Rugby Union in New Zealand
Take your school team to New Zealand where rugby union is an important and popular sport within the country’s culture. It is home to the world's top international team, the All Blacks, and for some of the world’s most revered front row players, this country is a perfect destination for a rugby tour.
New Zealand has much to offer for all groups as the options are simply endless. The country is known for having stunning landscapes and offers some incredible, thrill-seeking adventures and activities. Now, as a sporty group, you will be sure to want to get stuck into a bit of river surfing or trips on jet boats. However, for the ultimate adrenaline junkie, the famous canyon swing could be for you. For the film lovers, embrace that glorious landscape and embark on a tour of where The Lord Of The Rings trilogy was filmed. See where the Hobbits lived and go into one of the houses!
Aside from the landscape and adventures, there are opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the Southern Hemisphere’s fascinating creatures, the King and Gentoo Penguins. Enter the snow-filled enclosure at Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and venture into the world's largest Antarctic penguin colony display.
A rugby union tour to New Zealand wouldn’t be the same without witnessing the Haka. Students are taught the Maori ceremonial dance from a young age and will perform the ritual on specific occasions, so be prepared when you arrive for your fixtures.
After some challenging matches and tough training sessions, the Polynesian Thermal Hot Pools would be the perfect remedy. Soak in natural mineral pools where the goodness of the earth soaks into the body and soul – perfect for a tired, and potentially bruised, group.