World Cup 2011

RWC2011 – Useful travel links for Ireland and England pools


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 to get a list of Pools, match schedules and stadium guides. Travel site 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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World Cup 2011 – Part 1 – Ireland’s Venues

I’m going to use this page to try to centralise information for people who are interested in travelling to New Zealand in Sept 2011. Particular focus will be on Pool C (Ireland’s group). I know it’s a long ways off but it’s never too early to start planning!  This will be a live page that information will be added to, please check back for updates…

Pool C contains the following teams: Australia, Ireland, Italy, Russia, USA

Here is a map of New Zealand showing the dates and locations of the Irish games: [click for larger version]

RWC2011 Pool C Venues



The Stadiums:

9th Sept 2011: Ireland vs USA,  New Plymouth, Stadium Taranaki, North Island
Location:    The stadium is located a 30-minute walk from central New Plymouth
Capacity:    25,500

Taranaki is the Texas of New Zealand, with oil and gas streaming in from the rigs, plumping the region with an affluence. The city is nestled at the foot of the volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki, standing smack-bang in the middle of Egmont National Park. Taranaki has a glut of black-sand beaches, unfortunately the Taranaki region is the wettest in NZ!

Must See: Mt Taranaki – A classic 2518m volcanic cone dominating the landscape, Mt Taranaki is a magnet to all who catch his eye. Geologically, Taranaki is the youngest of three large volcanoes – Kaitake and Pouakai are the others – which stand along the same fault line. With the last eruption over 350 years ago (you can see lava flows covering the top 1400m), experts say that the mountain is overdue for another go!

Stadium Taranaki

17th Sept 2011: Australia v Ireland, Auckland, Eden Park, North Island
Location:    Less than three-kilometres from Auckland’s central business district
Capacity:    60,000 (for RWC 2011)

Auckland’s a city of volcanoes, The largest city in New Zealand. The layout of the city is dominated by the traditional Kiwi aspiration for a freestanding house on a quarter-acre section, which has resulted in a vast, sprawling city.  Auckland’s built on 50 volcano’s and, no, they’re not all extinct. The last one to erupt was Rangitoto about 600 years ago and no-one can predict when the next eruption will occur. Auckland’s quite literally a hot spot – with a reservoir of magma 100km below waiting to bubble to the surface.

Must Do: Jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Both the 40m bungy leap and the 1½-hour guided tour along the arch (with a harness attached to a static line) cost $100. A 50-minute version of the climb costs $80.

Eden Park, Auckland

25th Sept 2011: Ireland v Russia, Rotorua International Stadium, North Island
Location:    Located just a 10-minute drive from the heart of downtown Rotorua
Capacity:    34,000

It was Captain Cook who christened the Bay of Plenty as he sailed into harbour in 1769, and plentiful it remains to this day, blessed with buckets of sunshine and a stunning sandy coastline. The Bay stretches from Waihi Beach in the west to Opotiki in the east, with a sprinkling of seaside towns and the bustling hub of Tauranga in between. This is NZ’s most famous tourist destination. Here the daily business of life goes on among steaming hot springs, explosive geysers, bubbling mud pools, and the clouds of sulphurous gas responsible for its unique eggy smell.
Rotorua and the Bay remain strongholds of Māori tradition and history, so there are plenty of opportunities to explore the rich culture of the indigenous people of NZ

Must Do: Thrillseekers can find plenty of white-water action around Rotorua with the chance to take on the Grade V Kaituna River, complete with a startling 7m drop at Okere Falls.

Rotorua Stadium

2nd Oct 2011: Ireland v Italy, Dunedin, Carisbrook, South Island
Location:    Approximately three-kilometres southwest of Dunedin’s city centre
Capacity:    29,000

The heart of Otago is Dunedin, long credited as New Zealand’s indie musical heartland and definitive student party town. With the Southern Alps blocking the prevailing wet winds from the Tasman Sea, the east coast of Otago has a relatively dry climate.

Must See: With the most easily accessible variety of wildlife on the South Island, Otago Peninsula is a near compulsory excursion unless you hate animals. Albatross, penguins, fur seals and sea lions are all to be found here, along with some rugged countryside, wild walks and beaches, and interesting historical sites.


World Cup 2011 – Part II  – Ticketing

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for; applications for tickets to Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) open on Tuesday, April 27 2010.

The official ticketing guide is here.(PDF) I will summarise the parts that are relevant to people traveling from Ireland.


Individuals may apply for any Venue and/or Team Pool Pack up to a limit of four packs per venue and team. If you apply for a Pool Pack, you’ll also have the option of adding to your application up to four Quarter-final Weekend Packs (for Wellington and/or Christchurch)


PHASE 2: APPLY FOR INDIVIDUAL TICKETS (Commences Aug or Sept 2010)
PHASE 3: SEMI-FINALS AND FINAL BALLOTS (Commences end of 2010)

Apply online here at


To get a QF-pack you need to either buy a team-pool-pack or venue-pool-pack. Prices below… €1=$1.90 NZD

So cheapest ticket for pool pack ($220) plus cheapest QF ($380) == €316

RWC Pool Tickets, follow Ireland to every pool game

QF packages for Ireland’s Pool


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3 02 2010
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17 04 2010

Accommodation for the Rugby World Cup . How about a fishing charter boat while you are in Auckland or Wellington , what better way to see the world cup and some of the coastal wonders of New Zealand while catching Blue Fin Tuna off the West Coast of the South Island or cruising the Hauraki Gulf and Great Barrier Island targeting Snapper Kingfish Trevally. Then back to port to watch your team play .The bots will take 7 passengers each so get a crew together and come and have some fun . If you are interested leave a message .

2 02 2011
Scotty Donaldson

New Zealand is a great country to live. You will notice the South Island is scenic, but very quiet probably by your standards. I live in Wellington and it is a great place to live. I am interested to see how the new Forsyth Barr Stadium goes in Dunedin. It is the first enclosed roof stadium in New Zealand.

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