RWC2011 – Useful travel links for Ireland and England pools

13 01 2011

With the Rugby World Cup only nine months off, it’s time to start planning what you are going to be doing in the time off between games. Most matches in the Group stages have at least a week between them so there is plenty of time to explore both the North and South Islands.

General Travel info for New Zealand

Of course a good starting point is www.rugbyworldcup.com to get a list of Pools, match schedules and stadium guides. Travel site www.tripadvisor.com have excellent, informative, forums where you can ask questions and chat with other fans planning the trip down under on their dedicated Rugby World Cup travel forum and the New Zealand forum for planning activities and accommodation.

Lonely planet have a nice piece on the 15 Top Spots in New Zealand that is worth a read.
The “100% pure New Zealand” site is very slick and has tonnes of useful information on getting around, local attractions, interactive maps etc. Another similar site with plenty of reading available on the country itself is the New Zealand Tourism Guide.

If you have some time there are some amazing videos on the Pure New Zealand’s youtube channel.

Host towns:

Ireland in Pool C are going to be based in New Plymouth, Auckland, Rotorua, Dunedin and all going well, their Quarter final in Wellington. England in Pool B will be based in Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland with their Quarter final venue being back in Christchurch.

New Plymouth/Taranaki have a very swish tourism site that has some spectacular photography to wet the appetite. This also has a dedicated World Cup section with plenty of information for the travelling fan. The City of NewPlymouth site contains plenty of links for accommodation, places to eat and drink and local attractions.

Dunedin have setup a special Rugby 2011 site that is packed full of great information also keep an eye out for Ireland’s favourite Kiwi Brent Pope who has a Top 10 things to do in Dunedin article.

Auckland is going to be the heart of all the RWC2011 action. It is the host town for both the opening and final games in the newly redeveloped Eden Park. Again, like Dundedin, Auckland have setup a dedicated site for the World Cup and this along with the official tourism site for Auckland should contain enough information on the surrounding area for you to plan plenty of off-field activities! Be sure to have a quick read of  50 must-do’s in Auckland.

Rotorua/Bay of Plenty is the next stop for Ireland. There is plenty of volcanic and geothermal activity here and you have probably read by now about the town’s unique odour! A great resource to find you feet is the Official Tourist board site for Rotorua. Information about the surrounding area Bay of Plenty is here.  And of course the dedicated site for the World Cup is here.

Wellington is touted as the ‘Capital of Cool‘ after being awarded Lonely Planet’s “Coolest little Capital in the World 2011”! Wellington is nationally regarded as New Zealand’s arts, culture and cuisine capital. Tana Umaga has filmed some pretty cool Rugby Road Trip videos that are worth a look.

Christchurch, New Zealand’s city of Inspiration has a really handy Accommodation-Finder if you haven’t yet booked anything. Of course they also have a dedicated World Cup site. Finally, here is the Top 10 things to do in Christchurch.

Well that’s all the links I have for you today, enough there to keep you quiet?

 

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