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After the Party...


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The party is not all over......

America's Cup

Now that the whole world knows that Auckland is again the home of the America's Cup, and the team plus the Auld Mug are back, it’s time to come and check out the City of Sails (and Foils) and get to know the Auckland city and its attractions. While the Cup parties and victory activities are winding down other parties and events are lining up - theatre, sport, fashion, festivals – here are a few happening over the next three months.

Matilda The Musical - 18 August to 17 September 2017

Get ready for plenty of spectacle and magic with the arrival of Matilda The Musical at The Civic in August.

Roald Dahl’s story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind who dares to take on the terrifying forces of the dreaded Trunchbull and save her school.

The winner of over 70 international awards, including 15 for Best Musical, this Royal Shakespeare Company production is currently playing to sell-out houses across Australia with standing ovations at every performance.

Matilda The Musical

 

New Zealand Fashion Week -- 28 August to 3 September 2017 

New Zealand Fashion Weekend, opening 1 September is the public’s chance to experience the energy and glamour of the biggest week on the fashion calendar. Filled with in-season runway shows, seminars, a beauty hub, discounted designer shopping and a mix of bars throughout the venue, New Zealand Fashion Weekend is the hottest ticket in town this September.

Offering a multifaceted approach, Fashion Week is trade-focused where options for individual or group shows with a captive audience of media, buyers and influencers are virtually endless. However, extending its reach on behalf of designers and fashionable brands, NZFW turns its sights to the style-savvy public from Friday onward, transforming into the much-anticipated consumer-driven New Zealand Fashion Weekend that includes in-season collection shows, the Designer Pop-Up Sale, Beauty Hub and much more.

New Zealand Fashion Week

 

Auckland On Water Boat Show -- 28 September to 1 October 2017       

The September date for New Zealand’s largest on water boat show is timed to fit in when many people are getting ready for another great summer of boating and water activities.  Whether you’re into powerboats, sailing, kayaks or jetskis, or whether you’re refitting your existing vessel or looking for a new one, you’ll find plenty of expert advice, and relevant marine products and services at the Auckland On Water Boat Show.

Auckland On Water Boat Show

Now something really special for golf addicts...

MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open -- 28 September to 1 October 2017            

On September 28, Michael Goldstein will be the guy you'll see on the opening day at the New Zealand Open Women's Golf Tournament either chewing his finger nails, or wearing the broadest of grins. Goldstein is managing director of The Clubhouse, the company charged with making a success of the country's first entry to the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour, to be staged at Windross Farm in South Auckland, the old Manukau Golf Club near Ardmore airport. He's also trying to help get New Zealand back on the World Rally Championship circuit after a five-year hiatus.

MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open

 

Finally, for the energetic

The Auckland Marathon -- 29 October 2017            

Join in New Zealand’s biggest, most iconic, colourful, cultural running celebration. This is what Auckland is about.

Run, jog, walk, - fulll, half, quarter, or come along and support your friends and family;

The Auckland Marathon

 

With all this going on you will need to book your Auckland accommodation early - it gets very full these days!


Winter School Holidays


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"Mum, I'm Bored"...

Unless you’re a skiing family, school holidays in winter can be a bit of a challenge. So why not be really different and bring the family to Auckland which offers hundreds of events and activities, plus museums, art galleries, funparks, adventures and a huge variety of shopping and dining opportunities.

Viaduct Auckland New Zealand

While the waterfront, especially the Wynyard Quarter, is probably the favourite with visitors, this school holiday season sees the return of the Aotea Centre Ice-skating - a hugely popular event for all ages. A must-do activity in the Auckland events calendar, this year’s Aotea Square Ice Rink is set to be the biggest yet! For the first time, Aotea Square Ice Rink will be complimented by a free Winter Lounge, courtesy of Auckland Live, which will be lit up in celebration of Matariki, the Maori New Year, as well as the beautiful installation Mountain of Light by Angus Muir Design.

Aotea Square Ice Rink

The Auckland Art Gallery is renowned for its international exhibitions - and this year is really special. The body - in all its complexity - will be explored in The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate, Auckland Art Gallery's major exhibition for 2017.

Beautiful, sensual and at times provocative, more than 100 artworks from the Tate, London, will tell the story of the nude and trace artists' captivation with the human body over the last two centuries. 

At the heart of the show is Auguste Rodin's 'The Kiss' which is traveling outside of Europe for the first time. Other key works include Picasso's Nude woman in a Red Chair (1932) and Bonnard's The Bath (1925).

Picasso's Nude woman in a Red Chair

After the ice-skating and the Art Gallery, it's probably time to eat - and Auckland's restaurants and cafes offer a huge range of choice, far too numerous to list here - But "Heart of the City" has this fun web page that will give you some great ideas to suit your taste and mood.

With the Lions Tour ending on 8 July, the pressure on accommodation will have slightly eased on city centre and waterfront serviced apartments, so the time to book is now!


Critical Shortage of Visitor Accommodation in Auckland


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The popularity of New Zealand as an international destination, and in particular its major city, Auckland, has built up tremendous pressure on the city’s accommodation stock.

To meet current and future demand a record number of new hotels are either planned or under construction to provide for this much needed accommodation.

Critical shortage of visitor accommodation in Auckland

A recent market analysis stated, "Despite Auckland’s large hotel inventory, strong growth across all of Auckland key tourism segments has resulted in a critical shortage of hotel rooms during peak periods and consistently high levels of demand outside these periods".

Visitors have a wide range of options in hotels, B&Bs, rental apartments, serviced apartments, right down to camping grounds, backpacker lodges, and, of course, family accommodation.

In addition to visitor accommodation Auckland city is also expanding its residential stock with several new apartment blocks under construction to meet a growing population and a shift to renting as opposed to owning.

New accommodation in construction at Auckland

As in most major cities, house prices have been climbing which has led to an increase in investment in the apartment market to cater for a growing demand for rental properties. Rents are also rising as rental properties are snapped up by both owner-occupiers and investors.

Auckland is a vibrant, multicultural city and is attracting record numbers of visitors and new residents, and, with strong economic growth, is proving very attractive to property investors.


World Masters Games 2017


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April in  Auckland this year is the place to be if you enjoy your sport - as either a competitor, supporter or spectator. the World Masters Games 2017 offers a festival of competition and excitement in one of the world's favourite destinations.

The Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world and features 25,000 participants from 100 countries.

The event includes 28 sports and 45 disciplines from dragon boat racing to archery, and orienteering to athletics.

World master games 2017

The World Master Games is recognised by the International Olympic Committee:

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport in accordance with his of her needs.”

(Olympic Charter, Fundamental Principles)

The Games, while still highly competitive, are above all, a festival of human endeavour of all ages and abilities.

world master games 2017

 

But you don't have to be old to compete - well, unless you think 30+ is old.

 

world masters games 2017

 

So if you're thinking about being part of the Games Community be quick, registration closes on Friday 3 March - but if you wish to find some accommodation why not stay in a private apartment right in the middle of Auckland itself.


Auckland Anniversary Day


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Auckland Anniversary Day is  celebrated annually and always includes a variety of events in and around the city and especially on the Monday on the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour.

The holiday usually falls on the Monday closest to 29 January, the anniversary of the arrival of William Hobson, later the first Governor of New Zealand, in the Bay of Islands in 1840. In a tradition dating back to 1842 the day is celebrated by a major regatta on the Waitamata Harbour which features literally hundreds of boats.

AH Reed records in his The Story of New Zealand that there was a whaleboat race between the harbour-masters men and visiting sailors for "a purse of five ponds". Reed also mentions a "native war canoe race", a feature we still have today in the waka race.

.As a yachting event it pre-dates the more prestigious America's Cup by 11 years.

Auckland Anniversary Day

Hobson's barque, the Anna Watson, arrived in Auckland Harbour on 15 September 1840 and proclaimed that Auckland would be the capital of the new colony of New Zealand.

A foundation ceremony took place at 1:00 pm on 18 September 1840, on the higher ground at the top end of present-day Queen Street. Hobson named the new settlement in honour of George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland, a patron and his friend. The New Zealand Government Gazette announced royal approval of the name on 26 November 1842

The first immigrant ships sailing directly from Britain started to arrive early in 1842. From early times the eastern side of the settlement remained reserved for government officials while the settlers, mostly mechanics and artisans,set themselves up on the western side, in areas like Freemans Bay. 

Auckland Anniversary Day

As the city grew, so too did the regatta until it gained the reputation for being one of the biggest one-day regattas in the world.

Nowadays the Regatta attracts a huge fleet of vessels including, tall ships, gaff riggers, sloops, racing keelers, multi-hulls, sailing dinghies, radio controlled boats, waka ama, elegant sea scout craft, perfectly restored classic yachts, an armada of over 20 vintage tugboats and America’s Cup prototypes.

Auckland Anniversary Day

Apart from the on-the-water action a host events ane activities are taking place around the city.

If you plan to visit the city you consider booking serviced accommodation which may be available close to all the action.


Auckland Fashion and Food


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August is Restaurant Month in Auckland and we host New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week will be staged in Auckland between 22 - 28 August.

Since the initial event in 2001, Fashion Week has become the leading fashion event in New Zealand providing international exposure to many young and aspiring designers, as well as many of the country’s established and well recognised design houses.

The week brings together all facets of the industry to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss upcoming trends for the year ahead.

 

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In recent years young New Zealand designers have been given every encouragement and opportunity to develop their own unique styles and transition them into new labels, all contributing to a growing New Zealand fashion industry which is receiving worldwide recognition and acclaim.

The location for Fashion Week is the Viaduct Events Centre at the entrance to the Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s city centre waterfront – within a few steps of the water on one side, and an array of bars and eateries on the other side.

 

 

Members of the fashion industry will share with other visitors to Auckland the opportunity to enjoy the huge variety of restaurants around the city during Restaurant Month which has over 100 restaurants offering their own specialty, with a wide and exciting range of themes such as degustation dining, progressive dinners, high teas, social kitchen master classes and the chef dining series featuring amongst others, renowned NZ chefs Sean Connolly and Al Brown.

  

     

 

Auckland's accommodation is usually at a premium during major events, so book your private apartment now.

 


Capital Gains Tax on Rental Properties - Should I Buy Now or Later?


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The winds of change are blowing: 1st October is coming and with it will come the capital gains tax on rental properties. So, should you buy now or later? It all depends on your long-term plan of ownership of your investment property.

Remember the tax will only apply if you sell the Investment Property within two years of ownership the tax is on the profit of the sale. Exempt are the following: family homes, inherited, or the home is needing to be sold due to a relationship split. This change only really clears up a problem for people who were trading property and not declaring the tax gained on the sale.

The old law said that if you bought a property with the intention of selling it for gain that gain is taxable. The problem was the intention it was never clear. Now it is clearer if you buy and sell within the two years the tax will apply for the profit of the sale.

The interesting thing is what happens if there is a loss on the Sale? Will you be able to claim this against your taxes? The other change is for overseas buyers whom will require an NZ Bank account and tax number Should you buy now or later? It all depends on a number of things the reason why you buying, how long you wish to hold and will the numbers add up giving you a return on the investment.

Property is a cycle and as long as you understand the cycle and you know where you are in the cycle when you buy you can either buy and hold, buy to sell but to improve and hold or sell. What is important just like every other decision you make get a team of experts around you to help you make the right decision for you.

We like to work with investors before they buy so we can help with advice on rental returns, and where to buy and what will work for both the investor and us. Just like all good sports teams you need to know whom to go to for the job to be done.


David Graham is Principal of Quinovic Viaduct, Auckland property management specialists. Find out how to list your apartment with them.

 


Things to do in Auckland this Spring


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Auckland is a fantastic place to visit year-round but a bright Spring day can be magical. Longer days and warmer weather bring greater access to outdoor spaces - our sparkling harbour, beaches and parks, and to some of the city's most popular festivals and special events.

Base yourself at our centrally located Auckland accommodation and soak up all that the city and region has to offer this Spring. Here are just a few suggestions.

Picnic in a Park

Revel in the fresh fragrance and colour of Spring at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Discover the outdoor sculptures, Potter’s children’s garden and it's the perfect time to enjoy Spring Blossom Valley and the Rose Garden.

Or spend a day at Cornwall Park. Stroll under the cherry blossoms and climb to the top of One Tree Hill - Maungakiekie for panoramic city views. The kids will love the cute baby lambs and the ice creams at the kiosk.

Don’t want to organise your own food? Take a trip to one of the region’s beautiful vineyards and let them do the hard work for you.


Shop local at Auckland's markets

Head to La Cigale French-style weekend Farmers’ Market in Parnell for delicious foods and produce from organic fruit and vegetables to freshly baked bread and pastries.

Further afield, the Titirangi Village Market is held on the last Sunday of each month. It's the perfect excuse to explore out West. Pick up some picnic treats and gifts, before a walk in the bush or on one of the wild beaches.

Marvel at the light exhibitions

Don’t miss one of Auckland’s biggest annual events, the Diwali Festival of Lights, in October at Aotea Square. It's a vibrant atmosphere with a range of authentic Indian cuisine, dance and music.

In November, the spectacular Art in the Dark (pictured) is held in Western Park, Ponsonby. The park is lit up with more than 40 incredible light art installations.


Catch a concert

Some of the world's biggest shows come to Auckland. This Spring there's a great line up from Cats the Musical to Russell Brand and Robbie Williams, among many others.

Matakana Farmers Market

Take a day trip to Matakana

Visit the boutique wineries, pick up some seasonal artisan food at the weekend markets or browse the art and craft galleries. It might even be warm enough for a lazy swim at one of the picture perfect white-sand beaches.


Quinovic Viaduct provides high quality serviced holiday homes and apartments in central Auckland.

 


Self-Contained Apartment or Hotel Stay - What's right for you?


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For most people looking for accommodation for their Auckland stay, the first place that comes to mind is a hotel. But there is another alternative that could suit you well - a self-contained apartment.

There are a certain romance and excitement at the prospect of staying at a hotel. They're great for short visits when on-demand service is what you need, and privacy, independence and flexibility are less relevant.

However, what these apartments can give you is the opportunity to 'settle in', even if you are only in Auckland for a week. Often more affordable than a hotel, the value of having your own space is priceless. Apartments like those we offer at Quinovic Viaduct are fully furnished and offer the comforts of home in convenient, central locations at great value rates.

You'll also get more space for the price. You’re not just confined to a small bedroom but will generally have a separate living and dining area - a real benefit if you’re staying in Auckland for a long period of time or if you're travelling with family or a group. Everyone can have their privacy when needed but still enjoy spending time together in a shared living area.

Apartments also offer the luxury of your own fully-equipped kitchen. Stay in and cook with produce from the local markets or go out and enjoy Auckland's world-class cafés and restaurants - it's your choice. It’s also great if you have special dietary requirements or if you’re travelling with children.

One of the perks of staying in a hotel is not having to make your own bed unless you sleep in and forget to put up the “do not disturb” sign. It can also be a hassle 'tidying' every day prior to housekeeping’s arrival. Self-contained apartments give you the flexibility to come and go as you please with a weekly housekeeping service, providing occupants with greater privacy.

Quinovic Viaduct manage fully furnished quality apartments and townhouses in Auckland CBD and adjacent suburbs, ideal whether you're staying for a week with your family or seeking accommodation for large groups on business contracts.

Contact us to discuss how our self-contained apartments can meet your needs.