Auckland, Wellington & the must-see New Zealand cities hosting Women’s World Cup football: A 2023 fan tourist’s guide

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GOAl looks at the must-see cities hosting the Women's World Cup in New Zealand

New Zealand is getting ready to welcome an influx of football fans this July and August, with four cities hosting games at the 2023 Women's World Cup.

From the capital city Wellington to Dunedin in the South Island, fans from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia will be moving around the antipodean islands following their teams, while the locals will no doubt enjoy a carnival atmosphere.

Here, GOAL takes a closer look at the four Soccer Cities in New Zealand playing host to Women's World Cup games in 2023.

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  1. Wellington


    Stadium:Wellington Regional Stadium
    Address:105 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6140

    Wellington's Regional Stadium - also known as Sky Stadium - is the Wellington venue hosting a number of games at the World Cup this year. Home of A-League side Wellington Phoenix, the wonderful waterfront ground has a capacity of 39,000 and is sure to produce a cacophonous atmosphere.

    Which games are on in Wellington?

    July 21Spain vs Costa Rica
    July 23Sweden vs South Africa
    July 25New Zealand vs Philippines
    July 27USWNT vs Netherlands
    July 29Sweden vs Italy
    July 31Japan vs Spain
    August 2South Africa vs Italy
    August 5Round of 16
    August 11Quarter-final

    Wellington will welcome a broad array of fans from across the world during the Women's World Cup, with nine matches to be played, including games involving the hosts and the USWNT.

    There will be seven group games and two knockout fixtures.

    Where to stay in Wellington

    The map above has a variety of options for places to stay in Wellington.

    Things to do in Wellington

    • Ride the Wellington Cable Car
    • Weta Workshop tour
    • Visit Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
    • Hike Mount Victoria

    Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and no trip there would be complete without heading up on the Wellington Cable Car for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.

    Fans of the Lord of the Rings films should definitely make time to visit the award-winning Weta Workshop and do a tour of the place where movie-making magic is conjured.

    If you fancy learning more about the fascinating history of New Zealand, pencil in a visit to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which is an educational hub, teaching visitors about Maori astronomy and much more.

    A cultural melting pot, the city has no shortage of cafes to while away the hours - try the flat white - and if you're a bit more active in your disposition, why not have a go at the nature trails leading to the top of Mount Victoria?

  2. Auckland


    Stadium:Eden Park
    Address:Reimers Avenue, Kingsland, Auckland 1024

    Auckland's Eden Park is the biggest stadium in New Zealand being used at the Women's World Cup.

    A veritable fortress for the All Blacks rugby union team, the Women's World Cup will be the venue's most notable use for soccer.

    Which games are on in Auckland?

    July 20New Zealand vs Norway
    July 22USWNT vs Vietnam
    July 24Italy vs Argentina
    July 26Spain vs Zambia
    July 30Norway vs Philippines
    August 1Portugal vs USWNT
    August 5Round of 16
    August 11Quarter-final
    August 15Semi-final

    Auckland will host a total of nine games at the Women's World Cup, including the opening game between New Zealand and Norway on July 20.

    As well as six group matches, Eden Park will be the venue for a round-of-16 game, one quarter-final and a semi-final.

    Fans from the United States, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Portugal are expected to visit the city, so there will be a brilliantly diverse atmosphere during the tournament.

    Where to stay in Auckland

    Check out the map above for places to stay while in Auckland.

    Things to do in Auckland

    • Visit Sky Tower
    • Whale watching
    • Visit Auckland Domain
    • Kayak to Rangitoto Island

    Auckland is "the perfect mix of city sophistication and a natural playground" according to and it is fair to say that there is no shortage of things to do in the North Island metropolis.

    The Sky Tower is an iconic sight on the Auckland skyline - it is actually the tallest structure in New Zealand - and adventurous visitors can actually do a Sky Jump from the 328m-high structure or try a Sky Walk.

    Wildlife lovers who relish the outdoors can go on a Whale safari from Auckland Harbour, with a variety of species to be found in the Hauraki gulf, including dolphins, orca, minke whales and more.

    Auckland Domain is one of the biggest public parks in the city and is very central, offering outstandingly beautiful views of the gulf and volcanic Rangitoto Island - which can actually be reached via kayak.

  3. Hamilton


    Stadium:Waikato Stadium
    Address:128 Seddon Road, Frankton, Hamilton 3204

    Waikato Stadium in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa is a 25,000-seater rugby stadium that will be used for group games at the tournament.

    Situated on the banks of the Waikato river, the city of Hamilton is where figures such as former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and rugby coach Warren Gatland were born.

    Which games are on in Hamilton?

    July 22Zambia vs Japan
    July 25Switzerland vs Norway
    July 27Portugal vs Vietnam
    July 31Costa Rica vs Zambia
    August 2Argentina vs Sweden

    Hamilton will host a total of five group games at the Women's World Cup, with fans from Argentina, Sweden, Portugal and Zambia among those expected to descend on the city.

    There will be plenty of intrigue when Zambia play Japan, while the August 2 clash between Argentina and Sweden should draw a crowd.

    Where to stay in Hamilton

    You can browse places to stay in Hamilton with the map above.

    Things to do in Hamilton

    • Hamilton Gardens
    • Waikato Museum
    • Hamilton Zoo
    • Hobbiton moview set

    The famous Hobbiton movie set from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy can be found in the Waikato region, just 45 minutes from Hamilton. You can take a guided tour of New Zealand's 'Shire' and avail of 'Second Breakfast' while there.

    Hamilton Gardens will transport you around the world with its amazing variety of concept gardens, with Chinese, Egyptian and tropical influences to be found, all within the centre of the city.

    The Waikato Museum is a must for any culture enthusiast, with an array of local, Maori exhibits to peruse.

  4. Dunedin


    Stadium:Forsyth Barr Stadium
    Address:Anzac Avenue, Logan Park, Dunedin, Otago

    Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin is the only Women's World Cup venue situated on New Zealand's South Island. Known as the Glass House due to its magnificent clear ceiling, it is a multi-use stadium that was previously used for the 2015 U20 World Cup.

    Which games are on in Dunedin?

    Dunedin will host a total of six group matches at the Women's World Cup, including Switzerland vs New Zealand in Group A, Japan vs Costa Rica in Group C and Netherlands vs Portugal in Group E.

    July 21Philippines vs Switzerland
    July 23Netherlands vs Portugal
    July 26Japan vs Costa Rica
    July 28Argentina vs South Africa
    July 30Switzerland vs New Zealand
    August 1Vietnam vs Netherlands

    Where to stay in Dunedin

    Check out the interactive map above for places to stay in Dunedin.

    Things to do in Dunedin

    • Visit Larnach Castle
    • See local wildlife
    • Visit Port Chalmers
    • Do a brewery tour

    Dunedin takes its name from the Scots-Gaelic name for Edinburgh (Dún Èideann), which translates as 'Hill fort of Edin'. As such a strong Scottish heritage is woven into the Otago city, with Larnach Castle being a fine example.

    Built in 1871 by William Larnach, who was born to Scottish parents, the castle is just 20 minutes away from the city centre and is a wonderful option for a day out, with mesmerising views of the Otago peninsula.

    If Victorian architecture isn't your thing, you might prefer a wildlife tour, either on land or sea, to see the abundance of rare species which live in the region. Dunedin is known as the wildlife capital of New Zealand, with a variety of penguin species, albatross and kiwi living in the Otago area.

    Sight-seeing can, of course, be thirsty work and you can tend to that by going on a tour of one of the local breweries, such as Speight's or Emerson's craft brewery.