What to buy now Rugby, history, and movie magic: Tourism NZ kicks off 2021 with a trio of new experiences By TTG Asia / Posted on 11 January, 2021 17:56 For travellers who have dreamt of “hobnobbing” with rugby legends, reliving the journey of New Zealand’s first discoverer, or getting lost in the fantastical world of cinematic magic, a trio of new experiences launched by Tourism New Zealand for 2021 is set to spark their wanderlust. At the All Blacks Experience, visitors can join the All Blacks legends in a Haka All Blacks Experience: Pay homage to the world’s rugby legends Located at Auckland’s SkyCity, the All Blacks Experience will appeal to visitors who have always wondered what it takes to be the world’s greatest rugby players. Featuring four interactive hands-on zones, visitors can test their rugby skills and discover if they are born to kick, pass and train like the legends of the All Blacks, Blacks Ferns, and others who wore the reputable black jersey. For rugby fans who’ve always wondered how it feels to be on the receiving end of the iconic Haka, watching the All Blacks perform right before one’s eyes is the ultimate way to feel the passion of these rugby greats and appreciate the role that this traditional war dance plays in mentally and physically preparing the team as they go into battle on the rugby field. Manea Footprints of Kupe: Explore the history of Aotearoa Twenty years in the making, Manea Footprints of Kupe, an interactive Cultural, Heritage, Tourism and Education Centre, immerses visitors in the history of New Zealand or Aotearoa. The attraction is housed in Opononi, Hokianga, which is the place Kupe, the country’s first discoverer, called home for four decades. Manea aims to communicate Kupe’s journeys across New Zealand, as well as the Māori story. Through a 75-minute interactive guided tour led by Kupe’s descendants, history lovers will be exposed to an authentic cultural engagement that includes protocols, pōwhiri (welcome ceremony), storytelling, waiata (song) and karakia (prayers). A 20-minute 4D movie and live theatre performance that bring to life Kupe’s journeys wrap up the cultural jaunt. Weta Workshop Unleashed: Explore film-making and celebrate creativity Weta Workshop Unleashed is a visual feast that invites guests of all ages to step into a fantastical film effects facility, inspired by Wellington’s Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop. Located at Federal Street in Auckland, this attraction is not for the faint-hearted. Think resident creatures, one hyper realistic giant and a galactic robot. A 90-minute guided tour led by the Unleashed crew promises to take visitors into the worlds of three original movie projects of the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres. This newest attraction is a celebration of creativity and making – from conceptual design to creature sculpting, weapons-making to world-building, and everything else in between.