Codes of Auckland

The “Codes of Auckland” event will kick off with the Vodafone Warriors facing beaten NRL grand finalists the Canberra Raiders at 5pm followed by the Blues taking on Super Rugby semi-finalists the Brumbies at 7.35pm.

The mouth-watering back-to-back games will not only bring the NRL and Super Rugby competitions together on the same day and stage, but it will also pit Auckland’s two oval ball clubs against their Australian capital counterparts.

Auckland, New Zealand is the perfect mix of city sophistication and a stunning natural playground. World-class shopping and phenomenal dining is never too far from beautiful scenery that includes harbours and islands, volcanic cones, native bush and black-sand beaches. At the heart of it all is New Zealand’s unique Māori culture.

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A panoramic image from above of Auckland, with the Sky Tower and CBD visible across Waitemata Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner said the innovative event would give sports fans a special incentive to be at the stadium on March 21 next year.“New Zealand’s national stadium was built for crowds of all sizes and demographics so an opportunity to host fans of both the Blues and the Vodafone Warriors in our 116-year old home is inspiring. We look forward to showcasing the stadium’s diversity and providing Kiwis with another great reason to visit Eden Park,” he said.

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Q and A with James Parsons

I know I’m in Auckland when I’m…

on Takapuna Beach.


The best thing I’ve discovered in Auckland is…

Jam Café in Takapuna.


When I want to show Auckland off to my friends from out of town I…

Take them to the top of Mount Victoria or the North Head.


When friends visit, where do you take them for dinner

I really enjoy Tokyo Bay in Taka, it’s got a great setting and great service, plus the food is top notch.


My local is…

The Northcote Tavern.


My most memorable food experience in Auckland was…

It was actually just the other week at Cassina with Patrick Tuipulotu and Josh Blackie. The food was unbelievable.


In my spare time you’ll find me…

Walking the dog with my wife along Takapuna beach.


The one thing I hope never changes in Auckland is…

Just Auckland itself. I love this place.