The Basin Reserve
(commonly known as "The Basin
"), is a cricket
ground in Wellington, New Zealand
, used for Test
and one-day cricket
. Some argue that its proximity to the city, its Historic Place status and its age make it the most famous cricket ground in New Zealand.Neely, D., Romanos, J. (2003). The Basin - An Illustrated History of the Basin Reserve. Canterbury University Press
. The Basin Reserve is the only cricket ground in New Zealand to have Historic Place status. The ground has been used for events other than cricket, such as concerts, sports events and other social gatherings, but now it is mostly used for cricket, particularly Test matches.
The Basin Reserve is 2 kilometres south of the Wellington CBD
at the foot of Mount Victoria
. Government House
and the boys' school Wellington College
are to the south of the Basin, across the street. At the eastern end of the basin is the Mount Victoria Tunnel
, which increased the traffic flow around the Basin Reserve when it was built in 1931. One of the incidental quirks of the Basin is that, as traffic about it flows one way, it is reputedly the largest traffic island in the southern hemisphere
The New Zealand Cricket Museum
is located in the Old Grandstand. It houses cricket memorabilia and a reference library.
The Basin Reserve is also surrounded by numerous other Wellington landmarks, including Mount Cook Barracks, the National War...