GRANDSTAND sports tours


New Zealand


Cricket season runs October to March

When to go
Climate similar to the UK. Generally North Island is more humid and summers are comfortably warm

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British passport holders can enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to six months on arrival without a visa, but they must have an onward ticket

An easy and trouble-free country to travel around. Plenty of venues to choose from and an active club scene. The temperate climate and stunning scenery make it a popular choice

The huge distance and travel time involved makes it costly and expensive

Discover New Zealand website
New Zealand - Lonely Planet guide

British High Commission
44 Hill Street
Wellington 1

New Zealand High Commission
New Zealand House
80 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4TQ



New Zealand is often overshadowed by its big neighbour Australia, lurking just over three hours away across the Tasman Sea, but the land of the White Fern is a superb location. Although cricket is not as religiously followed as rugby union, one-day internationals often sell-out, and Kiwis enjoy participating in any outdoor activity.

The major Test venues are unlikely to be available for club tours but that is doing you a favour. Outgrounds and smaller venues are more picturesque and a game in Queenstown - with the stunning Remarkables mountain range as a backdrop - is truly spectacular. Remember, though, New Zealand weather can be unpredictable.

Games will mostly be against club sides and there is a chance you will bump into a wintering England pro who is filling his boots.

The major cities - Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch - are well served with all the usual amusements but the real delights of New Zealand are best discovered by hiring a car and driving around the coastlines or countryside.

If you can afford the time and expense in getting there it is well worth a trip, and New Zealand does offer some of the most breathtaking sites in the world.