Lions Series Test Match Route

15 Days


Auckland Central to Auckland Central


  • Auckland & Wellington
  • Geothermal Rotorua
  • Cycle the Wine Trails

Best time of year

June - July

Experience the British and Irish Lions Tour on an ulitmate road trip of the North Island of New Zealand. Discover the sights without missing a test match. This route is a guaranteed trip of a lifetime.


Auckland City

Photo by Chris McLennan

Day 1 / 15

24 June: Auckland


Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is set between 3 beautiful harbours and dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. Whether you want relaxation, retail therapy, art and culture, or an escape into nature, Auckland will not disappoint.

Head out on a ferry to hike the island volcano of Rangitoto; or explore the wineries and art galleries of Waiheke Island. Try harbour activities like sailing an America’s Cup yacht, kayaking or jet boating.

Nature lovers should head west to the Waitakere Ranges and rugged black-sand beaches. Visit natural wonders like the Karekare Falls, and Lion Rock at Piha Beach.

Alternatively, you may like to indulge in a little inner-city culture. Enjoy the designer shops and delectable cafes of downtown Auckland, and visit the Auckland Museum and Auckland Art Gallery.

In the evening stay out and experience Auckland's buzzing nightlife at Britomart, the Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter downtown, edgy and risqué K-Road, or the nearby trend-setting suburbs of Ponsonby and Parnell.

The first test of the 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand takes place at Eden Park in Auckland. 

Skyline view from Devonport

Auckland Central

This is the heart of Auckland, with a relaxed coastal living vibe by day and a night-time energy shared by the inner-city suburbs that surrounds it.

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