DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 host city Wellington

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

The British and Irish 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. The matches will be played at Wellington Regional Stadium - colloquially known as the ‘Cake Tin’ due to its circular shape and silver external walls.

Fans can expect a lively time in Wellington – the city is renowned for hosting vibrant events that spill throughout the streets.   

Be sure to soak up the festival atmosphere on the waterfront, where a special Fan Zone and Fan Trail will be in action from 27 June – 1 July.

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Wellington Regional Stadium, New Zealand

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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.

Attractions to explore in Wellington

Fast Facts:

  • Wellington is the world's southernmost capital
  • 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

You can also take the special event trains from the Wairarapa region to Wellington on Tuesday 27 June and Saturday 1 July. Enjoy the region of food, wine and craft beer in between matches.

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