Rugby World Cup 2015: 7 Places New Zealand Fans Can Watch The Game In Auckland

New Zealand fans of the Rugby World Cup will be disappointed to know that the Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development (ATEED) council was final on their decision of foregoing a public screening of the All Blacks-Wallabies showdown.

ATEED chief executive Brett O’Riley explained that the main reason there were not any areas set up for public screening — like the 2011 Rugby World Cup, or the 2015 Cricket World Cup — was that Auckland was not a host city.

“These two events brought visitors to the region and generated millions of dollars into Auckland’s economy, proving rationale to spend ratepayer funds to provide activity throughout the city — including four fanzones (North Shore, West Auckland, South Auckland, The Cloud) which broadcast the games,” he said. “This is not the case for RWC 2015.”

So what are Kiwi fans to do? Head on over to the nearest pub that airs the game, of course. Which pubs will show the Rugby World Cup, you ask? Well, we’ve got you covered on that.

Here are 7 great spots to watch the Rugby World Cup in Auckland:

1. The Flying Moa

Photo from The Flying Moa.

Photo from The Flying Moa.

http://www.flyingmoapub.co.nz

Located in the heart of Lunn Ave. in Mt. Wellington, The Flying Moa boasts several types of function rooms to cater to your viewing pleasure. They have an ongoing breakfast promo for the RWC with tables of 10 available at $25pp which includes breakfast and a breakfast cocktail.

2. The Paddington

Photo from Yellow.

Photo from Yellow.

http://www.thepaddington.co.nz

Saturdays are The Paddington’s usual live sports day, but the restobar also offers different promos for each day of the week. The Paddington is 5 minutes from Vector Arena, and regardless as to what time of the day (or week) you decide to drop by — whether for the RWC or otherwise — this place has got you covered.

3. The Fox

Photo from The Fox.

Photo from The Fox.

http://www.thefox.co.nz/

This sports bar and restaurant boasts spacious venues featuring huge screens for your viewing pleasure. While it specializes in live sports viewing, non-sports fans can also take a dig at their diverse menu and great selection of beers.

4. The Backyard

Photo from The Backyard.

Photo from The Backyard.

http://www.thebackyard.co.nz

The Backyard showcases quite the variety of sports — ranging from Formula 1 to the NBA — so you’re sure to catch the Rugby finals on its big screens. It also offers indoor and outdoor venues; hang by the The Backyard’s poolside and take a dip if you fancy a swim — just make sure you’re sober enough to wade in the water.

5. O’Hagan’s

Photo from O'Hagan's.

Photo from O’Hagan’s.

http://ohagans.co.nz/

O’Hagan’s offers a taste of the Irish on the waterfront in Auckland. For the World Cup, the pub will be opening 1 hour prior to kick off for each match. They’ll also be offering a full buffet breakfast in time for the matches, as well as coffee and access to the bar should you crave an Irish pint.

6. The Elephant Wrestler

Photo from The Elephant Wrestler.

Photo from The Elephant Wrestler.

http://www.elephantwrestler.co.nz

Major rugby matches are always covered at The Elephant Wrestler, so naturally, the World Cup is no exception. The place will be offering a full breakfast menu for games as well, ensuring that you will be able to drink and eat to your heart’s content whilst showing support for your team.

7. The Riverhead

Photo from The Riverhead.

Photo from The Riverhead.

http://www.theriverhead.co.nz/

Known to be New Zealand’s oldest riverside tavern, The Riverhead offers several functions, whether it be for casual dining, wedding events, corporate functions, or the classic Kiwi bar experience. Viewing the RWC will be a breeze with the bar’s big screens accompanied by smooth beer and hearty meals.

Where do you plan on catching the Rugby World Cup? Let us know in the comments below!

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