All Blacks parade: traffic & transport information

4 November 2015

All Blacks fans are expected to bring Wellington’s CBD to a standstill this Friday lunchtime when they line the streets to welcome home our victorious world cup team.

Civic Square during All Blacks parade.

The parade will end in Civic Square

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The advice to those wanting to catch a glimpse of our winners and the trophy is to take their place along the route early.

“If the last world cup parade is anything to go by, there’ll be big crowds along the parade route,” says Simon Perry, Wellington City Council’s Events Operations Manager. “Adults should remember to let the kids line the front so everyone gets a good view.”

The parade begins at parliament at 11.30am – where the All Blacks will receive a brief welcome from the Speaker of the House.

They then leave Parliament at 12 noon and travel along Lambton Quay, Willis Street, Mercer Street and then go into Civic Square at around 1pm. At Civic Square, the team will be met by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown and other dignitaries. The event will finish around 1.30pm.

Members of the public are encouraged to view the parade anywhere in Parliament grounds along the route or in Civic Square.

For public safety, streets leading onto the route will be closed gradually from 10am onwards. Traffic Diversions will also be put in place in Taranaki and Manners Street, lower Cuba Street and Manners Street.

These closures will affect traffic congestion and public transport in and around the CBD.

“If you want to get across town, the best bet is to take the motorway or stick to the waterfront. These journeys are likely to take longer so people should leave extra time for travel,” says Perry.

“If you’re exiting the motorway city-bound at Murphy Street for Thorndon then expect delays.

“With many major CBD roads closed we’re encouraging people to use public transport to get to the parade. People should contact Metlink for information on public transport, phone 0800 801 700 or go to the Metlink website."

There will be additional train services running before the parade on the Hutt Valley and Kapiti Lines as well as extra seating on the Kapiti, Hutt Valley and Johnsonville Lines between the morning and afternoon peaks. The Wellington Event ticket will be valid for this event, and will be sold on the day.

Between 10am and 2pm on Friday all Wellington City bus services will be diverted from the Golden Mile – more information is available from Metlink. If you’re travelling by bus on Friday, please plan carefully and allow extra time for your travel.

Notes on street closures

Motorists and delivery people should note that Willis Street north from Mercer Street, and the entire length of Lambton Quay, will be closed to traffic from 10am until approximately 3pm after the parade passes.

Temporary crowd-control barriers will have to be erected along the parade route – so the streets will be closed from 10am.