Wellington Basin Reserve | About the Basin
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About the Basin

From a swampy lagoon, to the now well known landmark.

The Wellington Basin

Often voted as one of the world’s best cricket grounds by players and fans alike, the Basin has a long history but many people don’t know the its origins and how it came to host cricket.

When Surveyor-General, Captain William Mein Smith, drew up plans for Wellington in 1840, a stream linked the harbour to a lagoon that he simply labelled ‘Basin’. Smith’s intention was for this Basin to become a safe harbour for ships, accessed through a canal to the harbour. Over the next fifteen years the city continued to develop around Smith’s Basin as people from around the world moved to the new colony.

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Entry Conditions

To ensure that all patrons enjoy their experience at the Basin Reserve, entry to the ground is subject to the following conditions:

The Masterplan

In 2014, the Basin Reserve Trust led the development of a Masterplan. This plan presented a 25-year vision for the future of the Basin Reserve.

The Basin Reserve Masterplan was endorsed by the Council in April 2015 as a blueprint for redeveloping this area.

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