News | 17 July 2023
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Keep your eye on the ball as FIFA Women's World Cup™ is coming to town

As part of the FIFA Women's World Cup™ there will be an awesome line-up of free events, city activations, Fan Festivals, and of course lots of matches to get excited about.

Football Ferns playing in Mexico
Football Ferns Mexico photo credit Jenny Chuang

Hinemoana Ka Eke 

Whairepo Lagoon
20 July, 4pm

Everyone is invited to come down and be a part of the free family event Hinemoana Ka Eke | Strength of the Sea as Wellington welcomes the FIFA Women's World Cup™ to our city. 

Experience the awe-inspiring waka ceremony and presentation of taonga, followed by captivating performances from Riiki Reid and Deva Mahal.

Stay until the end to witness and be mesmerised by the laser light and flame cannon show, marking the conclusion of this once-in-a-lifetime ceremony. 

FIFA Fan Festival™ Opening Night

Shed 6, Queens Wharf
20 July

Let's pack out the FIFA Fan Festival™ in support of our footballing wāhine!

Come on down to Shed 6 in your supporter's gear as we watch the live stream of the Football Ferns take on Norway in the opening match of the FIFA Women's World Cup™.

The opening ceremony starts at 6.30pm on 20 July, followed by kick-off at 7pm. Don't miss this unforgettable moment!

FIFA Fan Festival™

20 July – 11 August

With an epic line-up of free entertainment, live streamed matches, activations and activities for all ages you won't want to miss the action at the FIFA Fan Festival™ at Shed 6. 

There will be a programme of football, food, and fun down at Wellington’s waterfront until 11 August, be sure to be part of this free and vibrant destination for entertainment, celebrating all things FIFA™!

Wellington's first FIFA Women's World Cup™ match

The stage is set! Wellington Regional Stadium is ready to welcome Spain vs Costa Rica on Friday 21 July, at 7.30pm. 

Secure your tickets and be a part of the magic moments set to take place during the largest women's sporting event in the world!

Illuminated Kids Rave

Saturday 29 July, from 12pm


Bring the kids down and join in on the free whānau fun at the Illuminated Kids Rave from 12pm this Saturday.

The FIFA Fan Festival™ at Shed 6 will come alive with glow in the dark face painting, make your own illuminated dance accessories and the best kids DJ in town!



There are no onsite ticket sales on match days at Wellington Regional Stadium, so people will need to buy tickets online ahead of time. Tickets are accessed using the FIFA Ticketing App.

Transport and Travel

Match ticket holders can travel free on all Metlink bus and train services on Stadium match days. Simply show your match day ticket to the staff for free travel that day. 

For more information on routes, please visit

The Stadium’s regular car park will be closed from Thursday 20 July until Sunday 13 August. This includes the commuter car park and all match days. This means there is no parking available at the Stadium for match ticket holders, except for limited accessible parking for those with a valid mobility pass and a match ticket, which is free of charge. 

However, these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis from two hours prior to kick-off at each game. Information on City Council parking is available here or visit Wilson Parking or Carepark.

There are no drop-offs or pick-ups at the Stadium on match days. All drop-offs and pick-ups are at Bunny St, Stout St, Featherston St or Thorndon Quay.

Road closures will be in place around the Stadium, and possibly in other parts of the city on match days, so plan ahead. Council’s street event road closures section will have updated information throughout the tournament.

Accessibility information

People with mobility requirements can be dropped off at the drop-off lane in the ground level of the Stadium car park, from two hours before kick-off. There is a waiting area there, serviced by a dedicated and accessible shuttle service which will collect you and drop you up to the stadium turnstiles.

People movers will also be running from the top of the Thorndon Spiral access, assisting patrons with mobility needs to get to the entry gates. Volunteers will be on hand to assist those with accessibility needs.

General match day information

Gates open for each match two hours before kick-off. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure you get in on time and soak up the atmosphere.

Food, drinks and merchandise will be available - with outlets accepting credit cards and EFTPOS. The Wellington Regional Stadium is a completely cashless venue. 

For a one stop shop for all match-day and fan information for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ check out this handy FIFA Digital Fan Guide.

For further information about entry conditions for the tournament, visit the Stadium website

And for more information on events happening across Wellington as part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, head to WellingtonNZ.