Story: Wellington region

Roadside Stories: Wellington's 'Cake Tin'


Wellington’s Westpac Stadium – known affectionately as the ‘Cake Tin’ – opened in 1999 to replace the former rugby venue of Athletic Park. Rugby was first played at Athletic Park in 1896, and it was the site of some memorable games, including two All Black tests against France in hurricane-strength winds. The new stadium boasts a less exposed, more central position, and seating for more than 34,000.

Listen to a Roadside Story about the stadium. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Sport and leisure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2016)

Full story by Chris Maclean, published 9 Jul 2007, updated 3 Aug 2015