Cheap rooms rare as an All Blacks loss ahead of Lions tour

  • 02/04/2017
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Hospitality New Zealand says people need to expand their search (file)

Rugby fans are being told not to lose hope of finding cheap accommodation for the upcoming Lions tour.

Some providers are hiking prices up to seven times what they'd normally charge in Wellington and Auckland.

NZME reports motor lodges are charging in excess of $1000 a night, with only 5 percent of hotel rooms still unbooked ahead of the first Lions-All Blacks Test on June 24.

Hospitality New Zealand general manager Rachel Shadbolt says people need to expand their search.

"Alternative accommodation's out there - you BookaBaches, your Airbnb. Customers have plenty of options available to them, and that'll be at various price points."

But some places Airbnb aren't any cheaper, with homes near Eden Park on offer for up to $1500.

Ms Shadbolt says fans should have planned their accommodation in advance to avoid paying huge amounts.

An alternative is billeting, with Facebook page Adopt a Lions Fan 2017 aiming to set up touring fans with Kiwi hosts, for free.