The Herald reports:
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.
A Weekend Herald 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 per cent 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.
This is where competition is a good thing.
If you go to Airbnb, you can get a room near Eden Park for under $60 a night and an entire apartments or houses for under $200 a night.