New Zealand v England Cricket 2019
Voyage to the Long White Cloud in 2019 and enjoy a sensational cricketing summer in the southern hemisphere in the company of the carefree Kiwis.
Support England on tour as they battle the Black Caps from the steamy tip of the North Island to the Fjord and Alp studded South.
Simply select your preferred destination or multi-centre package from the options below.
As of 21st February we are still awaiting official dates and locations, so please sign up to be kept updated.
Oct 2019 – Dec 2019
Two Test Matches and Five T20s
New Zealand Cricket Grounds
Auckland ground – Eden Park
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.
The weather and the opposition can make things hot and sticky in Auckland. Sign up now to support England versus New Zealand in 2019.
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.
Hagley Oval has since been identified and documented as the cornerstone of Canterbury and New Zealand cricketing activity. During the early decades the Oval hosted a series of inter-provincial matches, as well as the occasional international fixture. It continues to host all grades of cricket, including women’s internationals and under age, and the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup itself is set to feature matches at Hagley Oval.
The careers of a whole succession of cricket’s local heroes, including Sir Richard Hadlee have played at Hagley Oval. It will undoubtedly launch the careers of our aspiring cricket heroes of tomorrow.
The ground pays tribute to the cricket history in Canterbury and also provides an exciting opportunity for the future of Canterbury and New Zealand Cricket.
The Hagley Oval development plan includes, amongst other projects, fundraising for lighting which would enable day-night games to once again be hosted in Christchurch. Resource consent has been obtained for the lights.
Our next project is to upgrade the recently purchased Hagley Sports Centre. To develop it into an indoor training centre for all our cricket players, young and old and all abilities whilst at the same time providing an indoor facility for a wide variety of sports to train in.
Wellington ground – Basin Reserve
The Basin is New Zealand’s most historic cricket ground, full of memories and mystique. In an unconventional start, its first match in 1868 was between a visiting naval ship and the prisoners of nearby Mount Cook Jail. The grass bank seating provides a natural sun trap for up to 11,000 spectators, providing an oasis in an inner city setting. 300 is the magic number here, Brendon McCullum holding the run record at 302 and Richard Hadlee taking his 300th test wicket.
New Zealand are keen put the boot in in Wellington. Hot foot it to the Basin to support England against the Black Caps in 2019.
Wellington ground – The Westpac
Westpac Stadium or The Cake Tin, as local cricketing fans call it, is one of New Zealand’s newest and swankiest cricket grounds. Built in 1999, it can hold up to 38,000 and is the go-to venue for many of the country’s most important ODI and Twenty20 matches while the city’s older Basin Reserve ground caters for tests. Its drop-in pitches tend to favour the batsmen so expect high scoring, but you can be at the mercy of the rain so also be prepared to avert a soggy bottom!
Book your place for a slice of the action in the Cake Tin. Be England’s twelfth man on the tour to New Zealand in 2019.
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Last updated February 21st, 2019