Auck­lan­ders tak­ing ad­van­tage of Lions fans

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DILEEPA FONSEKA

‘‘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.

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