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7 City Hosts of the New Zealand FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015

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Where will the U-20 world cup take you?

FIFA’s second largest tournament is coming to New Zealand! We will host the 52 games of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 across seven stunning cities that each have their own character, history and hidden gems.

The New Zealand game spirit high as ever! After a successful Rugby World Cup in 2011 and Cricket World Cup in 2014, the atmosphere is expected to be buzzing.

Get to know the seven city hosts of the tournament in our quick introduction below. For a more in-depth guide, don’t forget to check out our article: Make the most of the New Zealand FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015.

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1. Auckland

The walk between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea only takes a measly four hours on the Coast-to-Coast Walk. Find out more things to do in Auckland Region – Guide for Backpackers.

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2. Dunedin

Dunedin is famous for its wildlife encounters on the Otago Peninsula, as well as its gotic architecture. Find out more things to do in Dunedin – Guide For Backpackers.

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3. Whangarei

A short drive from Whangarei leads you to the Whangarei Falls, which is often referred as the “most photogenic waterfall in New Zealand”.

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4. New Plymouth

New Plymouth is the closest city to the Egmont National Park, a perfectly circular reserve as seen from above. Find out more in New Plymouth – Guide for Backpackers

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5. Christchurch

The city is the world’s gateway to the Arctic, with a research centre from many different countries like the US, Italy and, of course, New Zealand. Most Arctic exploration missions leave from Christchurch. For more things to do, check out Christchurch City – Guide for Backpackers.

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6. Hamilton

Hamilton is the core of the Waikato region steeped in Maori history. In the city, the best way to learn more is in the Waikato Museum. Additionally, Hamilton makes a great base for road trips to Hobbiton, Raglan and Waitomo. Find out more in Hamilton – Guide for Backpackers

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7. Wellington

The southernmost capital of the world hides many Lord of the Rings locations in its surroundings, as well as being the home of the world famous Weta Studio that created the digital effects for both Tolkien trilogies amongst many other blockbuster movies. Find out more in Wellington City – Guide for Backpackers.

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