Did you know that participation in sports for children and adolescents results in numerous physical, physiological, and social development benefits?

Academic Donna Merkel published in the Sports Medicine Journal (2013) that the benefits of participating in sport are vast and have been proven to cause a “reduction in the chances of developing lifestyle illnesses, a greater likelihood of reaching higher academic goals, and an increase in social intelligence.”

In fact, there are almost as many research papers (and evidence!) as there are sports (let alone the number of sporting teams!), out there that overwhelmingly agree with Merkel to confirm that student participation in sport is extremely valuable for development and learning.


At Haka Educational Tours we love sports!

As a team, we have combined experience participating in a large range of sports – from rugby to skiing, running to snowboarding, hockey to netball – and almost everything in between! We all have first-hand experience in sports, and are passionate about ensuring youth from each and every background get to experience the fun and friendship that comes as part of playing sport.

In fact, we are so passionate about student sport participation that we are considered specialists in running sport-specific tours for students!

At every chance we get, we work to ensure that there are plenty of active and exciting activities included on our tours – from organising sports matches between our touring students and local clubs, to offering scenic hikes on our cultural and geographical tours!

We fully understand that it is important that all students on our tours feel inspired and encouraged to be active and involved in physical sporting opportunities.


Sharing our passion for sport, student development and fun is the New Zealand-based Global Games organisation. Global Games, created by visionary Tyrone Campbell, strives to achieve their mission of providing great experiences for those involved in sporting events, with a focus on youth in sport.

To show our support, we have recently partnered with Global Games, so together, we can encourage and support more students to play sport, make friends and have fun!

Read about our involvement with Global Games here.

Young athletes competing in the Global Games rugby tournament with Haka Educational Tours!

Young athletes competing in the Global Games rugby tournament with Haka Educational Tours!


From the 21st to the 23rd of September, the Haka Educational Tours team were proud to support the Global Games NZ Junior Rugby Tournament held in Taupo. This tournament saw 92 teams of boys and girls, across 5 grades, compete in a competitive, but friendly environment over the weekend.

Haka Educational Tours were very proud to be supporting all teams, especially the Ohoka U12’s team, who travelled with us on this very special rugby tour.


The next upcoming Global Games NZ Junior Rugby Tournament will be held in Queenstown, over the weekend of the 29th of September to the 1st of October.

We are very proud to be supporting the U10 team from Saracens Rugby Club who will be playing at this event. It has been our pleasure to assist in organising the tour for the team and wish them good luck with their matches!

Read more about the New Zealand Junior Rugby Festival

Read more about the New Zealand Junior Rugby Festival


In addition to the Global Games tours, Haka Educational Tours are also stoked to run bespoke tours for schools and teams interested in rugby tours to NZ, Australia, Japan and beyond! With a large network of teams and schools across the world, we can organise and arrange challenging and enjoyable sports tours for all ages and abilities!

Previous successful tours include the Peterhouse Boys School from Zimbabwe, who toured New Zealand in 2016 and won all FOUR of their matches! It was such a pleasure to host the boys, and you can read all about their tour here.

This year, in 2017, we have been proud to host numerous rugby tours throughout New Zealand, including both domestic and international teams. It has been our pleasure to host teams from Australia and beyond!

Coming in to 2018, we are very keen to welcome our first ever all girl’s rugby team who will be travelling all the way from Canada, and we can’t wait to show them what New Zealand has to offer!

You can keep up to date with all of our tours by following our live tour updates page, Facebook and Instagram.

Haka Educational Tours include vast opportunities to enhance your rugby skills that might help you become the next All Black!

Haka SportsTours include vast opportunities to enhance your rugby skills that might help you become the next All Black!


Keen rugby fans ourselves, the Haka Educational Tours team are looking forward to the upcoming Rugby World Cup being held in Japan in 2019!

The Haka Educational Tours team are proud to be offering special Rugby World Cup packages to Japan, as we know this will be an event not to miss!

Not only will students get the opportunity to see the very best of sporting’s greatest battle it out on the rugby field, but they will be spoilt with opportunities to indulge in the wonders of the ancient and ultra-modern highlights of Japanese culture, history and, who could forget – the cuisine!

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan – the first time the tournament has been in Asia!

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan – the first time the tournament has been in Asia!


We can take care of every single component required to run a sports tour so you can focus on the matches!

Just through booking with us you will automatically receive:

  • A dedicated Tour Manager offering unconditional support
  • A stress-free lead in to the customised tour of a lifetime
  • A tour that has both safety and fun as the top priorities!
  • Exceptional value for money

Inclusions we can also offer:

  • Domestic & International travel arrangements
  • Accommodation – from hostel through to 3-4* hotels
  • Billeting with host families
  • Meals – breakfasts, lunches, dinners
  • Extra activities
  • Sports fixtures across any code to match team ability/strengths – anything from 1st XV rugby through to club level/development cricket, school hockey tours to basketball tournaments!
  • High performance training camps with world class coaches at world class venues
  • Custom-designed memorabilia kit
  • A Haka Educational Tours goodie bag
  • Plus so much more!


If you know a teacher, university, class, or sporting team who are interested in a sports or rugby tour – make sure to encourage them to contact us today!

Click here to get in touch with one of our sports tour experts!

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