Auckland’s ability to host an army of campervans has been boosted just in time for the DHL British & Irish Lions Series 2017.
At least 200 new sites will now be available at popular trotting venue Alexandra Park, just 12 minutes by car from Eden Park.
These self-contained campervan sites will complement the 330 sites on the infield at nearby Ellerslie Racecourse.
Both sites will be available when Auckland hosts the two tests at Eden Park during the Lions Series 2017. The Ellerslie pop-up campervan site will also be open for the night of the Blues game.
The parks will help New Zealand’s largest city cope with the influx of visiting British and Irish Lions fans that are planning to road trip around the country.
Alexandra Park will have a range of facilities available to campers at the non-powered sites, including toilets and showers, and on-site licenced premises with meals.
Steve Armitage, Auckland Events and Economic Development’s (ATEED) General Manager Visitor & External Relations, says they have been focused on securing a significant supply of affordable accommodation for fans.
“Following the Lions in campervans has become a tradition and we’re grateful Auckland Racing Club and the Alexandra Park have agreed to let the horse racing venues be used to host fans,” he says.
“Both venues are close to public transport and just a short distance from Eden Park, and Auckland’s CBD where the Lions Fanzone will be hosted at Queens Wharf, and we think they will provide a great atmosphere for the travelling fan army.”
Alexandra Park is included in the recently announced competition for fans who book a campervan site by 31 May. Anyone who books a stay at either Ellerslie Racecourse or Alexandra Park by the end of this month will go in the draw to win a prize pack for two which includes entry to Sky Tower, a Whale & Dolphin Safari, rugby merchandise, and the chance to win back a two-night stay at the campervan park.