Eden Park – from swamp to sports ground – Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Eden Park.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Eden Park in the Video tab.

Originally a swamp, Auckland’s Eden Park has been a sports ground since the late 19th century. Today New Zealand’s largest sports stadium, it has been the site of some memorable sporting victories – and losses. The chaotic third test of the protest-ridden 1981 Springbok rugby tour was played there, as was New Zealand’s victorious final in the 1987 Rugby World Cup.

Related web links:
Film – the third test, 1981 Springbok tour
Flour bomb test ends Springbok tour
Playing England – New Zealand cricket
Cabbage tree swamp
Protesters and rugby fans in conflict
Auckland region: sports and leisure

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/

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