Bledisloe Cup fans face rising hotel costs

Last updated 08:40, August 27 2014
BLEDISLOE CUP PRICE HIKES: Rugby fans cramming into hotels have caused accommodation price hikes on both sides of the ditch.
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BLEDISLOE CUP PRICE HIKES: Rugby fans cramming into hotels have caused accommodation price hikes on both sides of the ditch.

All Blacks and Wallabies fans cramming into hotels have caused accommodation price hikes on both sides of the ditch during the Bledisloe Cup.

According to data from hotel search website trivago.co.nz, the prices of hotels in both Australia and New Zealand have risen for cities hosting the 2014 Rugby Championship, with the largest price increases occurring on the days of All Blacks vs Wallabies games.

The first match of the tournament between the trans-Tasman rivals was held in Sydney on August 16. 

One week before the match the city's average hotel price was $183 per night, but before game day this rose to an average $210 per night - a 15 per cent increase.

For the All Blacks' successful match against the Wallabies in Auckland on Saturday, hotel prices jumped 13 per cent to $167 per night, up from $148 the week before.

Meanwhile the final match to be held in Brisbane on October 18 was expected to see visitors spending 23 per cent more on accommodation, at $235 per night compared to $191 the week before.

While hotel prices remained steady in destinations hosting matches against Argentina or South Africa, Wellington was the exception, the figures showed.

The New Zealand vs Argentina game in the capital on September 13 would see accommodation cost an average of $218, a 37 per cent increase compared to $159 the week before.

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