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Auckland and our first games


Over the next few days we spent a lot of time down at the harbour which was hub of the Rugby World Cup fanzone. This was also the jumping off point for our harbour cruise with stop off at Rangitoto Island (the newest volcano in the area at only 300 years old!). We visited the Sky Tower which is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere and dominates the skyline of the city. The more intrepid visitors can take a walk around the outside of the observation deck, or even jump off on a controlled descent at 60kph - we decided not to try this, but did watch from the Sky Lounge as one brave soul fell to earth after being held outside our window for a couple of moments for photos to be taken.

The harbour was also the start for our trip to Devonport, just across the harbour from the city. This quaint town still had many of it's early buildings complete with tin roofs. From here we hiked along to North Head Reserve where a fort to protect the harbour was situated.
We went to see two Rugby games, South Africa versus Samoa and England versus Scotland. South Africa v Samoa was at North Harbour Stadium and was an exciting match. We had seats right on half way and close to the touch line so we had a great view of Samoa performing the Haka. England v Scotland was at Eden Park and a much tougher game to watch. England eventually prevailed but we were all biting our nails by the end.

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