Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
It took a while, but it seems Rugby World Cup fever has finally hit Australia, with a dramatic upsurge in visitor numbers expected, according to a major accommodation supplier.

After some early concerns, the Wallabies Tri Nations win - including their surprise victory over the All Blacks in Brisbane last week - has prompted increased demand for short term Rugby World Cup accommodation.

It seems the run of good form has galvanised Australian supporters, persuading them to make last minute travel and accommodation arrangements in New Zealand.

Australians seem to be be eschewing traditional accommodation like hotels, which have been accused of `price gouging', in favour of rooms in private homes offered by enterprising Kiwis.

One of the biggest rental accommodation websites, www.stayinnz.com, has reported a near three fold increase in rental enquiries from Australia in the last fortnight, coinciding with the Wallabies upsurge in form.

"We have been inundated,'' says Stay In NZ Director Hugh Calveley. "In the last two weeks enquiries have almost tripled from Australia. Fans seems to be excited at the prospect of Wallaby success and it is no longer such a leap of faith.''

Calveley's site is the biggest of its kind, with over 800 houses listed and already almost 200 rented. He estimates that over 30 percent of those rentals are by Australians.

Calveley says the traffic has been steadily building over the last year, especially with all of the adverse publicity around hotel pricing allied with the predicted shortage of accommodation during peak times at the World Cup.

Enterprising Kiwis are opening their homes, and even offering additional services like breakfasts, airport pickups, guided trips around their cities or towns and use of their cars.

There is also greater flexibility than usually available with hotels, and given the suburban nature most of New Zealand cities, most of the stadiums are surrounded by houses and further away from hotels.

As an example, Calveley says his site currently has over 120 homes within two kilometres of Auckland's Eden Park, which will host 11 games during the tournament, including two quarter finals, both semi finals and the final. He adds that there are even houses available within 100 metres of Eden Park.

He adds that there has been interest from all over the globe; though it is not surprising that Australians have been quickest to take up the home rental options, given the common culture that both countries share.

The World Cup starts on Friday 9th September, but Calveley expects the ever-increasing demand will continue to rise throughout the tournament.

"On Friday, we had two families renting out a three bedroom house for three weeks, while another couple have rented a two bedroom villa less than one kilometre from Eden Park, with a view of the stadium from the balcony."

Other websites and accommodation providers are reporting similar surges in interest from Australia.


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StayInNZ.com lists rental properties specifically for Rugby World Cup Accommodation. New Zealand accommodation - houses, rooms and baches - can be listed as RWC accommodation until the end of November for a one off fee of $79. Rugby World Cup visitors browse properties and can get in touch directly with rental property owners and book their accommodation for the games.
Hugh Calveley
P: +64 21 435 850
W: www.stayinnz.com


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