ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

New Zealand welcomes 2015 Cricket World Cup, the players and sports fans to one of the most passionate sporting countries on Earth.

Watched by an estimated quarter of the world's population - an audience of over two billion - the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup offers the perfect opportunity to experience the buzz of a high stakes global sports event with ample time between matches to explore a relatively small yet amazingly diverse country.

Cricket World Cup 2015: Overview

Cricket-loving nation

Traditionally rivals on the pitch, New Zealand is co-hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup with Australia. Cricket is New Zealand's national summer game so during the tournament visitors should expect to find the country abuzz with cricket talk and activity.

This is only the second time that the country has ever hosted the premier showcase - and no Kiwi cricket fan has forgotten the excitement of 1992 when the Cricket World Cup first visited these shores.

Cricket and summer make NZ perfect match

Nation to explore

Cricket followers can take in all New Zealand has to offer with 27 matches shared among the seven host cities: Auckland, Hamilton, Napier and Wellington in the North Island and Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin in the spectacular south. So much to see, do and explore between the big games, all on the doorstep of the host venues.

Action begins on 14 February 2015 and Eden Park will, once again, host a semi-final on 24 March. There's nothing like being there - and cricket fans won't want to miss the excitement. These are the places to be:

Official opening ceremony

It all begins in the South island city of Christchurch -  host to a unique and spectacular opening event for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on Thursday 12 February - two days before the tournament officially begins when New Zealand take on Sri Lanka at Christchurch's Hagley Oval.

The opening event - in Christchurch’s North Hagley Park - will celebrate New Zealand’s passion for cricket with New Zealand legends Sir Richard Hadlee, Stephen Fleming and current cricket captain Brendon McCullum on hand for a game of cricket and a big party atmosphere.

ICC Cricket World Cup opens - Kia Ora from New Zealand

International Media Resources

Tourism New Zealand extends a warm welcome to media attending the Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and wants to ensure you have the information and support needed to make the most of your visit. To assist with coverage you will find content including background stories, images and links for moving footage on this website. For travel information and guidance on where to go and what to do, visit www.newzealand.com . If you would like to register for more details of the Tourism New Zealand CWC media programme on offer during the event please email your contact details to cricketmedia@tnz.govt.nz