Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will each host five pool matches during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, it was revealed today.
It was also announced that the final and semi-finals will not kick-off until 9pm.
The announcement was made at Eden Park this afternoon with Rugby New Zealand 2011 chief executive Martin Snedden confirming the 40 pool matches will be spread across 13 venues.
North Shore, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Rotorua and Dunedin will each host three matches, while Whangarei, Nelson, Palmerston North, Napier and Invercargill have been given two matches each.
Cities that failed to win pool games were Tauranga and Queenstown. Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium was also unsuccessful.
However, the big winner was Eden Park which was awarded the opening match between the All Blacks and Tonga on September 9 and the much anticipated clash between the home side and France two weeks later.
The All Blacks will also take games to Hamilton (September 16) and Wellington (October 2) against qualifying teams from Asia and the Americas respectively.
The quarter-final match-ups were also confirmed, with the top two teams in Pool A (featuring currently qualified teams New Zealand, France and Tonga) and Pool B (featuring Argentina, England and Scotland) playing off in Christchurch. Wellington will host quarter-finals featuring the winners and runners-up from Pool C (featuring Australia, Ireland and Italy) and Pool D (featuring South Africa, Wales and Fiji).
The dates for the final weekend, which coincides with Labour Day, were also confirmed with the bronze final to take place on Friday October 21 at Eden Park, followed by the final on Sunday October 23 at the same venue.
Snedden said today's announcement reflected the tournament's philosophy of a 'stadium of four million'.
"Today marks the culmination of a 22 month process that has involved regions from every part of New Zealand" Snedden said.
"We are pleased that all 11 regions will have the opportunity to host matches. Given that a total of 16 venues were proposed, we do appreciate that there will be disappointment among those who have missed out.
"In many respects, today is a special day for the successful regions, and they deserve to be congratulated for the time and effort and unprecedented level of co-operation that has been evident throughout this process," he said.
The schedule features a high-powered opening weekend which will see pool B heavyweights Argentina take on England in Christchurch, and defending champions South Africa play Wales in a pool D clash in Wellington.
Final and semi-finals will be played at 9pm. Then two quarter-final matches in Christchurch will be played at 8.30pm and two quarter-finals in Wellington will be played earlier.