At the time of writing, The All Blacks had won 20 games in a row at home. If you are able to get a ticket to a game, then it's just fantastic.
Here are some snaps from a game I went to vs The Springboks.
To undertake certain activities on land administered by the Department of Conservation, a licence, permit or concession is required.
Activities which require permits, licences or concessions include hunting, fishing and commercial activities. Be aware that some areas of conservation land which are particularly sensitive require special permits to visit them, for example some offshore islands.
Permits or licenses are required for trout and salmon fishing and for hunting game birds, such as ducks, geese and pheasants.
Equipment: You bring your own gear but with transportation costs, unless you have an item that you just MUST bring with you, ity is just as easy to hire gear on arrival. Most major hunting/fishing stores will be able to help here.
New Zealand has a very big golfing community. Most towns, including the tiny places that you drive past in a flash, have a golf course. A lot of the small town courses are 9 hole courses but lovingly maintained by the locals.
The bigger cities such as Christchurch have some excellent courses to play and they will also hire clubs etc so you don't need to bring your own. Christchurch, for example, has approx 20 courses in or around the city so there is a very wide choice of where to play.
Equipment: You can hire most of what you need. If you are playing one of the flasher courses then you will likely need soft spike golf shoes. Many courses don't like people wearing jeans or tee shirts - I don't tend to play on those courses - so be prepared to dress up a bit.
Cost will vary widely but expect to pay $25 to $40 for an urban 18 hole course and between $10 & $15 at smaller country clubs. Remember that in NZ, a country club is not the same as in the USA - in NZ it is a small place that welcomes everyone
I didn't stop talking about it for weeks.....still haven't.
Of course New Zealand is the home of extreme sports and where better to try out those things you always wanted to do?
Tandem-skydiving is amazing. Your tandem master has total control so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the ride!!
Squeezed like sardines into a tiny plane we climbed to 10 000' and then jumped out! Sounds simple eh? And it was really - it's not like there was any alternative once we'd got to this point. Just as I left the plane I felt a very brief panic, like "what the hell am I doing?" but it quickly passed as I open my eyes and enjoyed a fantastic freefall of about 40 seconds reaching about 200kph, an amazing experience.
Landing was cool too but, as I haven't stopped telling people, freefall is the best bit!
Equipment: All you need is provided, just wear comfortable trousers and top and trainers or other "sensible" footwear. Nothing loose and flapping!!
Rugby is the national sport of New Zealand. The game is played in every corner of the country with Canterbury being the current strong-hold of the most successful team.
Rugby originated in England in the 1800's (in a town called Rugby funnily enough) when William Web-Ellis picked up a soccer ball and ran with it. These days teams from around the world play for the Rugby World Cup aka the William Web-Ellis trophy.
While in New Zealand I would highly recommend going to a Rugby game. Unlike Football (Soccer if you like) fans from opposing teams can sit together so it's a safe outing to go to no matter who you support.
Equipment: As it's a winter sport make sure you are prepared for the conditions!! A good coat will be needed, especially if you are watching the game in the South Island.
NZ is a great place to check out rugby, with rugby being overwhelmingly the most popular sport in NZ. Check the schedule to see if there are any games on when you visit.
Here are some pics from a recent Super 14 game in Wellington.
It's no wonder New Zealand is always competitive in the America's Cup yacht races -- more people own boats here (per capita) than any other country in the world. Competitive sailing is a big sport here. In fact, the day we crossed the Cook Strait from Wellington, the Volvo International Sailing race was coming to a stop in Wellington (this race used to be known as the Whitbread). In fact, this could be one of the lead racers, though we don't know how you would tell.
There are many places to ski or snowboard in New Zealand. Although most of the skifields are concentrated in the Southern Alps in the South Island (mostly near Queenstown or Mt Hutt near Christchurch) there are also a couple of skifields (Whakapapa and Turoa) at the Central Plateau in the North Island.
Skiifield names include: Whakapapa, Turoa, The Remarkables, Wanaka, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone and others.
Equipment: You can rent snowboarding or skiing equipment either in towns like Ohakune or Queenstown or at any of the skiifields you are wanting to try out. Equipment can also be purchased in any of the larger cities sports stores or in boutique shops specialising in adventure sports. I actually bought my gear in Japan when I was living there and have brought it back with me so not sure about prices etc.
In the north of the South Island you will find Abel Tasman's National Park.
Drive from Picton through Nelson to Kaiteriteri or Mohaune and there you will find lots of places where you can rent sea-kayaks.
You have several options including more then one day trips with guides.
You can kayak from island to island and go to shore on one of the MANY beautiful secluded beaches.
On Cook's Beach you will find a path over a huge hill that will lead you through a gorgeous bay!
If you have the guts this is pure adrenaline!!
You can take a canoe,kayak or hop in a rubber boat.
Guides will help you with all you need and will assist you when you take the rubber boat.
In the middle of this wild river trip you will be falling down Okere Falls which is almost literally breathtaking!
On the North Island you have to go to Paihia (North of Auckland) for great kayaking trips in the Bay of Islands.
Water,islands and water...:-)
Equipment: Waterproof bag to put your camera in!
You can also rent them.
Rugby is LIFE is New Zealand. Try to catch a rugby game while you're there. It's pretty exciting to watch if you've never seen it before. See the national team the All Blacks play or catch a provencial team (Auckland Blues, Waikato Chiefs, Wellington Hurricanes, Canterbury Crusaders, Otago Highlanders) or the league team (Auckland Warriors). It's awesome to watch the Super 12 games too, where NZ plays teams from South Africa and Australia.
After attacking the slopes and enjoying the thrill of adventure it was time to take a break. I love to ski with a back pack full of or sorts of drinks and snacks so that I can enjoy a relaxing lunch break away from the masses of people that flock to the ski slopes. Here Anne and I enjoy the mountain to ourselves!
I don't think that any trip to Queenstown during the winter months would be complete without a visit to a ski field for a fun filled adrenalin rush! Coronet Peak’s wide and rolling terrain provides this maximum rush and fun for all. Extensive snowmaking ensures that everyone can get the utmost enjoyment for the longest time possible. Even when the sun goes down, the action never stops – Night Skiing, exclusive to Coronet Peak, allows skiers and riders to continue through the twilight hours into the magic of the night.
People in New Zealand are obsessed about their sport. Supprisingly for such a small population they are very good, Not as good as Australia but good none the less (kidding).
There national sport would probabaly be rugby, and why wouldnt it be when you have an abundance of 6 foot moari and samoan giants to choose from
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