Coming to the City This Weekend?

We’re getting ready for a big weekend of shows and festivities in the CBD! To help you plan your journey, we have assembled some useful information about travel, road closures, mobility access and parking to ensure you have an excellent time.


What’s going on this weekend?
Diwali Festival 2018 is taking place in Queen Street, Wellesley Street and Aotea Square.
We anticipate heavy traffic coming into the city, and The Civic carpark and other CBD-based parking may be full or difficult to get to due to road closures. Please factor in extra travel time when planning your journey. Buses, trains and ferries will run according to weekend schedules. Extra bike racks will be provided around Aotea Square. You may also choose to catch a taxi or Uber. 


Mobility access & parking
Accessible drop-off points are available at Lorne Street, Wakefield Street, Greys Ave or Myers St (off Mayoral Drive). Limited mobility parking is available on Wakefield St, Myers St and at The Civic carpark on a first come, first served basis.


Road closures & street parking restrictions
The following road closures and parking restrictions apply this weekend. Please ensure you factor in extra travel time if you are planning to travel by car. The latest updates are available on the Auckland Transport website.


Road closures
The following roads will be closed to all vehicles from 8 pm Friday 19 October – 5 am Monday 22 October: 

  • Queen Street: from Wellesley Street to Mayoral Drive
  • Wakefield Street: from Queen Street to Mayoral Drive
  • Airedale Street
  • Rutland Street 


Parking restrictions
The following parking restrictions will be in place: 

  • 4:30am Friday 19 October to 12pm Monday 22 October: Airedale Street.
  • 6pm Friday 19 October to 5am Monday 22 October: Mayoral Drive, Greys Avenue.
  • 7:30pm Friday 19 October to 11:59am Monday 22 October: Wakefield Street.
  • 8pm Friday 19 October to 5am Monday 22 October: Queen Street, Rutland Street.


The Civic carpark
The Greys Avenue entry/exit to The Civic carpark will be closed from 4pm – 9pm on Sunday 21st October. Exit and entry during this time will be via Mayoral Drive only. 


Diwali Festival fireworks
A fireworks display is scheduled for 8.50pm on Sunday, 21 October from the CAB carpark and will last for 8 - 10 minutes. This is to mark the end of the weekend’s Diwali celebrations.