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					A FAN’S GUIDE TO
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                                                                                                                                                                               9094). When: usually Fri at 17.30 but some Thurs. Price: free
                                                                                                                                                                               except big race days. To get there: nearest train station is
                                                                                                                                                                               Addington or short taxi ride from the centre.




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Above: The region’s players have dominated All Blacks teams in recent years, peaking in 2002 in game against Ireland, when 14 of the team came from the Crusaders.             St, tel: +64 3 365 9999). Open: 24/7. Price: free entry. To get




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Southern charm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Above: A boatmen makes his way down the city’s Avon River.




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      hristchurch, the main city on New Zealand’s South Island, was left                 running in 1905 (although it had to be resurrected in 1995), runs around                                                                                                                              Weather         Low (°C) High (°C) Rain (mm) Sunset
      devastated after an earthquake hit the city on 22 February 2011.                   a small city loop and is a popular and easy way for visitors to get around




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      Dozens of people were killed and hundreds were injured.                            the central sights.                                                                                                                                                                                   January         12        22         56      21.05




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 The city lies on the east coast by the Pacific Ocean. To the north is the                    Christchurch is generally a gentle, sedate place, known as the Garden                                                                                                                             February        12        21         45      20.47
 Waimakariri River and to the southeast the volcanic slopes of Port Hills, a             City, and is the launch pad for those looking to explore the rugged South                                                                                                                             March           10        19         48      20.09
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 popular recreation area and a great place for views across the city.                    Island. It is also known as the gateway to the Antarctic, with explorers
    The19th century ChristChurch Cathedral, at the heart of the city in                  Ernest Shackleton and Robert Scott both having set off from the port for                                                                                                                              May              4        12         66      17.27
Cathedral Square, was severely damaged during the 2011 quake.                            expeditions into the iceland to the south.                                                                                                                                                            June             3        11         70      16.52
A few streets to the west are the city’s Art Gallery and Arts Centre, the                    If you’re looking for a different kind of adventure then the main area                                                                                                                            July             2        10         66      16.57
Canterbury Museum and the Botanic Gardens.                                               for nightlife in Christchurch is by the river along Oxford Terrace. Known             3 CHRISTCHURCH GONDOLA                                                                                          August           2        12         48      17.25
    For culture of a completely different sort the 24/7 Christchurch Casino              simply as ‘The Strip’ to the locals, this is where you will find a good                Take the 500 metre ride up in the gondola for views across                                                      September        5        14         44      17.55
                                                                                                                                                                               the Pacific Ocean, the city and towards the snowy Southern                                                       October          7        17         44      19.28
is also nearby, as is the main shopping street, the pedestrianized Cashel                selection of bars and clubs. Another popular hang-out is SOL Square, the              Alps (10 Bridle Path Rd, Heathcote Valley, tel: +64 3 384 0700).
Street, and the popular Regent Street, with its selection of small shops                 hub of the area known as South of Lichfield Lane and which is only a short             When: daily 10.00–21.00. Price: $24 adult, $10 child 5–15. To                                                   November         8        19         48      20.03
and brightly coloured façades. The quaint tram, which originally started                 distance from the city centre.                                                        get there: buses 28, 35 run from outside the City Exchange.                                                     December        12        21         56      20.41

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                                                               LANCASTER PARK                        MATTER OF FACT
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Where a dynasty reigns                                                                               Stadium: AMI Stadium
                                                                                                                                                                 Leading the Crusade                                                                              Club: The Crusaders
                                                                                                     Located: Christchurch, New Zealand                                                                                                                           Formed: 1996


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      he use of Christchurch as a World Cup venue was thrown into doubt after an earthquake          Address: 30 Stevens Street, Phillipstown,
                                                                                                                                                                      peak to any taxi driver in Christchurch and you will hear at                                Located: Christchurch, New Zealand
      hit the city in 2011. The redeveloped AMI Stadium was officially opened in January 2010         Christchurch 8011                                                first hand the resentment the locals felt when Auckland was                                  Administrative address: Level One, 5 Durham Street,
      following a NZ$60 million (€34 million) upgrade to what is historically and commonly           Tel: +64 3 379 1765/0800 4 AMI STADIUM (free)                    awarded the 2011 Rugby World Cup final (and to make matters                                  Christchurch 8013
known as Lancaster Park. The renovations included the building of the 13,000-seater Deans            Email: enquiries@amistadium.co.nz                           worse both semi-finals). The Crusaders, the local Super Rugby                                     Tel: +64 3 379 8300




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Stand, commemorating Canterbury’s most famous rugby dynasty, that started with the 1905              or info@vbase.co.nz                                         franchise who incorporate seven provinces at the top of the South                                Email: info@crfu.co.nz
All Black Bob Deans, and the first European settlers in the area.                                     Website: www.amistadium.co.nz                               Island, have recently helped the area get its own back on it rivals                              Website: www.crusaders.co.nz
    The new ground was awarded five pool matches and two quarter-finals for the 2011 Rugby                                                                         from the north.




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                                                                                                     Capacity: 38,628 (45,000 for RWC 2011)
World Cup and its new capacity of 38,628 was boosted to 45,000 for the tournament by the             To get there: Route 31/32 (bus)                                 Canterbury rugby was at its lowest ebb when professionalism                                  Super Rugby records
addition of temporary seating despite a damaging earthquake in October 2010. But during the          Stands: Deans, Tui, Hadlee, PKMC                            arrived in 1996 – they had supplied just one player for the All Blacks                           Honours: Winners 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005,




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tournament the ground was due to be tagged Stadium Christchurch because of advertising                                                                           touring squad to France and Italy the previous year – and it was no                              2006, 2008




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restrictions.                                                                                        Stadium tours                                               surprise when they finished bottom in first Super 12 with just two wins.                           Best finish: First 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005,
    Called Jade Stadium from 1998 to 2007, the venue which also hosts international cricket, was     Open: By arrangement only, no tours a week before               A root-and-branch review and some aggressive player recruitment saw the side, based at       2006, 2008
the scene of Don ‘The Boot’ Clarke’s famous 60-metre goal that gave the All Blacks a last-gasp 9-6   an event. Community tours free (schools etc, max 25)        the old Lancaster Park, now the AMI Stadium, come sixth the next year before winning the         Record: P 196, W 131, L 59, D 6




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win over Mike Weston’s English tourists in 1963. Prior to that Lancaster Park had staged the first    Corporate tours NZ$60 (1–25), NZ$120 (25–50)                Super 12 in 1998. That win set up a period of unprecedented dominance based on players such      Most appearances: 129 Reuben Thorne (1997–2008)
All Blacks game in New Zealand when they took on New South Wales in 1894.                            Tel: +64 3 379 1765                                         as Andrew Mehrtens, Reuben Thorne, Justin Marshall and Caleb Ralph.                              Most points: 1,078 Dan Carter (2003– )




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                                                                                                     Email: joanne.mcmaster@amistadium.co.nz                         The smooth emergence of global superstars such as Dan Carter and Richie McCaw                Biggest win: 96-19 v Waratahs, 2002
Below: An upgrade on the stadium was completed in 2010 before an earthquake devastated the city.                                                                                                                                                                  Biggest defeat: 52-16 v Reds, 1996
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                                                                                                     First match: England v Colonies 1882                        themselves as the two leading figures in All Black rugby. Wayne Smith, who went on to coach
                                                                                                     First Test: New Zealand 5 Australia 16, 1913                Northampton and the All Blacks, kick-started the upturn in fortunes when he took over from       Ground: AMI Stadium




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                                                                                                     Tests hosted: 50                                            Vance Stewart in September 1996. Robbie Deans carried on his work when he took over in           Address: 30 Stevens Street, Phillipstown,
                                                                                                     New Zealand record: P 48, W 39, L 9, D 0                    2000 to become the most successful coach in Super Rugby history.                                 Christchurch 8011




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                                                                                                     Bars in ground: Not named                                                                                                                                    To get there: Route 31/32 (bus)
                                                                                                                                                                 14 players in the New Zealand side who took on Ireland in 2002. Auckland’s Doug Howlett was
                                                                                                     Bars nearby: Stadium Sports Bar & Bistro                                                                                                                     Stands: Deans, Tui, Hadlee, PKMC
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                                                                                                     (77–79 Stevens Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch
                                                                                                     8011, +64 3 374 4142); The Embankment Tavern                                                                                                                 Bars in ground: See opposite




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                                                                                                     (181 Ferry Road, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8011,                                                                                                            Bars nearby: See opposite
                                                                                                     +64 3 379 3760); The Twisted Hop (6 Poplar Street,
                                                                                                     Poplar Lanes, Christchurch 8011, +64 3 962 3688,                                                                                                             Legends




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                                                                                                     www.thetwistedhop.co.nz); Fitzgerald Arms Tavern            Below: North Island v South Island clash as the Crusaders (in red) take on the Hurricanes.       Todd Blackadder: Became the first player to lift the
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                                                                                                     +64 3 963 1766, www.thefitztuiclubrooms.co.nz)                                                                                                                captaining the Crusaders in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
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                                                                                                     Finally… The old Lancaster Park faced financial                                                                                                               with Scotland. Appointed Crusaders coach in 2008.
                                                                                                     problems in World War I. The solution was to plough up                                                                                                       Richie McCaw: All Black captain and flanker who led




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                                                                                                     the pitch and use it as a potato field to raise revenue.                                                                                                      the Crusaders to Super 14 titles in 2005, 2006 and
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Year twice when taking the honour in 2006 and 2009.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  X Change, made famous by cricketer Jesse Ryder who
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  get into the toilet. Also a favourite post-match hang-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  out for Crusaders players.




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