Aucklanders taking advantage of Lions fans
‘‘We know there isn't the accommodation in Auckland that there needs to be’’
Lions fans are taking over the city and some Aucklanders are making thousands of dollars moving out to make way for them.
Aaron Martin, managing director of MyHotels, which rents out personal homes and apartments for short periods, said one small studio apartment that typically went for $160 per night on AirBnB had been booked for $638 a night during the tour.
Other properties that typically sold for $600-800 per night were selling for $2000-2500, with his largest booking coming to over $7000.
‘‘We’ve had lots and lots of cases actually where we’ve tried to locate guests to hotels and there’s been nothing available in Auckland,’’ Martin said.
‘‘We know there isn’t the accommodation in Auckland that there needs to be, and people will put the prices up, like anything.’’
A day before the Lions were due to have their match against the Blues at Eden Park Martin was still receiving ‘‘half a dozen’’ phone calls from Aucklanders asking if they should move out for the Lions Tour in a last minute attempt to cash in.
Some had only made the decision to move out in recent weeks and were ‘‘frantically’’ putting their gear into storage as they took vacations or made arrangements to move into another property for the tour.
On Sunday June 25, the day after the first Lions test against the All Blacks at Eden Park.