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Rugby World Cup 2011
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September will be the highlight of 2011 for many rugby fans as the Rugby World Cup 2011 takes place in New Zealand. This sporting event is one of the top five sporting events in the world and is guaranteed to draw fans and supporters from all over the globe. All games of the tournament will take place throughout New Zealand with 11 cities hosting all the games. Here we take a look at the host cities for the Rugby World Cup 2011 and what you can expect to find in each city.
Starting in the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland can be found on the North Island. From kick off on September 9th, Auckland will be at the centre of the rugby action. Auckland is surrounded by great scenery including some dormant volcano cones. Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city and when visiting here you can get the best of both worlds as on the east side of the city you will find a relaxing sandy beach, but you can also enjoy the party atmosphere on the west side. For the Rugby World Cup 2011 Auckland will play host to a number of matches in its two stadiums – Eden Park and North Harbour Stadium.
The South Island is home to Invercargill and a visit to this city will be a warm and welcoming one. You will find Invercargill at the foot of the South Island and here you will find cultural attractions, a vibrant city and some great scenery. The aptly named Rugby Park is where Invercargill will host its games for the Rugby World Cup 2011. You will find Rugby Park just 20 minutes walk south of central Invercargill.
Rotorua is an inland city on the North Island in an area called the Bay of Plenty. The city is the perfect place to relax or to sample some adventure. Rotorua is home to some hot springs with places to avail of massages and spas. Or for those seeking thrills you can avail of the river rafting, mountain biking or 4x4 driving. Rotorua’s stadium – the Rotorua International Stadium will be where the on-pitch action will take place. But make sure you enjoy the surrounds of Rotorua while you are visiting.
You will find the modern city of New Plymouth on the North Island of New Zealand. While the city may boast many modern qualities, the landscape surrounding New Plymouth is what stands out the most with breathtaking views of the Tasman Sea and Mount Taranaki. Another big attraction of New Plymouth is that you can both surf and ski on a day in New Plymouth. Stadium Taranaki is the rugby stadium in New Plymouth and will be the setting for the Rugby World Cup 2011.
At the Southern tip of the North Island in New Zealand you will find its capital city, Wellington. The city is packed full of culture and entertainment and if you are looking for a party during the 2011 Rugby World Cup then you will find it in Wellington. Wellington is a great city to walk around and the best way of exploring the city's cafes, restaurants and shops. Wellington Regional Stadium is where the competitive action will take place with Wales taking on South Africa on September 11th 2011.
North of Auckland you will find Whangarei, where the city meets the sea. Here you will find close to 100 hundred beaches, great diving and lots of islands. Whangarei is also full of great restaurants and bars with a relaxed atmosphere. The Northland Events Centre is where you will find games for the 2011 Rugby World Cup taking place.
For the Rugby World Cup Dunedin’s Carisbrook Stadium will be the hub of the sporting action in the city. Dunedin is the centre of New Zealand’s commerce and culture and it truly is a beautiful city to visit. It’s also a student city with a large student population meaning it is a youthful and vibrant city.
If you want to sample the charm of rural New Zealand then make sure to visit Palmerston North during the Rugby World Cup 2011. Arena Manawatu is where the games for the tournament will be happening in Palmerston North but sport isn’t the only attraction here. The city is surrounded by a large reserve known as ‘The Square’ and it is also renowned for the great arts and theatre that you will find around the city.
Once known mainly for its agricultural output, Hamilton is becoming an up-and-coming city of New Zealand. Located in the centre of the North Island, Hamilton is a city where you can relax and sample some original New Zealand dining. With the freshest food and great wine, Hamilton is a great place to spend a few nights in if you are in New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup 2011.The Waikato Stadium is where you will find all the on-pitch action for the Rugby World Cup 2011 in Hamilton.
Napier is known as the Art Deco City and with an average all year climate of approximately 19 degrees Celsius; it is the ideal place to visit at any time of year. This city on the east side of the North Island is called the Art Deco city because when it was re-built in the 1930s it was done so using this style of architecture. Napier is a great place for eating out and enjoying the entertainment. McLean Park is where all the fixtures for Napier will take place for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
If you go towards the coast of the South Island you will find the exciting city of Nelson. Nelson is the perfect spot for those looking to sample some adventure on their travels as you can partake of activities such as hiking and caving, but it’s also great for those into the art scene as you will find some great galleries and an appreciative crowd. Arena Manawatu is the place to be in Nelson if you want to catch some of the fixtures for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
By: Tracy Lynch