Sky Stadium (Wellington)

Opened in 2000 to replace the dysfunctional Athletic Park in Wellington, the 34,500 seated Wellington Regional Stadium (currently known as the Sky Stadium) is a multi-purpose venue used for rugby, cricket and football (soccer).

Also known as ‘The Cake Tin’, the stadium has been the home of Rugby Union sides, the Wellington Lions (who compete in the domestic Mitre 10 Cup) and the Hurricanes Super Rugby team since its opening. The stadium also hosted eight matches for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, including two quarter-final’s and regularly hosts All Black’s international’s.

The stadium is also a prominent cricket venue, hosting numerous New Zealand One Day International’s and Twenty20 International’s. The Sky Stadium also hosted four matches during the 2015 Cricket World Cup, including a New Zealand victory in their quarter-final against West Indies. The Wellington Firebirds occasionally use the stadium for their home day/night matches, although their regular home is the Basin Reserve.

Tenants: Hurricanes (Rugby Union – Super Rugby), Wellington Lions (Rugby Union – Mitre Cup), Wellington Firebirds (Cricket – McDonald’s Super Smash) & Wellington Phoenix (Football – A-League)

Opened: 2000

Capacity: 34,500

Address: 105 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

Wellington Phoenix Football Club have played their home matches at the Sky Stadium since 2008, competing in the A-League. The New Zealand national football team have contested several important FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the stadium, including a 1-0 victory over Bahrain in 2009 which sent them to only their second World Cup.

Rugby League has also been played at the Sky Stadium, hosting several New Zealand internationals including their 2017 Rugby League World Cup quarter-final defeat to Fiji. The AFL side, St Kilda also played a match each year on Anzac Day at the venue between 2013 and 2015.

Sky Stadium

Tickets at Sky Stadium

Ticket information for the teams based at Sky Stadium can be found below:

Hurricanes (Super Rugby) – Tickets to see the Hurricanes in Super Rugby are available through their ticketing supplier, Ticket Rocket by clicking here.

Wellington Lions (Mitre Cup)  – Tickets to see the Lions in the Mitre 10 Cup are available through their ticketing supplier, TicketDirect by clicking here.

Wellington Firebirds (McDonald’s Super Smash) – Ticket information is available through the official Cricket Wellington website here.

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

Wellington Phoenix (A-League) – Tickets to see Wellington Phoenix in the A-League are available through their ticketing supplier, Ticketek by clicking here.


Location & Travel to Sky Stadium

Sky Stadium

The Sky Stadium is located in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. It is close to major transport hubs and is approximately 1km North of the CBD.

Airport – Wellington Airport is approximately 10km from the Sky Stadium. The international airport is the third busiest in New Zealand and mainly has flights to domestic airports and Australia, from where you can connect to the rest of the world.

The airport is only accessible by road, with the Airport Flyer bus being the easiest option.

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

Bus –   The bus terminal is adjacent to the main walkway entry point near the Wellington Railway Station at the southern end of Thorndon Quay. From the station, it is a short stroll along the Fran Wilde Walkway to reach the Stadium.

Driving & Parking – Vehicle access is off Waterloo Quay, at the traffic lights opposite the entrance to CentrePort. Parking is available at the Stadium Car Park. Event day pricing may apply and spaces are limited.

Ferry –  From the Interislander Ferry terminal you can catch the shuttle to the Railway Station and take the short stroll along the Fran Wilde Walkway to reach Sky Stadium.

From the Bluebridge Ferry terminal, you can walk north along Waterloo Quay and join the walkway.

Catch the East by West Ferry from Days Bay Wharf to Queens Wharf, then walk north along Waterloo Quay to the stadium.

Train –   Numerous services from throughout the Wellington region arrive and depart at the Wellington Railway Station. From the station, it is a short stroll along the Fran Wilde Walkway to reach the Stadium.

Walk –   Located on Waterloo Quay, Wesptac Stadium is a short walk from the central business district of Wellington. Head to the Wellington Railway Station. Once there, join the elevated walkway that takes you directly to the Stadium entrance. There are three access points to the walkway.

  • from Thorndon Quay just north of the Railway Station
  • from near Shed 21 on the Port
  • directly from the Railway platforms (8/7, 6/5, 4/3)

The walkway is 650m long with harbour views. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to walk the length of the walkway.


Where to stay in Wellington

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Further Information

Sky Stadium Official Website

Hurricanes Official Website

Wellington Lions Official Website

Cricket Wellington (Wellington Firebirds) Official Website

Wellington Phoenix Official Website

Sports Tourist Wellington City Guide


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