DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 host city Dunedin

New Zealand's only covered rugby ground will host The British & Irish Lions when they play the Highlanders in 2017.

The 2017 series sees the British & Irish Lions play the recently crowned Super Rugby champions The Highlanders at the Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on 13 June.

The stadium is the only covered ground in New Zealand, and holds just over 30,000 people. Sport, particularly rugby, is firmly imbedded into Dunedin culture, hardly surprising in the Scottish-flavoured environment known as the Edinburgh of the south.

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Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin


Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium is the only indoor rugby ground in New Zealand. It is the home of the Highlanders and Otago Rugby.

As well as its rich Scottish heritage Dunedin also boasts some fine Edwardian and Victorian architecture as well as New Zealand’s oldest university, and populations of curious wildlife that inhabit the Otago Peninsula.

 Author Mark Twain once said of Dunedin: “The people are Scotch. They stopped here on their way from home to heaven thinking they had arrived.”

Attractions to explore in Dunedin

Fast Facts:

  • An albatross colony sits above the tunnels of Fort Taiaroa - established a century ago to counter the threat of invasion from Tsarist Russia.
  • Otago Peninsula albatross colony is the world's only mainland albatross colony.
  • Dunedin is a city of New Zealand ‘firsts’ - first university founded, first newspaper, first medical and dental schools, first female lawyer, first public art gallery.
  • Dunedin is the Celtic form of Edinburgh, and original city plans were based on Edinburgh. While many street names are inspired by the original Edinburgh, town planners had to alter the plans to accommodate hills and swamps.
  • Dunedin university students are referred to as ‘Scarfies’, and a movie of that name featured Dunedin student culture. In the Selwyn Ballet - an annual student tradition - boys dress as ballerinas to perform during a major rugby game at the stadium.

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