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Lions Rugby Tour of NZ 2017 by Campervan

by Wilderness Reservations | Sep 10, 2015
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)

South Island, Campervan, rental

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). 

See more itinerary suggestions here

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

2017 Investec Rugby Championship

26 August 2017 v Australia, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
9 September 2017 v Argentina, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
16 September 2017 v South Africa, QBE Stadium, Auckland
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  1. 8 Steve apsey 04 Feb

    We are interested in booking a camper van for the Lions tour 2017 we would like to collect it in Auckland one week before the first test and then return it after the last text

    could you please give us some idea of cost of a camper van for two people for this period
  2. 7 Wilderness Motorhomes 04 Feb
    Thanks Steve, Someone will be in touch via email shortly. All the best from the Wilderness team.
  3. 6 Stephen Flynn 19 Feb
    Can you give me a price on camper van hire for the lion tour of New Zealand 2017. For two couples in their sixty's. This would be an Aukland pick up drop off.
  4. 5 Sam hyden 25 Feb
    Hi can you give me a price for camper van hire for the lions tour. Auckland pick up / drop off. 
    Many thanks
  5. 4 Martin 04 Mar
    Can you give me a price on Campervan hire for three adults (possibly four) to take in all three tests and allowing time to get from Auckland Airport.  Also, are there camping sites with services and what sort of rates per day are those?
  6. 3 Sean Evans 05 Mar
    Please cud you give me price on a 4 berth motor home collecting in Auckland 2 days before first test and returning 2 days after last test
  7. 2 Andy Brunt 09 Sep
    Can you give me a price please for a camper van for two Auckland pick up and return. Fri 23rd June to Sunday 9th July.
    Andy Brunt
  8. 1 Carl smith 08 Oct
    Can you give me price for camper van inc tickets for all three tests 
    Price for overnight parking 


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