Rugby Tours to New Zealand
Where rugby love runs deep
Home of the mighty All Blacks, the rugby love is strong in New Zealand, making it the perfect place for your rugby tour. It goes without saying that you’re guaranteed competitive fixtures in New Zealand, and with our excellent connections with clubs and schools in all of the major towns and cities, your games will always be well-matched. On top of memorable fixtures, your players can visit the impressive Eden Park and the New Zealand Rugby Museum which will take their love of the sport to a whole new level.
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Our Recommended Itinerary
Here’s what your trip could look like
Depart UK by flight
Arrive into Auckland
Explore the local area
Breakfast and explore Auckland
Take in the city sights including the Harbour and the Sky Tower
Head downtown for an evening meal
Spend the morning sightseeing, including a tour of Eden Park and Mission Bay
Transfer to fixture 1
Enjoy some post-match hospitality
Visit the fascinating Waitomo Glowworm Caves on the way to Rotorua
Take a 45 minute guided tour in the spectacular Glowworm Cave
Evening meal at hotel in the geothermally active Rotorua
Breakfast and head into Rotorua
Spend some time at the Skyline Gondola Ride
Transfer to fixture 2 and enjoy post-match hospitality
Late breakfast at hotel
Make use of the on-site courts or sports field at the hotel
Evening meal followed by a quiz night
Breakfast and transfer to Te Puia, an open-air museum dedicated to Maori culture
Evening meal at hotel
Breakfast and transfer to Wellington
Arrive into Wellington
Explore Wellington on foot
Breakfast, then visit the Te Papa Museum and ride the Kelburn Cable Car
Enjoy post-match hospitality
After breakfast say farewell to the North Island and board the Interislander ferry to Picton
Enjoy spectacular views on your ferry crossing
Arrive into Picton and transfer to your hotel in Kaikoura
Breakfast at hotel followed by a Whale Watching Tour
Transfer to Christchurch, stopping at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools
Final breakfast in Christchurch before transferring to the airport
Return flight to UK
Arrive into UK
Based on 15 day, 11 night tour for 40 members (+4 free places) travelling August 2023. Subject to availability.
- Return flights from UK to resort
- Domestic flights in destination
- Airport and fixture transfers in resort
- 11 nights' B&B accommodation
- Half board meals
- 4 x fixtures per team with well-matched opponents, based on ability, age and international rules
- Travel insurance
- 24/7 support
- Vamoos travel app & info pack
- Tailor-made itinerary
- Tour pennant per fixture & souvenir pennant to keep
- Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre
- Museum of Te Papa
- Te Puia Geothermal & Maori Centre
- Eden Park & Mission Bay Stadium Tour
- Skyline Gondola & Luges
- Wellington Cable Car
- Dedicated Tour Manager
- Hoodies and Polo Shirts
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Popular places to stay in New Zealand
Your journey doesn’t have to end here! See what else we can offer to help you get the most out of your tour. From professional coaching to dedicated Tour Managers, we’ll go above and beyond to support you and your students.
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What our customers say
Mr Chris Pembridge
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour, well organised, good accommodation and really friendly local staff and support.
Mr Owen Roberts
Perfect! Well organised, thoroughly planned itinerary covering everything our destination had to offer!
Canon Slade School
FAQs about this tour
Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Do your hotels comply with our local Authority’s guidelines?
All hotels are audited to standards set by the School Travel Forum (STF), this criteria is based on information and guidance from educational authorities. Whilst local laws and standards have to be taken into consideration, as they may differ from country to country, our standards do not. We are happy to provide copies of our hotel audits should you wish to see them.
Can I talk to Rayburn Tours whilst out on tour?
Yes, a 24-hour emergency phone number will be provided in your final documents pack and one of our experienced members of staff will be happy to help with any problems you have whilst out on tour.
Is insurance included with my trip?
Yes, insurance will be included in your trip quotation as standard unless it is requested not to be. Make sure you check the list of inclusions in your quotation and/or confirmation.
Do you provide risk assessments for the visits you offer?
You can download our Generic Risk Management Handbook which will help you complete your risk assessment for your school or Local Authority. The aim of the handbook is to provide all tour leaders with supportive suggestions to help raise awareness to risk, suggest control measures to help mitigate the risk and manage risk pro-actively. For further assistance, please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to help.
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