NORTH ISLAND

Whangarei

The rugby proud region of Northland will kick off the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 at Whangarei's Toll Stadium.
 
The city of Whangarei is an excellent place to relax into the laid back Northland lifestyle. A subtropical city on the edge of a beautiful harbour, your clients will enjoy Whangarei’s stylish cafes and restaurants as well as museums, art galleries and shops.

Getting there

Whangarei is a 35-minute flight from Auckland or an easy two-hour drive. 

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Auckland 

Auckland's Eden Park is set to create more sporting history, hosting three matches during the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017.
 
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. With a stunning natural landscape, beautiful beaches, outstanding food and wine, rich culture, great shopping and plenty of adventure – Auckland has it all.

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Check out our Auckland fact sheet and regional page
 

Hamilton

Waikato Stadium will be in full chorus when Super Rugby team the Chiefs take on DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017. The Waikato region has a proud rugby history and the Chiefs boast a number of current All Blacks. 
 
The city of Hamilton is nestled on the banks of the mighty Waikato River and is known for its walks, gardens, cafes and nightlife.
 

Getting there

Auckland International Airport is under two hours away by road, or a short domestic flight or 2.5-hour train ride away. 
 

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Rotorua 

Rotorua staged the official welcome when The British & Irish Lions toured in 2005 and visitors for the 2017 series can expect another rousing introduction to the heartland of Māori culture when the Lions next meet the Māori All Blacks.
 
Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing New Zealand’s fascinating Māori culture.

Getting there

Located in the centre of the North Island, visitors can get to and from Rotorua by road or by air. Auckland is a 45-minute flight or 3.5-hour drive away. 

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Check out our Rotorua fact sheet and regional page.

Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand's capital, will welcome The British & Irish Lions for two matches during their 2017 series.

Wellington is a small-but-perfectly-formed city - built on the edge of a deep harbour juxtaposed by the steep hills that surround it. Known as one of the most creative cities in New Zealand, Wellington has a reputation for its vibrant café culture, world-class restaurants, craft beers, public art works and distinctive architecture.

Getting there

Head to Wellington by road, air, sea or rail. Wellington central is perfect for exploring by foot, and public transport is readily available for heading further afield.

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Check out our Wellington fact sheet and regional page.
 

SOUTH ISLAND

Christchurch

The garden city of Christchurch will no doubt be brimming with excitement when The British & Irish Lions visit to take on the most successful Super Rugby franchise the Crusaders as part of their 2017 tour. 
 
Christchurch, New Zealand is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop. 

Getting there

Visitors can arrive in Canterbury by road, rail, or by flying into Christchurch International Airport, then explore the area easily with plenty of transport options. 

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Dunedin

New Zealand's only covered rugby ground will host The British & Irish Lions when they play the Highlanders in 2017. Forsyth Barr Stadium holds just over 30,000 people. Sport, particularly rugby, is firmly imbedded into Dunedin culture, hardly surprising in the Scottish-flavoured environment known as the “Edinburgh of the south”.
 
Historic Dunedin is renowned for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture, as well as its proximity to rare wildlife. The city is situated along Otago Harbour, home to unique wildlife including the rare Yellow-Eyed Penguin and the Royal Albatross. Dunedin is rich with preserved heritage – the railway station, Otago University and First Church are amongst the most iconic buildings. 
 

Getting there:

Your clients can get to Dunedin by air from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, or by road (as they will be driving in winter they should be careful of potentially icy roads).

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Check out our Dunedin fact sheet and regional page
 
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