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Big Hits, Big Trips, Big Memories – Watching the Lions in New Zealand

For the first time in 12 years, the British and Irish Lions will tour New Zealand this winter. With seven warm up games and three Test matches, the tour promises to deliver big hits, big results and leave you with some big memories. Beyond the games however, it’s our job to make sure you get to see the very best of New Zealand. That’s why we’ve pulled together some special itineraries to help you navigate your way around New Zealand’s hottest spots, making sure you never miss a single tackle or try.

Check out our road trip itineraries below to get some inspiration; whether you’re here for the whole tour or just passing through – we’ve got a trip to suit your plans. We’ll also be covering all the latest news in the build up to the tour from the squad announcements to a more in-depth look at each of the host cities.

It’s not long to go New Zealand so get excited!

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  • Toll Stadium, Whangarei

    Address: 51 Okara Drive, Whangarei, 0148
    Capacity: 30,000
    Super XV Club: None

    Toll Stadium in Whangarei will have the honour of hosting the opening match of the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2017. Also known as the Northland Events Centre, Toll Stadium was completely redeveloped in 2010 at a cost of $18.5m. The Stadium is now a multi-purpose sports and events venue but is still at the heart of Northland Rugby Union. In 2011, the stadium hosted two Rugby World Cup games and the opening game of the British and Irish Lions Tour will see the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians look to take an early scalp. The stadium has a capacity of 30,000 and is expected to be a sell out for this opening match.

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  • Eden Park, Auckland

    Address: Reimers Avenue, Kingsland,
    Auckland 1024
    Capacity: 50,000
    Super XV Club: Blues

    Auckland’s Eden Park, home of the All Blacks will play host to three matches on the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2017 including two out of the three Test Matches. The first game to be played at the stadium on the 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour will be on the 7 June when the Auckland Blues take on the British and Irish Lions in the second match of their tour of NZ. Eden Park is New Zealand’s largest stadium and is predominantly used for Rugby Union and Cricket. It was the host for the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final and also held a semi-final match in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. With a rich history dating back to 1900, Eden Park is a fantastic venue to watch rugby union and all three matches are expected to sell out the 50,000 capacity stadium.

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  • FMG Stadium, Hamilton

    Address: 128 Seddon Road, Frankton,
    Hamilton, 3204
    Capacity: 25,000
    Super XV Club: Chiefs

    The FMG Stadium will host the final warm up game of the 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand before the first Test in Auckland. The match against the Waikato Chiefs will be the Lions’ last chance to finalise their starting line-up for that first Test and should be a cracking match. The FMG Stadium is the home of rugby union in Hamilton and was completed in 2002. The capacity of the stadium is around 25,000 and another sell-out is expected for this crunch match of the tour. As well as playing host to provincial and international rugby union, the stadium is also used for cultural and music events. The FMG Stadium played host to three Rugby World Cup matches in 2011 including an All Blacks match when they took on Japan. The stadium also hosted the 2012 Super Rugby Final between the Chiefs and the Sharks.

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  • Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

    Address: Devon Street, Westbrook, Rotorua, 3015
    Capacity: 26,000
    Super XV Club: None

    The Rotorua International Stadium will play host to the fifth match of the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2017. This highly anticipated game between the Maori All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions will generate a sell-out crowd at the 26,000 capacity stadium on 17 June. The stadium is a multi-purpose events venue and as well as hosting international sporting fixtures and festivals, the stadium also plays hosts to the annual Raggamuffin reggae festival and has hosted UB40. The stadium hosted three matches at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the crowds were treated to some high scoring matches. With a passionate crowd behind them, this fifth game of the Tour is one of the highlights of the touring calendar and the last time the Lions toured New Zealand in 2005, the Maori All Blacks were the only team to inflict a warm-up defeat on the Lions and will be hoping for the same again this time around.

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  • Westpac Stadium, Wellington

    Address: 105 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea,
    Wellington, 6140
    Capacity: 34,500
    Super XV Club: Hurricanes

    The Westpac Stadium in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington is the other city to host one of the Test matches on the 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand as well as Auckland’s Eden Park. It will also host the final warm up game of the tour which falls between the first and second Test matches and will feature the Hurricanes. The Stadium is the centre point of all of Wellington’s major events from hosting the Wellington Phoenix football team to the annual international Rugby Sevens tournament to major international music artists as well as national and international cricket matches. The Westpac Stadium was completed in 2000 and has a capacity of 34,500. A sell-out is expected for both matches of the Lions Tour 2017 and the partisan crowd in Wellington will generate a fantastic atmosphere for the second and penultimate Test match in this three Test series.

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  • AMI Stadium, Christchurch

    Address: 95 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington,
    Christchurch, 8024
    Capacity: 18,000
    Super XV Club: Crusaders

    Home of Canterbury Rugby, the AMI Stadium in Christchurch will hold the third match of the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2017. The stadium has been redeveloped following the 2011 earthquakes and now serves the city as a venue for provincial and international rugby union and league matches as well as hosting concerts and shows. The AMI Stadium generates a fantastic atmosphere and the passionate Canterbury crowd are sure to give the British and Irish Lions a rousing reception. The stadium was due  play host to two quarter-finals at the 2011 Rugby World Cup but the damage caused by the earthquake meant that they lost the rights to all seven games scheduled for the stadium. They are no strangers to big games though and this is expected to be a tough arena for the Lions. This match sold out very quickly and the 18,000 crowd will certainly make plenty of noise.

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  • Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

    Address: 120 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin, 9058
    Capacity: 30, 748
    Super XV Club: Highlanders

    The Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin is New Zealand’s largest and most versatile indoor events arena. As the only permanently covered natural turf stadium on Earth, this is a world-class facility that Dunedin is rightfully very proud of. The stadium plays host to a number of events including rugby union as the home of the Highlanders but also international rugby, concerts, community events and even a beer festival! The stadium hosted four matches at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and is no stranger to witnessing some exciting fixtures. The atmosphere in the stadium is like no other; the closed roof creating a unique experience for fans and players alike. The stadium has a capacity of just over 30,000 and with a partisan rugby following in the Otago region, the fourth match of the 2017 Tour is expected to be a sell-out.

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