The fascinating geothermal landscape of Rotorua – provides a fitting backdrop for the Māori All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions in 2017.
Rotorua’s International Stadium will be the perfect venue for the clash between the Māori All Blacks and The British & Irish Lions on 17 June.
Rotorua also played host to the official welcome when The British & Irish Lions toured in 2005 and visitors for the 2017 series can expect another rousing introduction to what is considered the heartland of Māori culture.
The Rotorua International Stadium must be the only rugby stadium in the world set in a thermal wonderland amongst bubbling mud, hot pools and rumbling geysers. Locals have dubbed the stadium the ‘Hangi Pit’ as a reference to a traditional Māori cooking technique which uses fire heated stones in an underground earth oven.
Visitors have flocked to the Rotorua region since the early 19th century to bath in the natural hot springs and view the bubbling mud pools and active geysers of the ‘Pacific Rim of Fire’. Nowadays they also come to try the variety of adventure activities like mountain biking, trout fishing, zorb, bungy, bodyfly, luge, sky diving and white water rafting.