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Published on : Friday, July 10, 2015
Announcing the 2017 series today, New Zealand Rugby confirmed the host cities will be Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Wellington, in the North Island – and Christchurch and Dunedin, in the South Island. The Lions Tour is the biggest sporting series to be held in New Zealand since Rugby World Cup 2011.
New Zealand Rugby and the British & Irish Lions have agreed a programme of 10 matches during their 2017 series, kicking off in Whangarei, in the far north, on June 3 and finishing in Auckland on July 8.
The series will include three tests against the All Blacks – the first and final tests both at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city on June 24 and July 8 respectively, with the other in the capital city of Wellington on July 1.
The Lions Tour is a highlight on rugby’s global calendar and New Zealand, well known for putting heart and soul into its national game, is a favourite destination for the “Red Army” – the loyal group of British & Irish Lions supporters.
The tour has been timed to maximise spectator interest in the midst of the New Zealand rugby season and visitors will find plenty of other diversions with a wide range of winter events and activities to attract them from region to region.
Every 12 years
A Lions Tour to New Zealand only happens every 12 years and the schedule is well suited to cater for the thousands of loyal supporters who base their holiday around the rugby action.
The 2005 series brought more than 20,000 Lions supporters, contributing an estimated NZ$135.2m into the New Zealand economy and New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew says they are confident the 2017 series will exceed those figures.
He says the series in New Zealand will be a huge occasion featuring the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, providing almost six weeks of incredible rugby.
Source:-Tourism New Zealand