DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 host city Wellington

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New Zealand’s capital city Wellington – will welcome The British & Irish Lions for two matches during their 2017 series.

Fresh off the back of a busy 2016 international rugby season, including hosting Wales versus the All Blacks, Westpac Stadium Wellington will welcome The British & Irish Lions for two matches during their 2017 tour.

The matches will be played at Westpac Stadium - colloquially known as the ‘Cake Tin’ due to its circular shape and silver external walls. The Lions will play Super Rugby franchise the Hurricanes on 27 June and the second test of the tour will be against the All Blacks on 1 July.

Lions tour visitors can expect a lively time in Wellington – the city is renowned for its annual celebration of the NZI Rugby Sevens when more than 34,000 visitors come to enjoy the  carnival atmosphere that spills from the stadium to the nearby CBD.

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Wellington is a small-but-perfectly-formed city - built on the edge of a deep harbour juxtaposed by the steep hills that surround it. Known as one of the most creative cities in New Zealand, Wellington has a reputation for its vibrant café culture, world-class restaurants, craft beers, public art works and distinctive architecture.

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Fast Facts:

  • Wellington is the world's southernmost capital
  • Wellington city is on an active earthquake fault, and the modern business centre is mostly built on reclaimed land
  • Lambton Quay - the main shopping street - follows the original 1840 shoreline
  • Wellington’s distinctive Beehive building - in the Parliamentary precinct - was reputedly designed during dinner on the back of a napkin
  • New York city temporarily sprang up in Seaview, on Wellington’s harbour fringe, for the King Kong film set
  • Most Wellington residents live within 3km of the sea

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