28 Feb 2015

Busiest Auckland weekend since Rugby World Cup

2:09 pm on 28 February 2015

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend events in Auckland today during the city's busiest weekend since the Rugby World Cup.

About 42,000 people are heading to Eden Park this afternoon for the sold-out Cricket World Cup showdown between New Zealand and Australia.

Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development chief executive Brett O'Riley said up to 20,000 people were also expected to visit the Volvo Ocean Race village, while thousands more will attend the Chinese Lantern festival, which ends tomorrow night.

Mr O'Riley said the feedback he has had from hotels and other businesses was that the city's full, but he was confident its infrastructure could cope.

Auckland Transport said travel on trains and special-event buses to and from Eden Park was free for people with a match ticket.

Cricket-goers encouraged to leave fruit at home

Cricket fans attending today's World Cup match at Eden Park are being encouraged to leave fruit and vegetables at home.

The discovery of another Queensland fruit fly yesterday brought to eight the number found in the Grey Lynn area in the past week.

Ministry for Primary Industries chief operating officer Andrew Coleman said Eden Park was in zone B, which meant fruit or vegetables could be taken into the stadium but not taken out.

He said biosecurity staff and amnesty bins would be on site and spectators should be prepared to throw away any leftover produce after the game.

Mr Coleman said people should consider whether it was worth taking this kind of food to the one-dayer.

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