In a couple of weeks, Australia and New Zealand will be playing host to one of the most anticipated events in the cricket calendar – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. It is only the second time the ANZAC nations have played duel host to cricket’s most coveted One-Day trophy and if you are travelling around New Zealand in March, we have all the information you need to see, camp and enjoy all the matches.
Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup matches be played?
The first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be on Valentine’s Day (February 14) at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. New Zealand will be taking on Sri Lanka while the Aussie’s will be duking it out against the ‘Old Enemy’ at the MCG. Both blockbuster openers are expected to draw big crowds. Another 42 cricket matches will be held before the first round of finals. The Grand Final will be held at the MCG on the Sunday 29th March.
If you are looking to organise a cricket road trip to some of the New Zealand venues during the Cricket World Cup, you will need to know all about the fixtures and the venues. There are New Zealand’s seven cricketing venues and the match you can see.
Eden Park, Auckland
New Zealand’s largest stadium and home to Auckland’s cricket team, Eden Park has been hosting cricket matches since the 1930’s. The stadium will be the venue for the much anticipated Australia vs New Zealand clash on the 28th February as well as the ground for the First Semi Final of the World Cup.
Where to camp in Auckland:
The closest campground to Eden Park is the Auckland Airport Campervan Park. Situated just a hop, step and jump from Mighty's Auckland Depot, this camper park lies just off Jimmy Ward Crescent opposite the golf course. Auckland North Shore Motels & Holiday Park is another alternative situation just north of Auckland’s CBD. With an indoor swimming pool and a short trip to the harbour, it is an ideal base to see all of Auckland’s cricket matches.
Wellington ‘Westpac’ Stadium
Built to support 34,000 spectators, Wellington Stadium is perhaps the coolest stadium in, what Lonely Planet called, the ‘coolest little capital in the world’. Host to some blockbuster matches during the Cricket World Cup including England vs New Zealand and England vs Sri Lanka, Wellington is one place that will be alive with cricket fans in March.
Where to camp in Wellington:
Stay at the Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park located within walking distance to some of the capital’s trendiest bars and cafes. Powered sites start from $50NZD. Another place to pull up stumps is at the Capital Gateway Motor Inn on Newlands Road. Powered sites range from $46 - $60NZD.
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Listed by ‘The Cricketer’ Magazine as one of the best venues to watch sport, Sneddon Park is a purpose-built cricket ground that delivers one of the most intimate spectator experiences for a cricket match. Pick a spot on the grassy banks under the shade of a tree and watch the sixes fly. The African clash between South Africa and Zimbabwe is likely to see the vuvuzela’s vibrating around the ground.
Where to camp in Hamilton:
While there aren’t any campervan parks in New Zealand’s largest inland city, you set up shop in the adjacent town of Cambridge. Cambridge Motor Park is located about a half an hour’s drive from Seddon Park and has powered sites from just $17NZD per night.
McLean Park, Napier
The final North Island ground is Napier’s McLean Park situated in the temperate Hawkes Bay region. The ground, which has a 21,000 seating capacity, is known to have a free scoring outfield with attacking batsmen often swinging the willow over cover for four. Expect the big hitters from the West Indies to whack the ball to the boundary multiple times against the UAE.
Where to camp in Napier:
Kennedy Park Top 10 Resort is a Tripadvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence winner, just a 15 minute walk to McLean Park - ideal for those who are thinking about carrying their own bat and ball to the game. The park has both powered and non-powered camp sites as well as a communal kitchens and laundry.
Saxton Oval, Nelson
One of New Zealand’s most expansive cricket grounds, the picturesque Saxton Oval (also known as Saxton Field) in Nelson is perfect for those who would like their own space. Have your own game of cricket on the grassy banks surrounding the ground or watch Bangladesh and Scotland battle it out from the comfort of a picnic blanket.
Where to camp in Nelson:
There are a few places to rest your head in Nelson including the waterfront Tahuna Beach Holiday Park. With flat wet sand, Tahuna Beach is the perfect place for some beach cricket. Alternatively, the Nelson City Holiday Park is just a 10 minute drive down The Ridgeway to Saxton Oval. Sheltered powered sites are available from $36NZD per night.
University Oval, Dunedin
Located on the grounds of New Zealand’s oldest tertiary school – Otago University, University Oval is a world class venue with a short off-side and long on. New Zealand will be paired up against Scotland for the opening match, while Sri Lanka will take on Afghanistan a week later.
Where to camp in Dunedin:
Aaron Lodge Top 10 Holiday Park is just a 9 minute drive to the University and has a heated swimming pool, spa and mini golf course. Powered sites begin from $36NZD a night.
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
With a cricket heritage spanning more the 150 years, Hagley Oval is one of New Zealand’s most hallowed cricket grounds. It is also the home ground to New Zealand’s favourite cricketing hero, Sir Richard Hadlee. Expect a capacity crowd for the opening World Cup clash between New Zealand and Sri Lanka as well as a Braveheart battle between England and Scotland.
Where to camp in Christchurch:
Pick up you Mighty camper from our Christchurch Airport depot and park it at Amber Holiday Park. From there it is just a 9 minute bus ride to Hagley Oval.
Book tickets to the ICC World Cup 2015
With over 500,000 seats to the 2015 Cricket World Cup already sold, you will need to get in quick to secure a ticket. Book tickets to all the matches from the New Zealand website: Ticketek.
For those interested the ICC is still looking for volunteer during the World Cup, you can find out more information in their volunteers section.
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