Voted one of the world's top 10 sports stadiums seating under 44,000, Queen Elizabeth II Park,
is just 12 km (about a 15 minute drive) from the heart of Christchurch City.
World class sporting facility
Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Park is a unique, multi-purpose sport and leisure complex with something for everyone. Originally built for the 1974 Commonwealth Games, this premier venue caters for the elite training and competition requirements of many sports.
Included among the many sports facilities at QEII Park are a swimming pool complex, squash courts, weight training facilities, aerobic/exercise room, soccer fields and an international athletics stadium. Also located at the complex are a cafeteria, saunas, massage rooms, sports medicine and physiotherapy clinics.
Within the swimming pool complex are four pools: 50m Olympic size pool, 33 1/3 m training pool, learners' pool and dive well. The seating capacity is 2,350.
The athletics stadium incorporates a 400m x 8 lane all-weather synthetic track with specific areas and equipment for all field events. Stadium seating capacity is 22,000 and total crowd capacity is 35,000.
QEII Park has been host to many successful national and international sporting events ranging from the Commonwealth Games in 1974 to the recently held Para Olympic Swimming Championships.
History of international sport
In between, there have been international track series, rugby league tests, international swimming meets and water polo tests. QEII Park is also the home-base of the New Zealand Triathlon Academy which provides support and assistance for the country's top triathletes.
Christchurch is also hosting:
- World Netball Champs (Oct 1999)
- World Wheel Chair Games (Nov 1999)
- World Busker's Festival (Jan 2000)
- 4th World Orienteering Championships (Jan 2000)
- Festival of Romance (Feb 2000)
- World Salmon Fishing Competition (Feb 2000)
- Women's World Cup Cricket Championships (Dec 2000)