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This shorter format cricket tour will show you some of the best parts of the country. From the sightseeing breaks in Rotorua and Queenstown, to the contrasting stadiums of the Westpac and the University Oval.

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Auckland

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The northernmost city in New Zealand, Auckland is one of those ‘must-visit’ places, built upon hundreds of dormant volcanos making it a very hilly. Mount Eden, located a stone’s throw away from Eden Park stadium is the most famous and tallest of the volcanos.

This beautiful city is vibrant and busy, you will certainly never be short of something to do, somewhere to eat or somewhere to drink.

  • Eden Park

This stadium was originally built for rugby, but with the help of retractable seats, it works perfectly for cricket. With the big, covered North and South stands and the famous ‘Eden Park West Stand’, it has a capacity of 42,000 for cricket, raising to 47,000 for rugby. It is most famous for hosting the inaugural Rugby World Cup final in 1987, and will hopefully add being the first ever stadium in New Zealand to host a day/night test match to the list of memorable moments.

The stadium is located in the Mount Eden suburb, and all Howzat Travellers based in Auckland will be a short 25-minute transfer away from the ground.

Howzat Travel seating arrangements will be confirmed later this year…

  • Quadrant Hotel (ODI Tour)

The Quadrant hotel puts you right in the heart of the city, never too far away from any of the attractions. Head to SkyCity, a short walk along the harbour, or continue further to the great eating options of the Wynyard Quarter.

Enjoy spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi and all the amenities you would expect to find from a 4* hotel.

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  • Amora Hotel (T20 Tour)

Centrally located amongst splendid park surroundings, the Amora Hotel Auckland is ideally-positioned within walking distance from the major shopping and entertainment areas.

The hotel boasts a swimming pool and spa, customer laundry and free Wi-Fi. There is also a good bar and The Grill resturant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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England Cricket Tours
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Amora Hotel, Auckland
Amora Hotel, Auckland

Hamilton

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Hamilton sits on the Waikato river, making it a very scenic city. It is the largest inland city in the country, with a population of over 130,000. The region has become well-known for its breeding of thoroughbred horses, which is a major industry in the area.

  • Seddon Park

One of the many picturesque stadiums in the country, the mainly grassed-banked stadium has the capacity for 10,000 spectators. The large pavilion the only built up structure of the ground, even the hospitality areas are based on the grass banks. For bigger games, the ground erects one stand alongside the pavilion.

Conveniently located just a 10-minute walk from the Ibis and passing many bars and eateries on the way. There are enough cafes to enjoy a range of different breakfasts each morning of the game. Bars are certainly not hard to come by either on the way back.

Howzat Travel seating arrangements will be confirmed later this year…

  • Ibis Hamilton

A very comfortable property in the heart of Hamilton, the Ibis is a great place to base yourself for the cricket. The in-house dining and bar options are very pleasant while the rooms are of a very good size and come with all necessary amenities. One half of the hotel looks over the river, while the other looks over the CBD and Seddon Park itself.

As mentioned above it is just a ten-minute walk to the ground. While directly outside the hotel is a long street full of restaurant and bar options. You will see a large Japanese influence, while Bluestone Bar and Grill do a fantastic steak!

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Seddon Park, Hamilton
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Ibis, Hamilton
Ibis, Hamilton

Napier

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Moving towards the southern part of the North Island, Napier is a very picturesque city on the seafront and is the administrative centre for the Hawkes Bay area. The city boasts a Mediterranean-style climate, which will make our stay very pleasant!

  • McLean Park

Just a ten-minute transfer from the hotel, the open McLean Park is another multi-sport stadium that fits the bill ideally for cricket.

Located on Marine Drive, the stadium can hold 11,000, which can increase if a temporary stand is erected on the grass bank. However, we do not yet know whether this will be erected for the England game.

Howzat Travel seating arrangements will be confirmed later this year…

  • Anchorage Motor Lodge

The small Anchorage Motor Lodge will be a perfect location for our travellers taking in this ODI. With views over the harbour, it puts you at the heart of the bar/restaurant area of the city.

Large, apartment style rooms will give you more than enough space and the hotel comes with extra kitchen amenities, so feel free to cook for yourself if you fancy. A convenience store is handily located just behind the hotel.

Just down the drive are a range of bars and eating options that are popular amongst locals. My recommendations would have to be the Gintrap for food and the on-tap Guinness at Paddy’s Irish bar just next door. Both have fantastic atmospheres and I got a lot of stick there for being English while watching the opening game of the Lions tour!

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McLean Park, Napier
McLean Park, Napier
Anchorage Motor Lodge, Napier
Anchorage Motor Lodge, Napier

Wellington

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New Zealand’s capital city. The windy city was originally planned to be a ‘model settlement’ in 1839, with immigrants carefully chosen by the New Zealand company. The seat of government was moved to Wellington in 1865 and the Parliament buildings are a must-see while in the city.

  • The Westpac Stadium

The Westpac Stadium was originally built with cricket in mind, although has never held a test match and is now known to many as a rugby stadium. The oval stadium can hold just over 30,000 for cricket, and up to 39,000 for rugby.

England played two games here during the 2015 World Cup, the opener against New Zealand and a further game against Sri Lanka, both of which ended in defeat. Hopefully we will see a better performance in the capital this time around!

Howzat Travel seating arrangements will be confirmed later this year…

  • Novotel Wellington

The luxurious Novotel Capital will be our home for the Wellington ODI.

The rooms are spacious, modern and comfortable, with all the amenities you would expect, including a kettle as well as a coffee machine in every room.

The hotel has direct access into the shopping centre below, and is just a ten-minute walk from Queens Walk which has a range of dining options on the harbour. Of course, being so centrally located in the CBD, you certainly won’t have to travel far to find something you fancy. The in-house bar and restaurant is also of a high standard.

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The Westpac Stadium
The Westpac Stadium
Novotel, Wellington
Novotel, Wellington

Dunedin

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Located at the head of Otago Harbour, Dunedin is home to 127,000 and another 30,000 students in term time. It was originally a Scottish settlement, and the character remains. Gold was discovered here in 1861 which led to the rapid growth of the city. Bordered by hills on three sides and the sea on the other, it is a scenic city that will certainly be enjoyed.

  • University Oval

The Oval, just down the road from the larger rugby stadium has had a lot of investment over recent years and in my opinion is one of the most picturesque grounds in New Zealand, and there’s a few to choose from!

With grass banks surrounding the whole stadium, apart from the members pavilion on one-side, these banks are split into two family stands, and one student stand affectionally nicknamed ‘The Zoo’. There is always something to catch your attention, with a city view on one side and a striking tree line going up the hill on the other. A day at the cricket here will be hard to beat!

Howzat Travel seating arrangements will be confirmed later this year…

  • Victoria Hotel

Situated just a five-minute walk from the town centre Octagon, and a twenty-minute walk from the ground, not only is the Victoria Hotel luxurious but also very handily-located.

Made up of two buildings, building number one is currently under renovations which will be completed by the time we arrive in March, while building number two finished construction in March 2017 and contains a small, yet well-equipped gym and a guest laundry facility.

All rooms are of a good size and contain all the amenities you would desire.

Just down the road from the hotel is the town centre. Called the Octagon, there are a range of pubs, bars and restaurants, all of which have a very friendly and homely feel.

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University Oval, Dunedin
University Oval, Dunedin
Dunedin – Victoria Hotel
Dunedin – Victoria Hotel

Christchurch

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Christchurch is a very beautiful city, with gorgeous parkland surrounding the picturesque Hagley Oval. Despite this, it is still a city under rebuild. The Earthquake in 2011 and subsequently in 2015 still have very obvious effects. This had no impact on my enjoyment of the city however, and everyone you spoke to would mention how much they enjoyed the city and proud they are of the rebuild attempts.

  • University Oval

The first game at the Hagley Oval was recorded to be played in 1851, just four months after the first ships had arrived in the settlement. Due to the fact England will not be playing at the Basin Reserve during this series, this has to be the most scenic ground on the programme. Grass banks surround the ground, and large a parkland with lots of other cricket strips beyond.

It is a very ‘New Zealand’ style ground. Travellers will certainly enjoy the walk through the Botanic Gardens on the way.

Howzat Travel seating arrangements will be confirmed later this year…

  • The Crowne Plaza

The largest hotel in the city with 204-rooms, the Crowne Plaza sits just 50 yards away from its old location in the very centre of the city. This property opened in 2017 (just days after I went to visit!) and is full of fantastic modern technology and top quality dining options.

Rooms offer views either over the city towards the Southern Alps, or to the hills on the other side. They come with extremely comfortable beds, a full range of Sky channels, Bluetooth speakers and USB ports.

The hotels offers a buffet breakfast and top-quality chefs preparing dinner. There is also a adjoining café, and all of the eating options were free of a corporate, hotel feel.

However, if you fancy heading out for food or drinks in the evening, then there is a range of bars and resturants to choose from. Being so centrally located, there are numerous options all around the hotel.

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Christchurch – Crowne Plaza
Christchurch – Crowne Plaza
Crowne Plaza, Christchurch
Crowne Plaza, Christchurch

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