The countdown is on to the Cricket World Cup 2015. If you’re planning a visit to cheer on your favourite team, read on for everything you need to know about the Cricket World Cup 2015 in Auckland.
New Zealand is co-hosting the Cricket World Cup with traditional rival Australia this summer – it’s only the second time that the country has ever had the honour.
The first Cricket World Cup game in Auckland falls on 28 February at Eden Park, the country’s largest sports stadium, when Australia and New Zealand square off against each other. A week later, South Africa faces Pakistan on 7 March and that’s followed by a showdown between Zimbabwe and reigning world champions India on 14 March.
The first semi-final will then be held at Eden Park on 24 March. All matches at Eden Park are day/night fixtures, starting in the early afternoon sunshine and wrapping up in the evening under the stadium lights.
Eden Park is in Kingsland, a hip suburb on the city fringe. Expect the crowds to spill out to the nearby pubs, bars and restaurants before and after the matches, along nearby New North Rd and Dominion Rd. It’s a mostly residential neighbourhood as are the immediately surrounding areas.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Auckland for the Cricket World Cup 2015 with your Auckland Airport car hire, there are a few B&Bs close to Eden Park itself but generally speaking it’s best to choose somewhere in the city centre – there are many lovely hotels in the CBD. Eden Park is easily accessible from the city, heading down the main arterial routes of either New North Rd or Dominion Rd. Staying in the city puts you in the middle of the best choices in restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The upmarket hotels along the waterfront offer unparalleled views while many other smaller boutique hotels throughout the city offer a more personal experience. SkyCity’s hotels are well placed right in the centre of town.
SkyCity itself houses some top restaurants, or step outside onto Federal St for more options. Head down to Cityworks Depot and Victoria Park or over to Britomart for a more casual atmosphere and laidback dining and drinking.