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Auckland City of Whales !
You don't have to drive all the way to Kaikoura in the South Island to see Whales.  Take the afternoon out with Whale & Dolphin safari.  Enjoy watching this beautiful video.

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A true history of New Zealand's people.
It is not often one comes across a spectacular documentary about New Zealand. But this one I must share with all.
Beyond the magnificent landscapes, beautiful coastlines, delicious natural foods... Everyone who wishes to learn more about this country should visit the Auckland Museum, but not without having seen this video too.  Take just an hour of your time to learn all about the peoples of this wonderful land, called Aotearoa by the Maori people.
Enjoy and learn,
Your B&B host Bart Blommaert (Parnell, Auckland)
PS: For subtitles in English press "CC" below video.

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When you're interested in learning more about New Zealand, or if you're in the planning phases of a journey to New Zealand in the not-too-distant future.   We highly recommend to read and subscribe to Elizabeth Hansen's most recent journal to our beautiful islands in the Southern Pacific.  (New Zealanders call our country, “God’s own”).   

As a "professional travel journalist” her stories are factual, beautifully describing her experience is here, offering invaluable information for YOUR upcoming visit.  Without further ado here below is the link to her latest article.  Of course we here at the Ascot Parnell Bed and Breakfast in Auckland city, are always available to answer any questions you may have about your next visit Auckland.

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Very nice images of Auckland:  Happy to be in Auckland, with Pharrell Williams - keeping the beat.

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Fly Houston to Auckland: Air NZ unveils ticket prices to Auckland:

Air New Zealand has just released its first fares on its new Auckland - Houston service, with introductory prices of $699 one-way.
The airline is due to start flying to Houston from December 15 this year , with five return services a week Tuesday through Friday and on Sundays using a newly refurbished Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
It is the airline's fifth North American route and is being promoted as the fastest way for to get to East Coast and Midwest destinations including New York and Chicago.
Air NZ is also offering one-way fares to Austin for $899, New Orleans and Nashville for $989 and Memphis, Orlando and Miami for just $999.
The airline's Chief Sales and Commercial Officer Cam Wallace said the airline is excited to offer customers direct and convenient access to the heart of southern USA.
"As America's fourth-largest city Houston has a lot to offer travellers keen to shop, dine and explore local highlights such as Nasa's Johnson Space Center and Mission Control. It's also the perfect stepping off point for onward travel to popular destinations including Nashville, New Orleans and Miami," he said.
The Auckland-Houston flights will be the longest on Air NZ's network.
It will take about 13 hours 50 minutes to make the 11,990km flight and an extra 40 minutes to fly back to New Zealand into prevailing head winds, 30 minutes more than the airline's current longest flight from Auckland to Vancouver - about 11,340km.
- NZ Herald

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We are now also visible on the Auckland Visitor Information center website here. (iSite).
We invite you to click the "like button" on that website thank you.

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Therese and I (Bart) would like to thank the Seventy Eight Thousand (78,000) guests who stayed with us over these past 20 years.

Yes indeed, we recently celebrated our 20th year welcoming and hosting guests from all around the world.

It has been a privilege to have met so many interesting people.  We are truly blessed to have had this experience.

No panic, this is not the end of our story, it is just the beginning.  This is merely our first twentieth year of hosting guests.

For all who have a Google+ account and who stayed with us, we invite you to write a Google Review about your experience here.
Just Google Ascot Parnell, and click the “write a review” under the Ascot Parnell Boutique Bed and Breakfast search result.  Thank you if you have already done so on a previous occasion.

Thank you for staying with us. Thank you for referring all your friends and family, and Thank you for being our Ambassadors at large.

Fondly and hoping to welcome you again in the coming years,

Your grateful hosts,

Therese & Bart Blommaert
Hosts & Proprietors

Ascot Parnell Boutique Bed and Breakfast
32 St Stephens Avenue,
Parnell Auckland 1052
New Zealand
Phone: int. +64-9-309-9012

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We look forward to welcoming you back in Auckland soon Antonie and Rolf.  Great picture of you two: New Zealand is keeping you both ever-young, or is it the NZ-radishes you grow in your garden in Dachau?

Your Auckland friends (and hosts)
Bart and Therese Blommaert
Ascot Parnell Boutique Bed and Breakfast
32 St Stephens Avenue,
Parnell Auckland 1052
New Zealand
Phone: int. +64-9-309-9012

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A great article from a recent New Zealand Herald, posted here by Bart

More tourists spending less money in NZ
By Heather McCracken
7:36 PM Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Economy: Ministry of Economic Development

New Zealand needs tourists who spend more money, rather than just more people through the airport gates, Prime Minister John Key says.
A new report on the industry shows despite more visitors coming to New Zealand, they're staying for fewer days and spending less money. That's partly because a large proportion of the growth in visitor numbers had been an increase in low-spending Australians.
Mr Key said the Government intended to spend half a billion dollars in the next four years on tourism promotion, including an additional $158 million announced in this year's Budget.
Spending would be focused on key areas, including new markets and high net-worth individuals.
"Essentially see if we can lift the number of people coming and the quality of tourist that comes to New Zealand," Mr Key said.
"Part of what we're trying to do is make sure we don't just get more people coming through the airport and coming to New Zealand for a couple of days ...
the reality is we want them to come here, spend money, and have a quality experience."
Mr Key's comments were made at today's launch of a tourism sector report by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The report shows Australians make up 45 per cent of the 2.6 million tourists who visit every year, up from 31 per cent 10 years ago.
They spend the least money while here - an average of $2017 each per visit, compared to $3449 for Chinese visitors and $3502 for tourists from the UK.
However Australian tourists still contributed $2.195b in the year ended June 2013, far above any other single country market.
Visitors from all countries had been spending less and staying fewer days since the global financial crisis in 2009.
A greater proportion of visitors were those seeing friends and relatives, who spend less money on their trip than holidaymakers did.
Fewer high-spending visitors from the UK and Japan were coming to New Zealand, the report said, and those markets were expected to decline further. But New Zealand had seen positive growth in visitors from China, up 31 per cent in the past year.
The rising wealth of Pacific rim countries also presented opportunities for New Zealand, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said.
"The number of people who can travel within one flight from Auckland is growing constantly and quickly," he said.
"So we have lots of opportunities, but again the products will have to evolve to reflect the needs and interests of these new tourists."
The industry needed to develop a better understanding of those markets and new packages to attract "higher-value" business.
The tourism report is the fifth of seven key industry reports to be released by MBIE.
Key findings:
* More than 2.6 million people visited New Zealand in the year to March 2013
* 45 per cent of visitors are from Australia, up from 31 per cent in 2003
* Visitors from all markets on average spend $2671 each, down from $3704 in 2003.
* Visitors from all markets stay nine nights on average, down from 10 in 2003
* Australian visitors stay seven nights and spend $2017 on average
* Chinese visitors stay four nights and spend $3449 on average
* UK visitors stay 20 nights and spend $3502 on average
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