Rugby World Cup 2015

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World Cup travel ideas

By Herb Christophers IF YOU’RE heading to New Zealand this autumn for the World Cup, we have plenty of ideas for how you can keep busy and see the countryside…

Bellbird

World Cup travel ideas – Invercargill

INVERCARGILL Pre-match jaunt – Waituna Lagoon/Awarua Wetland This is an internationally recognised wetland site frequented by diverse migrating and wading bird species. Relatively unspoiled compared to similar waterways in other…

Purakanui

World Cup travel ideas – Dunedin

DUNEDIN Pre-match jaunt – Otago Rail Trail A unique walking, cycling and horse riding track following the route of an historic railway line. It’s 150km long in total but you…

Nelson Lakes Kerr Bay Rotoiti

World Cup travel ideas – Nelson

NELSON A pre-match jaunt – Nelson Lakes Bellbird Walk and Honeydew Walk are part of the stunning Lake Rotoiti Nature Recovery project where bellbirds and tui welcome you to their…

Orongorongo Valley

World Cup travel ideas – Wellington

WELLINGTON Pre-match jaunt – Orongorongo Track This walk goes through authentic New Zealand forest, packed with palms, ferns, huge rata trees, fantastic views and good swimming holes in the river.…

Australasian Gannet

World Cup travel ideas – Napier

NAPIER Pre-match jaunt – Cape Kidnappers Spectacular geological cliff formations on the coast to Cape Kidnappers Gannet colony makes a trip there memorable. The Saddle and Black Reef gannet colonies…

Mt Taranaki

World Cup travel ideas – New Plymouth

NEW PLYMOUTH Pre-match jaunt – Dawson Falls There’s a range of walks from the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre. One short steep descent through rainforest takes you to the base of…

Mangakara Nature Walk

World Cup travel ideas – Hamilton

HAMILTON Pre-match jaunts – Waterworks Track North of Hamilton by 10km is the town of Ngaruawahia where an easy walk leaves from Brownlee Avenue off Hakarimata Road and passes through…

Hamurana Stream

World Cup travel ideas – Rotorua

ROTORUA Pre-match jaunt – Tikitapu/Blue Lake This is 9 km south-east of Rotorua from Tarawera Road. The circuit track begins at the north-east end of the lake and goes south…

North Head

World Cup travel ideas – Auckland

AUCKLAND Pre-match jaunt – Great Barrier Island If you’ve got time to kill and energy to expend, head to GBI – an untouched, tranquil paradise which boasts stunning forests, amazing…