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Campervans being snapped up for Rugby World Cup

Published: 6:52PM Monday June 27, 2011 Source: ONE News

With just 74 days to go until the Rugby World Cup, it has now been revealed campervans are becoming the accommodation of choice for visitors.

Cup organisers confirmed today a new temporary site at Auckland's home of harness racing, Alexandra Park, after an influx in bookings.

Campervan accommodation proved popular during the British and Irish Lions rugby tour in 2005, and officials are gearing up for a repeat.

"It is part of the Kiwi brand to do New Zealand by campervan and already what we're seeing is a huge demand for campervans around the tournament period," said Rachael Dacy, Auckland RWC head.

Officials estimate that on game nights up to 1000 vans will be looking to park up.

And the surge in accommodation on wheels during the Rugby World Cup will be a big boost for some.

"Our peak that we normally see in December to February is also coming in September. So two peaks in one year has got to be good," said Kate Meldrum from Tourism Holdings Ltd.

Westhaven Marina, just next to the Harbour Bridge, can take 98 vans, but the bulk will be directed to Alexandra Park in Greenlane.

By September the park will be able to accommodate 960 vans in the carpark and on the track.

"It's going to be a bit of fun because we've got horse racing on the night before just about every game," said Alexandra Park chief executive Graeme Running.

"So the idea is we have racing on the track on a Thursday or Friday night and then the campervans come in on the Saturday mornings. Then they basically do a park 'n' ride, hang around for a day or two then go off and do things campervan people do."

Berths will cost $45 a night with most people expected to stay one to two nights.