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New Zealand to bid for the 2011 World Champs!

ITFNZ Taekwon-Do plans to bid to host the 2011 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand!

New Zealand is a beautiful country with a strong, stable economy.

Strong organising, marketing, financial and media skills are a key part of New Zealand’s bid.

The location and venues are equal to the best in the world.

Cost-reducing initiatives will be offered to competitors, officials and ITF representatives.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships – Auckland 2011.

Our Vision

To share the beauty of Taekwon-Do in New Zealand. Picture this:

As hosts of the 2011 World Taekwon-Do Championships, New Zealand extends a very warm welcome to teams from throughout the world.

The event opens with a powerful and unique “New Zealand Maori Haka”, inviting and challenging the teams from throughout the world to this great competition.

Each team member is presented with a Maori pendant to symbolize the friendship and extend New Zealand’s welcome to the world.

Each team is allocated a local guide, who assists the team manager to organize their stay while in New Zealand. This local guide meets the team at the airport and stays with them at their accommodation. This person accesses all the information needs of the team.

We are committed to helping International officials and congress representatives participate in this great event. To assist them we arrange free accommodation and dining. In addition we offer the special gift of a subsidised unique holiday option after the event.

The local New Zealand organising team uses the existing expertise of international event managers to ensure the high standard of every component of the planned event.

The local media team presents the results over the Internet as well as online streaming of digital video footage of the day’s action. While at the event, spectators and teams watch the ring action on several large video screens around the Stadium.

A wireless information network enables results to be shared between rings and the central media unit, enabling fast capture, collation and presentation.

Medals and awards have a unique New Zealand cultural design to represent this groundbreaking occasion.

Team members and supporters are invited to book a tour of New Zealand after the event, at very competitive prices. Options include "New Zealand adventures", "relaxing comfort", and "see the sights".

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for ITF nations to share in the beauty of New Zealand and Taekwon-Do. You have New Zealand’s pledge of friendship, if given the opportunity; we will help you discover a unique experience like never before.

Auckland, City of Sails

Ranked one of the best places in the world to live; ITFNZ’s strongest Taekwon-Do centre.

Auckland’s population is approximately 1.3 million, making it by far the largest city in New Zealand.

Auckland is accessible from anywhere in the world. There are direct flights from most major airports and there are a number of airlines to choose from.

Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping – you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland. Auckland’s blend of islands, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment creates an unbelievable lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world.

Auckland is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, with the cosmopolitan city centre complemented by great escapes within half an hour of downtown. Indulge in Auckland's shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine and experience some of the many attractions and adventure activities on offer. Whatever your interests, you'll never be short of things to do in the City of Sails.

Visiting New Zealand

New Zealand’s spectacular and varied natural environment, as well as its friendly and adventurous people, provides excellent opportunities to participate in a huge range of sightseeing, cultural, and outdoor activities.

New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you. And the great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other!

After the completion of the World Championships visitors will have the amazing opportunity to explore this beautiful country.

New Zealand is a very attractive and affordable destination.

Due to a very attractive exchange rate, teams from Europe, Great Britain, the USA and many others will enjoy outstanding value for money.

This won’t just be another European Tournament. This will be an unique event to delight your thirst for adventure.

From thrilling bungy jumps to gentle hikes through scenic native bush, New Zealand offers a huge range of outdoor activities.

A water-lover’s paradise, New Zealand’s beaches, lakes and rivers provide some of the most exciting kayaking, surfing, jet boating, fishing and sailing in the world.

Spectacular geysers, beautifully maintained gardens, zoos, casinos, and excellent boutique wineries are just some of the attractions you can enjoy in New Zealand.

New Zealand has an increasingly lively and multicultural arts scene. As well as enjoying the unique Maori culture, you can check out a variety of museums, art galleries, theatre, music, and dance.

New Zealand has a comprehensive network of Visitor Information Centres, readily available guide books, and a fascinating variety of tours available for groups and independent travelers.

New Zealand provides a huge range of sporting and educational institutions. There’s also a wide selection of wonderfully romantic wedding venues and first-rate conference facilities.

New Zealand has fascinating native wildlife, including kiwi, tuatara, rare dolphins, penguins, and a huge range of native birds.

Hot air ballooning, skydiving, parapenting and gliding are all popular activities in New Zealand. There is also a huge range of flightseeing opportunities.

The venue

Auckland city's newest stadium is the venue we plan to capture for the World Championships. Right in the heart of Auckland city, close to hotels, cafes, bars and the beautiful waterfront, the Vector Arena opened March 2007.



Facts about
New Zealand

Visit 100% Pure New Zealand

Geography: between latitudes 34 deg S and 47 deg S, the antipodes of Spain
two main islands (North and South) covering 266,200sq km (slightly larger than Great

Population: 4 million people, majority British descent
Maori comprise about 14% of the population
independent nation and member of British Commonwealth

Capital city: Wellington, population 0.5m

Largest city: Auckland, population 1.3m

Official languages:
English (most widely spoken), Maori (official, but not widely spoken) and sign language

New Zealand dollar (NZD) of 100 cents, approx 0.7 US dollars, approx 0.5 Euros.

Subtropical, average daily maximum and minimum in Auckland: Summer Dec - Feb, 12 -
24 deg C (maximum between 20 - 30 deg C), Winter Jun - Aug, 9 to 15 deg C

On the left
International licences valid 12 months

Auckland to Wellington is 658km, 9:15hrs drive, 45mins flight
Auckland to Queenstown, 3hrs flight

Drinking water: tap water is fresh and safe to drink

Time difference, approx GMT + 12 hours - one of the first nations to see the sun!

Electricity, 230 / 240 volts (50 hertz)


International Taekwon-Do Foundation of New Zealand