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 Wellington. New Zealand is co-hosting the Cricket World Cup 2015 with traditional rival Australia this summer – it’s only the second time that the country has ever had the honour.
Wellington’s Westpac Stadium provides the backdrop for New Zealand’s Black Caps taking on England on 20 February. England will then play Sri Lanka come 1 March and South Africa against the United Arab Emirates on 12 March. The main showdown promises to thrill fans on 21 March – that’s when the quarterfinal knockout between the top qualifier from Group B and the fourth qualifier of Group A will face off on the field.
Westpac Stadium regularly hosts domestic and international cricket among other sports, and is located in the heart of Wellington in a prime position along the harbour. Waterloo Quay and Thorndon Quay are the main thoroughfares leading to the stadium. Vehicle access is off Waterloo Quay, while foot traffic is off an elevated walkway best accessed from the railway station.
Wondering where to stay in Wellington for the Cricket World Cup 2015 with your Wellington car hire? The Thorndon area is primarily a business hub however along The Terrace and Featherston St toward the central city there are several hotels and serviced apartments. Further along the harbour along Oriental Parade there are hotels such as the Ohtel and Copthorne with lovely views over the water.
Oriental Parade is also home to fine dining restaurant The White House, a long time Wellington establishment. In the heart of the city itself, Boulcott St Bistro is a more intimate, casual option. Since Wellington has a well deserved reputation as the craft beer capital, head to a bar like Malthouse on Courtenay Place to sample some of the best brews around. Or, if you have time, follow the entire Craft Beer Capital Trail around the city.
While you’re in Wellington, pay a visit to the New Zealand Cricket Museum at Basin Reserve on the city fringe.