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“A day with mum”

New Zealand Rugby Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The sport that shaped a nation.How did rugby come to play such an important role in the culture and heritage of New Zealand, and why are the All Blacks so good? Our Balls, Bullets and Boots Exhibition opens on 22nd August - Rugby Remembers WW1. Explore the rich history and folklore of the nation's game, see some of the world's rarest rugby artefacts, and learn about some of our rugby greats. You can get active by testing your rugby skills in the dedicated "Have A Go" area and measure yourself against the best.
Adelaide, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“A day with mum”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

You'll be rewarded with a trip back in time exploring the rich history and folklore of the nation's mighty game with an unmasking of its rugby heroes and legends. Get a feel for the real New Zealand by learning how its rich rugby heritage has shaped and been shaped by our country.

Visited February 2012
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Langley, British Columbia
2 reviews
“NZ Rugby museum is a must see!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Not far from New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, lies one of NZ's
best Museums. The New Zealand Rugby Museum, in Palmerston North, is a
two hour, lovely scenic bus ride from Wellington.
One is quite impressed with the many vintage displays, tracing the roots
of the game of rugby in NZ back to the 1870's. As one walks through the
many exhibits, one for each decade from 1880's to the present 2011 World
Cup Team, one finds jerseys, caps, photographs, cards and more of
various All Black teams.
A rare Rugby XV display highlights a 1905 "Original" All Black jersey
worn by Jimmy Hunter and a Kiwi bird, the official mascot of the 1924-25
"Invincibles" All Blacks. They also display a whistle from 1905 England
- NZ match and coin. Films of the 1905 and 1924 teams can be seen, along
with the 1930 All Black team vs Great Britain.
The museum is well laid out and is progressive in nature, with each
decade highlighting major tours, international teams and events. Two
"All White" All Black jerseys are on display from 1930 and 1975. Kids
can even try their Rugby skills, in the netted area at the back.
I found the staff to be very friendly and knowledgeable. This museum is
a great place to meet old friends and make new ones.
My wife Ingrid and I enjoyed visiting the NZ Rugby Museum very much and
wish we had more time there. I do recommend visiting this museum to all
who visit New Zealand and Palmerston North.
One can not fully appreciate New Zealand or it's people until they
ponder their past and embrace the spirit of their national game, RUGBY!
To paraphrase the words of the late Sir Terry McLean (NZ Herald's senior
sports writer) of years past, "Don't miss the bus!" or "Simply move your
deck chair". That is if you are coming from a Cruise!
by Ian Stevenson
visited NZ October, 2012
Cruised with Ms Oosterdam from Vancouver BC

Visited October 2012
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“Friendly staff”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

Everything is extremely well displayed. I particularly liked the displays were by pressing a button the item being discussed lit up. The staff member on duty was very friendly and helpful.

Visited November 2012
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24 reviews
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“Our History”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Loved visiting this museum although it took me 5 years to get. there after shifting to the town. This is a must see for all rugby fans and non fans alike. Makes you proud to be a kiwi

Visited November 2012
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Te Puke, New Zealand
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“a must for all NZ rugby fans...”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

does what it says on the tin - a museum of NZ Rugby. Nice new additions keep the kids busy after they have hastily gone round and seen all the shirts. Enough to keep Dads and Grandads busy for a couple of hours so worth visiting with someone less interested who can take the kids back downstairs to the Manawatu river display or the play area...

Visited October 2011
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