Tewkesbury, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 28, 2011 -- Official provider of Rugby World Cup 2011 supporter tours and packages, Gullivers Sports Travel, has devised this short guide to help fans make the best out of this once in a lifetime experience in The Land Of the Long White Cloud; better known as New Zealand.
As the UK's leading and longest established rugby tour operator, Gullivers Sports Travel understands intimately the ingredients that make a Rugby World Cup Package a once in a lifetime experience. Rugby supporters passionately enjoy the exciting on pitch action, while the off pitch action can make for amazing lifelong memories and great stories to tell to those back home.
Off the pitch, Rugby World Cup 2011 supporters will be stunned by the remarkable scenery of the south, the hot springs and volcanoes of the north not to mention the vibrant cities in between. This guide gives you some of the top things to do in the main Rugby World Cup city locations.
Auckland will be at the forefront of the Rugby World Cup, during the Southern Hemisphere's spring season, hosting an explosion of events and festival. Spring festivals for Rugby World Cup fans to enjoy will include the Auckland International Boat Show (15th to 18th September), the Auckland Heritage Festival (18th to 2nd October), the Diwali Festival of Lights (7th-8th October) and the Kowhai Festival (15th October)-which is a beautiful annual celebration of springtime.
Some of the city's biggest events have been rescheduled to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, to give tourists a real treat. The Auckland Heritage Festival gives fans and locals alike the opportunity to celebrate the city's heritage and will involve theatre, dance and music.
For rugby supporters who like some extra adventure, there is the Auckland Harbour Bridge to climb or sky jumping from the Sky Tower.
For wine lovers, there are some excellent fine wine tours where you can see fabulous local wineries. The historic village of Parnell is reputed to have some great restaurants for foodies.
New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, has been voted by the Lonely Planet in 2011 as one of the top four cities in the world to visit. Wellington is the type of city that promises to leave you wanting more!
Hang out in the Cuba Street District, Wellington's up and coming area for boutiques, cafes and entertainment. Visually stimulating, this street district is a haven for foodies, shopaholics and artists and considered by many to be the coolest street in New Zealand.
Rugby fans who are seeking some culture can visit Te Papa Tongarewa, The Museum of New Zealand, for art, history and some great treasures.
Packed with endless possibilities, in Wellington you can get up close and personal with the nearest living relative to dinosaurs at Zealandia-New Zealand's award-winning eco-attraction or get your blood well and truly pumping at Adrenalin Forest. Alternatively you can watch as the world passes by in the beautiful harbour, check out the Wet Cave movie museum, visit the amazing Botanical Gardens, the Carter Observatory or the ride the Wellington Cable Cars.
The second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin will play host to the Rugby World Cup 2011 as well as the 8th Nude Rugby International. Dating back to 2002, Nude Rugby International has grown from a bit of fun to an annual event which generates media interest internationally.
Dunedin will also host the Port Chalmers Sea Food Festival on Saturday 1st October, which is the eve of the Italy v Ireland match. Fans can enjoy the freshest possible seafood and delicacies, fine wines and beers and live music, displays and family activities.
Dunedin has a varied and spectacular coastline, protected woodland and plenty of green space. October is Spring Festival time so it is a wonderful time to visit Dunedin.
Dunedin is located in the Otago Peninsula where there is remarkable wildlife such as Yellow-Eyed Penguins, New Zealand Fur Seals and rare Hooker's Sea Lions.
Rugby World Cup 2011 supporters can horseback treks to see the outstanding scenery, or visit Olveston Historic House, which is filled with unique treasures and beautiful gardens.
For the rugby supporters who like their beer (there must be a few of them!!) there is the Speights Brewery Tour, which is an informative, fun tour, with beer tasting at the end.
Tours And Travel Options
For rugby fans to experience rugby's flagship event in its spiritual home, Gullivers Sports Travel has a range of 2011 Rugby World Cup Tours with something to suit everyone. Here are some samples of Rugby World Cup offerings, from the UK market leader.
- Hotel and match ticket packages which can be mixed and matched start from only £169 per person.
- Join an International rugby community, onboard Pacific Dawn, our luxury liner from £5008 where supporters can rub shoulders with rugby greats such as Gareth Chilcott, Jason Leonard, Zinzan Brooke and more
- Gullivers Sports Travel has also have a variety of hotel based fully escorted tours, offering good quality, well located accommodation from £4100