News | 12 January 2024
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Major events bring change of course to the capital

The summer season has kicked-off with some major events hitting the city over the next few months – bringing some limited access around their locations.

Birdseye view of person doing manu and landing with big splash in water
Competitor does a manu - photo credit Paul Taylor

With major events come some street closures for organiser access, set-up, pack down, and primarily for the health and safety of all.

It’s recommended that car users consider alternative routes or modes of transport during some of the major events, and pedestrians, cyclists and e-scooters should take extra care due to the changes.

Full details of street closures can be found at:

Upcoming peak cruise days include:

  • Saturday 3 Feb – 6000+ passengers
  • Saturday 2 March – 5000+ passengers
  • Sunday 17 March – 7000 passengers
  • Monday 18 March – 5000 passengers

Events that require some road closures:

Dates Events
From Fri 12 Jan Domestic T20 Cricket at the Basin
Road closure (Slip lane Buckle Street to Ellice Street) 8am to 8pm
  • Fri 12 Jan to Monday 15 Jan
  • Sun 21 Jan to Mon 22 Jan
  • Wed 25 Jan to Thurs 26 Jan
  • Fri 27 Jan to Sun 29 Jan
Sun 14 Jan
Cycle Classic 2024 CBD
Significant road closures 6am to 5pm
26-28 Jan World Manu Champs

From 11am on Friday 26th – 11pm Sunday 28th February there will be a detour for cyclists and pedestrians travelling along Te Papa Promenade to Taranaki Street Wharf. Cyclists and e-scooter users are encouraged to slow down or dismount

Sat 27 Jan Foo Fighters
Sky Stadium concert starts 8pm – significant road closures before, during and after event
Sun 4 Feb
Barefoot Sport
Road closure 6am to 2pm
Massey Road (north entrance Shelly Bay to Scorching Bay)
Sat 10 Feb
Island Bay Festival
Road closed 6am to 6pm
  • Reef Street (between The Esplanade and The Parade)
  • The Esplanade (between Derwent Street and Brighton Street)
Sun 11 Feb
Island Bay Festival Parade
Rolling lane closure approx. 10.30am to 11.15am
Avon Street (set up parade then into Reef Street)
Sun 18 Feb
Round the Bays
Significant road closures around the city 6am - 1pm
21-25 Feb
The Performance Arcade
Parts of Waterfront limited access to pedestrians, scooters and cyclists
23 Feb-17 Mar
Aotearoa NZ Festival of the Arts
Parts of Waterfront limited access to pedestrians, scooters and cyclists
29 Feb-4 Mar
International Cricket Australia Test
Road closed (Slip lane between Buckle Street and Ellice Street)
24 Feb to 6 March 6am to 9pm
1-3 March
Dragon Boat Festival
Parts of Waterfront limited access to pedestrians, scooters and cyclists
Sun 3 Mar
Newtown Festival
Significant road closures in area
Sun 9 Mar
Pride Parade
Parade starts 5.30pm Tennyson Street to Cambridge Terrace, to Courtenay Place, to Taranaki Street, into Dixon Street
Sat 16 Mar
Parts of Waterfront limited access to pedestrians, scooters and cyclists 
Fri 22 Mar
Cuba Dupa
Road closures: 11.59pm, Friday 22 March 2024 to 3am, Monday 25 March