Learn Rugby in Rotorua

Learn Rugby in Rotorua

Destination Rotorua: Play rugby in one of the most culturally rich places in the world

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The city of Rotorua is renowned for its rich Maori heritage and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Located in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, Rotorua is only a leisurely three hour drive from Auckland (234km), the main city of New Zealand. Rotorua Airport is one of the busiest domestic terminals in the country and is now offering direct flights to Sydney Australia in 2010.The Rotorua region covers 261,700 hectares and has a population of almost 70,000 people: where 35% are Maori.

Whether you are seeking to experience Maori Culture, geothermal hotspots, thrills and adventure or any of the other natural assets such as the 16 lakes with some of the world’s best mountain biking trails, fantastic trout fishing and a myriad of forest walking tracks – Rotorua delivers it all! and only an hour and a half away from the ski fields and surf beaches.

Check out our International Activities Page for more adventures in Rotorua that our International Students get to experience.

Because of its relatively high altitude, the District’s climate, while changeable, can be expected to provide warm dry summers and cool, dry, frosty winters. Rotorua averages more than 2000 sunshine hours and just over 140cm of rain annually.

  • Summer (Dec – Feb): Daytime 21 – 29ºC
  • Autumn (Mar – May): Daytime 15 – 26ºC
  • Winter (Jun – Aug): Daytime 9 – 16ºC
  • Spring (Sep – Nov): Daytime 13 – 21ºC

For more information on Rotorua visit www.rotoruanz.com

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“In 2006 I enrolled into NZ Sports Academy to better my Rugby skills. I didn’t know what to expect but all I knew, I wanted to succeed in Rugby.

At the Academy, we lived and breathe Rugby…..literally! Starting 7am on the dot (there were punishments if you were one minute late) with Shaun Tata, we hit the gym with strength and core training all rugby related then by 9.15am we’d be all showered for a 15 min breakfast then straight into the classroom learning all rugby fundamentals. After Lunch we then hit the field for the rest of the afternoon working on fitness, drills, skill work, games, breaking down every little drill such as passing a ball and tackling.

This was all a huge shock to me. Darrel and Shaun (our coaching staff at the time) broke us in to pieces mentally and physically but taught us to learn to love the toughness. I cannot explain how much I enjoyed having them as a Coach pushing us to the absolute limit to get the best out of everyone. It truly amazes me how much knowledge they have of the game which they broke down into steps to give us a better understanding.

After graduating in 2007 at the Academy, I made move to Australia to succeed further in my rugby career with the Surfers Paradise Gold Coast Dolphins but really struggled to do so due to injury after injury. I got back into the gym for rehab and to focus on my weak points. Since day one at the academy I always loved being the gym, Smashing PBs, learning the correct form and techniques in lifting, and seeing great results in your body. Darrel and Shaun taught us how to look after our bodies from injuries and because of that, I had a speedy recovery.

By the end of my recovery, I decided to change codes and challenge myself with the discipline and dedication of Bodybuilding and Powerlifting.

2013 – North QLD WFF Fitness model – 1st place
2013 – Southern Hemisphere WFF – 5TH place
2014 – QLD INBA Fitness model
2015 – Australasia WBFF Muscle model – Top 20
2015 – Central QLD Vector Powerlifting champion (Total 620kg)
With the mental toughness and dedication I inherited from the NZSA, I took in everything I’ve learnt into my preparations and succeed numerous times. I am a Scaffold Supervisor currently preparing for the Australasia WBFF Championship and hoping succeed to WBFF Worlds next year in Las Vegas. I strongly recommend anyone to join the NZ Sports Academy as it has had a huge impact on my life.”

Billy Hicks, Rotorua