14 September 2011

Auckland: A City Under the Spot Light

New Zealand Rugby World Cup
The eyes of the world were on Auckland last week as its majestic harbour erupted into colour and stunning fireworks were let off during the opening ceremony of this year's Rugby World Cup. Auckland, situated in the north of New Zealand’s North Island, is the hub of the Rugby World Cup 2011 and over the next six weeks will see a host of first-class matches between competing nations being played in its famous Eden Park stadium, with the final being played there on October 23rd.
The 2011 Rugby World Cup is Auckland’s chance to showcase itself on the global stage and in front of an estimated television audience of more than four billion. It is also expected that more than 95,000 visitors will come to see the tournament from overseas. But it’s certainly not the first time Auckland has hosted an event on an international scale. For each year, scores of sailing enthusiasts looking for yachts for sale turn up for the celebrated Auckland International Boat Show. And this year, organizers hope that the show, being held from September 15th to 18th, will be the country’s biggest ever as it coincides with the Rugby World Cup.
super yachts for sale
Visitors coming to Auckland to look at super yachts for sale will be able to see live key match's between competing nations including Australia and Ireland in Australia’s second Rugby World Cup tie in the tournament. Rated by the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers as one of the top 40 boat shows in the world, the Auckland International Boat Show will have on display up to 200 yachts for sale, including super yachts for sale up to 30 metres from New Zealand brands such Rayglass and Tristram. The show, organised by NZ Marine Industry Association, will also feature the classic yacht fleet, including restored boats of up to 110 years old. There will be a large number of super yachts berthed nearby, preparing for their summer cruising season in New Zealand. For sailing and rugby enthusiasts, a trip to Auckland this month offers a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s leading yachts for sale as well as taking in some great sporting action.