And the All Blacks are trumps. A great, albeit edge-of-the seat, final against France. Indeed a night to remember – not to mention the relief at final whistle blow. Score 8-7 to the ABs. Captain Richie McCaw deservedly made it to the rugby role of greats and coach Graham Henry came close to cracking a smile. The French players also put on a magnificent performance. with their skipper, Thierry Dusautoir, announced `man of the match.’ They will depart New Zealand with heads held high and, hopefully not too disappointed. The game against Australia the previous week was also a corker. The number of blood noses was amazing. Overall, the ABs thoroughly deserved to carry off the RWC cup and New Zealand, particularly Aucklanders, will be remembered as remarkable hosts. Life will grind on with a semblance of normality this week. But don’t forget to pop on down to Wynyard Quarter and get your ticket to ride the Dockline Tram. Enjoy the summer timetable and balmy evenings.
Visit Waterfrontauckland.co.nz and click on view draft plan to have your say on a proposed exciting future. Amongst the many proposals trams will go to Britomart and St Helliers and a cycle/walkway will continue along a stretch of the waterfront quay to Tamaki. This is where it is all going to happen for a brighter Auckland.
When around the Wynyard Quarter tram route, take time out at the tram storage barn (shed) in Daldy Street. And don’t forget your camera – you’ll soon see why. The doors and two walls are magnificently adorned with photo murals of the former Auckland tramways. The photographs were taken by New Zealand tramway devotee, Graham Stewart. Stewart was a one-time chief photographer at the nearby New Zealand Herald. During his leisure time he photographed every tramway system in the country and has produced several great books on the subject. But he is mystified how his old film negatives could be reproduced so large on the tram barn. They are, indeed, superb.
Get on down to the new RWC Fanzone at Wynyard Quarter to watch the games this weekend. A short, pleasant, walk along Viaduct Basin, the zone is at the corner of Madden and Beaumont Streets. A large screen is accompanied by two tents, toilets, and food vendors. Jellicoe Street will be closed for cars for the weekend from 10am Saturday. Dockline trams will be running, so this is a great opportunity to buy a ticket to ride.
The Fanzone will remain until the grand final on October 23.
Explore New Zealand website is worth scrutiny. Check out a new page gloriously featuring Dockline Tram. Scroll down the page and discover some not-to-be-missed rail journeys.
Glide around on the Dockline Tram in style. Enjoy drinks and canapes. Both trams now have a liquor licence for evening functions. No. 257 has fairy lights and looks a treat alongside Lighter Quay. Functions typically run for an hour, an ideal start for a bigger evening celebrating or before settling down to one of the RWC semi-finals. Make a booking with Dockline Tram and climb aboard to meet your smiling tram hosts.