Auckland City visitor numbers will swell by up to 25,000 during the course of this week and, while Police urge people to enjoy their time here as rugby supporters, they're advising locals and visitors to plan their travel in and around the city so as to minimise congestion and frustration.
This is especially true of Tuesday afternoon and evening when everyday commuters and rugby fans will be competing for space on the trains and roads that lead to Mt Eden and Eden Park for the Auckland vs British and Irish Lions match.
Police have been advised that up to 7,000 people may try and make their way to tomorrow's match by train, so motorists are advised to, where possible, stay away from Sandringham Rd, Bond St and New North Rd.
Visitors to the city who are driving mobile homes are invited to park at Alexandra Park in Ellerslie where facilities have been set up specifically to cater for them, including 24/7 security measures.
There will be no parking in and around the match venue - Eden Park - other than for residents.
While Auckland is a relatively safe metropolitan city, all visitors need to be aware of their own personal safety and ensure they take the usual precautions to secure their vehicles and property.
There is a 24/7 total liquor ban in the Auckland City CBD and in Parnell.
City Area Controller, Inspector Brett England, says the ban will be policed vigorously to ensure staff and public safety.
"The behaviour of the British and Irish tourists throughout the course of the Lions rugby tour has been exemplary and Auckland City Police have no reason to believe it will change while they're in our town," he said.
"The key message to all is, go out, enjoy the city and all it has to offer, have fun with old friends and new and keep yourselves safe."
Issued by Noreen Hegarty
Auckland City Police Communications Manager
Ph 09 302 6947 or 0274-951-589