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Making a fun zone a clean zone

This page contains information about buses, fan trail and the late lunch for game day, 3 June 2017.
Updated: 19/05/2017 3:11 p.m.

​The flags are up, shops are decorating their windows, schools are creating fans for our Fan Trail and there is certainly a roar starting as we get closer to kick-off for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 at Toll Stadium.

And although tidying up will certainly be part of our preparation, there is another kind of clean we need to talk about: CLEAN ZONES.

Businesses operating in the area around Northland events Centre / Toll Stadium will already be familiar with the concept. A clean zone is an area around the stadium that must be clear of advertising and promotions, sales or street trading and give-aways that aim to cash in on the event, but are not part of any official sponsorship deal. 

“All the businesses inside the Zone will be able to keep doing what they usually do, using their existing signs and advertising,” said WDC Economic Development Manager, Peter Gleeson. 

“Our window dressing competition provides a way for businesses to join in with the celebrations and we encourage everyone to be part of things,  but there will be restrictions. 

“The aim is to ensure official sponsors, whose funding has helped bring this major event to our country and District, get a fair deal. Without them these events would not be able to go ahead and New Zealand (and our District) would miss out the benefits of good publicity for the district and visitor dollars.”

Fan Trail 2pm until before kick-off

Whangarei’s Fan Trail starts in the picturesque Town Basin where there are cafes, restaurants, shops and even an eclectic clock museum to enjoy some time in.

Buskers will entertain you at the Town Basin before you stroll along the fan trail to Toll Stadium. The walk takes in the sites of Whangarei’s Hatea Loop, the sculpture trail and award winning bascule bridge, Te Matau a Pohe. It ends close to the stadium on Port Road.

Billboards showing some of Whangarei’s stunning scenery will be dotted through the sculpture trail along with ‘rugby fans’ created by local schools.

Getting there on match day!  Take the bus!

Free shuttle buses will run into the city from Kamo, Onerahi, Maunu, Tikipunga, Otangarei and  Raumanga/Morningside before the match with return shuttles leaving from Port Road 30 minutes after Kick-off.
There will be a capacity crowd so plan ahead. 
Use the Railway Road, Town Basin, Central City Car Parks. 
The commuter Car Park north of the Victoria Bridge is only available for pre-booked self-contained campervans.
Okara Drive past the stadium will be closed from the Porowini Ave roundabout to the Port Road roundabout.
Come into town early for the Late Lunch and then walk up to the stadium on the Fan Trail.  
The clean zone and clean transport routes will be protected by the Major Events Management Act (MEMA) and by enforcement of Council bylaws and the provisions of the District Plan. More information on the MEMA can be found at



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