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Auckland, here we come!

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In April 2017, the Tassie Old Devils will be travelling across the ditch to defend the title they won in Torino in 2013. I have converted an old hockey website into a general website for the Tassie Old Devils so I can blog before and during the event.

As an Auckland native, albeit one that hasn't lived there for 16 years, I thought I'd put together a few blogs about the city, the venue, hydration stops, tourist activities and anything else I can think of to assist those people that may be planning add-on activities around the event.

This is not a closed website, so if anyone wants to pass on this website to teams and people from overseas, go for it. The more the merrier.

The first article that I have put together focuses on the venue, the North Harbour Hockey Stadium. I will be adding photos to the article in the near future, if it ever stops raining in this damn town :-(

The next one will focus on the accommodation and the surrounding places of interest (in hockey speak, pubs!)

I am happy to take requests from people for things they would like to know about. I have a few planned, including: -

  • Kelly Tarltons Underwater World (NZ's # 1 tourist attraction)
  • Hobbiton
  • Rotorua
  • Puhoi (historical town just north of the ground with a fantastic pub)
  • History of Auckland
  • Public transport

Feel free to start a discussion at the bottom of any of the blogs.

Author Info
Mark Matheson
Chief Bottle Washer
Mark is the former President of the Sydney Masters Hockey Association and is a current NSW manager in the Over 40's age group. When he is not working in the hockey community, Mark runs an IT Consultancy offering IT Management and business process change services.