Qantas Wallabies Great Crusade

Qantas is partnering with Tourism New Zealand run The Great Crusade, a 22-episode online comedy series based around a camper tour of New Zealand for Qantas Wallabies supporters during the Rugby World Cup. The series is fronted by Toby Withers (Phil Lloyd), former squash champion, senior journalist for ‘Highly Strung’ magazine, and lover of pastel polo shirts and sweaters. Toby knows nothing about rugby, but he’s determined to get out there and chase the inside scoop with his cameraman Craig as he follows the Qantas Wallabies around New Zealand. Episodes are being screened on Qantas inflight entertainment, online at thegreatcrusade.com and the Qantas Youtube channel, News Digital and Fairfax Digital, as well as Telstra mobile content platforms and T-Box sets.

The Great Crusade


On Day 1 Toby starts at Sydney International Airport. Click on the image below to play Episode 1 in YouTube (HD)

On Day 2 Toby witnesses Auckland’s welcome to the Wallabies. Click on the image below to play Episode 2 in YouTube (HD)

On Day 3 Toby’s in Auckland chasing a media pass. Click on the image below to play Episode 3 in YouTube (HD)

On Day 4 Toby joins the trek to Whangarei to the north of Auckland. Click on the image below to play Episode 4 in YouTube (HD)

On Day 5 Toby’s in Whangarei checking out the kayaking. Click on the image below to play Episode 5 in YouTube (HD)

On Day 8 Toby is in Russell in the Bay of Islands, showing off his ball skills. Click on the image below to play Episode 6 in YouTube (HD)

On Day 9 the supporters are back in Auckland to see Australia play Ireland. Click on the image below to play Episode 7 in YouTube (HD)

Later on Day 9 Toby has a go at his drinking skills in a local bar. Click on the image below to play Episode 8 in YouTube (HD)

On Day 11 Toby checks out the Bungee Jump at Lake Taupo before heading off to Napier. Click on the image below to play Episode 9 in YouTube (HD)

On Day 12 Toby’s taken to a bike to check out the local vineyards. Click on the image below to play Episode 10 in YouTube (HD)

On Day 15 Toby’s back in Auckland mucking around in his hotel room. Click on the image below to play Episode 11 in YouTube (HD)

Day 16 has Toby visiting the Tourism New Zealand offices in Auckland. Click on the image below to play Episode 12 in YouTube (HD)

Toby spends Day 17 in Wellington getting ready to interview a character from Lord of the Rings. Click on the image below to play Episode 13 in YouTube (HD)

Day 18 takes Toby on a ferry from Wellington to Picton in the South Island. Click on the image below to play Episode 14 in YouTube (HD)

Toby spends Days 19 and 20 at Hanmer Springs enjoying the hot pools, golf, jet boating.. Click on the image below to play Episode 15 in YouTube (HD)

Day 21 is time for a trip to Marlborough for some genealogy and wine. Click on the image below to play Episode 16 in YouTube (HD)

Day 23 and it’s back to Wellington for the Australia vs South Africa quarter final. However… Click on the image below to play Episode 17 in YouTube (HD)

Day 25 Toby’s still in Wellington, using a slow day to record some DVD commentary. Click on the image below to play Episode 18 in YouTube (HD)

Credits

The Great Crusade was developed at Wonder, Sydney, by creative director Glen Condie, with a writing team including Nathan Earl from The Chasers War on Everything and Nick Hayden and Nick McDougall from Hungry Beast.

Digital and social media were produced at Ogilvy Sydney by creatives Steve Street and Kevin Phillips.

Filming was shot by director Gregor Jordan via Finch with executive producer Michael Hilliard, director of photography Andrew Marich, and producer Marge McInnes.

Media was handled by Zenith Optimedia.