5 things to do off the field during NZ’s Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup gets underway in just a few days – on September 9th – and will literally be a clash of the titans as teams like the Springboks, the Wallabies and All Blacks go head to head. Check this video out to take a look at some of the action that will feature in the coming weeks:


New Zealand is, as you can see from the video, a superb location for an event such as this. Not only is the nation rather rugby mad, and pretty good at the sport too, they also have a wonderful choice of things to do when there’s a break in the sporting schedule.

We’ve featured a full list of this in the September newsletter, but to give you a taste here are 5 of the 10 things from the newsletter you could do should you go to New Zealand for the event:

1. For the ultimate in a beach day out day trip from Auckland up to the Coromandel Peninsula. You could learn to surf, enjoy the warmth of Hot Water Beach, or simply catch some rays.

2. Sip some wines and tour the vineyards around Queenstown, Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds. You might even run into actor Sam Neil – he owns a vineyard in Central Otago.

3. Get some exercise: day hike the Tongariro Crossing (south of Auckland), cycle 1-4 days on the Otago Rail Trail (from Dunedin) or kayak through Abel Tasman National Park (South Island).

Otago Central Rail Trail. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

4. Take in some picture postcard views. Some that should not be missed include the scenery from Bob’s Peak in Queenstown, the views of Wellington from Mt. Victoria and the skyline of Auckland from the summit of Rangitoto Island.

The view from Bob's Peak. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

5. There are so many thrills to be had in NZ off the rugby field. This is the land of adventure and at locations around the country you could blasting along within inches of rock on a jet boat, throw yourself out of a plane on tandem or solo sky diving, and get into the gnarly horrors of rapids in white water rafting.

Shotover Jet, Queenstown. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Read the newsletter for more details on the Rugby World Cup.

Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com


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