Four fierce games, four beautiful cities, ten days of adventure and hundreds of laughs later, NZIBT reluctantly said goodbye to the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine as they wrapped up their #Gothedistance tour of New Zealand and Australia.

While DownUnder the fearsome Rainbow Wahine packed out stadiums with excited Kiwi and Aussie fans as well as being cheered on by 5,000 fans on Facebook Live. The Wahine team pulled through its two nail-biting New Zealand Premier games; both were hard-fought, narrow victories against the feisty Kiwis. Then they jumped “the ditch” to face the Aussies where they beat a Melbourne club by two points but went down fighting to the fired-up Sydney ATC Academy team.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I 2018  

The close and competitive nature of all the on-court action didn’t stop the Rainbow Wahine from playing hard outside the court. In New Zealand, they ziplined their way over jaw-dropping scenery and ran into a legendary New Zealand All Black rugby player on the way. They jet-boated the picturesque rivers, quad-biked around the alpine regions and chatted with Olympic gold-medalist Valerie Adams.  And that was all before they crossed over to Australia. In fashionable Melbourne, the Wahine explored the world-famous restaurants, fashion and cultural scenes before jumping up to Sydney and scaling the Harbour Bridge. They checked out some koala bears and kangaroos at the local zoo, and also ticked off the Sydney Opera House before reluctantly heading home from their #Gothedistance tour.

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NZIBT was proud to host UC Berkeley on their tour down under in 2017! 
The tour dates were August 12 - 20 and included travel to Auckland, Cairns and Sydney. The team played against NZ Premier on 13th August at 4pm, North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. 

UC BERKELEY TOUR 

The team played current WNBL Champions Sydney Uni Flames on 17th of August at 7:15pm, Sutherland Basketball Stadium Waratah Park.
While on tour, the team had training and had a blast doing unique activities in each city. These included ziplining on Waiheke Island, swimming in the Great Barrier Reef and exploring the Sydney Harbour Bridge! The team's families and supporters back home were kept updated by following us on instagram and facebook .
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