New Zealand-bound Lions fans are facing huge surges in accommodation prices, including one motel seeking a nightly rate of seven times its normal charge.
An investigation has revealed Wellington motel, Fernhill Motor Lodge, is charging $1000 a night at the time the city hosts the second test, compared with a regular rate of $135. The Quadrant in Auckland CBD is seeking $1125 on the night of the first test, more than three times its room rate the following week.
According to online booking sites, only 5% of hotel rooms in Auckland’s CBD are still available for the first and third All Blacks-Lions tests on June 24 and July 8.
AA general manager of travel and tourism Grant Lilly said that while accommodation rates are under pressure as a result of strong demand during the tour, these skyrocketing prices were a cause for concern.
“It looks inherently overpriced.”
Barclay Suites, a 4.5-star serviced apartment in the heart of Auckland city, is charging $899 a night, on June 24, for a one bedroom deluxe suite on Expedia.
Should you stay just two nights later on June 26, the same room will cost $700 less.
New Zealand Herald