June 10 - Crusaders v British & Irish Lions

Christchurch is New Zealand’s oldest city and also its newest. DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 visitors will find a city proud of its heritage, and proud of the vibrant, modern city it is rebuilding. Cantabrians are passionate about their sport and just as passionate about their region. Always keen to welcome visitors, they’ll be glad to show fans the many attractions on offer.

See the Lions take on the Crusaders in the flesh, or watch the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 matches live on the big screen in the new laneways, restaurants and bars. Experience the massive urban regeneration, creativity and innovation flowing through the city with new cafes, street art and vibrant new retail areas. On match day, head to the Christchurch fanzone to experience the local hospitality and some special craft beer tasting.

Set against a majestic mountain-to-ocean backdrop, Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region offer some of New Zealand’s most diverse experiences, all within a short drive. Feel the spirit and heart of New Zealand, with a strong Maori cultural embrace and abundant marine life in Kaikoura. Or discover sparkling bays, seaside villages and cafes in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. Spoil yourself with the natural thermal springs hot pools and day spas in Hanmer Springs, and enjoy the delights of the nearby Waipara Valley wine region.

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Christchurch Events & Experiences

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Rugby Safari NZ Map

If you're taking part in festivities this is a must have app. Brought to you by the International Rugby Club (IRC), The Rugby Safari Map links travellers to a curated guide of authentic NZ experiences.

  • Rugby 2017 Festival events & information
  • Rugby Safari NZ events & information
  • Craft Breweries and legendary local pubs

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Rugby Safari NZ Accommodation

We’re co-ordinating a national network of rugby clubs and club members who are willing to host global rugby fans during the 2017 tour with proceeds going to the host's rugby club.

Club Park’n’Stay

If you are on the road in a camper, we have a selection of rugby club sites where you can park n stay.

Stay with locals

If you're struggling to find a bed, or are happy to host some soon-to-be global rugby mates, we’d love to hear from you.

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