New Zealand – The RWC Champions
After a nail-biting battle between two of the world’s greatest rugby teams, the New Zealand All Blacks were crowned Champions in their homeland, the first time since the tournament began in 1987.
So, with the summer just beginning and the party well under way, it’s never been a better time to visit New Zealand. In this blog we’ll look at what’s on offer in two of the cities where the biggest and most important matches were held; Auckland and Wellington. Remember we can offer an unprecedented range of accommodation, sight-seeing tours and activities – and specialise in tailor-made holidays so can incorporate any of these activities and more into your special trip.
A visit to New Zealand wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the country’s largest city. Straddling the Auckland Volcanic Field and sprawled over a narrow isthmus that connects the Waitemata and Manukau harbours, the region offers a wealth of breathtaking scenery and beautiful beaches amidst a bustling city backdrop.
Now that the rugby season is coming to a close, Eden Park will play host to New Zealand’s national cricket team, the. Why not soak up some summer sunshine rays and see if New Zealand can produce two world-champion teams.
If you’re an adrenalin junkie and are feeling brave, you can get your thrills by leaping off Auckland’s 192metres high Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. If you’re feeling particularly courageous why not combine the Sky Jump with the Sky Walk – or– and walk the 1.2 metre walkway around the city’s iconic Sky Tower, with no handrails or support other than your own nerve. Our incorporates a trip to the Sky Tower amongst other scenic delights such as spotting bottlenose and common dolphins aboard a luxury catamaran in the Bay of Islands.
If music and festivals are your thing, Big Day Out on January 20th is one of Auckland’s biggest music events – next year playing host to Kasabian, Noel Gallagher, Soundgarden and Cage The Elephant amongst others. Past years have seen Nirvana, Muse, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers play.
We can incorporate any of these activities and much, much more into a tailor made trip just for you –today to organise your trip of a lifetime.
New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, is a vibrant and exciting place to be, especially if you enjoy the arts. Hailed as the country’s arts and cultural capital, Wellington’s got it all, from kayaking and quad biking to museums, art and music, food and drink, golden sandy beaches and cosmopolitan nightlife.
Ouritinerary offers a fully escorted tour of Wellington’s city sites, amongst five breathtaking rail journeys and an exclusive overnight cruise, taking in the magnificent scenery of both the North and South Islands.
Apart from anything else, Wellington is home to the great film director and producer, Peter Jackson, mastermind behind the Lord of The Rings, District 9 and King Kong, to name but a few. Jackson is very loyal to his hometown and returns to film there regularly. If you’re a film buff and fancy getting up close and personal with some of the characters, props and displays from some of the biggest films ever made, why not pay a visit to the Weta Cave in Miramar, 20 minutes from central Wellington. This mini-museum, shop and theatre was co-founded by Peter Jackson himself and offers a behind the scenes look at the creativity behind the New Zealand film industry. It’s free entry too, so definitely worth popping in for a nose.
Our full day Middle Earth Film Locations tour incorporates a trip to the Weta Cave as well as a tour of Lothlorien, Rivendell, Hobbiton Woods, and many more film locations of the Lord Of The Rings. See ourfor more details, or to arrange your trip.