Combine great sport with spectacular sightseeing for a once-in-a-lifetime sports touring experience.
New Zealand is the gem in the crown of the Pacific and one of the world’s most awesome destinations - in its own right or added as part of an Australasian or round the world sports tour. The natural beauty of the country itself is backed up by the friendly nature of the locals and their overwhelming passion for sport. Your options are limitless once you touch down. Auckland, the largest city in the country, is a vibrant hub filled with schools that love to host international fixtures.
The range of sports played covers almost every need and with world class teams and facilities all in one place a true smorgasbord of opportunities is on offer rugby, netball, hockey and football are the mainstays of the winter sporting fields with cricket, touch rugby and volleyball covering the summer months.
Sport is a way of life in New Zealand and the quality of the Auckland school’s competitions epitomises this. The competition is fierce from the first whistle but the hospitality and approachability of the locals is always switched back on as soon as play has finished.
“The schools we played were excellent hosts and although the rugby was intense, the warmth and friendship off the field was excellent." City of London Freemen’s School, Surrey
“The schools were very welcoming and really looked after us with some great hospitality!” Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, Swansea
There is always something on offer at the local sporting venues. It wouldn’t be a trip to New Zealand without watching some rugby at Eden Park, the home of New Zealand rugby and venue for the 2011 Rugby World Cup final. You could also catch one of the competitive ANZ Netball teams or Silver Ferns live, or the Warriors take on Australia’s best at Rugby League or see the three peat champions the Breakers in action in the Basketball.
Being one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world, Auckland offers a huge variety of activities to make the time between fixtures memorable. From sailing amongst volcanoes in the harbour on America’s Cup yachts to climbing the 328m tall Sky Tower and jumping from the top (attached to ropes of course), your time will be filled with exciting and stimulating activities.
But it doesn’t stop there. Within easy driving distance of Auckland city are some of the world’s most remarkable attractions. Whether you want to head to Matamata and walk in Bilbo’s footsteps in Hobbiton or carry on to Rotorua to experience one of the world’s top geothermal resorts, New Zealand has it all. From the adrenaline-charged options of bungee jumping and white water rafting to the tranquil visit to the hot pools or scuba diving in the marine reserves, you are spoilt for choice.