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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“My experience as a member of the New Zealand Sports Academy began in 2007, and an experience of a lifetime it was at that. I was an unestablished, inexperienced rugby player hoping to grow in knowledge and leave a footprint on the rugby world.

Upon joining I was informed that it was a full time course that required only a few key attributes of me… “hard work, commitment, honesty, and a whole lot of sweat.” It now dawns on me that it was a small price to pay for what I got out of it

The trainers we had at the time were Darrel Shelford and Shaun Tata, who I can not express to how much I enjoyed having them there to kick me in the backside and equally the amount of work they put in to getting the best out of us. The thing that amazes me the most about the coaching staff is just how vast their range of knowledge is. There doesn’t seem to be a thing they do not know about rugby and that quickly rubs off on the students.

Once I completed the programme I joined the Bay of Plenty Rugby Academy which lead to playing for representative sides such as;

Bay of Plenty Under 20s

Bay of Plenty Development

Bay of Plenty Steamers

Bay of Plenty 7s

I was then contracted to a club side in Dallas Texas before being contracted to a club side in Sydney Australia. All of which I accredit to the New Zealand Sports Academy

I am currently a firefighter in Rotorua and spend a lot of my summer times travelling with various invitational sevens teams and competing in tournaments worldwide.”

Curtis van der Heyden