Rugby fans taking a train to Eden Park to watch the Lions games will now be able to add a relaxed pre- game experience in one of Kingsland's many bars and eateries, thanks to forward planning by Auckland Transport.

All ticket holders to Eden Park games get free travel for up to 3 hours before the game, meaning they can arrive in good time to enjoy a drink or meal just a couple of minutes walk from the stadium gates.

"This idea worked brilliantly during the Rugby World Cup" says Christine Foley, Kingsland Business Society manager.

"Fans were amazed at the variety of restaurants within a few metres of Eden Park - whether they wanted fine dining, ethnic food or fish and chips - and there’s even more choice now.”

Local eateries are gearing up to cope with the influx of visitors and most will be offering special menus  showcasing house specialities and kiwi favourites. 

They are expecting many fans will want to spend some time relaxing at the 38 restaurants and 8 bars in the area before they go to the game.

There will also be street entertainment and the added bonus of being able to win $50 dollars worth of Kingsland Flavours vouchers simply by tagging a friend in a competition on the KingslandNZ Facebook page.

To get the train ticket holders can get onto any train on the Auckland Transport network and then change to the Western Line at either Britomart or Newmarket.  Kingsland and Morningside stations are just a ball’s throw from Eden Park.

Non ticketed supporters gathering at the Fan Zone at The Cloud on the Queens Wharf will also be able to come to Kingsland easily to soak up the pre-match atmosphere by simply crossing the road to Britomart station and going one fare stage on the train to Kingsland.

"This happened last time as well and it meant a real party atmosphere for the whole evening" said Mrs Foley. 

Fans will be able to come back to Kingsland after the game and continue to enjoy the atmosphere until the last train leaves 45 minutes after midnight.