Big Weekend in Wellington

19 September 2011

It's going to be a big weekend in Wellington as the city gets set to play host to the first of three rugby double-headers.

A Samoan cultural group will perform in the Town Hall on 25 September

A Samoan cultural group will perform in the Town Hall on 25 September

The first match is the Australia v USA game on Friday 23 September, then Argentina play Scotland on Sunday
25 September. Both games start at 8.30pm at Wellington Regional Stadium.

So you'll need to plan ahead if you're driving around town this weekend as we will be closing some roads around the stadium before, during and after the two matches.

As the Tournament revs up, so too does the enthusiasm! The Rugby Village FANZONE on the waterfront is proving popular so make sure you get there in plenty of time to enjoy the live games on the big screen and pre-match entertainment as capacity is limited.

Remember you can also head along to the warmth and comfort of the family-friendly Town Hall. This is an alcohol-free venue where you can also see live screenings of weekend matches with plenty of free community and multicultural performances on stage in the lead-up.

We have over 150 events taking place in and around Wellington during the Festival of Carnivale. For more detailed information, visit:

Wellington Rugby World Cup 2011 website

Finally, with rugby fans from all over the world descending on the Capital we want to give a big thank-you to Wellingtonians who are going the extra mile to welcome or help visitors - keep up the good work!

Highlights at Rugby Village FANZONE

  • Afro Beat band playing at 6.30pm before the live screening of the Namibia v South Africa match on Thursday 22 September
  • Port Nicholson Trust Kapa Haka Group, The Beat Girls and Twinset performing before the Australia v USA match on Friday
    23 September
  • Jed Thian (Jedi) MC stage show from 12 noon, The Thomas Oliver band at 4.30pm and a French crepe-eating competition at 7.45pm before the live screening of the France v NZ game on Saturday
    24 September.

Highlights at the Town Hall

  • Argentinean milonga dancers performing at the Town Hall from 6.00pm - 10.00pm on Friday 23 September. Also check out the colourful Argentina Tango Bus in Civic Square from 6.00pm.
  • Sample culinary delights from around the globe at the Flavours! World Food Fair from 10.00am on Saturday 24 September. There will also be cooking demonstrations.
  • A Samoan cultural performance showcase from 12 noon - 3.00pm on Sunday 25 September before the Fiji v Samoa game screens live on the big screen.