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Lions tickets: Packages for New Zealand tour still available

Tickets to warm-up games are on sale - and you can still get deals involving flights and test tickets

With the Six Nations producing some of its best rugby for years - England's titanic victory over Wales last week ranks among the greatest matches the tournament has seen - interest in the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand this summer is reaching fever pitch. 

The cream of the four home nations travel to New Zealand for what promises to be a mammoth test series against the world champions in June and July and what looked like a suicide mission a year ago is becoming a tour that no player, or fan, wants to miss.

Last year's autumn internationals showed that the southern hemisphere sides are not invincible, while England's resurgence as a superpower has fuelled hopes the Lions can make rugby history by overcoming the mighty All Blacks on their home turf for the first time since 1971.

But with the tour just four months away, tickets are scarce. But here's how you can catch the Lions in New Zealand:

Tour matches:

Tickets for all three Tests sold out long ago after a ballot, but there are still tickets available for most of the tour games. 

Warren Gatland is expected to field his preferred XV for the Test series in at least one of the warm-up games, with the games against the Otago Highlanders or the Maori All Blacks the most likely.

Tickets are still available for both matches, along with the games against other regional opposition. Prices start at NZ$39 (£22.50) for children and go up to NZ$129 (£75).

Tickets can be bought online at nzlionsSeries17.com/tickets, although fans from the UK or the EU are told to buy from lionstour.com.

Package deals:

With the clock ticking, there is "extremely limited availability for ticket-inclusive packages", warns the official Lions website. However, it is still possible to book package deals involving flights, match tickets, hotels and even camper vans.

Packages including return flights to New Zealand plus tickets to all three Tests are available from £2,999. A three-week trip with flights, tickets and a two-berth motorhome costs £5,739.

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