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76Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011

SPRING-SUMMER 2011I sea&iI77The Rugby World Cup will certainly put New Zealand inthe spotlight this year, but there is so much moreto this twin-island country. If you're planning to catchthe action on the touch-line, tie it in with a charteraround this spectacular part of the world. Whether driftingacross a secluded bay or inlet, exploring the many uninhab-ited islands, or sailing into its many harbours, New Zealand hasendless cruising possibilities. If you set aside enough time, acharter can take in both North and South islands, with stopsin the Bay of Islands, the Marlborough Sounds, Tauranga and,of course, the Rugby World Cup venues themselves: Aucklandand Wellington. Sadly, the devastating earthquake that hitChristchurch in February caused such critical damage thatRugby New Zealand 2011 has decided to reschedule the city'smatches at Eden Park, Auckland. However, Christchurch, oftenreferred to as the Garden City of New Zealand, remains a keyregion to visit on a charter of South Island.Although the less populated of the two, South Island'sscenery alone makes it worthy of a visit. It offers a varied landscapeof snowy peaks that sit above sun-drenched plains, waterfalls,fjords and lakes and vineyards, the most famous of which arein Marlborough Wine Country. Although the first vineyards hereonly gained a reputation in the early 70s, the region is nowregarded as being one of the world's finest producers ofSauvignon Blanc. Another must-visit city is Queenstown. NewZealand's adrenaline capital, this year-round Alpine resort onthe shores of a vast lake offers every opportunity for ahealthy, active holiday. North Island is altogether different. Its stunning landscapecomprises pristine lakes and is home to some of the southernhemisphere's most cosmopolitan cities, including Auckland,aka the 'City of Sails'. The largest Polynesian city in the world,it offers a wide range of shops and restaurants, busy?The twin-island nation of New Zealand is made for active adventure, and with the Rugby World Cup being hosted there later this year, it is the perfect place to head for a fun-fuelled charter By Miriam Cain DOUBLE IMPACTnew zealandOpposite page: Abel Tasman NationalPark on South Island furtherafieldRUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 FIXTURESQUARTERFINALS8 OctoberWellington 8 OctoberAuckland9 OctoberWellington9 October AucklandSEMIFINALS15 October Auckland 16 October Auckland 3RDPLACEPLAY-OFF21 October AucklandFINAL23 OctoberAuckland