There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a British and Irish Lions Rugby tour!
The 2017 Lions tour of New Zealand has been confirmed with 10 matches spread through New Zealand. The tour includes 3 test matches against our mighty All Blacks, and the remainder against top level Super Rugby sides (including this years champions the Highlanders) and the Maori All Blacks. It completes an exciting two years of Rugby with Wales destined to also tour NZ in 2016.
A camper van road trip is one of the best ways to get around New Zealand on a tour like this.
You have the flexibility to roam to the best and most scenic spots in between the excitement of each rugby game. There is no need to book multiple motels or hotels each night on tour, you have your base for the whole time the Lions are touring, and in between games just go where your heart takes you!
Here is the full list of games to help you plan your trip.
2017 British & Irish Lions Series
3 June 2017 v Provincial Union Team, Toll Stadium, Whangarei (North Island)
7 June 2017 v Blues, Eden Park, Auckland (North Island)
10 June 2017 v Crusaders, AMI Stadium, Christchurch (South Island)
13 June 2017 v Highlanders, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin (South Island)
17 June 2017 v Maori All Blacks, Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua (North Island)
20 June 2017 v Chiefs, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton (North Island)
24 June 2017 v All Blacks, Eden Park, Auckland (North Island)
27 June 2017 v Hurricanes, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (bottom of North Island)
1 July 2017 v All Blacks, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (bottom of North Island)
8 July 2017 v All Blacks, Eden Park, Auckland (North Island)
We have campervan depots and offices in both Christchurch and Auckland, but you are welcome to travel between islands and drop off to and pick up at any our bases.
Keep in mind the South Island has some of the best landscapes and scenery so you definitely want to travel down to these two games and explore the South Island while you are in New Zealand. Given there are only two matches down south, you may want to plan some time down South before or after the tour.
With that in mind some possible itineraries might include:
1. Flying into Auckland in May (a lovely and mild time of year). Touring the Far North before taking in the first match in Whangarei, touring the Coromandel Peninsula prior to the test match, dropping the motorhome off back in Auckland after the Blues match, then flying south and picking up a motorhome from Christchurch for a northbound campervan tour, seeing the best of the South Island and Central North Island. (This might save some doubling back, keeping in mind you're going to have to double back to Wellington anyway)
2. Missing the first two games, and flying into Christchurch early so you can spend plenty of time in the South Island prior to the Crusaders game, then touring Northbound, dropping off your motorhome in Auckland mid July.
3. Booking your motorhome Auckland to Auckland, catching the the whole tour and catching all the games (keep in mind there are a lot of kilometres to make up between the Blues and Crusaders game).
Our reservations team are already taking bookings so we recommend enquiring about availability sooner rather than later. We recommend securing your adventure now so that you can make the most of early bird pricing. You can then amend your dates without penalty until up to 42 days prior to departure. Email us now for a quote.
For those interested, here is a wider list of other All Blacks home games for 2016/2017
2016 Steinlager Series
11 June 2016 v Wales, Eden Park, Auckland
18 June 2016 v Wales, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
25 June 2016 v Wales, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
2016 Investec Rugby Championship
27 August 2016 v Australia, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
10 September 2016 v Argentina, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
17 September 2016 v South Africa, AMI Stadium, Christchurch
2016 3rd Bledisloe Cup Test
22 October 2016 v Australia, Eden Park, Auckland