Rugby World Cup 2011
Join thousands of passionate rugby fans at probably the largest sporting event ever held in New Zealand – the Rugby World Cup 2011.
The 2011 tournament – the seventh staging of the event – features 20 teams allocated into four pools of five teams. The IRB World Rankings, as of 1 December 2008, will be used for the first time to band the 12 automatically qualified teams for the draw. The top four teams in the rankings will be allocated to band one and drawn randomly into the pools; the next four teams will be allocated into band two with the remaining four teams allocated into band three; while the eight remaining qualifying places will be allocated into bands four and five according to playing strength and are also drawn randomly.
The qualifying matches are scheduled for venues throughout New Zealand with the semi-final and final game played at the refurbished Eden Park in Auckland.
Date 27 to 29 March 2009; Final – Auckland, Sunday, 23 October 2011.
Location New Zealand
Final – Eden Park. Many existing stadiums are in the process of renovation or replacement for the 2011 RWC.
Eden Park, Auckland – expected seating capacity 63,000
AMI Stadium, Christchurch – expected seating capacity 50,000
Westpac Stadium, Wellington – expected seating capacity 40,000
Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin – expected seating capacity 30,000
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton – expected seating capacity 30,000
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland – expected seating capacity 30,000
North Harbour Stadium, North Shore City – expected seating capacity 25,000
Carisbrook, Dunedin – expected seating capacity 32,000
Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua – expected seating capacity 35,000
Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth – expected seating capacity 24,000
McLean Park, Napier – expected seating capacity 22,000
BlueChip Stadium, Tauranga – expected seating capacity 20,000
Number of teams 20
Getting there Nearest airports: Auckland Airport is 22.5km south of the city; Christchurch is 10km north-west of the city; Wellington is 8km south-east of the city; and Dunedin International Airport is located 30km south of Dunedin City. Transportation to each venue is best by taxi.
Discover one of the world’s least crowded and most spectacularly scenic countries. New Zealand’s stunning landscape of primeval forests, snow-capped alpine mountains, sweeping beaches and remote hiking trails offers visitors an exciting adventure or a fun-filled family getaway. From adrenalin-charged bungy jumping, white water rafting and heli-skiing to relaxing strolls along remote windswept beaches and hikes over stunning alpine passes, ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’ offers something for everyone. Savour unique ‘Kiwi’ food, sip fine wines and choose from an ever-expanding range of unique accommodation.
Auckland Explore the ‘City of Sails’, New Zealand's largest city, where sailing is an institution and the city's Hauraki Gulf is one of the world’s finest boating playgrounds. Ride a ferry to scenic Waiheke Island or down the Waitemata Harbour to historic Devonport. Climb to the top of the 328m Skytower for the best views over the city, visit Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World for a close encounter with sharks and penguins, see Maori artefacts at the Auckland Museum and take in a live cultural performance. Browse the chic boutiques of Parnell or Ponsonby and at sunset head to the Viaduct basin, promenade beside super yachts then wine and dine at a nearby trendy bar.
Rotorua Discover on foot a vast geothermal expanse of silica terraces and plopping mud pools at Te Whakarewarewa thermal valley. Watch enthralled as the world famous Pohutu geyser erupts on cue each morning with a 30m-high spout of mud and hot water; the geyser continues this display up to 20 times a day. Don’t miss the nearby culture institute, offering an art gallery, a replica Maori village, a kiwi house and friendly working craftspeople. Or head further south to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland to see a vast expanse of multi-hued rocks, pools and lakes of boiling black mud. Don’t miss the Lady Knox Geyser.
Wellington Nestled between a beautiful harbour and rolling green hills, New Zealand’s ‘windy’ capital enjoys a beautiful setting. Discover the impressive range of cultural exhibits at Te Papa Tongarewa, the 'Museum of New Zealand'; take in the stunning panoramic views from the top of Mount Victoria; and savour gourmet cuisine at a choice of restaurants along the Wellington waterfront.
Christchurch Cruise along the meandering Avon River past English gardens and parks, tree-lined avenues and Gothic-style churches. The ‘Garden City’, New Zealand’s second largest city, is alive with colour and atmosphere. Browse more than 5000 works of art at the impressive Te Puna o Waiwhetu (Christchurch Art Gallery) and afterwards take a stroll around Cathedral Square and pop into Christchurch Cathedral, the most visited church building in New Zealand. Check out the mosaics on the tiled floor of the cathedral, which records the arrival of the first settlers who landed in Lyttelton Harbour in 1850. Then head to the International Antarctic Centre for a feel for modern Antarctic life through sound-and-light shows and interactive exhibits; don’t miss the feeding of the penguins or the aquarium.
Queenstown Known as the ‘Adventure capital of the world’, Queenstown offers the opportunity for numerous adrenalin-pumping activities: from skydiving, river-surfing, white water rafting and jet-boating to skydiving and bungy jumping as well as scenic flights and lake cruises. Take a scenic tour into the rugged mountains and golden hill country around Queenstown and be reminded of scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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