Free Bledisloe Cup Fanzone Events

20 August 2013

This Saturday’s Investec Rugby Championship Test, All Blacks v Australia, is a sell-out - but you can still be part of the crowd.

Two Australian rugby fans in yellow and green costumes with painted faces and wigs.

Australian rugby fans


If you want to get in on the buzz, come on down to the indoor Bledisloe Cup Fanzone at Shed 6 and TSB Arena on the waterfront. Soak up the Bledisloe Cup fever starting at 12 noon and going right through until the end of the game at about 9.30pm.

The Council’s Community Events Manager, Rebecca Martin, says the free event features fun for the whole family. “We’ve organised a special kids’ Funzone - featuring massive inflatables with rugby-themed games - plus face painting and giveaways.

“Staged entertainment will feature recent X Factor competitor Maaka Fiso and an Aussie covers band playing top hits. There’s a chance to get your picture taken with the Bledisloe Cup. Plus there’ll be plenty of great Kiwi and Aussie food and drink.”

There will also be a former All Blacks Q&A session featuring:

  • Frank Bunce
  • Ian Jones
  • Brian Lochore
  • Colin Meads.

If you missed out on tickets to the Test, you’ll be able to watch it on the big screen at the Fanzone in Shed 6. Kick-off is at 7.35pm but bring the family down early as seats are limited to the first 1,000 people.

Ticketholders are encouraged to take the Fantrail to get to the game early. “Starting at the Bledisloe Cup Fanzone at 5.30pm there will be spectacular entertainers along the route with drumming, colour, dance and music, making it the only way to head to the game,” says Rebecca.

As part of a competition between the region’s primary schools, flags designed by schoolchildren will decorate the Bledisloe Cup Fanzone and Fantrail. To find out more about the Fanzone, visit:
Fanzone - Bledisloe Cup

Road closures

On the day, there will be some road closures and restrictions to help with pedestrian safety. The following streets will be closed from 8.30pm until 10.30pm:

  • Thorndon Quay (from Davis Street to Featherston Street
  • Featherston Street (from Thorndon Quay to Whitmore Street)
  • Mulgrave Street (from Aitken Street to Thorndon Quay/Featherston Street)

The closed section of Thorndon Quay will have access for locals and taxis.

There will be restricted access to:

  • Bunny Street from Featherston and Stout streets from 6pm until 10.30pm
  • Kate Sheppard Place (no exit onto Mulgrave Street) from 8.30pm until 10.30pm
  • Stout Street (between Whitmore and Featherston streets) - you’ll have to exit via a left turn onto Bunny Street from 8.30pm until 10.30pm.