England cricket tour in New Zealand 2023

For many, New Zealand is their favourite overseas England cricket tour combining fascinating cricket in traditional stadiums, and a vast array of excursions to be enjoyed. The country has so much to offer including taking in the country’s breath taking natural beauty and an array of wonderful towns and cities. A friendly and welcoming culture offers the perfect opportunity to sample fresh home grown food whilst tasting some of the finest range of wines in the world.

Your New Zealand experiences

During your escorted England cricket tour of New Zealand, you will stay in the vibrant and diverse city of Auckland. Maunganui. a laid-back suburb known for the extinct Mount Maunganui volcano, a sacred Maori site. Napier, set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. Finishing your escorted cricket tour in the capital city, Wellington.  

Full Match Schedule

  • February 16 – February 20, 1st Test; Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
  • February 24 – February 28, 2nd Test; Basin Reserve, Wellington

Whatever your interests are pre and/post your cricket tour, we can arrange unforgettable travel experiences. These can include a pre tour Bay of Islands, post tour South Island and self-drive. We have a huge range of destinations, experiences and hotel options available so contact us today with your preferred options.

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ITINERARIES & HOTELS

Monday 13 February - Fly to New Zealand

Depart from your regional airport for your flight to Auckland.

Tuesday 14 February - Arrive Auckland

Arrive Auckland where you will be met and take a private transfer to your accommodation.
Your accommodation is at the SkyCity Hotel, Auckland 4★.
Premium Double Room Only

Wednesday 15 February - Maunganui

Today you will be transferred by deluxe coach from Auckland to Maunganui. It is approximately a 3 hour drive. On arrival check-in to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Your accommodation is at Oceanside Mount Maunganui 4★.
Studios and Suites Room Only  

Thursday 16 February to Monday 20 February - 1st Test

1st Test New Zealand v England, Bay Oval Mount Maunganui – 2pm start Day/Night Test 

Return daily cricket transfers by deluxe coach to Bay Oval (approximately 5 minutes depending traffic).

Tuesday 21 February - Napier

This morning depart by deluxe coach from Maunganui to Napier. Our first stop is at the Lady Knox Geyser, 30 KM south of Rotorua, that is induced to erupt at 10.15 am and can reach up to a height of 20 metres. Next we stop at Lake Taupo for an early lunch stop (own cost). Arrival approximately mid-afternoon; check-in to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure. (4 hour drive not including the Lady Knox Geyser visit and lunch stop).
Your accommodation is at the Art Deco Masonic Hotel Napier 4★.
Queen Double Room with Breakfast 

Wednesday 22 February - Napier

Morning half day tour of Napier.

In the evening experience a local tasting menu dinner with wine at a restaurant just a 2-minute walk away.

Tuesday 23 February - Arrive Wellington

This morning depart by deluxe coach from Napier to Wellington. On arrival in Napier in mid-afternoon check-in to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Your accommodation is at Naumi Studio Wellington 4★.
Double Room with Breakfast

Friday 24 February to Tuesday 28 February - 2nd Test

2nd Test New Zealand v England, Basin Reserve – 11am start

Take the 15 minute walk to Basin Reserve.

01 March - Fly to UK

Transfer from your accommodation to Wellington airport for your flight to the UK.

02 March - Arrive UK

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Thursday 09 February - Fly to New Zealand

Depart from your regional airport for your flight to Auckland.

Friday 10 February - Arrive Auckland

Arrive Auckland where you will be met and take a private transfer to your accommodation.
Your accommodation is at the SkyCity Hotel, Auckland 4★.
Premium Double Room Only

Saturday 11 February - Bay of Islands

Transfer from Auckland to Paihia (approximately 240 Km; 3.5 hours) an attractive town that is the gateway for visits to the Bay of Islands. Afternoon at leisure.
Your accommodation is at at Oceanside Mount Maunganui 4 ★
Superior Room with Breakfast.

Sunday 12 February - Full day Cream Trip Super Cruise

Departure point: Paihia Wharf Depart: 10:00 am / Return: 17:00 pm Explore the inner Bay of Islands on the most extensive historical cruise in the Bay. Enjoy a swim or a coastal walk on Urupukapuka Island during your island stop at Otehei Bay. Then set off in search of dolphins and other marine life on our Hole in the Rock Cruise. Enjoy the spectacular views as we journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.

Monday 13 February - Paihai

Day at leisure to explore Paihai

Optional Tour Tours

  • Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach – 11.5 hours
  • Cape Reinga Fly / Drive (Aeroplane) – 4.5 hours
  • Bay of Islands Coastal Discovery (Helicopter Scenic flights) Approx. 30 min flight
  • Rusell Mini Tour – 1 hour
  • Tucker Thompson Full Day Sail – 7 hours
  • Tucker Thompson Sundowner Sailing – 1 hour 45 min

Tuesday 14 February - Auckland

Return road transfer to Sky City Hotel Auckland.

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Tuesday 01 March - Fly to Queenstown

Depart from Wellington airport for your flight to Queenstown. Arrive Queenstown where you will be met and take a private transfer to your accommodation.
Your accommodation is at the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside 4★.
Standard Room with Breakfast

Wednesday 02 March - Milford Sound Day Trip

Departure point: Paihia Wharf Depart: 10:00 am / Return: 17:00 pm Explore the inner Bay of Islands on the most extensive historical cruise in the Bay. Enjoy a swim or a coastal walk on Urupukapuka Island during your island stop at Otehei Bay. Then set off in search of dolphins and other marine life on our Hole in the Rock Cruise. Enjoy the spectacular views as we journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.

Thursday 03 March - Queenstown

Day at leisure in Queenstown.

Friday 04 March - Queenstown Half Day Tour

09.30 Depart on small group sightseeing tour (pick up from your hotel)

Tour included:
• Queenstown Hill Views: Spectacular birds eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables and Lord of the Rings locations. Great photo opportunity.
• AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge: Discover the thrill of Bungy. Watch intrepid jumpers from the viewing deck. Maybe even jump yourself!
• Gibbston Valley Winery: Enjoy a selection of three wines produced on site. Enjoy the winery’s fine gift shop and the region’s only cheesery. • Lord of the Rings Film Sites–Pillars of the Kings: Be transported to Middle Earth at the Kawarau Gorge, film location for the Pillars of the Kings. Great for photos.
• Captivating Arrowtown: Discover beautiful Arrowtown’s golden history and colonial architecture. Highlights are the Lakes District Museum and Chinese Miners’ Settlement. Plus boutique shopping, great cafes and restaurants.
• Mt Dewar Farm Visit: (Optional) If time permits visit a historic woolshed and learn about sheep farming in the local area. Opportunity to feed the sheep.

Return approx.: 12:30 pm – remainder of the day at leisure

Saturday 05 March - Depart

Private airport transfer from your hotel to Queenstown airport for your onward journey.

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SkyCity Auckland 4★

Located in the heart of Auckland CBD (Central Business District), next to the iconic Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino, SkyCity. The 24-hour SkyCity Casino features live entertainment, a theatre and a choice of more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars. The Sky Tower, rising 1,077 feet above sea-level, offers breath-taking 360 degree views from 3 observation levels. Union Pay is accepted here. Each air-conditioned room includes a private bathroom, minibar, satellite TV, including CCTV channels, and 24-hour room service. All rooms have a view of the courtyard or city skyline.

Oceanside Mount Maunganui 4★

Located in Maunganui, with Bay Oval just a 5-minute (2.3km) transfer away. A choice of 14 restaurants are within 0.3 miles of the property. Each apartment features a kitchen with a microwave, plus free WiFi and a TV with digital channels. Premium bedding, a coffee/tea maker and an iron/ironing board are among the other amenities available to guests. Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers offers 40 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board. This individually decorated and furnished accommodation includes desks. Beds feature premium bedding.

Art Deco Masonic Hotel Napier 4★

Located on the waterfront with panoramic Pacific Ocean views, the Art Deco Masonic Hotel features free WiFi and historic Art Deco architecture. Guests enjoy 2 bars and 2 restaurants. Art Deco Masonic Hotel is located in the centre of Napier. It is 2 minutes’ walk from the main street of Marine Parade and located opposite MTG Hawke’s Bay and The Art Deco Centre. Each individually styled studio and apartment includes a flat-screen TV, a small refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. All accommodation includes a modern en suite bathroom. Most rooms have access to a large rooftop balcony with ocean views.

Naumi Studio Wellington 4★

This 4-star hotel is located on the heritage side of the Naumi Studio Wellington. Featuring classic architecture, this charming property offers a bar serving a selection of drinks and bar food in the evenings. All rooms at Naumi Studio Wellington include a flat-screen Smart TV with Netflix, a modern bathroom and double-glazed windows. All rooms are serviced daily. Naumi Studio Wellington is on Cuba Street, with funky cafes, lively bars, art galleries, restaurants and shopping. Te Papa Museum is less than a kilometre from the hotel. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Wellington Airport. Basin Reserve is a 15-minute walk away.

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands 4★

Just a short walk from Paihia’s village centre and the wharf, Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is a 4 star hotel offering a relaxing garden setting, great service from the friendly staff and free parking facilities, including Tesla charging stations. Guests enjoy free WiFi. Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is situated on 4 acres of attractive gardens. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a communal terrace area. Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands features a fully licensed restaurant offering either buffet or à la carte dining for breakfast. The location of Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is just a short walk from plenty of dining option

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside  4★

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is just a 1-minute walk from many shops, restaurants, nightlife and activities. Novotel Queenstowns’ contemporary rooms offer a selection of spectacular alpine, garden and lake views. Each air-conditioned room features a private balcony and a flat-screen TV. Novotel offers ski storage facilities, a spa pool, guest laundry and valet car parking. Guests can enjoy 30-minutes free WiFi in the lobby. In-room WiFi is available at an additional charge. 24-hour room service is available. Elements Restaurant boasts local cuisine and ingredients, including the hotel’s very own rooftop honey. It also serves daily buffet breakfast with hot and continental options. Enjoy tapas and beverages in front of the fireplace at Elements Café & Bar.

Prices from:

£tbc per person based on double/twin share basis

£  single occupancy.

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.
The deposit for these arrangements is £tbc per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

Price Includes:

  • Return International flights
  • Private airport transfers
  • Deluxe coach transfers as shown
  • Test Match tickets
  • Accommodation as listed
  • Board basis as shown
  • Local tasting menu dinner with wine in Napier
  • Services of an experienced New Zealand cricket tour manager, Derek Myers

Price Excludes: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch on Tuesday 21 February
  • Items of personal nature