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New Zealand

New Zealand

Breathtaking scenery
Passionate sporting nation
Competitive matches at every level


With friendly hosts and a competitive match at every level, New Zealand is a real highlight on the touring calendar. The Kiwis love their sport and you would struggle to find better hospitality offered to our touring sides.

Most schools play rugby, cricket, hockey and netball and the destination lends itself beautifully to a combined sports tour. It is also worth noting that women’s sport in particular is highly regarded with netball regularly aired on national television and the top players being household names. The All Blacks are far more than a rugby team, for most Kiwis they represent everything about their nation and are held almost in reverie by the majority of the population.

The breathtaking beauty of New Zealand’s South Island will long have a place in your heart after the tour is over and the adrenaline activities offered such as bungee jumping, white water rafting, the Shotover Jet and zorbing give you the chance to do something completely out of the ordinary. Add to that the rich cultural Maori heritage, hot natural spas, geysers & bubbling mud pools of the North Island and you will see why there is so much to see and do.

Why not take some time to consider a stopover with a final fixture in Fiji or the Cook Islands on your way home.


New Zealand Map


Our tour to New Zealand was one in which the squad enjoyed immensely and this is in no small part down to the excellent organisational skills of the people at Living With The Lions.
Merchiston Castle Rugby Tour to New Zealand

New Zealand Tour Photos

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Once agreed, prices are guaranteed and we eliminate all exchange rate risk. Only airline prices (over 12 months away) or taxes may vary.

You can relax in the knowledge that your tour is in the hands of experienced staff who meticulously ensure that all elements of the tour run smoothly. Safety checks are carried out on all suppliers and assistance given with risk assessment.

Living With The Lions Sports Travel is fully ATOL bonded ensuring that all our air holiday packages are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad.

We spend a great deal of time and effort selecting good quality suppliers to ensure your tour surpasses expectation. We do not cut corners and work closely with our ground agents all over the world to ensure that you are fully supported at all stages of the tour.

Your own Living With The Lions contact handles all aspects of your tour – initial meetings, quotations, presentations, operations and on-tour support. As a small team we can make quick decisions and pride ourselves on providing a fast & personalised response any queries you may have. We are willing to do things differently if you prefer and are happy to consider any new ideas.

Each of our team members has gained valuable experience at respected companies. Joanna at Gullivers for 8 years, Carrie with Bundu Bashers in South Africa for 10 years and then Edwin Doran for 3 yrs and John has been organising music tours overseas for the last 22 years. As a keen sportsman himself, our MD Patrick Arnold is actively involved in the schools department and loves to get involved at all levels of organisation and implementation.

Over the years we have built up long lasting relationships with our hosts and ground agents overseas. Their ability to arrange access to top class venues and meet ex-internationals, arrange competitive fixtures, organise musical concerts and provide the all-important local knowledge, makes them invaluable to the touring process. Their support, when faced with the unexpected, also gives you peace of mind knowing that you will be well looked after throughout the tour.

With each tour that we create, new ideas and experiences are added. We can include anything you like – from a basic weekend away through to elephant polo in front of the Taj Mahal. The service you receive from Living With The Lions is bespoke and tailored to your team. You chose your own tour merchandise, sightseeing experiences, music repertoire and standard of opponent. We ensure it all gels together and that every detail has been thought through.


Do not hesitate to give us a call. Our expert team are happy to assist you.