Lions Tour

Tourism West Coast

Catch all of the rugby games and have time to visit the West Coast, South Island of New Zealand. If you would like to arrange someone to organise this tour for you please contact any of our information centres or search under See, Do & Stay on this website for transport options.
CATEGORY

BUS/TRAIN

DURATION

35 DAYS

DISTANCE

2283 mi / 3675 km

BEST TIME

WINTER, JUNE - JULY


Day One: 2 hours 4 mins, 158 km

Whangarei, Northland

About the day

Date: 3 June 2017

Match: Provincial Union XV

Where: Toll Stadium, Whangarei.

Area: Northland has a sub-tropical climate and nowhere is more than 40kms from the sea, making this a marine playground rich in history and culture.

Areas Website: whangareinz.com

Transport Option: www.intercity.co.nz or contact a West Coast company to arrange a personalised tour around New Zealand.

Highlights


Day Two: 2 hours 6 mins, 158 km

Auckland

About the day

Date: 7th June 2017

Match: Blues vs British and Irish Lions

Where: Eden Park, Auckland

Area: The sprawling metropolis of Auckland is home to a third of New Zealanders and ranks as one of the top 10 places in the world to live. The blend of harbour, islands, Polynesian culture and modern downtown has created a unique urban outdoors lifestyle.

Areas Website: www.aucklandnz.com

Transport Option: www.intercity.co.nz or contact a West Coast company to arrange a personalised tour around New Zealand.

Highlights


Day Three: 3 hours 19 mins, 241 km

Christchurch

About the day

Date: 10th June 2017

Match: Crusaders vs British and Irish Lions

Where: AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Area: Christchurch is New Zealand’s oldest city and the centre the country’s largest region, Canterbury - bordered in the west by the Southern Alps and the east by the Pacific Ocean, offering a vast array of outdoor nature and adventure experiences.

Areas Website: www.aucklandnz.com

Transport Option: Fly with Air New Zealand


Alternative Route:

8th June - Fly Auckland to Wellington with Air New Zealand, fly Wellington to Westport with Sounds Air.

9th June - Explore Westport and its surroundings.

10th June - Bus Westport to Christchurch with EastWest Coaches.

Contact a West Coast company to arrange a personalised tour around the West Coast.

Highlights


Day Four: 4 hours 35 mins, 361 km

Dunedin

About the day

Date: 13th June 2017

Match: Highlanders vs British and Irish Lions

Where: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Area: Sport, particularly rugby, is firmly imbedded into Dunedin culture, hardly surprising in the Scottish-rich environment known as the Edinburgh of the south. The city is home to the Highlanders rugby team, the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and the Forsyth Barr Stadium - the only stadium in the world where grass grows naturally under cover.

Areas Website: www.dunedinnz.com/visit

Transport Option: 

Bus: www.intercity.co.nzwww.nakedbus.com

Fly: www.airnewzealand.co.nz

or contact a West Coast company to arrange a personalised tour around New Zealand.

Highlights


Day Five: 18 hours 2 mins, 1,240 km

Rotorua

About the day

Date: 17th June 2017

Match: Maori All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions

Where: Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

Area: Rotorua’s fascinating landscape provides the backdrop to numerous adventure activities - mountain biking, trout fishing, bathing in natural hot pools, white water rafting, and some world-first experiences like Ogo or Zorbing, and Schweeb.

Areas Website: www.rotoruanz.com

Transport Option: 

Bus: www.intercity.co.nz,  www.nakedbus.com

Fly: www.airnewzealand.co.nz

or contact a West Coast company to arrange a personalised tour around New Zealand.


Alternative route:

14th June: Fly Dunedin to Hokitika (4 hours) with www.airnewzealand.co.nz

15th June: Enjoy Hokitika and surrounding areas

16th June: View the Glaciers

17th June: Fly Hokitika to Rotorua (3.5 hours)

Highlights


Day Six: 1 hour 22 mins, 106 km

Hamilton, Waikato

About the day

Date: 20th June 2017

Match: Chiefs vs British and Irish Lions

Where: FMG Stadium, Waikato

Area: A fast-growing university city and major events centre on the banks of the mighty Waikato River. The region is known for its passionate and enthusiastic rugby supporters.

Areas Website: www.visithamilton.co.nz

Transport Option: 

Bus: www.intercity.co.nz,  www.nakedbus.com

or contact a West Coast company to arrange a personalised tour around New Zealand.

Highlights


Day Seven: 1 hour 36 mins, 125 km

Auckland NZ

About the day

Date: 24th June 2017

Match: All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions

Where:  Eden Park, Auckland

Area: Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city and boasts the country’s largest sporting stadium - Eden Park, the home of Auckland rugby and cricket since 1910.

Areas Website: www.aucklandnz.com

Transport Option: 

Bus: www.intercity.co.nz,  www.nakedbus.com

Fly: www.airnewzealand.co.nz

or contact a West Coast company to arrange a personalised tour around New Zealand.


Alternative Route:

21st June - Bus Hamilton to Auckland (1.5 hours), Fly Auckland to Hokitika (3 hours)

22nd June - Explore Hokitika and surrounding areas

23rd June - Explore Buller in the north or Glacier Country in the south

24th June - Fly Hokitika to Auckland

Highlights


Day Eight: 7 hours 54 mins, 642 km

Wellington

About the day

Date: 27th June 2017

Match: Hurricanes vs British and Irish Lions

Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Area: Visitors can enjoy a vibrant mix of lively cafés and restaurants, boutique shopping, heritage buildings, museums and galleries, and entertainment venues. 

Areas Website: www.wellingtonnz.com

Transport Option: 

Bus: www.intercity.co.nz,  www.nakedbus.com

Fly: www.airnewzealand.co.nz

or contact a West Coast company to arrange a personalised tour around New Zealand.


Alternative Route:

25th June: Fly Auckland to Hokitika with Air New Zealand

Explore Hokitika and surrounding areas.

26th June: Bus with www.intercity.co.nz or take a guided tour with local company Side Track Tours where you have the option of stopping along the Great Coast Road and at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes before reaching Westport.

27th June: Fly Westport to Wellington with Sounds Air.

Highlights


Day Nine: 1 min, 1 m

Wellington NZ

About the day

Date: 1st July 2017

Match: Second test, New Zealand vs British and Irish Lions

Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Area: New Zealand’s capital city.

Areas Website: www.wellingtonnz.com

Transport Option: 

Bus: www.intercity.co.nz,  www.nakedbus.com

Fly: www.airnewzealand.co.nz

or contact a West Coast company to arrange a personalised tour around New Zealand.


Alternative Route:

28th June - Fly Wellington to Westport with Sounds Air

Explore Westport.

29th June - Day trip up to Karamea with a local guide such as Side Track Tours.

30th June - Day trip to Reefton or Punakaiki.

1st July - Fly Westport to Wellington with Sounds Air

Highlights


Day 10: 7 hours 56 mins, 643 km

Auckland New Zealand

About the day

Date: 8th July 2017

Match: Third test, New Zealand vs British and Irish Lions

Where: Eden Park, Auckland

Area: The sprawling metropolis of Auckland is home to a third of New Zealanders and ranks as one of the top 10 places in the world to live. The blend of harbour, islands, Polynesian culture and modern downtown has created a unique urban outdoors lifestyle.

Areas Website: www.aucklandnz.com

Transport Option: Contact a West Coast company to arrange a personalised tour around New Zealand.


Alternative Route:

2nd July - Fly Wellington to Westport with Sounds Air.

Explore Westport

3rd July - Explore Karamea, Reefton or The Great Coast Road

4th July - Greymouth

5th July - Glacier Country

6th July - Haast (West Coasts closest town to Queenstown, flights are available Queenstown to Auckland too)

7th July - Hokitika

8th July - Fly Hokitika to Auckland with Air New Zealand


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