Another multipurpose venue, it hosts cricket and rugby among other codes. Again due to its nature, the dimensions are rectangular and are short square of the wicket. The structure of the seating allows for close viewing of the action and makes for a lively atmosphere. The flow of historic and new architecture creates a stylish viewing environment for the spectators. The first cricket match was in 1882 and its first test was hosted in 1930.
The Wicket:One of the two drop in pitches in New Zealand, it has matured into the best batting wicket in the country. It uses Kakanui clay, which traditionally has more pace and bounce than other varieties. Due to the true nature of the wicket it is even for both chasing and setting a target.
The Outfield:With its unusual oblong dimensions it provides potential for heavy square of the wicket scoring. The outfield has good drainage systems and providing the weather is fine accentuates the hard nature of the pitch.