DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 host city Rotorua

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. 

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Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

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Rotorua International Stadium will host the British & Irish Lions in 2017 when they take on the Māori All Blacks.

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.


Attractions to explore in Rotorua

Fast Facts:

  • Rotorua is the heartland of Maori culture and the best place to experience a cultural performance and traditional hangi (food cooked in an earth oven)
  • Rotorua's geothermally heated water, mineral-enriched muds, Maori massage and indigenous herbs play a special role in local spa culture.
  • Rotorua is the birthplace of New Zealand tourism with Europeans first visiting in the 1800s to see and bathe in the Pink and White Terraces, the eighth wonder of the world destroyed by the Tarawera Eruption in 1886.
  • Rotorua is action packed and home to countless adventure activities and a number of world-first and world-only experiences
  • Rotorua is surrounded by 18 beautiful lakes and three major rivers.

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