Rugby is more than just a passion for New Zealanders. What better way to find out why than with these proper rugger experiences.
Ask any true blue Kiwi to chat about rugby and they'll likely chew the ear off you for hours on end without even stopping for breath. Rugby isn't just a hobby or passion for New Zealanders, it's hard-wired into their DNA. If you even think about making a joke at the expense of the mighty All Blacks you could well be run out of town.
On your self-drive holiday of New Zealand you're sure to encounter fanatic locals, quality stadiums to tour and more than likely a game or two that will ensure your holiday features a healthy dose of rugby. If that sounds like your idea of a fun holiday, here are two proper Kiwi rugby activities for you to enjoy.
Hear the Eden Park roar
The 60,000-seater stadium at Eden park in Auckland hosts everything from cricket to soccer, but it will always hold a special place in New Zealand rugby fans heart's as the place where the All Blacks won the 2011 world cup final. If you're in town when the All Blacks are playing and can get your hands on a ticket, you'll experience an atmosphere as loud and intense as that found anywhere in the world.
If your visit doesn't coincide with an All Blacks match, you could still head along to an Auckland Blues home game in the Super 15. The atmosphere might not be quite as heated, but it's still tailor-made for a great rugby experience.
Alternatively, you could get a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium and relive all the famous events that have taken place here on a stadium tour.
New Zealand Rugby History Museum
The New Zealand Rugby History Museum in Palmerston North houses the country's largest collection of rugby memorabilia and records.
Learn all about the nation's proud rugby history, including the great names and games from down through the years. You can also test out your won rugby skills and compare yourself to the All Black greats in the 'Have a Go' area.
The museum is open from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.