Rugby Tours to New Zealand

Our rugby tours to New Zealand are arguably the most challenging. From a young age, players are nurtured and developed into budding All Blacks, with every child’s dream being one of donning the jersey. This county offers some of the fiercest competition from across the globe; with local teams giving nothing less than their best A-game; yet with the traditional Maori warmth off it during post match celebrations.

The hardest part is deciding what to leave out over the two contrasting Islands. The rugged south offers Christchurch, Dunedin and adrenaline-­fuelled Queenstown whilst the geothermal north and balmier climate lists Wellington, Napier, Taupo, Rotorua and Auckland as its staples. Our advice: spend as long as you can there, cover both Islands by bus and make sure you add in a few nights’ billeting to sample the incredible hospitality afforded by the locals.

Where to stay in New Zealand?

We offer rugby tours in various locations: Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Napier, Rotorua and Twizel. Here is a sample of our hand-picked accommodation that is audited to UK regulatory standards at destination, Wellington.

For more information about where to stay in Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Napier, Rotorua and Twizel hit the enquire button down below.

Ibis Hotel, Wellington

Part of the global Accor chain of hotels, the Ibis Wellington is a mid­range 3* hotel perfectly suited for teams on a sports tour to New Zealand.

Located on the in the inner-city of Wellington, Hotel Ibis is in close proximity to the Westpac Stadium, Lambton Quay and Te Papa. This hotel’s relaxed nature is a long-term favourite and preferred choice in the country’s capital. The contemporary accommodation features free WIFI, flat-screen TVs, bar, casual restaurant, fitness centre, indoor parking (on request) and can accommodate up to 4 persons per room – suitable for large group tours.

What to do in New Zealand?

Take some time away from the pitch to explore the beauty of New Zealand. Some popular points of interest we recommend are:

  • Auckland Sky Tower
  • Clearview Winery
  • Christchurch Gondola
  • Jet Boating
  • Wai­o­tapu geothermal park
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Warkworth Sheep Farm


When to visit New Zealand?

Rugby season runs January through to September, with training happening all throughout the year.

Our Recommendations  

When it comes to New Zealand it’s most certainly no stranger to most of us here at MSG Tours. Check out a range of our blogs below for our personal recommendations.

The Royal and Mechanical Engineers (REME) visit New Zealand with MSG Tours 

Lions Tour 2017 to New Zealand and Fiji

Find out where previous groups travelled to on their rugby sports tours:

Rydal Penrhos: Rugby Tour to Tokyo, Japan

Old Illtydians RFC: Rugby tour to Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison

Coleg Gwent: Rugby Tour to Australia

View other past rugby tours here

Get in touch with us to chat about how New Zealand would make the perfect destination for your next school rugby trip or rugby team tour.

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