DHL NZ Lions Tour: Maori All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions in Rotorua

  • DHL NZ Lions Tour: Maori All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions in Rotorua

Rotorua International Stadium, Devon Street West, Rotorua

The fifth match of the DHL NZ Lions Tour series will be held at Rotorua's International Stadium on Saturday 17 June 2017 to a sell-out crowd of 28,500. The game starts at 7.35pm and there will be scheduled events and activities happening around the city during the week in the build-up to the big game. Tickets have sold out and as Rotorua is the heartland of Māori culture you can be assured of an exciting and impressive atmosphere in this, the only game of the series between the Māori All Blacks and The British & Irish Lions. 

On game day, a free public shuttle will run from 1pm with pick up and drop off points around the city and at the Stadium. All buses on the Rotorua City Ride network will be free and there will be parking available via Thebes Street ($10 cash only).

Campervan Parking

Rotorua has over 1000 powered and non-powered sites available for campervans to use at 9 holiday parks located around the city and surrounding suburbs. Other options for campervans include DOC camps and overnight camping locations. This handy guide provides a map for event locations and Motorhome & Campervan Facilities in the Rotorua District. Rotorua's iconic International Stadium is located just short drive/bus ride from the inner-city and a great range of accommodation in Rotorua.

Explore Rotorua

Do not miss the opportunity to discover why visitors have been coming to this region since the early 19th century and explore Rotorua's geothermal attractions, lakes, rivers and forests. Find out more about the many things to do in Rotorua with a visit to the Rotorua i-Site & Visitor Centre, at the Lake end of Fenton Street. Between matches seek out the best of New Zealand and get close to what makes this country so special. Follow the programme of events at

Events and activity

With so many people coming to Rotorua there is a festival of events planned for everyone to enjoy. A free public bus service  will be provided to get to and from the CBD to attend the games and also attend events like the Giant Haka.
If you have a ticket, get to the Stadium as early as possible and enjoy the games happening in the Stadium and Smallbone Park leading up to the main match. Parking and event access will be via Thebes Street off Malfroy Road. If you missed out on a ticket head down to the Energy Events Centre to watch the game on the big screen and join in the atmosphere of the Rotorua Fanzone.
Revive yourself on Sunday by heading along to the festival's Big Brekkie on the Village Green, Rotorua's Eat Streat or one of the great cafes in the city.

Tima Tangata Exhibition - OPEN UNTIL SATURday June 24th

Opening on Wednesday June 24th view 100 years of NZ Māori Rugby history at an exhibition only seen once before during Rugby World Cup 2011. The exhibit will be open to the public 9am – 4pm in the Grand Hall of Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre. Entry is with a gold coin donation (from $1 NZD). For information on Māori Rugby visit

Rotorua Night Market - Thursday June 15th

The Rotorua Night Market  is a must do while in Rotorua! This event is for locals and visitors alike, it is family friendly with great food, music and boutique stalls. Enjoy boutique-style shopping with the best the region has to offer. Taste the variety of ethnic cuisine and be entertained by local musicians. See you there! 5pm to 9pm.

Matariki 'all stars' Parade - Friday June 16th

The Matariki 'All Stars' Parade is a journey of lanterns from Tutanekai Street through the city centre collecting each of the specially themed stars of the Matariki constellation along the way. The parade ends at the Village Green with music, entertainment and a magical firework display. Starting at 6pm to 8.30pm. Be part of the parade - attend one of the free workshops and join in the fun.

Game Day - Saturday June 17th

It's here! Rotorua International Stadium comes alive with the chants of rugby supporters from across the nation and the world. The Māori All Blacks Team has been named by Head Coach Colin Cooper and features an experienced squad. These two sides last met in 2005, when the Māori All Blacks upset the touring British & Irish Lions 19-13 at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. Can they repeat the win?

Parking and transport

A free public shuttle will run from 1pm until the Stadium is empty following the game. There are shuttle pick up and drop off points around the city. The first pick up is at the Rotorua i-Site, the Lake End of Fenton Street.

All buses on the Rotorua City Ride network  will be free for the day.

Parking is free for privately arranged bus and shuttle transport. This Access and Parking Map provides more information for bus and shuttle services coming to the game.

Parking for all other vehicles will be available via Thebes Street for $10 cash only.

Public drop off & pick up area for is at the Westbrook Shopping Complex (outside Harvest Church) located off Malfroy Road. From there it is a short walk to Gate 3.

Download the Parking & Transport map for directions to the game. The Stadium Map shows you the entry/exit points to the Stadium as well as merchandising, food & beverage stations.

MIDDAY: GIANT HAKA World record attempt


Rugby HakaA Guinness World Record attempt for the largest haka. Everybody in the city, regardless of where your loyalties lie, are encouraged to come down to the Rotorua Lakefront (Village Green) to join this giant haka. With experts on hand to teach the words and actions no experience is required. Just show up and have some fun. Entertainment starts from 10.30am, be there by 11.30am to counted in the record attempt. Check out the Facebook event. Post a picture of you and your mates preparing for the haka and use #GiantHaka2017

12.30PM: International Women’s Rugby -
Canada v Australia

Smallbone Park will host rugby for the first time in its history when Canada play Australia in a lead up to the nights big game. This is a free event and no tickets are needed to watch.

4.15PM: International Women’s Rugby -
New Zealand Black Ferns v England

Watch the long-time rivals and powerhouses of the women’s game battle it out at the International Stadium.

7.35PM: Māori All Blacks v The British & Irish Lions

lions tour 2017It's game time!

Be ready for the main event! Check out Rotorua's local bars and pubs for a pre or post game beer. Stadium gates open at 4pm.

See above for Parking & Transport options to and from the game.

6.30PM to 10PM: Rotorua Fanzone

Head down to the Energy Events Centre behind the Govenrment Gardens for this family friendly and alcohol free fanzone. It is free to attend with big screens to watch the game. So dress up in your teams colours and join in the atmosphere. Food will be available for purchase at the event along with plenty of non-alcoholic beverage options. Doors open at 6.30pm and the event ends by 10pm.

Energy Events Centre
Government Gardens
Doors open at 6.30pm
Parking available at the venue

The big brekkie - Sunday June 18th

Big BrekkieJoin us on the field at the Village Green from early Sunday morning at our pop up food truck spot. Covered dining area with long tables to sit shoulder to shoulder with all the rugby followers. Relax on a bean bag with a coffee and relish the moment or bring a blanket and enjoy your breakfast picnic style. Open from 8am.


Sat Jun 17, 7:35 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.