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The Pride of the Lions


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The British and Irish LionsWho are the British & Irish Lions?

Every rugby player dreams of one day representing their country at the highest level – it's that sort of game.

Rugby Union's greatest event is held every four years when the Rugby World Cup takes place and there is a great competition between countries wanting to the host that event.

But there is one other jersey which rugby players strive hard to earn – it’s the red jersey of the British & Irish Lions which is worn with immense pride with all who earn one.

The Lions is a combined team selected from the four "Home" unions - England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

The first rugby team from the British Isles visited New Zealand in 1888, but this was apparently a team of cricketers and rugby players who also played Australian rules during that part of their tour of Australasia!

British Isles visit New Zealand in 1888

The first official tour from the British Isles was in 1904 but it was not until the 1930 tour that a proper organisation was set up by the British and Irish unions to provide protocols for future tours. Over the years the combined British & Irish team set up a regular pattern of separate tours to Australia and South Africa as well as New Zealand. This eventually settled into a regular pattern of a tour every four years to one of the countries, so that each country received a visit from the Lions every 12 years. This 12-year gap serves to add excitement and anticipation to New Zealand every time the Lions roll in.

Eden Park Auckland

Eden Park in Auckland is the venue for three games, including two test matches. The third test will be played in Wellington and the other games of Lions are against New Zealand's Super Rugby teams, the Provincial Barbarians and the Maori All Blacks.

With over 20,000 visitors expected accommodation will be pretty tight, but there will be time for visitors to travel around this beautiful country as they watch our own beautiful game!


Self-Contained Apartment or Hotel Stay - What's right for you?


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For most people looking for accommodation for their Auckland stay, the first place that comes to mind is a hotel. But there is another alternative that could suit you well - a self contained apartment.

There's a certain romance and excitement at the prospect of staying at a hotel. They're great for short visits when on-demand service is what you need, and privacy, independence and flexibility are less relevant.

However, what these apartments can give you is the opportunity to 'settle in', even if you are only in Auckland for a week. Often more affordable than a hotel, the value of having your own space is priceless. Apartments like those we offer at Quinovic Viaduct are fully furnished and offer the comforts of home in convenient, central locations at great value rates.

You'll also get more space for the price. You’re not just confined to a small bedroom but will generally have a separate living and dining area - a real benefit if you’re staying in Auckland for a long period of time or if you're travelling with family or a group. Everyone can have their privacy when needed but still enjoy spending time together in a shared living area.

Apartments also offer the luxury of your own fully-equipped kitchen. Stay in and cook with produce from the local markets or go out and enjoy Auckland's world class cafés and restaurants - it's your choice. It’s also great if you have special dietary requirements or if you’re traveling with children.

One of the perks of staying in a hotel is not having to make your own bed, unless you sleep in and forget to put up the “do not disturb” sign. It can also be a hassle 'tidying' every day prior to housekeeping’s arrival. Self-contained apartments give you the flexibility to come and go as you please with a weekly housekeeping service, providing occupants with greater privacy.

Quinovic Viaduct manage fully furnished quality apartments and townhouses in Auckland CBD and adjacent suburbs, ideal whether you're staying for a week with your family or seeking accommodation for large groups on business contracts.

Contact us to discuss how our self-contained apartments can meet your needs.