I am excited to tell you that I am off to New Zealand at the invitation of Qantas on a Qantas Australian Wallabies supporters tour called The Great Crusade. New Zealand is hosting the four-yearly Rugby World Cup, the biggest sports event in the world in 2011.
I will be travelling in a convoy of 20+ luxury campervans (what is a collection of campervans actually called? convoy?caravan? swarm? pandemonium? confusion?) for two weeks from late September soaking in the best of New Zealand while cheering on the Wallabies in their endeavour to win the World Championship trophy.
Most of the convoy won their journey with clever and entertaining videos showing their support for the Wallabies. Check out The Great Crusade website for the winning entries and also the ongoing saga of fictional Toby Withers. Daily episodes, directed by Gregor Jordan (director of feature films such as Two Hands) will be filmed from The Great Crusade around Toby's quest to understand rugby and experience New Zealand (all shown on the website).
Flying with Qantas to Wellington and with a chance to experience both islands, there is lots of quintessential Kiwi entertainment in store including quad biking, bungy jumping, wine tasting in the Marlborough region, whale watching in Kaikoura, the travel wonders of Wellington, the natural beauty of New Zealand along with many other highlights. I will blog about these and add tweets using the hashtag #greatcrusade in the coming weeks as the tour unfolds.
I am really looking forward to exploring New Zealand in convoy with a bunch of enthusiastic folks all while supporting the Australian Wallabies.