The 2011 rugby world cup takes place in New Zealand during September and October 2011, in twelve venues in the North and South Islands.
The North Island ports are Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North and Wellington.
The South Island venues are Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.
There are several different options for accommodation ranged from backpacker hostels, home stays and motels, through to top end hotels. Because of the number of people that are expected to attend the rugby world cup in New Zealand, booking early will be essential to avoid the possibility of missing your preferred accommodation, and having to travel further from your accommodation to the game day venues.
All of the pool games are spread across the twelve avenues, with some pool groups playing in both North and South Islands. The quarter finals are being played in Wellington and Christchurch, and the semi-finals and finals played in Auckland.
Auckland is the main venue for the rugby world cup, and is within a days driving distance to all of the other North Island venues. Auckland could be used as a North Island base for followers of pool A countries New Zealand, France, Tonga, Canada and Japan, as all their pool games are within the North Island. Pool D countries South Africa, Wales, Samoa, Fiji and Namibia also have all of their games in the North Island.
Pool B and C countries England, Scotland, Argentina, Georgia, Australia, Italy, Ireland, USA and Russia have their games split between the North and South Islands, and followers would need to fly to other venues, or commute by car and camper to cross on the ferry between the Islands.
Booking accommodation, air travel, rental cars and campers does not have to be stressful as long as it is planned ahead to suit your destinations.