Facts & Figures

  • Top 10One of the world's top 10 cricket venues

  • $21mBudgeted for upgrade, starting 2015/16

The Basin Reserve is ranked as one of the world’s top ten cricket venues, and known as one of New Zealand’s most picturesque and historic cricket grounds.

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Artist's impression of re-developed Basin Reserve

But its future is far from assured, with competition from an increasing number of grounds around the country.

The Basin Reserve Trust has developed a Masterplan to present a 25-year vision for the future of the ground. The key features of the vision are to retain the premiere test status of the stadium and to enhance the Basin Reserve as a local recreation space for the community.

Redevelopment would include the integration of more usable public space to enhance the "Village Green" feel of the grounds, the installation of flood lights, and developing flexibility in capacity through the use of temporary seating to accommodate a range of sporting and cultural events.

A question remains on the future of the earthquake-prone 1924 pavilion and whether to strengthen the stand or to replace the structure with a tiered embankment that would include public space facilities such as a playground, trees and park seating. Event seating at the ground will be maintained at 9000, but could be increased to 15,000 for major events through the use of temporary seating above the embankment when additional capacity is required.

The Masterplan will be brought to Council for approval later in the year.

The Basin Reserve Masterplan PDF 455KB


  • Protecting and enhancing the Basin Reserve as a local recreation reserve.
  • Retaining the Basin Reserve as the premiere test cricket venue in New Zealand.
  • Opening up the Basin Reserve more to the people of Wellington and enhancing community activity within it.


  • $21 million has been budgeted for the upgrade starting in 2015/16.

What you think

76% Feedback received that supports our overall plan

63 Number of times people have told us what they think about this idea

87% Feedback received that supports this idea

#8 Out of 28 ideas based on amount of feedback received.

Who would benefit most?

24% Local residents
22% Visitors to Wellington
20% Future generations
19% NZ as a whole
15% Local businesses
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How should we prioritise it?

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37% Quite high
11% Neutral
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  • dylan, Crofton Downs

    I believe improving the roads around basin reserve to be more important than the grounds themselves

  • John, Other

    The best cricket ground in NZ and it is here in Wellington. It has been sadly neglected and it is great to see some serious attention given to it. The character of the ground is the village feel and setting not the buildings, make sure they are well maintained and fit to host internationals.

  • Helen, Karori

    Not before time. Can just picture the Basin without those absurd offices in the prefab and the dilapidated stand. This is NZ's premier cricket venue and let's keep it that way.

  • Steve , Mount Cook

    This is a premier venue and the right size for Wellington. When upgraded, it could potentially be used for more than just cricket. Unfortunately, at the moment it looks very run down and will struggle to attract quality fixtures. This should be rejuvenated along with the avenues around it (Adelaide Rd and Kent/Cambridge terraces)

  • Janet, Melrose

    What a waste of money. What happened to the park at Karori, Westpac stadium? Where's the business case, how often would it be used?

  • Matthew, Karori

    I am excited to see the Basin finally getting some much needed attention. A true gem for the city and love the idea of enhancing the village green feel. Not concerned about the Museum Stand itself if we can have an upgraded Basin we can be proud of.

  • Sue, Tawa

    Fantastic asset for the region and in dire need of some love and attention. Ideas for development sound terrific and look forward to seeing this happen

  • Tom, Newtown

    Yes! The Basin is a truly unique cricket ground. If we could update it, keeping it's character, and then return ODIs to the ground - that would be fantastic!