After a four-year break, the British & Irish Lions are back with the highly anticipated 2017 Tour of New Zealand. Described as one of the greatest rugby experiences ever, here is an opportunity to be at the centre of the celebrations next summer. The atmosphere is just out of this world.
- Travel the country to watch all three test matches next summer
- Visit the highlights of the North and South Island
- Guaranteed hospitality packages with pre-test day entertainment
- Secure “A” Class Test Match tickets – currently sold out in the UK
This holiday includes all three Test matches against the All Blacks that the British and Irish Lions will play during their 10 match tour of the country. Eden Park will host the first and third Tests, on the 24th June and 8th July respectively, while Wellington's Westpac Stadium will stage the second Test on the 1st July. The Lions will be looking to win their first test series against New Zealand since 1971.
This Ultimate Lions Tour Explorer holiday includes ‘A Class’ tickets for the all the Test matches, including the hospitality passes giving privileged access to events. These tickets are now sold out through UK sporting agencies.
Something not to be missed if you love the very best rugby entertainment is the eve of Test match special events. Not only is the atmosphere special as Lions fans mingle together, swap stories and enjoy a relaxed drink in the build up to the next day’s Test match, you will be blown away by the array of legends who will be there to entertain you.
In Australia in 2013, a legion of great names, including Scott Quinnell, Will Greenwood, David Campese, former Lions’ tour manager Donal Lenihan, Paul Wallace and Sir Graham Henry captivated audiences with their humour, stories, memories and big match thoughts.
And with complimentary food and drink included, there is no better way to hear first-hand from the biggest legends of the game. It’s special; it’s what makes a Lions tour such a wonderful rugby experience.
BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
The Lions Tour provides a sporting experience like no other, where four proud countries come together as one with a sense of comradeship and sportsmanship that creates a bond with one purpose in mind; to win. The players selected for the 2017 Tour will represent England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, going up against the All Blacks in three intense test matches.
EDEN PARK - AUCKLAND
Eden Park will play host to the first and third test matches of the 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour, 24 June and 8th July. This stadium is the largest in New Zealand and is located in Auckland, the country's largest city. The 50,000 capacity stadium is located approximately 3km from the Central Business District and lies on the boundary between Mount Eden and Kingsland. Its rich sporting and social history and its international profile are unmatched by any other stadium in the country.
WEST PAC STADIUM – WELLINGTON
Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand could quite possibly be the location where the test series is clinched by either side. Also known as the Wellington Regional Stadium, the 35,000 capacity stadium is familiarly referred to as the 'Cake Tin' due to its shape and silver coloured external walls. The Westpac Stadium is situated in close proximity to Wellington Harbour and a short distance from the Wellington District. The second test match will be played here on the 1st July.
NORTH ISLAND TOURING
Self-drive through spectacular ranges, rich pastures and boutique vineyards of Martinborough, giving way to rugged coastal shores as you travel north from Wellington towards farming land of Hawkes Bay and Havelock. Home for a few nights will be Napier – the art deco capital of New Zealand. Heading inland past the famous Lake Taupo and Huka Falls before arriving into geothermal Rotorua and the heart of the Maori culture.
Whilst in the capital, experience the thrill of being on the ocean on a sailing excursion in the Americas Cup Yacht. Staying with our water theme, travel to Waiheke Island, cruising through the Hauraki Gulf on the Fuller Ferry. Spend the day exploring Waiheke Island, famous for its vineyards and pristine beaches.
Time to explore the windy city – a melting pot of art, culture, food and fashion. Quirky laneway bars, underground art shows, and hipster eateries make up its inner-city vibe. Go behind the scenes of Lord of the Rings in the Oscar Award Winning design studio located in the city.
SOUTH ISLAND TOURING
Travel into the heart of Marlborough at the top end of the island. New Zealand’s largest wine producing region. Blenheim has a great county atmosphere and of course world class wines. On crossing the dry hills, arrive at the most spectacular coastlines of the South Island, at Kaikoura Coast. Take a whale watching tour to encounter the prolific marine wildlife in this area.
Following the spectacular coastline before heading in land to Canterbury, home to Christchurch and the Antarctic Attraction. Learn about Akaroa’s coastline on board a classic sailing yacht and even try your hand at steering.
The chosen accommodation for this holiday is of four-star city standard. The hotels have been chosen for their central locations, and close to the waterfronts in both Wellington, Auckland and Napier and minutes walks to all attractions.
We have chosen boutique hotels in Rotorua and Kaikoura with great access to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area. Accommodation is based on twin share room throughout on a bed and breakfast basis.
It is possible to upgrade hotels outside of the core cities, so Rotorua, Blenheim, Christchurch and Napier.
These packages are sold strictly on first come first served basis. Steppes Travel have exclusive access to 10 Test Match packages which are proving to be gold dust! Flights can be adjusted to suit your individual requirements with stopovers arranged at an additional charge.
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