June 20 - Chiefs v British & Irish Lions

Just an hour and a half south of Auckland, the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 reaches New Zealand’s fourth largest city – Hamilton – a thriving metropolitan hub on the banks of the Waikato River. With great shopping, a diverse arts scene, vibrant nightlife and award-winning restaurants, Hamilton has all the buzz you’d expect from a big city mixed with the relaxed lifestyle Kiwis are renowned for.

The visually stunning Hamilton Gardens are webbed by paths that journey through a gallery of themed gardens from grand Italy to tranquil Asia. Hamilton’s Mystery Creek is home to New Zealand’s pre-eminent annual farming and agriculture trade show – Fieldays – the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and mixed with great entertainment. The Fieldays event coincides with the Lions Tour, and both Lions fans and locals are welcome, so if you’re keen to see how farming innovations and practices are changing in NZ, or you’re seeking a fun family day out, don’t miss this.

Hobbiton, the 12-acre movie set used in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, is situated on a working sheep farm near Matamata – 45 minutes from Hamilton

visithamilton.co.nz will tell you more.

Hamilton Events & Experiences

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Rugby Safari NZ

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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