Great news in Auckland as the announcement that the ship Ipipiri, which has 30 cabins will be permanently based in the Viaduct Harbor. A new tourism venture for Auckland.
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 .
• 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 traveling within Auckland and New Zealand.
To be able to offer another activity that keeps travelers within Auckland offers spin offs to other tourism operators . We may even have to go out for a trip ourselves when the time allows ……
Although we all would like to be in the warmth of the Pacific at this time of the year it seems Kiwis are spending their holidays close to home and have contributed to the highest domestic tourism figures in the last eight years.
Domestic travellers spent $9.95 billion in the year to March 2012. That’s an 11 percent increase on the previous 12 month period.
Even adjusted for inflation, the domestic tourism spend is the second highest ever, behind a mini-boom in 2002 and 2003. The main drivers behind the increase were business trips and visits to friends and relatives.
We personally have seen an increase with domestic travelers at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland, New Zealand. The VFR segment has been noticeable with guests staying 3-4 days.
If only we could have a Rugby World Cup in New Zealand every year. Wouldn’t that be nice……..
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EDEN PARK BED AND BREAKFAST
EARNS 2012 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
Honoured as a Highly Rated Bed and Breakfast as Reviewed by Travellers on the
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Eden Park Bed and Breakfast today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Marlene McAnulty, Manageress at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience ; we look at what other accommodation services offer, and we try to do it better. This accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.”
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About Eden Park Bed and Breakfast:
Centrally Located in the Historic suburb of Mt Eden, the property is within 10 minutes of the central city of Auckland and is close to regular Bus and Train services. Also within easy walk are restaurants,bars,the Volcano of Mt Eden and Eden Park Rugby Stadium.
Each of the four rooms has its own luxury en-suite. There is a private guest lounge,FREE wifi Internet service and a computer is available for guest use.
Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is characterized by sheer warmth of character.It retains the charms of its (circa)1900 origins while offering elegant and comfortable accommodation.
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There are some photos that take your breath away. This photo from Hawaii is UNBELIEVABLE.
A bottlenose dolphin is captured on film hitching a ride on the nose of a humpback.
Remarkable images were captured in two locations in Hawaiian waters of whales lifting dolphins out of the water with their heads, and then the dolphins sliding back down.
The two species seemed to co-operate in the activity, and neither displayed signs of aggression .
Whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters often interact, but playful social activity such as this was extremely rare between species.We can only hope that such sights will one day be seen in New Zealand waters. I might have to cease being #2 at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast and become a seafarer again !