Ina little over a year the 2011 Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand taking on Tonga in the opening game at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday 9th September 2011.  For those planning on attending the Cup, it’s fast approaching time to think about accommodation and how best to travel between matches.

With 40 matches and 12 venues spread across the North and South Islands travelling between venues will involve hitting the roads or airports and organising hotel accommodation in each location.

However, an increasingly popular alternative to emerge during recent Rugby Tours has been motorhome rental. Why rent a car and book accommodation separately when you can combine the two, throw in the flexibility of taking your bedroom with you and explore New Zealand between games!

These days Motorhomes are superbly equipped with complete kitchens, full bathroom facilities, TV and DVD players, easy to drive and can sleep from 2 up to 6. With Campervan Parks across New Zealand there’s no shortage of places to pull up overnight.

During the last British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand in 2005 the popularity of motorhome rental saw vehicles sell out quickly and there’s no doubt getting in early will be the best approach for 2011, to not only secure the right vehicle but also lock in the best rate. Rental rates have a nasty habit of rising the closer you get to an event or pick up date, as supply starts to dry up with ever increasing demand.

Booking a Motorhome or Campervan through DriveNow today involves no deposit and no credit card details. Your vehicle will be booked and secured in your name and full payment is not required until 6 weeks prior to pick up, so around late July 2011 for picking up in the second week of September.

With DriveNow you get to compare the latest New Zealand Rugby World Cup Motorhome Rental rates from leading suppliers including Britz, Apollo, Maui, Kea Campers and Backpacker Campervan Rentals, all on the one website, not only finding the best deals available but also saving you time and effort in internet surfing.

2011 New Zealand Rugby World Cup Schedule

Pool A
New Zealand

Pool B
Play-off Winner

Pool C

Pool D
South Africa

All Games Played on North Island in –

New Plymouth

All Games played on South Island except the last 3

North Island
Palmerston North

South Island

Games split between South and North Islands

North Island
New Plymouth

South Island

All Games Played on North Island

New Plymouth





9 September A New Zealand v Tonga Auckland – Eden Park
10 September B Scotland v Play-off Winner Invercargill – Rugby Park Stadium
10 September D Fiji v Namibia Rotorua – Rotorua International Stadium
10 September A France v Japan Auckland – North Harbour Stadium
10 September B Argentina v England Christchurch – Stadium Christchurch
11 September C Australia v Italy Christchurch – Stadium Christchurch
11 September C Ireland v USA New Plymouth – Stadium Taranaki
11 September D South Africa v Wales Wellington – Wellington Regional Stadium
14 September D Samoa v Namibia Rotorua – Rotorua International Stadium
14 September A Tonga v Canada Whangarei – Northland Events Centre
14 September B Scotland v Georgia Dunedin – Carisbrook
15 September C Russia v USA New Plymouth – Stadium Taranaki
16 September A New Zealand v Japan Hamilton – Waikato Stadium
17 September B Argentina v Play-off Winner Invercargill – Rugby Park Stadium
17 September D South Africa v Fiji Wellington – Wellington Regional Stadium
17 September C Australia v Ireland Auckland – Eden Park
18 September D Wales v Somoa Hamilton – Waikato Stadium
18 September B England v Georgia Christchurch – Stadium Christchurch
18 September A France v Canada Napier – McLean Park
20 September C Italy v Russia Nelson – Trafalgar Park
21 September A Tonga v Japan Whangarei – Northland Events Centre
22 September D South Africa v Namibia Auckland – North Harbour Stadium
23 September C Australia v USA Wellington – Wellington Regional Stadium
24 September B England v Play-off Winner Dunedin – Carisbrook
24 September A New Zealand v France Auckland – Eden Park
25 September D Fiji v Samoa Auckland – Eden Park
25 September C Ireland v Russia Rotorua – Rotorua International Stadium
25 September B Argentina v Scotland Christchurch – Stadium Christchurch
26 September D Namibia v Wales New Plymouth – Stadium Taranaki
27 September A Canada v Japan Napier – McLean Park
27 September C Italy v USA Nelson – Trafalgar Park
28 September B Georgia v Play-off Winner Palmerston North – Arena Manawatu
30 September D South Africa v Samoa Auckland – North Harbour Stadium
1 October C Australia v Russia Christchurch – Stadium Christchurch
1 October A France v Tonga Wellington – Wellington Regional Stadium
1 October B England v Scotland Auckland – Eden Park
2 October B Argentina v Georgia Palmerston North – Arena Manawatu
2 October A Canada v New Zealand Wellington – Wellington Regional Stadium
2 October D Fiji v Wales Hamilton – Waikato Stadium
2 October C Ireland v Italy Dunedin – Carisbrook
8 October QF1 W Pool C v RU Pool D Wellington – Wellington Regional Stadium
8 October QF2 W Pool B v RU Pool A Christchurch – Stadium Christchurch
9 October QF3 W Pool D v RU Pool C Wellington – Wellington Regional Stadium
9 October QF4 W Pool A v RU Pool B Christchurch – Stadium Christchurch
15 October SF1 Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 Auckland – Eden Park
16 October SF2 Winner QF3 v Winner QF4 Auckland – Eden Park
21 October Bronze Final Auckland – Eden Park
23 October Final Auckland – Eden Park