Australasian Gannet

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

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

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

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

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…

NORTH SHORE Pre-match jaunt – Goat Island Walk This return walk heads part of the way to Cape Rodney overlooking New Zealand’s oldest and most popular marine reserve. Walk up…

Whangarei

WHANGAREI Pre-match jaunt – Bream Head/Te Whara track This track follows an ancient Maori trail from Urquharts Bay to Ocean Beach. The track climbs Mount Lion to the ridge line…

Wallabies prop Benn Robinson has been ruled out of this autumn’s Rugby World Cup. The 26-year-old, who celebrates his 27th birthday next Tuesday,  underwent an arthroscopy in Sydney this morning…

Shane Williams is back, ready and raring to go, but he admits he is taking nothing for granted in his bid to be selected for his third Rugby World Cup…