Lions vs All Blacks – Pre Game Entertainment – Whether you’re going to the park or staying in the CBD

So what’s all the hype about?

The British and Irish Lions are a team selected from the national sides of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – generally speaking they are international players, but uncapped players can be selected as well.  Every four years they rotate tours between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  The last tour of New Zealand was in 2005 – fast forward 12 years and we are once again surrounded by chanting red jumpers wherever they may be.

Their earliest tour was in 1888, in Australia and New Zealand.  They played 35 matches against provincial, city and academic teams – 19 of these games were Australian Rules Football games!

So fast forward to 2017 and they will be playing 10 rugby union matches including three test matches against the All Blacks.  The only Lions test triumph against New Zealand was in 1971, when they claimed the series 2-1 with one game drawn.

But you don’t need a ticket to the game to head into the city on July 8th and be part of the Queens Wharf Fan Zone and Fan Trail – remember this event only happens every 12 years!


The Fan Trail

Another great way to build up to the game is to walk to the park from 4pm onwards through the Fan Trail – The Fan Trail is a fun-filled 4.2km walking route stretching from Queens Wharf to Eden Park. It will be packed with live entertainment, lighting displays, fire dancers, street performers, face painting and other fun activities from 4pm, rain or shine.


Queens Wharf Fanzone

Queens Wharf & The Cloud, Auckland waterfront
Thursday 22 June – Saturday 8 July (see exact opening dates and times below)

Mix with fellow rugby fans and share the buzz of the Series at the Queens Wharf Fanzone, happening on Auckland’s waterfront from 22 June – 8 July.

Watch the Test matches live on the big screen from 22 June, plus you can enjoy performances, live music, exhibitions, family-friendly activities and there will be food and beverages for sale.


  • Two photographic exhibitions, by New Zealand’s leading rugby photographer Peter Bush, and long-time press photographer Barry Durrant
  • DHL Dome, featuring New Zealand’s staggering array of rugby trophies together in one place, including the Webb Ellis Trophy (the Rugby World Cup) on display from 6 – 8 July.
  • Match screenings will include the three Test matches live, Hurricanes v The British & Irish Lions live, as well as replays of classic matches.


For more information on both see here:

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We look forward to getting you there in style and pumped for the game wherever you might be watching it! Lions Rugby transport to the city from Warkworth and back

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