Transport Information

Road Closures

Lambton Quay, from Whitmore street to Willis street, will be closed to all vehicular traffic from midnight Friday 23 November to midnight Sunday 25 November.
Deliveries during this period can be made by entering Lambton Quay via the Willis Street intersection. This delivery access is restricted to between the hours of midnight and 9am each morning.

The following streets will be closed to through traffic:

  • • Western end of Ballance street
  • • Stout Street from Ballance Street intersection
  • • Waring Taylor Street
  • • Johnson Street
  • • Panama Street
  • • Grey Street

  • Note: There will still be access to public carpark buildings and apartments from Featherston and Whitmore streets.

    Traffic Delays

    Please note there will be extra congestion around the area with the road closures, please allow extra time or consider using public transport, but do come join us.

    Motorists travelling north along Willis St are advised to avoid the section between Boulcott St and Lambton Quay. Motorists who choose to use this part of Willis St can expect significant delays due to the merge of Customhouse Quay and Jervois Quay.



    There will be no street parking available within the road closure area. Parking restrictions will be in place for all of the eastern side of Featherston Street to allow for alternative bus and taxi parking.

    Disabled parks

    Disabled parks will be located:

  • • On Balance Street - next to the Wellington District Court
  • • Outside 35 Waring Taylor Street
  • • Outside 136 Featherston Street - next to TS Katsu
  • • Outside 170 Featherston Street - next to the ANZ Bank.
  • Off street parking

    Access to all inner-city parking buildings will be available. Clifton Terrace carpark will also be open - it has more than 400 parks and provides easy access to Lambton Quay via the Terrace and Woodward Street.

    Cost: $2 an hour, with a maximum of $6 for the day.



    Trains will be operating to normal timetables with extra capacity.

    Taxi stands

    The taxi stand on Whitmore Street has been relocated to Lambton Quay, next to the Law Society building.

    Bus stops

    The following temporary bus stops will be used during the festival:


  • • Waterloo Quay – Between Waring Taylor Street and Ballance Street (All Routes)
  • • Whitmore Street – Outside the Supreme Court, opposite Victoria University Law School (Routes 3 and N3 only)

  • Southbound:

  • • Whitmore Street – Outside Victoria University Law School, opposite the Supreme Court (Route 3 only)
  • • Featherston Street – 131 Featherston Street, between Waring Taylor Street and Johnson Street (All Routes)
  • • Featherston Street – 195 Featherston Street, between Grey Street and Hunter Street (All Routes)

  • There will be no changes to bus timetables. For more information, visit Metlink

    Bus Diversion Maps


    Lambton quay

    Midlands park - Lambton quay

    The iconic Lambton Quay is closed to all traffic for two days allowing A Very Welly Christmas to take over and provide the unique opportunity of roving the streets freely enjoying the shopping, hospitality and special Christmas activities. The event runs from The Old Bank Arcade, junction of Willis St and all the way to the Supreme Court on the junction with Whitmore Street.