A Lions team with a strong English contingent were edged out 2-1 by their All-Black counterparts in a very close series.
Ian McGeechan was coaching his second Lions tour and he handed Gavin Hastings the captaincy for the series - with the Scot getting the nod ahead of Will Carling.
England supplied 17 of the 30 players in the squad, re-affirming their status as the dominant force in northern hemisphere rugby.
A short preparation for the first Test included only five warm-up matches of which the Lions won four and lost one.
The first Test in Christchurch was one of the closest matches in Lions history.
The Lions got off to a bad start following a controversial try by Frank Bunce but the sense of injustice seemed to spur the tourists on and Hastings' boot became vitally important. The skipper scored 18 points as the tourists moved into a narrow lead going into the final minute.
But the Lions were denied in the final moments as Grant Fox scored a highly controversial, yet decisive penalty to give New Zealand a 20-18 victory.
The injustice spurred the Lions on and they hit back in fantastic fashion in the second Test.
Martin Bayfield dominated the lineouts, Hastings' boot was once again impeccable, while Rob Andrew added a drop-goal and Rory Underwood scored a try to give the Lions a 20-7 win.
It was tourists' biggest-ever win against the All Blacks and they went into the final Test brimming with confidence.
New Zealand improved massively in the decider, desperate to prove that their victory in the first game was no fluke.
But the Lions made a great start with Scott Gibbs going over and Hastings converting before adding a penalty to give them a 10-point lead.
The All Blacks hit back in the second half though with a devastating display.
Jon Preston, captain Sean Fitzpatrick and Bunce all scored tries, Grant Fox converting all three to add to his three penalty kicks to give New Zealand a series-clinching 30-13 win.
May 22 v North Auckland W 30-17
May 26 v North Harbour W 29-13
May 29 v New Zealand Maori W 24-20
June 2 v Canterbury W 28-10
June 5 v Otago L 24-37
June 8 v Southland W 34-16
June 12 v New Zealand L 18-20
June 16 v Taranaki W 49-25
June 19 v Auckland L 18-23
June 22 v Hawke's Bay L 16-29
June 26 v New Zealand W 20-7
June 29 v Waikato L 10-38
July 3 v New Zealand L 13-