Carisbrook (sometimes incorrectly referred to as Carisbrook Stadium) was a major sporting venue in Dunedin, New Zealand. The city's main domestic and international rugby union venue, it was also used for other sports such as cricket, football, rugby league and motocross. Carisbrook also hosted a Joe Cocker concert and frequently hosted pre-game concerts before rugby matches in the 1990s. In 2011 Carisbrook was closed, and was replaced as a rugby ground by Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza in North Dunedin, and as a cricket ground by University Oval in Logan Park.

The House of Pain
Looking north across Caversham to Carisbrook, from the slopes of Forbury Hill
LocationDunedin, New Zealand
Coordinates45°53′37″S 170°29′26″E / 45.89361°S 170.49056°ECoordinates: 45°53′37″S 170°29′26″E / 45.89361°S 170.49056°E
OwnerCarisbrook Ground Company
OperatorCarisbrook Ground Company
Capacity29,000 [1]
Broke ground1881
DemolishedStarting 2013
Otago Rugby Football Union
Highlanders (Super 14) (1996–2011)
Ground information
End names
Railway End
Hillside End
International information
First Test11–16 March 1955:
 New Zealand v  England
Last Test18–22 December 1998:
 New Zealand v  India
First ODI30 March 1974:
 New Zealand v  Australia
Last ODI25 February 2004:
 New Zealand v  South Africa
As of 8 January 2016
Source: ESPNcricinfo


Located at the foot of The Glen, a steep valley, the ground was flanked by the South Island Main Trunk Railway and the Hillside Railway Workshops, two miles southwest of Dunedin city centre in the suburb of Caversham. State Highway 1 also ran close to the northern perimeter of the ground.

Carisbrook was named after the estate of early colonial settler James Macandrew (itself named after Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight). Developed during the 1870s, it was first used for international cricket in 1883, when Otago hosted a team from Tasmania, and for Test cricket from 1955. It hosted rugby union internationals from 1908.

Floodlit since the 1990s, it could cater for both day and night fixtures. Known locally simply as "The Brook", it has been branded with the name "The House of Pain", due to its reputation as a difficult venue for visiting rugby teams.[2] The stadium was home to both the Highlanders in Super Rugby and Otago in the ITM Cup through each side's respective 2011 season. It also hosted 38 All Blacks test matches.

It is also the former home of Otago cricket, which moved to the University Oval at Logan Park in the north of the city after its redevelopment in the early 2000s. Between 1884 and 2008 Carisbrook hosted 252 first-class cricket matches, including, between 1955 and 1998, 10 Test cricket matches.[3][4]

It was also the home ground of Otago United in the New Zealand Football Championship, which moved to the lower-capacity Sunnyvale Park for the 2008–09 season.


The ground's final regular capacity was around 30,000, but has hosted crowds as high as 42,000 in the past with temporary seating.[5] Until 1998 the sides of the Caversham bypass motorway allowed a free view of the ground and was known as the "Scotsman's Grandstand". Occasionally trains would slow to a crawl or stop on the track above the stadium, allowing passengers to watch an entire event. In 1998 a new stand and corporate boxes were built that blocked the view.[6] Partly due to Dunedin's relatively large number of tertiary students (20,000 of the city's 120,000 population), Carisbrook has a unique atmosphere.[7] This is enhanced by the terraces, an uncovered concrete embankment at the eastern end of the ground.[8]

Retirement and recycling

On 9 August 2006, a proposal was announced that would see Carisbrook retired and a 30,000 capacity covered stadium built in Dunedin North, close to other major sporting facilities such as Logan Park and the University Oval.[9] Construction and ownership of the new $NZ 198 million stadium,[10] officially named the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza, would be overseen by the Carisbrook Stadium Trust.[11] Until the new stadium was completed, all international and Super Rugby games were still held at Carisbrook.

The last international game was expected to be the All Blacks versus South Africa Tri Nations match on 12 July 2008. However, the All Blacks returned to Carisbrook to play France on 13 June 2009[12] and finally Wales on 19 June 2010.[2] This game meant that the All Blacks had played every major test-playing nation at Carisbrook. A later test match, destined to be the last at the ground, was scheduled between New Zealand and Fiji as a fundraiser for the Christchurch earthquake appeal on 22 July 2011.

On 11 May 2011 the Dunedin City Council decided that Carisbrook would be sold after the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Demolition work was begun at the start of 2012, with the floodlight towers being dismantled and sent up to Christchurch for use by the new temporary Christchurch Rugby Stadium at Addington Showgrounds, to allow that city a first-class ground while AMI Stadium awaits rebuilding. Originally the floodlights were to be reused at the University Oval for day/night cricket matches. The corporate box stand, which was only 14 years old, was always designed to be dismantled for use elsewhere, and there are proposals to move parts of the structure to University Oval and some to Queenstown's Stadium. The turnstile building on Neville Street is a category I historic building and would be protected during any potential developments on the site.[13]

Carisbrook was sold to the Dunedin City Council in 2009 for $7,000,000. It was sold on in 2013 for $4,700,000.[14]

Historic Events

  • 1884 2 February – First major cricket match at Carisbrook, Otago v Tasmania
  • 1886 22 November – First international cricket match at Carisbrook, Otago v Australia
  • 1908 30 May – First Otago Rugby defeat of international side, Anglo-Welsh
  • 1908 30 June – First Rugby Test at Carisbrook (NZ v Anglo-Welsh)
  • 1922 17 June – New Zealand's first full international football (soccer) match, a 3–1 win to New Zealand over Australia[15]
  • 1924 9 August – First Rugby League Test at Carisbrook (NZ v England Lions)
  • 1930 21 June – First All Black defeat at Carisbrook (by Great Britain)
  • 1936 1 August – First Ranfurly Shield match at Carisbrook
  • 1955 11 March – First cricket Test at Carisbrook, New Zealand v England[16]
  • 1987 May–June – Rugby World Cup games (Italy 18, Fiji 15; Ireland 46, Canada 19)
  • 1992 12 March – Cricket World Cup (New Zealand vs India)
  • 1992 27 September – First extra time in a rugby match in New Zealand (Otago 26, North Harbour 23)
  • 1993 July - Rugby, New Zealand v Australia, largest attendance at the ground, 42 000.
  • 1996 3 March – First Super 12 match at Carisbrook (Otago Highlanders 57, Queensland 17)
  • 1998 25 October – National Provincial Championship Division 1 Final (Otago vs Waikato)
  • 1998 18 December – Last cricket Test at Carisbrook, New Zealand v India
  • 1999 29 May – 1999 Super 12 Final (Highlanders vs Crusaders)
  • 1999 12–21 November – Group stage matches and one quarter-final of the FIFA Under-17 Soccer World Championship
  • 2001 11 August - First win by Australia over the All Blacks (23-15) at the venue
  • 2005 27 August – The last International Rugby match (All Blacks 31, South Africa 27) before the NZRFU deemed Carisbrook to no longer be a suitable venue for International Rugby
  • 2008 12 July – After a 3-year absence of International Rugby at Carisbrook a Tri Nations match between All Blacks and South Africa was played. At the same time this was South Africa's first win at Carisbrook after beating the All Blacks 30–28.[17]
  • 2010 19 June – The last official rugby Test against a "Tier 1" nation was played at the ground (All Blacks vs Wales), with the All Blacks winning 42–9.
  • 2011 3 June – The final Highlanders match at Carisbrook saw the Western Force defeat the Highlanders 21–14.
  • 2011 22 July – The All Blacks defeated Fiji 60–14 in the final Test match, which served as a fundraiser for Christchurch earthquake relief.
  • 2012 January - Dismantlement begins with floodlight towers being sent to Christchurch.

See also


  1. ^ Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b New Zealand farewell the House of Pain in style Sydney Morning Herald
  3. ^ "First-class matches played on Carisbrook". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Test matches played on Carisbrook". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  5. ^ Edwards, Brent (25 October 2009). "Rugby: Otago down on their knees". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  6. ^ Goodbye Carisbrook. | News Article | klikFC Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Carisbrook - the Highlanders". 12 February 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  8. ^ Houlihan, Mike (18 June 2010). "Over and out from Carisbrook". The Press. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Rugby: Dunedin stadium on schedule". The New Zealand Herald. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  10. ^ Ihaka, James (26 April 2011). "$500m Rugby World Cup deficit". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  11. ^ "New stadium approved for Dunedin". The New Zealand Herald. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  12. ^ Otago Daily Times article
  13. ^ Loughrey, David (12 May 2011). "Council decides to sell Carisbrook". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  14. ^ "Carisbrook $3.4 million loss confirmed".
  15. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. p.144
  16. ^ "Carisbrook". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  17. ^ Gilhooly, Daniel (10 July 2008). "Historic southern test packs 'em in". Retrieved 10 July 2008.

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Carisbrook, Victoria

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Carisbrook is closely linked with Maryborough historically, socially and economically.

Carisbrook stone arrangement

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This arrangement is believed to fall within the traditional land of the Wurn balug clan of the Djadja wurrung.Following its rediscovery in 1963, interest was focussed on its interpretation and protection, with initial protection provided under the Archaeological Relics Office. In 1975, the area was purchased by the State government, and made a Declared Archaeological Area under the provisions of the Archaeological and Aboriginal Relics Protection Act 1972. Aboriginal Affairs Victoria first purchased the river frontage in the late 1980s. The Indigenous Land Council purchased the farm in 1997 and have divested it to the Ballarat Aboriginal Co-op determined to be the custodians.

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Electoral district of Ripon

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Ripon has an area of 16,761 square kilometres. It includes the towns of Ararat, Avoca, Bealiba, Beaufort, Bridgewater on Loddon, Buangor, Cardigan, Carisbrook, Charlton, Clunes, Creswick, Donald, Dunolly, Eddington, Elmhurst, Glenorchy, Great Western, Inglewood, Landsborough, Lexton, Lucas, Marnoo, Maryborough, Miners Rest, Moonambel, Newbridge, Snake Valley, St Arnaud, Stawell, Stuart Mill, Talbot, Tarnagulla and Wedderburn. The main population centres are Creswick, Ararat, Maryborough, Avoca, Donald, Bridgewater on Loddon, St Arnaud and Stawell. This district is known for agriculture, wine making, timber industries, manufacturing, wool production, paper milling, knitting mills and tourism.It has been held by the Liberal Party for most of its history; however, it was held by the Labor Party from 1999 to 2014. The 2018 result was the subject of a legal challenge by the second placed Labor candidate.

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Forsyth Barr Stadium

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They finished the inaugural season eighth, and the following season finished last after winning only three of eleven matches. However, in the 1998, 1999 and 2000 seasons they qualified for semi-finals; hosting the 1999 competition final against fellow South Island team the Crusaders. They lost the match 24–19, and the following year were again knocked out by the Crusaders—this time in their semi-final. In the following fifteen seasons they would only finish in the top four once more, in 2002. But in 2015, they were crowned Super Rugby champions after beating the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium .Current Highlander, Ben Smith has played a record 129 games for the Highlanders, and thirteen other players have played over 50 games for the team. The Highlanders' highest career points scorer is Lima Sopoaga with 866 points, and highest career try scorer is Jeff Wilson with 35. They are currently coached by Aaron Mauger and are co-captained by Ben Smith and Luke Whitelock .

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History of rugby union matches between New Zealand and Scotland

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List of international cricket five-wicket hauls at Carisbrook

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Nelson Province (Australia)

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Its area included Camperdown, Ararat and Mortlake.Nelson was created and defined by the Legislative Council Act 1881 (taking effect from the 1882 elections) as consisting of the following divisions: Hampden, Mortlake, Ararat Shire, Ararat Borough, Ripon, Grenville, Ballaarat, Lexton, Avoca, Stawell Shire and Stawell Borough.Nelson was later refined in 1904 as consisting of: Ararat, Beaufort, Carisbrook (boroughs of Carisbrook and Majorca), Clunes, Creswick, Dunolly (boroughs of Dunolly and Tarnagulla and the shire of Bet Bet), Glenorchy (shire of Stawell), Landsborough (shire of Avoca), Lexton, Maryborough, Moyston (shire of Ararat), St. Arnaud, Stawell, Stuart Mill (shire of Kara Kara), Talbot and Timor (shire of Tullaroop and the portion of the shire of Maldon within the province).Nelson Province was finally abolished in 1940 in the wake of another redistribution of Provinces in 1937 when four new Provinces were created. Nelson, Wellington and Melbourne East Provinces were all abolished in the years 1937 to 1940.

Pakistani cricket team in New Zealand in 1988–89

The Pakistan national cricket team toured New Zealand in the 1988-89 season, following its unsuccessful participation in the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup in Australia.

Three Test matches were arranged with four One-day International matches. In the event, the first Test at Dunedin was rained off, and an extra ODI was put on for what would have been the Test's fourth day. The two Tests that were played were both drawn, and New Zealand won four ODIs against one for the Pakistanis.According to Wisden, the tour was played in some acrimony. The touring side was led by Imran Khan who replaced Javed Miandad at a late stage, and several other players in the originally named touring party were also changed. Once in New Zealand, the tour was beset by umpiring controversies and disputed decisions.

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