Southlanders will get the chance to catch a glimpse of world sporting glory up close in Invercargill on Sunday.
The New Zealand cricket team was crowned world test champions in June when it beat India in the first-ever World Test Championship final.
After returning victorious from England, New Zealand Cricket has organised Goodbye Pork Pie-type tour bringing the Mace to Invercargill.
The tour started in Whangarei on Monday and will finish in Invercargill on Sunday.
The Mace will be joined at the Southland Cricket Association pavilion at Queens Park in Invercargill by Blacks Caps players Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry, and Jacob Duffy.
Southlanders will get a chance to get their photos with the Mace and meet the players from 3pm to 4.30pm.
The Mace was originally designed in 2000 by world-renowned trophy English designer Trevor Brown.
It has previously been awarded to No 1 ranked world test team but is now the symbol of supremacy in the new World Test Championship competition.
The visit to Invercargill was initially going to be staged at ILT Stadium Southland.
However, it has now been shifted to the cricket pavillion at Queens Park after the Steel locked in a home ANZ elimination final at Stadium Southland.
Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said they had simply run out of space at the stadium given its jam-packed week.
The stadium will host a career fest event on Thursday and Friday on courts one and two, and Friday night basketball on five other courts.
On Saturday it will host an aerobics and hip hop event which will finish at about 9pm at night before stadium staff work through the night to set up for Sunday's steel game.
They also have club netball on Saturday at the stadium as well as an under-14 netball tournament on Sunday.
What: World Test Cricket Championship trophy tour
Where: SCA Pavillion, Queens Park, Invercargill
When: Sunday, August 1, 3pm to 4.30pm
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