British & Irish Lions Tours to New Zealand

The British and Irish Lions tours to New Zealand have been taking place for over 120 years. Not all tours were officially sanctioned and the name of the touring team has changed over the years. But the legacy remains and the tours are a much anticipated event.

Up to 1971 the Lions toured Australia and New Zealand in one tour. Since then they visit the countries separately although they have played warm up matches in Australia on occasion when heading to New Zealand.

Currently, the Lions tour the Southern Hemisphere on a 4 yearly rotation. The last tour to New Zealand was 2005 and the next is due in 2017.

This page has the results of the tours to New Zealand that have been made by the various touring teams from the 4 Home Unions.


British & Irish Lions Tours to Australia - click on this link to find out about previous tours to Australia

British & Irish Lions Tours to South Africa - click on this link to find out about previous tours to South Africa


2005

23 May

4 June

8 June

11 June

15 June

18 June

21 June

25 June

28 June

2 July

5 July

9 July

Argentina

Bay of Plenty

Taranaki

NZ Maori

Wellington

Otago

Southland

New Zealand

Manawatu

New Zealand

Auckland

New Zealand

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Cardiff

Rotorua

New Plymouth

Hamilton

Wellington

Dunedin

Invercargill

Christchurch

Palmerston North

Wellington

Auckland

Auckland

25

20

14

19

6

19

16

21

6

48

13

38

25

34

36

13

23

30

26

3

109

18

17

19

The British & Irish Lions were whitewashed 3-0 in the test series, the 3rd time that it had happened. All 3 have been at the hands of the All Blacks.

The Lions also played a warm up game in Cardiff, against Argentina, before leaving for New Zealand. They drew this game.



1993

22 May

26 May

29 May

2 June

5 June

8 June

12 June

16 June

19 June

22 June

26 June

29 June

3 July

North Auckland

North Harbour

NZ Maori

Canterbury

Otago

Southland

New Zealand

Taranaki

Auckland

Hawkes Bay

New Zealand

Waikato

New Zealand

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Whangarei

Auckland

Wellington

Christchurch

Dunedin

Invercargill

Christchurch

New Plymouth

Auckland

Napier

Wellington

Hamilton

Auckland

17

13

20

10

37

16

20

25

23

29

7

38

30

30

29

24

28

24

34

18

49

18

16

20

10

13

THe British & Irish Lions lost the test series 2-1. They went into the last test at 1-1, and despite having lost 4 provincial games, they were a chance to win the series. It was not to be.



1983

15 May

18 May

21 May

25 May

28 May

31 May

4 June

8 June

11 June

14 June

18 June

25 June

28 June

2 July

6 July

9 July

12 July

16 July

Wanganui

Auckland

Bay of Plenty

Wellington

Manawatu

Mid Canterbury

New Zealand

West Coast

Southland

Wairarapa Bush

New Zealand

North Auckland

Canterbury

New Zealand

Hawkes Bay

Counties

Waikato

New Zealand

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Wanganui

Auckland

Rotorua

Wellington

Palmerston North

Ashburton

Christchurch

Greymouth

Invercargill

Masterton

Wellington

Whangarei

Christchurch

Dunedin

Napier

Pukekohe

Hamilton

Auckland

15

13

16

19

18

6

16

16

3

10

9

12

22

15

19

16

13

38

47

12

34

27

25

26

12

52

41

57

0

21

20

8

25

25

40

6

The British & Irish Lions lost the series 4-0, only the second time they had been whitewashed in a series.



1977

18 May

21 May

25 May

28 May

1 June

4 June

8 June

11 June

14 June

18 June

22 June

25 June

29 June

2 July

5 July

9 July

13 July

16 July

20 July

23 July

30 July

3 August

6 August

9 August

13 August

16 August

Wairarapa Bush

Hawkes Bay

Poverty Bay/East Coast

Taranaki

King Country/Wanganui

Manawatu/Horowhenua

Otago

Southland

NZ Universities

New Zealand

Hanan Shield Districts

Canterbury

West Coast/Buller

Wellington

Marlborough/Nelson Bays

New Zealand

NZ Maori

Waikato

NZ Juniors

Auckland

New Zealand

Counties/Thames Valley

North Auckland

Bay of Plenty

New Zealand

Fiji

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Masterton

Napier

Gisborne

New Plymouth

Taumaranui

Palmerston North

Dunedin

Invercargill

Christchurch

Wellington

Timaru

Christchurch

Westport

Wellington

Blenheim

Christchurch

Auckland

Hamilton

Wellington

Auckland

Dunedin

Pukekohe

Whangarei

Rotorua

Auckland

Suva

13

11

6

13

9

12

7

12

12

16

6

13

0

6

23

9

19

13

9

15

19

10

7

16

10

25

41

13

25

21

60

18

12

20

9

12

45

14

45

13

40

13

22

18

19

34

7

35

18

23

9

21

The British & Irish Lions lost the test series 3-1. They were unbeaten against the provincial sides but lost to the NZ University team. They also lost a match against Fiji on the way home.



1971

12 May

15 May

22 May

26 May

29 May

2 June

5 June

9 June

12 June

17 June

19 June

22 June

26 June

30 June

3 July

6 July

10 July

14 July

17 July

21 July

24 July

31 July

4 August

7 August

10 August

14 August

Queensland

NSW

Counties/Thames Valley

King Country/Wanganui

Waikato

NZ Maori

Wellington

S Cant/Mid Cant/N Otago

Otago

West Coast/Buller

Canterbury

Marlborough/Nelson Bays

New Zealand

Southland

Taranaki

NZ Universities

New Zealand

Wairarapa Bush

Hawkes Bay

Poverty Bay/East Coast

Auckland

New Zealand

Manawatu/Horowhenua

North Auckland

Bay of Plenty

New Zealand

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Brisbane

Sydney

Pukekohe

Wanganui

Hamilton

Auckland

Wellington

Timaru

Dunedin

Greymouth

Christchurch

Blenheim

Dunedin

Invercargill

New Plymouth

Wellington

Christchurch

Masterton

Napier

Gisborne

Auckland

Wellington

Palmerston North

Whangarei

Tauranga

Auckland

15

12

3

9

14

12

9

6

9

6

9

12

3

3

9

6

22

6

6

12

12

3

6

5

14

14

11

14

25

22

35

23

47

25

21

39

14

31

9

25

14

27

12

27

25

18

19

13

39

11

20

14

The British & Irish Lions won the test series 2-1 (and 1 draw) and became the first Lions team to win a series in New Zealand. They were also unbeaten in New Zealand outside of the tests but lost a game in Australia on the way to New Zealand.



1966

June 11

June 15

June 18

June 22

June 25

June 29

July 2

July 6

July 9

July 16

July 20

July 23

July 27

July 30

August 2

August 6

August 10

August 13

August 17

August 20

August 27

August 31

September 3

September 6

September 10


September 14

September 17

Southland

Sth/Mid Cant/North Otago

Otago

NZ Universities

Wellington

Marlborough/Nelson Bays

Taranaki

Bay Of Plenty

North Auckland

New Zealand

West Coast/Buller

Canterbury

Manawatu/Horowhenua

Auckland

Wairarapa/Bush

New Zealand

Wanganui/King Country

NZ Maori

Poverty Bay/East Coast

Hawkes Bay

New Zealand

NZ Juniors

Waikato

Counties/Thames Valley

New Zealand


British Columbia

Canada

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions


Lions

Lions

Invercargill

Timaru

Dunedin

Christchurch

Wellington

Nelson

New Plymouth

Rotorua

Whangarei

Dunedin

Westport

Christchurch

Palmerston North

Auckland

Masterton

Wellington

Wanganui

Auckland

Gisborne

Napier

Christchurch

Wellington

Hamilton

Papakura

Auckland


Vancouver

Toronto

14

12

17

11

20

14

9

6

3

20

6

6

8

6

6

16

12

14

6

11

19

3

9

9

24


8

8

8

20

9

24

6

22

12

6

6

3

25

8

17

12

9

12

6

16

9

11

6

9

20

13

11


3

19

This was the first British and Irish Lions side to be whitwashed (4-0) in a test series.

NB: This tour followed on from games played in Australia and concluded with 2 matches in Canada on the way home. Results from the games in Australia can be found here


1959

June 20

June 24

June 27

July 1

July 4

July 8

July 11

July 18

July 22

July 25

July 29

August 1

August 5

August 8

August 11

August 15

August 19

August 22

August 25

August 29

September 2

September 5

September 9

September 12

September19


September 26

September 29

Hawkes Bay

Pverty Bay/East Coast

Auckland

NZ Universities

Otago

S/Mid Cant/Nth Otago

Southland

New Zealand

West Coast/Buller

Canterbury

Marlborough/Nelson Bays

Wellington

Wanganui

Taranaki

Manawatu/Horowhenua

New Zealand

King Country/Counties

Waikato

Wairarapa/Bush

New Zealand

NZ Juniors

NZ Maori

BOP/Thames Valley

North Auckland

New Zealand


British Columbia All Stars

Eastern Canada

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions


Lions

Lions

Napier

Gisborne

Auckland

Christchurch

Dunedin

Timaru

Invercargill

Dunedin

Greymouth

Christchurch

Blenheim

Wellington

Wanganui

New Plymouth

Palmerston North

Wellington

Taumarunui

Hamilton

Masterton

Christchurch

Wellington

Auckland

Rotorua

Whangarei

Auckland


Vancouver

Toronto

12

14

10

13

26

11

6

18

3

20

5

6

6

3

6

11

5

0

11

22

9

6

24

13

6


11

6

52

23

15

25

8

21

11

17

58

14

64

21

9

15

26

8

25

14

3

8

29

12

26

35

9


16

70

NB: This tour followed on from games played in Australia and concluded with 2 matches in Canada on the way home. Results from the games in Australia can be found here



1950

May 10

May 13

May 16

May 20

May 23

May 27

May 31

June 3

June 6

June 10

June 14

June 17

June 21

June 24

July 1

July 5

July 8

July 12

July 15

July 19

July 22

July 29

August 2

Marlborough/Nelson Bays

Buller

West Coast

Otago

Southland

New Zealand

South Canterbury

Canterbury

Ashburton Ctry/N Otago

New Zealand

Wairarapa/Bush

Hawkes Bay

E Coast/Poverty Bay/BOP

Wellington

New Zealand

Wanganui

Taranaki

Manawatu/Horowhenua

Waikato/King Ctry/T Valley

North Auckland

Auckland

New Zealand

NZ Maori

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Nelson

Westport

Greymouth

Dunedin

Invercargill

Dunedin

Timaru

Christchurch

Ashburton

Christchurch

Masterton

Napier

Gisborne

Wellington

Wellington

Wanganui

New Plymouth

Palmerston North

Hamilton

Whangarei

Auckland

Auckland

Wellington

3

9

3

23

11

9

8

5

6

8

13

0

3

6

6

3

3

8

0

6

9

11

9

24

24

32

9

0

9

27

16

29

0

27

20

27

12

3

31

25

13

30

8

32

8

14

NB: The Lions played further games in Australia after the tour of New Zealand. The results of the games in Australia are here.