Without a doubt, cricket is the most popular summer sport in New Zealand. If you are obsessed with cricket, then it only makes sense to try and plan a road trip based around this exciting sport. But where can you go? There are approximately 70 different “official” cricket grounds in the country — far too many for the average person to see in a typical holiday. However, with a little planning, and a campervan hire, it’s entirely possible to plan a road trip that brings you to see New Zealand cricket. So, let’s begin our road trip!
The Auckland Aces
The Auckland Aces are the northernmost team on our itinerary, so it makes sense to start there. The Aces play out of the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland, which is a major city, offering all of the usual things you would expect. The Aces are one of the most historically successful team in New Zealand, portending great things for our road trip to come.
The Northern Knights
The Northern Knights is the team for the Northern Districts, a loose area that makes up the northern half of the North Island, excluding Auckland. They play out of Seddon Park, about 45 minutes south of Eden Park in Auckland. This is just a short jaunt, but it gets our appetite ready for a longer stretch of road on the next leg of our trip.
The Central Stags
The next team to visit, the Central Stags, can be a little harder to track down. There are actually four different parks that are used for their games, and so, depending on when you visit, you might have to go to different parts of the country. Honestly, trying to hit all four — McLean Park, Pukekura Park, Fitzherbert Park and Saxton Oval — would be ideal.
The Wellington Firebirds
The last team on the North Island, the Wellington Firebirds play out of Basin Reserve in Wellington. After this, it’s time to put your campervan on a ferry and head across Cook Strait to the South Island for our next team.
The Canterbury Kings
Once back on dry island, head south until you get to Canterbury. It’s about a four-hour drive through beautiful countryside until you get to Hagley Oval, the home stadium for the Kings.
The Otago Volts
The final New Zealand team on our tour, the Volts, play out of University Oval in Dunedin, farther south.
And there you go — a perfect New Zealand Cricket road trip, courtesy of summer fun, the open road and your campervan hire from Mighway.com!