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NEW ZEALAND REGIONS
The main New Zealand Regions and tourist areas of New Zealand.


 

The main regions of New Zealand are listed below. Click on the region name for more information.

Auckland
The Auckland region includes Auckland city & CBD, Auckland Airport, Manukau, North Shore, Hibiscus Coast, Waitakere & West Auckland, Helensville, Waiheke & other Hauraki Gulf islands, south to Pokeno, north to Warkworth & Matakana. Host City Rugby World Cup 2011 - Auckland plays a major role in the RWC tournament hosting 5 pool matches at Eden Park and 4 pool matches at North Harbour Stadium. The opening match is at Eden Park on 9th September. Two quarter finals games will be played at Eden Park on 8th & 9th October. Both semi-finals will be held in Auckland on 15th & 16th October as well as the RWC Final on 23 October.

Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands area includes Paihia, Russell, Waitangi, Opua, Kerikeri and Kawakawa. Rugby World Cup 2011 The Bay of Islands plays an important role in the RWC tournament. Teams from Canada, Japan and Tonga will be based in Kerikeri during pool matches in September and training at the Kerikeri Domain.

Bay of Plenty
The Bay of Plenty region includes Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Papamoa, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatane and Opotiki. Rotorua is listed separately. For tourism services in Rotorua, please select Rotorua from the drop down regional list below. Rugby World Cup 2011 The Bay of Plenty plays an important role in the RWC tournament. Teams from Fiji, Samoa and Russia will be based in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui during pool matches in September and training at local rugby venues.

Canterbury
The Canterbury region includes Arthurs Pass, Hurunui, Hanmer Springs, Waipara Valley, Methven / Mt Hutt, Ashburton, Timaru and Geraldine. For tourism services in the Christchurch area including Akaroa, please select Chrischurch.

Central Otago
The Central Otago region includes Alexandra, Cromwell, Clyde, Roxburgh, Lawrence, Ranfurly, Naseby and the renowned Otago Central Rail Trail. For tourism services in Queenstown or Wanaka, please select Queenstown or Wanaka from the drop down regional list below.

Christchurch
The Christchurch area includes Christchurch city & suburbs, Christchurch Airport, Sumner Beach, Lyttelton, Akaroa and Banks Peninsula For tourism services in the rest of the Canterbury region, please select Canterbury from the drop down regional list below. Rugby World Cup 2011 - Christchurch was due to play an important role in the RWC tournament but unfortunately the damage caused by the February earthquake has meant these games have been moved to other centres. However, the All Blacks New Zealand team will train at Rugby Park in Christchurch between 17th-19th September.

Coromandel
The Coromandel region includes Hauraki Plains, Miranda, Thames, Coromandel Town, Whitianga & Mercury Bay, Tairua, Pauanui, Whangamata, Waihi, Te Aroha and Paeroa.

Dunedin / Coastal Otago
The Dunedin & Coastal Otago region includes Dunedin city, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin Airport, Mosgiel, Port Chalmers, Oamaru, Kurow and Balclutha. Rugby World Cup 2011 Coastal Otago plays an important role in the RWC tournament. Dunedin is hosting 4 pool games at Stadium Otago. Teams from Georgia,, Romania, England, Ireland, Italy and Argentina will be based in Dunedin during Sept-Oct and training at local rugby venues.

Eastland
The Eastland region includes Gisborne & Wainui Beach, East Cape, Ruatoria, Lake Waikaremoana and Te Urewera National Park. Rugby World Cup 2011 Eastland plays an important role in the RWC tournament. The team from Namibia will be based in Gisborne during pool matches in September and training at Rugby Park.

Fiordland
The Fiordland region includes Te Anau, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Manapouri.

Hawkes Bay
The Hawkes Bay region includes Napier, Hastings, Havelock North, Cape Kidnappers, Wairoa, Mahia Peninsula and Waipawa. Rugby World Cup 2011 Hawkes Bay plays an important role in the RWC tournament. Napier is hosting 2 pool games at McLean Park. Teams from Canada, France and Japan will be based in Napier during September and training at local rugby venues.

Kaikoura
Kaikoura is a seaside settlement midway between Christchurch and Picton, renowned for whale watching and other marine wildlife encounters. Kaikoura is part of the popular Alpine Pacific Triangle touring route which links it with the Hurunui District. Includes Kaikoura township, Kaikoura Peninsula and Mt Fyffe.

Manawatu / Wanganui
This region covers the Manawatu, Wanganui, Rangitikei and Tararua districts including Palmerston North, Fielding, Wanganui city, Whanganui River, Taihape, Marton, Bulls, Foxton, Levin, Pahiatua and Dannevirke. Rugby World Cup 2011 Manawatu plays an important role in the RWC tournament. Teams from USA, Romania, Argentina and Georgia will be based in Wanganui and Palmerston North during pool matches in Sept-Oct and training at local rugby venues.

Marlborough
Marlborough region includes Blenheim, Renwick, Picton, Marlborough Sounds, Havelock, Rai Valley, Seddon and Ward. Rugby World Cup 2011 Marlborough plays an important role in the RWC tournament. The team from Russia will be based in Blenheim during pool matches in September and training at Lansdowne Park.

Mt Cook / MacKenzie
The Mount Cook and Mackenzie region includes Mount Cook Aoraki, Twizel, Fairlie, Tekapo and Omarama.

Nationwide
Nationwide services are those which may operate throughout the country or have multiple outlets for their services. Also businesses with an online presence only (ie no physical location for the service - eg online stores). For more listings in specific areas of New Zealand, please select one of the other regions below.

Nelson
The Nelson region includes Nelson city and suburbs, Nelson Bays, Motueka, Moutere, Kaiteriteri, Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay, Takaka, St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes and Murchison. Host City Rugby World Cup 2011 Nelson plays an important role in the RWC tournament hosting 3 pool games at Trafalgar Park on 20 & 27 September and 1 October. Teams from Italy, Russia, USA and Australia will be based in Nelson during Sept-Oct training at local rugby venues.

Northland
The Northland region covers the Far North, Kaitaia, Doubtless Bay, Hokianga, Dargaville, Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei and Mangawhai. For tourism services in the Bay of Islands, please select Bay of Islands from the drop down regional list above. Rugby World Cup 2011 Northland plays an important role in the RWC tournament. Whangarei is hosting 2 pool games at the Northland Events Centre. Teams from Canada, Japan and Tonga will be based in both Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) and Whangarei during September.

Queenstown
The Queenstown & Wakatipu Region includes Queenstown, Frankton, Queenstown Airport, Arrowtown, Gibbston, Glenorchy and Kingston. For Wanaka or Central Otago listings, select these regions from the drop down list below. Rugby World Cup 2011 - Queenstown plays an important role in the RWC tournament. Team from Ireland, Romania, England and Georgia will be based in Queenstown during pool matches in September and training at local rugby venues.

Rotorua
The Rotorua area includes Rotorua city, Ngongataha, Hamurana, Lake Rotoiti, Lake Tarawera, Orakei Korako and Murupara. For tourism services in other parts of the Bay of Plenty region including Tauranga, please select Bay of Plenty from the regional list. Host City Rugby World Cup 2011 - Rotorua plays an important role in the RWC tournament hosting 3 pool games at Rotorua International Stadium on 10, 14 & 25 September. Teams from Namibia, Fiji, Samoa, Ireland and Russia will be based in Rotorua during September and training at local rugby venues.

Southland
The Southland region includes Invercargill, Bluff, Stewart Island, Riverton, Gore, Mataura, The Catlins, Winton, Tuatapere and the Sub Antarctic Islands. Rugby World Cup 2011 Southland plays an important role in the RWC tournament. Invercargill is hosting 3 pool games at Rugby Park Stadium. Teams from Romania, Scotland, Argentina and Georgia will be based in Invercargill during September and training at local rugby venues.

Taranaki
Taranaki region includes New Plymouth, Mt Taranaki, Stratford, Hawera, Inglewood and Eltham. Rugby World Cup 2011 Taranaki plays an important role in the RWC tournament. New Plymouth is hosting 3 pool games at Stadium Taranaki. Teams from Ireland, USA, Russia, Namibia and Wales will be based in New Plymouth during September and training at local rugby venues.

Taupo / Ruapehu
This region includes Lake Taupo, Wairakei, Ruapehu, Central Plateau, Tongariro National Park, Ohakune, Turangi, Taumaranui, Waiouru and Raetihi. Rugby World Cup 2011 - Taupo plays an important role in the RWC tournament. Teams from Wales, Ireland and South Africa will be based in Taupo during pool matches in September and training at Owen Delany Park.

Waikato
The Waikato region includes Hamilton, Raglan, Cambridge, Matamata, Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Morrinsville, Waitomo, Te Kuiti, Tirau & Tokoroa. Rugby World Cup 2011 Waikato plays an important role in the RWC tournament. Hamilton is hosting 3 pool games at Waikato Stadium. Teams from New Zealand, Japan, Samoa, Wales and Fiji will be based in Hamilton during September & October.

Wairarapa
The Wairarapa region includes Masterton, Martinborough, Carterton, Greytown, Featherston, Palliser, Riversdale and Castlepoint. Rugby World Cup 2011 Wairarapa plays an important role in the RWC tournament. The team from Gerogia will be based in Masterton during pool matches in September and training at Soldiers and Cameron Memorial Park.

Wanaka
The Wanaka area includes Wanaka town, Cardrona, Lake Hawea and Makarora.

Wellington
The Wellington region includes Wellington city and suburbs, Wellington Airport, Johnsonville, Porirua, Plimmerton, Paremata, Hutt Valley, Petone, Eastbourne and Kapiti Coast. Host City Rugby World Cup 2011 Wellington plays a major role in the RWC tournament hosting 6 pool matches at Wellington Regional Stadium. Two quarter finals games will be played at Wellington Regional Stadium on 8th & 9th October. Teams from South Africa, Wales, Fiji, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Tonga, France, Argentina and Scotland will be based in Wellington during pool matches in Sept-Oct and training at local rugby venues.

West Coast
The West Coast includes Westport, Karamea, Punakaiki, Greymouth, Hokitika, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Whataroa, Harihari, Haast, Lake Brunner, Reefton and Buller.





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