In case you hadn't heard, the 2011 Rugby World Cup is being held here in New Zealand. New Zealand has been preparing for this event for the last few years and with great excitement and anticipation the event opened on Friday. It has been great to see people preparing for the games with flags of the various nations on buildings, cars and even people's faces. Part of the opening ceremony was an impressive firework display from barges in the harbour and a number of buildings in the city. I headed up Mount Hobson to get a few shots along with a few hundred other people! The atmosphere was great. People just keen to have a good time. Very friendly and great fun. I just hope this continues throughout the event.
With the fireworks over we enjoyed searchlights streaking light through the smoke from the hundreds and thousands of fireworks that made up the display. Quite amazing how much money is spent on the fireworks and how quickly the show is over. Anyway, VERY impressive and I think everyone enjoyed the show.
The match on the opening night? New Zealand vs Tonga. The winners? New Zealand's All Blacks of course ;-)