Is this the most beautiful football field in the world? Kiwis create a stunning ground at the foot of the country’s famous mountains as Women’s World Cup nears
- Video from Tourism New Zealand displays incredible scenery
- Taken at Mt Cook National Park at Aoraki on the South Island
- Released ahead of Women’s World Cup, co-hosting with Australia
New Zealand is famed for its breathtaking scenery – and a recent promotional video ahead of the Women’s World Cup hasn’t disappointed.
Tourism New Zealand released the clip showcasing a junior girls game at Aoraki on the South Island – and the surroundings – from the picturesque Mt Cook National Park – will take some beating.
The football pitch took more than six weeks to create, with a groundskeeper tirelessly flattening, mowing and seeding the pitch every four days.
Girls from Timaru’s West End AFC, Twizel Area School and Arowhenua School took part in the match of a lifetime, which was refereed by New Zealand Football national referee development manager Lindsey Robinson.
Tourism New Zealand chief executive René de Monchy said the FIFA Women’s World Cup was a ‘significant opportunity’ to promote Aotearoa as a destination to an international audience.
New Zealand is famed for its breathtaking scenery – and a recent promotional video ahead of the Women’s World Cup will leave people in awe (pictured from left, Football Ferns players Katie Bowen and Emma Rolston)
The surroundings at Mt Cook National Park at Aoraki on New Zealand’s South Island will take some beating
Local girls from Timaru’s West End AFC, Twizel Area School and Arowhenua School took part in the football match of a lifetime
New Zealand and Australia will co-host the Women’s Football World Cup from July 20
‘New Zealand’s iconic landscapes and scenery remain the key driver for potential visitors to choose New Zealand as their next holiday destination across all our key markets,’ de Monchy told stuff.co.nz.
‘This video showcases our stunning home.’
Star New Zealand midfielder Emma Rolston made her way to Mt Cook National Park to see the girls in action – and labelled it ‘the most beautiful place on Earth.’
‘We are going to be the best host country for the World Cup because we have so much to offer,’ she said.
‘The people are incredible. So kind and welcoming…. as well as having the most stunning scenery in the entire world.’
The Football Ferns are in Group A alongside Norway, the Philippines and Switzerland.
New Zealand will co-host the tournament with Australia from July 20, with the Matildas taking on Ireland, Nigeria and Olympic champions Canada.