Rugby fans in for fun and fes­tiv­i­ties


An­tic­i­pa­tion for the up­com­ing Lions tour is reach­ing fever pitch with fans from all cor­ners of the world due to touch down in the cap­i­tal next month.

Bri­tons Peter and Yvonne Clarke will be among them, ea­ger to recre­ate the mem­o­rable time they had dur­ing the last Lions tour to New Zealand, in 2005.

‘‘We stayed in a ho­tel in Up­per Hutt. The owner made us so wel­come and we were for­tu­nate to be the re­ceiver of real Kiwi hos­pi­tal­ity,’’ said Peter Clarke.

‘‘All our mem­o­ries are good even to the point of the crazy weather we had. We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to our re­turn visit.’’

The Clarkes, along with thou­sands of fel­low rugby sup­port­ers, will gather at Welling­ton’s of­fi­cial Fan Zone at Odlins Plaza, near Frank Kitts La­goon.

Welling­ton Re­gional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Agency (Wreda) has se­cured the rights to broad­cast the two West­pac Sta­dium fix­tures at the fan zone.

‘‘We want to en­sure Welling­ton pro­vides the best des­ti­na­tion ex­pe­ri­ence fans have whilst here for the tour,’’ said Wreda gen­eral man­ager of ma­jor events, War­rick Dent.

‘‘That means not only of­fer­ing tra­di­tional warm Welling­ton hos­pi­tal­ity but also adding in more un­ex­pected and cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties that will wow visi­tors and make it a great week for lo­cals too.’’

Up to 20,000 Lions sup­port­ers are ex­pected to visit Welling­ton for two full houses at West­pac Sta­dium - the Lions against the Hur­ri­canes, on June 27, and in the sec­ond test against the All Blacks, on July 1.

Af­ter each match the fan zone will be­come a su­per­vised party spot, with live mu­sic through till 1am and through Thurs­day to Satur­day.

Part of the fes­tiv­i­ties will be a Fan Trail on the nights of both games which will show­case Welling­ton’s cre­ativ­ity and tech ex­cel­lence through light shows and pro­jec­tions as it leads fans to the sta­dium.


Bri­tons Peter and Yvonne Clarke are re­turn­ing to Welling­ton.

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