What a week, and what a climax to the tournament! The action on the pitch has been set against an incredible party atmosphere off it.
After dusting off the cobwebs from the previous weekend, we drove north to the Bay of Islands. Swapping the comfort of our campervan for a yacht for a few days' sailing, we explored the wonderful islands from another mobile home.
We were treated to decent weather and two separate sightings of Killer Whales, majestic creatures who are apparently rare to see, especially so close up.
After a relaxing week we returned to Auckland, staying in the familiar and friendly Westhaven Marina campervan park. Auckland was teeming with travelling fans, and the party atmosphere was in full swing. Our favourite destination was the Viaduct area around the marina, with every bar packed to the rafters with vociferous rugby supporters.
The end of the tournament sadly marks the end of our own trip here in New Zealand. We have had a simply incredible time. Being able to set our own itinerary with the campervan has given us the freedom to roam wherever we wanted, and with so much to see and do the only challenge has been to fit everything in. We have given it our best attempt, and driven over 5,000 of kilometres, from the southern tip of the South Island, right up to the northern corner of the North Island.
Waiting to board a long flight back to the other side of the world gives us time to reflect on a simply wonderful adventure. Thanks to our cosy home for the past 6 weeks, and thanks to New Zealand for providing an incredible host country.