25 Sep 2011

Second wharf opened at party central

7:37 pm on 25 September 2011

A second wharf at Auckland party central was opened for the first time on Saturday night, but officials say more organisational work is needed before it's considered a true success.

More than 46,000 packed the waterfront for a double celebration, after the All Blacks beat France at Eden Park and the NZ Warriors secured a place in the NRL grand final in Sydney next Sunday.

The numbers meant a stand-by wharf was opened just before 8pm to cope with the crowds.

It is the first time that Captain Cook Wharf has been opened during the tournament.

Over-crowding during the opening ceremony on 9 September caused the Government to take over management of the waterfront and introduce new crowd control measures.

Authorities say it worked well, but there need to be better queue controls, a more free-flowing entranceway and more portaloos and bins on the wharf.

Seventy-one arrests were made, but only one was at Eden Park.