Louise van de Vlierd.
Dunedin accommodation is filling up for October's
Bledisloe Cup rugby encounter, prompting Jetstar to add a
late-night flight and Air New Zealand to run extra services.
Yesterday, Jetstar confirmed an extra flight would be added
for the Saturday, October 19 encounter after discussions with
Dunedin International Airport.
''We've now scheduled an extra domestic service that will
enable Auckland fans to enjoy the game and then head home on
a special late-night flight,'' the airline's New Zealand
head, Grant Kerr, said.
The flight would depart Dunedin at 11.55pm and arrive in
Auckland at 1.40am on Sunday.
The extra capacity was required because accommodation was in
An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said the airline was
''bolstering capacity'' with four additional return services:
three from Christchurch and one from Wellington.
Larger aircraft would also be flying into the city from
Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, while a charter
service, hosted by Sir Graham Henry and former All Black Jeff
Wilson, would also feature.
A Dunedin Venues Management Ltd spokesman said 23,700 tickets
for the All Blacks v Wallabies match had been sold, with
capacity for the Forsyth Barr Stadium clash just over 29,000.
Dunedin Visitor Centre manager Louise van de Vlierd said,
while most central city accommodation providers were almost
full, rooms were still available.
''It is getting tight, but I would be really surprised if we
don't get cancellations coming through at the last minute.
''I have never known the town to be totally sold out on the
Plenty of accommodation options remained within an hour's
journey of the city, at least one operator providing
transport options from Oamaru.