Saxton Oval (Nelson, New Zealand)

Constructed by the Nelson Cricket Association in 2010, the Saxton Oval is one of the home venues of the Central Districts competing in the Plunket Shield and Ford Trophy/the Central Stags playing in the McDonald’s Super Smash.

The Saxton Oval began hosting One Day International cricket in January 2014 with an ODI between New Zealand and West Indies, before hosting 3 group matches at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup including Ireland defeating the West Indies. The venue also hosted its first Twenty20 International in December 2017.

Tenants: Central Districts (Plunket Shield/Ford Trophy) & Central Stags (McDonald’s Super Smash)

Opened: 2010

Capacity: 10,000

Address: Saxton Road, Saxton Field Complex, Stoke, Nelson 7001, New Zealand


Tickets at Saxton Oval

Central Districts (Plunket Shield/Ford Trophy) – Central Districts matches in the Plunket Shield and Ford Trophy are free entry.

Central Stags (McDonald’s Super Smash) – Tickets for Central Stags matches are available to purchase through Ticketek here.

New Zealand International’s – Tickets for New Zealand International matches played at Hagley Park will be available through Ticketek here.


Location & Travel to Saxton Oval

The Saxton Oval is located in the Stoke suburb of Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand, approximately 10km south of Nelson CBD.

Airport – Nelson Airport is located south of Nelson CBD and about 5km north of the Saxton Oval. The Airport is solely used for domestic flights and has regular flights to Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Kapiti Coast, Palmerston North and Wellington. The closest international airport on the South Island is Christchurch, about 5 hours drive away or Wellington which is a ferry ride away on the North Island.

A taxi costs €25 to reach Nelson CBD or the Saxton Oval, or there is a shuttle bus service for about €20.

Thinking of going to Nelson? Search & book your flights through Skyscanner here.

Bus – The NBus routes 1 and 2 run from Nelson CBD to the Main Road Stoke stop, with a journey time of about 25 minutes and a cost of €3.50.


Where to stay in Nelson

Use TripAdvisor to find some great places to stay in Nelson by clicking here.


Further Information

Central Districts Cricket Association Official Website

Nelson Cricket Official Website

Sports Tourist Nelson City Guide

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