During the 36th America’s Cup, large crowds and increased levels of traffic may cause disruption to normal travel routines. It’s important for businesses to understand potential impacts and have a plan in place for how they’ll manage disruption.
The 36th America’s Cup includes three events spanning December to March. During this time, some businesses will be affected by event-related disruption across the transport network. For businesses in the city centre - in particular the Eastern Viaduct, Wynyard Quarter or downtown area - this may include road closures, parking restrictions, delays or other traffic management considerations which could affect you or your staff.
It's important to note that most days during the event period will remain 'business as usual,' with transport disruption largely felt on high-impact racing days in the mid-to-late afternoon. This includes all four days of the America's Cup World Series Auckland and racing days during the 36th America's Cup Match.
The America's Cup World Series Auckland (17 - 20 Dec) is the first event of the 36th America's Cup. With all teams on the water, it is anticipated that all four days of this regatta will attract a high-level of public interest which will require managed vehicle access, parking restrictions and potential road closures in immediately impacted precincts in the mid-to-late afternoon.
During race days roads in the Eastern Viaduct, Quay St and Britomart area will close around 1pm and will reopen at around 8pm, while roads in Wynyard Quarter will close at around 11am and reopen later in the evening.
If you are a business in the Eastern Viaduct, Wynyard Quarter or downtown area, we recommend scheduling your service deliveries, couriers, pickups and drops offs before the roads close in your area or during the time they are open again. Any pickups or deliveries that need to be made during the road closure times will need to be made outside the affected area.
Race days across the PRADA Cup are considered medium-impact. On these days, the Cup Village is expected to be busy but there will be less pressure on the city, with restricted vehicle access required in certain parts of Wynyard Precinct and the Eastern Viaduct near the event during the mid-to-late afternoon.
With Emirates Team New Zealand back on the water, race days during the 36th America’s Cup Match are also expected to attract major public interest. Similarly, businesses and residents should expect road closures and traffic management measures similar to those enacted for December racing.
Auckland is going to be busy while the 36th America’s Cup events are on. Transport routes will be busy, and as is often the case during major events, parking is limited. We recommend that you plan your journeys well in advance and give yourself plenty of time.
Businesses can stay up to date with real-time updates about traffic and transport changes which may impact staff by downloading Auckland Transport’s AT Mobile App, where live updates and push notifications will be shared during the events. Depending on location and staff commuting and parking habits, some businesses may also wish to take a proactive role in transportation planning. This might include:
- Encouraging your team to use the AT Mobile App and plan their journeys to and from work well in advance,
- Using your company intranet or noticeboard to facilitate ridesharing sign-ups or share key updates,
- If it’s feasible, enabling flexible working arrangements such as staggered start times, job share or split shifts on high-impact days,
- Encouraging carpooling and taking alternative routes which avoid areas of heavy congestion,
- Encouraging the uptake of walking and cycling in creative ways, such as a step challenge or workplace cycling group.