Park will be the Host Stadium to the under-20s rugby world championship in 2014.
The International Rugby Board this morning announced that the annual IRB Junior World Championship will be held in Auckland in June 2014
The annual championship, which will see 11 countries playing it out for the top title, began in 2008 and has never been hosted in New Zealand.
Since 2008 New Zealand has won every year, except for this year when host country South Africa took out the top spot.
The Government has invested $1.45 million into the event, which has been matched by the Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development.It is expected that the event will bring $8million in economic benefits to the city.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , which is 250m from the stadium , I expect we will be having the same type of interest shown from the RWC 2011.
We welcome enquires from interested sports patrons . It’s better to be early than late for accommodation.

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All Blacks at Eden Park

The All Blacks have home tests against Australia,France,Argentina and South Africa in 2013.
Eden Park is only hosting France and South Africa.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we will have full house on both dates so get in quick if you want to be in the action and have accommodation close to the ground.

June 8th 2013. All Blacks v France . Eden Park. Auckland

September 14th 2013. All Blacks v South Africa .Eden Park. Auckland

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New Zealand vs Australia

Eden Park has a Rugby Test today. Australia’s vs New Zealand at 1935 hrs Saturday 25th August 2012.
We have a full house at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. So it’s all go here, and are just waiting for the last guest to check in. I have operations at the park with Supercare4u.com doing the Mobility Transfers. it’s going to be a long day…..
International Visitor Arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 2.2% compared to the same four week period last year.
Ups: China 32%, Japan 28%, Australia 4%

Downs: Singapore -6%, USA -1%, Germany -23%, UK -24%,
Malaysia -34%, Canada -6%, Korea -16%

GO BLACK……….

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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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Rugby Showdown at Eden Park 9/6/12

They say Kiwis are pretty mad about their Rugby ; and they are correct.
On Saturday New Zealand played Ireland. They have never won a game against us and I personally don’t see them doing it this time either…..
Our national team, the All Blacks (hence the affliction our country seems to have with the non colour black) are the World IRB Champions and offer far too much fire power to lose this game.
But it’s a game and one team wins and one team loses.
Our tourism numbers still show gains from Asia but still the demise from the Northern Hemisphere
International Visitor Arrivals to 27th May 2012:
Total visitor arrivals are up by 1.7% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: China 57%, Korea 9%, Japan 46%,

Downs: Singapore -12%, UK -14%, Germany -3%,
USA -6%, Canada -7%, Malaysia -15%,
Australia -3%

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New Zealand vs Ireland

Yahoo ! We have test rugby back at Eden Park this weekend with New Zealand’s World Champions All Blacks playing Ireland at 1935 hrs on Saturday.
This their first game since winning the RWC last year and this armchair warrior is looking forward to the game. Alas I will be pulling a shift on Supercare4u.com that is providing the mobility transport at the ground so will not get to watch the game live.
We are full house at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast for the weekend and are still turning people away. It makes you think about having more rooms but then sanity re emerges and you are thankful of the fact that it is better to have a smaller property with rooms full than a larger one with empty rooms.
Soooooo………go the All Blacks !

All Blacks team to play Ireland at Eden Park on Saturday: (test caps in brackets)
1. Tony Woodcock (83)
2. Andrew Hore (62)
3. Owen Franks (31)
4. Brodie Retallick *
5. Samuel Whitelock (25)
6. Victor Vito (13)
7. Richie McCaw (c) (103)
8. Kieran Read (36)
9. Aaron Smith *
10. Daniel Carter (85)
11. Julian Savea *
12. Sonny Bill Williams (14)
13. Conrad Smith (55)
14. Zac Guildford (8)
15. Israel Dagg (12)

* Debut

Reserves:
16. Hikawera Elliot (2)
17. Ben Franks (15)
18. Ali Williams (73)
19. Adam Thomson (24)n
20. Piri Weepu (56)
21. Aaron Cruden (9)
22. Ben Smith (2)

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Winter has arrived in New Zealand

What’s miserable day for weather in Auckland. Lady GaGa is in town for a concert so welcome to NZ on a wet day.Tourism is dowwwwwn. A top end accommodation house has notified the industry that it is closing down. I guess the percentage that pay one thousand + a night is in short supply.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are slower but maintaining continuity.We have always worked on the premise that affordable pricing benefits in the long term. This is one reason why we have a rate per person rather than per room!
We have full house this weekend within International Rugby Test being played at Eden Park between New Zealand( All Blacks) and Ireland. I have to provide the disability transportation at the park with Supercare4u.com. Gonna be a busy weekend.

International Visitor Arrivals to 20th May 2012
Total visitor arrivals are up by 6.4% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: China 64%, Korea 26%, Japan 43%,
Australia 1%

Downs: Singapore -3%, UK -18%, Germany -5%,
USA -8%, Canada -6%, Malaysia -1%

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The All Blacks are Playing again

The All Blacks have released their team to play Ireland at Eden Park June 9th.
We have a full house for the weekend at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast and our transport company ,Supercare4u.com is providing the DIsability Shuttle on site. Go the BLACK.

Hookers: Andrew Hore – Taranaki (62) , Keven Mealamu – Auckland (92)
Props: Wyatt Crockett – Canterbury (6), Owen Franks – Canterbury (31) , Ben Tameifuna – Hawke’s Bay * , Tony Woodcock – North Harbour (83)
Loose forwards: Sam Cane – Bay of Plenty *, Richie McCaw (C) – Canterbury (103), Kieran Read – Canterbury (36) , Adam Thomson – Otago (24) , Victor Vito – Wellington (13)
Halfbacks: Aaron Smith – Manawatu *, Piri Weepu – Auckland (56),
First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett – Taranaki *, Daniel Carter – Canterbury (85), Aaron Cruden – Manawatu (9)
Midfielders: Tamati Ellison – Otago (1), Ma’a Nonu – Wellington (66), Conrad Smith – Wellington (55), Sonny Bill Williams – Canterbury (14)
Locks: Brodie Retallick – Bay of Plenty *, Luke Romano – Canterbury * , Samuel Whitelock – Canterbury (25) , Ali Williams – Auckland (73)
Outside backs: Israel Dagg – Hawke’s Bay (12), Hosea Gear – Wellington (8), Zac Guildford – Hawke’s Bay (8), Ben Smith – Otago (2), Julian Savea – Wellington *

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