In 2017 the Lions tour New Zealand and take on the All Blacks
Fly with the official airline of the All Blacks
Kia ora. In June 2017, New Zealand welcomes the British & Irish Lions for 3 test matches against the All Blacks, in a 10 match tour of New Zealand. The tour will visit 7 host cities, along the length and breadth of New Zealand.
When: 3 June - 8 July 2017
Where: 7 Host cities, including: Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington on the North Island and Christchurch, Dunedin on the South Island
All Blacks v Lions: The All Blacks and the Lions play 3 test matches: in Auckland for the first test match, in Wellington for the second, and then back to Auckland for the third and final test match.
Getting to New Zealand
Air New Zealand offers flights to 22 destinations within New Zealand, including 6 of the host cities, from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Check out our current best fares to New Zealand.
Working with our airline partners, we offer 7 different routes to New Zealand. You can fly with us all the way from London Heathrow via Los Angeles or in combination with us and one of our partner airlines via Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, San Francisco, or Vancouver.
Utilising our international multistop booking tool, you can also include free stopovers either on your way to New Zealand or at one of the host cities within New Zealand. For example, you can book London Heathrow to Wellington and get free stopovers in Auckland in both directions, allowing you to fly to each All Blacks v Lions test match on one flight ticket.
Our international multistop booking tool also allows you to book more complex itineraries. For example, London to Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, then back to Auckland and London. All on one ticket.
Getting around New Zealand
Internal New Zealand Flights
Flying is the quickest and easiest way to get around New Zealand. Air New Zealand proudly serves 22 domestic destinations around New Zealand, including 6 of the host cities. So if you want to go to Wellington or Whangarei, flying domestically with Air New Zealand is the way to go.
In addition to our international multistop, Air New Zealand also provides a New Zealand domestic multistop tool. Use our New Zealand domestic multistop booking tool for trips with multiple flights within New Zealand, including one or more stopovers or flights arriving and departing in different cities.
If you have more time on your hands and want to drive through the beautiful New Zealand countrywide, New Zealand is the perfect destination to hire a car or campervan. Check out our great deals on car hire and campervan hire.
Why fly with Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand knows New Zealand
Air New Zealand is the national carrier for New Zealand and not only do we know New Zealand inside out, we are passionate about New Zealand. One of our guiding principles is that we will champion and promote New Zealand and its people, culture and business at home and overseas.
Experience New Zealand as soon as you step on board
Why wait till you arrive in New Zealand before you start your New Zealand adventure. With the help of our consultant Kiwi chef, Peter Gordon, we've designed our menus to reflect the fresh, innovative cuisine of New Zealand. Also, relax with a great selection of New Zealand wine.
Air New Zealand is crazy about rugby
As any rugby fan knows, New Zealand and New Zealanders are crazy about rugby. Well that also goes for Air New Zealand and we are proud sponsors of the All Blacks.
Check out some of our rugby and All Blacks inspired videos:
Counting Down #CrazyAboutRugby #ProjectBlackout
As the All Blacks vs Lions in 2017 draws closer, take a look at the crazy way we’re preparing at Air New Zealand. #CrazyAboutRugby #ProjectBlackout
Men In Black Safety Defenders #AirNZSafetyVideo
At Air New Zealand, we’re #CrazyAboutRugby. So for our latest inflight safety video, we called upon some very special Men In Black to brief our passengers. Created in partnership with Sony Pictures, the All Blacks take on a new challenge. Buckle up as our boys in black take you through the ins and outs of safety with the help of Stan Walker, Rip Torn and Frank the Pug. Plus, keep an eye out for some inter-galactic rugby cameos from David Campese, Martin Johnson and Agustin Pichot.
Meanwhile in...New Zealand - "Conversion"
We're officially mad about rugby and skiing so we built some goal posts up on the ski slopes in New Zealand - watch what happens next!