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Auckland’s magnificent Eden Park has welcomed not just cricketers but everyone from the Queen Mum to the Dalai Lama. With its soaring stands seating around 40,000 it’s an imposing but sociable venue, a new internal concourse allowing you to nip out quickly and pick up a beer or a burger. During the World Cup it hosted four matches, including the semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa. Noted for its unusual baseball diamond design, Auckland’s sub-tropical conditions tend to favour slow and spin bowlers here.
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Flour power in the Park
Eden Park was the setting for one of sport’s most controversial matches in September 1981. The Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand split the nation and spectators alike with the final test disrupted by anti-Apartheid demonstrations.
On the streets around the ground, police and protesters traded punches and missiles and inside it was no less hostile. Throughout a bruising match, players were targeted by flour bombs from a Cessna airplane which circled overhead and flares fired from the crowd, one projectile hitting All Black prop Gary Knight.
On the pitch the All Blacks won the match at the death with an injury time penalty but that was just a foot note.
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Filling the Basin
During your stay in Wellington you’ll see many of the physical effects of earthquakes on the city’s terrain and landscape. But the most devastating quake to hit New Zealand in recent times was the one which ravaged Christchurch in 2011.
In response the people of Wellington hosted “Fill the Basin” a cricket fundraiser to support their South Island neighbours. More than 10,000 attended with crowds spilling on to the edge of the boundary. The game boasted many of cricket’s legends including Shane Warne and Richard Hadlee who were joined by All Black captain Richie McCaw and Hollywood stars Sir Ian McKellen and Russell Crowe. Over $500,000NZ was raised towards providing relief.
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Last updated April 13th, 2017