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A sports tour in New Zealand offers athletes numerous benefits and exciting experiences. They can witness sporting excellence in rugby, cricket, netball, and sailing, learn from top-level athletes and coaches, and participate in training sessions and competitions. New Zealand's state-of-the-art sports facilities provide optimal conditions for skill development. The country's stunning landscapes offer opportunities for outdoor sports like hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and surfing. Athletes can also engage in diverse sports and experience the local Maori culture, fostering cultural exchange. The tour facilitates international networking, leading to valuable connections and a broader perspective on the global sporting landscape. Overall, it is a rewarding experience for personal and professional growth.

Sports Available
Field Hockey
Best Dates of Travel
Winter/Summer (Depending on the Sport)
Level of Competition Available
Benefits of this Destination

There are numerous benefits to traveling to New Zealand, including:

  1. Stunning Natural Beauty: New Zealand is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, from snow-capped mountains and glaciers to pristine beaches and lush forests. It offers opportunities to explore diverse environments, from the geothermal activity of Rotorua to the fjords of Milford Sound.
  2. Adventure Activities: New Zealand is a popular destination for adventure-seekers, with activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving, white-water rafting, and hiking. There are numerous outdoor activities to suit any level of experience or interest.
  3. Rich Culture and History: New Zealand has a fascinating Maori culture and a unique history that is intertwined with the natural landscape. Visitors can learn about Maori traditions, attend cultural performances, and visit historical sites such as the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
  4. Safety: New Zealand consistently ranks as one of the safest countries in the world. Visitors can feel secure traveling around the country, even when exploring off-the-beaten-track destinations.
  5. Friendly Locals: New Zealanders, or Kiwis as they are affectionately known, are known for being friendly and welcoming to visitors. This creates a warm and inclusive atmosphere that makes travelers feel at home.
  6. Sustainability: New Zealand is committed to sustainability, with many initiatives to protect its unique environment and promote responsible tourism. Visitors can feel good about supporting an eco-conscious destination that values environmental protection and sustainability.

Overall, New Zealand offers a unique travel experience that combines natural beauty, adventure, culture, safety, and sustainability. It is a destination that appeals to a wide range of travelers, from families to adventure-seekers to those interested in culture and history.

Possible Cities to Visit
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Wellington
Destination Highlights

Top attractions and experiences in Auckland, New Zealand:

  • Sky Tower for panoramic views of the city and the surrounding landscape
  • Auckland Harbour Bridge for bungy jumping, climbing, or scenic views from the top
  • Auckland Art Gallery showcasing New Zealand and international art
  • Viaduct Harbour for dining, nightlife, and water activities
  • Waiheke Island for wine tasting, beautiful beaches, and scenic walks
  • Auckland Zoo with over 135 species of animals to see and learn about
  • Devonport, a charming seaside village with beautiful historic architecture
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum showcasing New Zealand's military history and culture
  • Auckland Domain, a beautiful park with walking paths, gardens, and the Auckland Museum
  • Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium for an interactive and educational experience with marine life.

These are just a few of the many highlights of Auckland. With its mix of natural beauty, cultural attractions, and urban experiences, Auckland is a great destination for any type of traveler.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Auckland

  • Check into your accommodation and explore the city center
  • Visit the Sky Tower for panoramic views of the city

Day 2: Auckland

  • Visit Auckland Art Gallery
  • Explore the Viaduct Harbour and take a boat tour

Day 3: Waiheke Island

  • Take a ferry to Waiheke Island and spend the day exploring vineyards, beaches and restaurants.

Day 4: Auckland to Rotorua

  • Drive or take a bus to Rotorua (about 3 hours)
  • Visit Te Puia to experience Maori culture and geothermal activity.

Day 5: Rotorua

  • Visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Explore the Redwoods Forest

Day 6: Rotorua

  • Visit Tamaki Maori Village for an immersive cultural experience
  • Relax in the Polynesian Spa

Day 7: Rotorua to Wellington

  • Drive or take a bus to Wellington (about 6 hours)
  • Check into your accommodation and explore the city center

Day 8: Wellington

  • Visit the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Ride the Wellington Cable Car for views of the city

Day 9: Wellington

  • Visit the Wellington Botanic Garden and the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary

Day 10: Wellington

  • Take a ferry to Matiu/Somes Island for a day trip
  • Explore the city's nightlife

Day 11: Wellington to Auckland

  • Fly back to Auckland
  • Check into your accommodation and relax

Day 12: Auckland

  • Visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Explore Devonport and climb Mount Victoria for panoramic views

Day 13: Departure

  • Depart Auckland and catch your flight back home.

This itinerary allows you to experience the best of New Zealand's North Island, from the vibrant city life of Auckland to the stunning natural beauty and cultural richness of Rotorua and Wellington. Of course, you can always adjust the itinerary to fit your interests and schedule.

Next Step

Step 1

Fill out the trip Request form and contact AIST to discuss your preferred tour options

Step 2

AIST will provide a custom program that includes a cost quote and sample itinerary - You'll have time to review and discuss with your team

Step 3

Once your destination and travel dates are confirmed:  Registrations and deposits are due to secure your tour!

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