How to tour New Zealand with The British & Irish Lions this year!
Calling all rugby fans! Embark on a trip of a lifetime and travel across the whole of New Zealand, the home of the Rugby World Cup 2015, to see some epic rugby games whilst taking in the sites of a breathtakingly beautiful part of the world.
The British & Irish Lions are playing a grand total of 10 games, starting on the 3rd June and finishing on the 8th July, playing in places such as Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Rotorua.
The tour kicks off on the 3rd June in Whangarei at the Toll Stadium, where the British & Irish Lions will play Provincial Union XV. Whilst in Whagarei make sure that you make a trip to the Whangarei Falls, which are said to be the ‘most photogenic falls in New Zealand’. The falls are 26.3m high and can be viewed from two viewing platforms, which are situated above the falls to give you a spectacular view of the lush greenery below.
The second game of the tour sees the Blues V British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland. Auckland has the best of both worlds with lush countryside, perfect for hiking and gorgeous golden beaches. Take a trip up the Sky Tower giving you panoramic views of the city, and if you’re brave enough you can even bungee jump from the top!
Your next stop is Christchurch, where you’ll see the Crusaders play The British & Irish Lions in the third match of the tour. Just an hours drive from Christchurch is Akaroa, you can go on a cruise around the harbour to see rare wildlife, including the Little Blue Penguin and even Dolphins.
The Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin hosts the fourth match of the tour, where the British & Irish Lions will play against the Highlanders. Dunedin is a hotspot for surfing, head to Brighton Beach to try your hand at catching some waves.
The Maori All Blacks take on The British & Irish Lions in the fifth match of the tour at the Rotorua International Stadium. Just a short drive from Rotorua is the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, which are the largest single source of pure boiling water in New Zealand. Relax in the 10 different pools which can reach temperatures of 40°C.
Join the Chiefs and The British & Irish Lions in the sixth match of the tour in Hamilton at the FMG Stadium Waikato. Located just an hours drive from Hamilton is the Glow-worm Caves. These caves are a must see whilst you’re visiting New Zealand, you can them on foot or even by boat.
In the seventh leg of the tour, the British & Irish Lions head back to Auckland to play the All Blacks in Eden Park, New Zealand's largest stadium. Auckland is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, including Mission Bay. The white sandy beach is lined with laid-back cafes and restaurants, making it the perfect place to relax after a big game.
The eighth and ninth games of the tour lands in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, at Westpac Stadium. The British & Irish Lions will face the Hurricanes on the 27th June and the All Blacks on the 1st July, giving you a few days to explore Wellington, which has been dubbed as the world's ‘coolest little capital’. One of Wellington’s most popular attractions is the Mount Victoria Lookout, which is sat 196m above the city, giving you a spectacular panoramic view of the city.
If you fancy a spot of shopping, New Zealand's ‘coolest street’ is the bohemian Cuba Street. As well as being a registered Historic Area since 1995, the street is lined with quirky restaurants, street art and shopping hotspots giving you plenty to do and see during your stay in Wellington.
After stopping off in Wellington, the next game takes you back to the city of Auckland at Eden Park, where the British & Irish Lions will face the All Blacks for the final game of the tour. Head to Viaduct Harbour where there's a huge variety of bars and restaurants. You can celebrate the end of the tour, and reminisce on your time spent in New Zealand whilst looking over the harbour - a perfect spot to end the trip.