This week you may not have known, but around 20,000 extra people will be in Wellington city for the Lions game this Saturday. They are already arriving – so please be welcoming to everyone! There are going to be a lot of things going on this week, including events, road closures, extra buses/trains, and a lot of campervans around the place!
Here is all the info you need to know:
Thousands of rugby supporters are expected to gather in Wellington for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series, which will see the Hurricanes and All Blacks take on the British and Irish Lions.
Wellington match days
– Tuesday 27 June, 7:30pm – The British & Irish Lions v Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium (doors open at 5:30pm)
– Saturday 1 July, 7:30pm – The British & Irish Lions v All Blacks at Westpac Stadium (doors open at 4:30pm)
Road closures and transport
Courtenay Place from Cambridge Terrace to Taranaki Street will be closed to traffic from Saturday morning on 1 July through to Sunday morning 2 July – including side streets Blair Street and Allen Street from Wakefield Street to Courtenay Place, and Tory Street from Wakefield to Tennyson Street.
The normal road closures will be in place around Westpac Stadium on match days. All details can be found on westpacstadium.co.nz.
Extra trains and buses will be available after each match. Check metlink.org.nz for all public transport information updates.
Throughout the city on Saturday 1 July, people should consider the road closures in place and expect a lot of traffic. Be sure to consider the extra time that you will need to get to your destination, particularly for important occasions and flights.
Fans coming to the game should arrive early and campervan drivers are advised to leave their vehicles at their campsite as there is limited public parking in Wellington City. For reserved car parking at Westpac Stadium and drop off information visit westpacstadium.co.nz.
Hutt City Council will be providing 130 temporary campervan parking at Honiana Te Puni Reserve which is situated off Petone Esplanade from Thursday 29 June – Sunday 2 July. The parking is free and will have extra toilets, security, lighting and limited waste management. The site is 700 metres from the Petone railway station and Hutt City would urge campervan users to utilise this site rather than parking on the Petone esplanade.
To celebrate this unique sporting event, Wellington will be offering a packed schedule of exciting experiences throughout the city for both locals and visitors to soak up the atmosphere.
This will include a fan zone in Odlins Plaza, which will open from Tuesday evening 27 June, with food, drinks and a big screen to watch the game.
On Saturday 1 July the fan zone will be open all afternoon with family friendly activities, leading onto live music and the game on the big screen.
On both match days, food will be provided by food trucks catering for a range of local and international cuisine. Saturday will also see the opening of Wharewaka’s new hangi pit, which will cater for 300 people.
Fan zone events
27 June, 4pm-11pm – Hurricanes v Lions
Food trucks, bar, live entertainment and Hurricanes V Lions live on the big screen.
28 June – Closed
29 June, 4pm-10pm – Movie Night
Two movies screening at 6pm and 8pm with food trucks and bar.
29 June, 7pm-9.30pm – Pint-sized Beervana at Te Wharewaka o Poneke
Wellington’s top quality cuisine meets the city’s famed craft beer.
30 June, 4pm-midnight – Coin rugby world record attempt
Food trucks, bar and live entertainment.
1 July, 11am-1am – All Blacks v Lions
Hangi, food trucks, bar, live entertainment, and All Blacks v Lions live on the big screen.
On both match days, a fan trail will enliven and illuminate the waterfront between Odlins Plaza and Westpac Stadium, showcasing Wellington’s creativity and tech excellence, with light shows and projection mapping. With the national Matariki festival finishing on 25 June, culture is integrated throughout the fan trail, from illuminated poi and other Pasifika performances to Matariki symbolism showcased in digital and light displays.
Pre-match trail times: 5pm-7.30pm
Post-match trail times: 9pm-10pm
Throughout Wellington, cafes, bars and restaurants will be providing special meals, deals and themed events, with a host of other activity taking place throughout the capital, including:
Express waka rides
Monday 26 June – Sunday 2 July, 9am, 10am and 11am
Te Wharewaka o Poneke will be running special 45 minute express waka tours around Wellington harbour.
Friday 30 June, Michael Fowler Centre
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will be staging a special ‘Last Night of the Proms’ style concert called Lands of Hope & Glory. Featuring a variety of familiar anthems, including the traditional Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar, the concert will fill the Michael Fowler Centre with colour and musical magic.
Thursday 29 June, 7pm-9.30pm, Te Wharewaka o Poneke
At this pint sized event find out why Wellington is considered New Zealand’s craft beer capital. Taste your way around some of NZ’s most loved breweries alongside top UK offerings, each perfectly paired with food from Wellington’s finest restaurants.
When: Friday 30 June, 5:33pm
Where: Civic Square
ReCut is a series of free, dynamic, outdoor events that celebrate Wellington’s identity and pride as New Zealand’s arts and culture capital.
The next ReCut event will take place in Civic Square on Friday 30 June, to coincide with the DHL New Zealand Lions Series and Matariki celebrations. Locals and visitors will get a taster of some of the finest acts in the capital, and from around the world, showcasing Wellington’s vibrant arts and culture with a range of jaw-dropping performances.
If weather results in cancelling the event on Friday 30 June, it will go ahead on Saturday 1 July.
Information provided by Wellington City Council: http://wellington.govt.nz/events/major-events/lions-series-2017