Experience the inaugural New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, coming to Ōtautahi, Christchurch for a two-day spectacle of exhilarating, live action racing.
The New Zealand Sail Grand Prix will introduce fans to an entirely different format of fast-paced, high-octane fleet racing, with ten identical, foiling catamarans competing to see who can harness the power of nature to be the best on the day.
Witness the thrills, spills, daring manoeuvres and near misses as the world's best sailors push their limits racing on Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour, and be there to cheer on Kiwis Peter Burling, Blair Tuke and the entire New Zealand SailGP Team.
Missed out on tickets to The ITM New Zealand SailGP? Come along to the The ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix Live Site powered by Enable, where you will be able to watch the two-day action-packed competition in the heart of the city.
Situated at The Green between Te Pae Convention Centre and Cathedral Square, the live site is a family-friendly space with a range of activities, competitions, a chance to brush shoulders with the stars, food stalls and a big screen to watch the action up close! More info here(external link).
On both days of the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, road closures and restrictions will be put in place around midday on Saturday and Sunday and lifted around 6PM each day. Road closures will restrict access to Lyttelton for all motor vehicles, with roads blocked from Sumner and Governors Bay. There will be no access to Lyttelton via Tunnel Road at Port Hills Road.
During this time, only emergency vehicles and vehicles with a clearly-displayed access pass will be able to access the event area. Only Lyttelton residents, business owners and employees who need to work during race weekend, official event vehicles (including buses and taxis) are able to obtain a vehicle access pass. This includes bays residents between Dyers Pass Road and Lyttelton, as there will be a traffic control point at the bottom of Dyer Pass Road. Bridle Path Road will be used as an access point for permitted road users, where access passes will be checked by the traffic management staff. Regular bus services will also be maintained via Bridle Path Road and will have priority when they arrive at the control point.
Commercial port vehicles, along with event bus access will be maintained via Tunnel Road via Port Hills Road. At all times traffic will be able to leave Lyttelton via the roads listed above. Permitted access may be stopped temporarily if unacceptable congestion is building in Lyttelton. This is not anticipated due to the proposed traffic management measures but this is only expected to last for short periods of time if required.
The Christchurch Gondola will remain accessible and unimpeded by the traffic management measures in place over the event weekend.
Once within Lyttelton, there will be a checkpoint on Godley Quay which will only allow permitted vehicles to the event site. Those walking to the event from the Lyttelton township can use a shared path from Lyttelton, down to Te Nukutai o Tapoa Naval Point.
Traffic management will also be in place surrounding the city centre live site in order to facilitate a safe pick up and drop off area for buses, with taxi pick-up and drop-off available on Worcester Boulevard. Measures will be in place on Armagh Street and Colombo Street only during pick up and drop off times.
During the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, road closures will restrict access for all motor vehicles from around midday to around 6PM each day. Residents are encouraged to stay home and enjoy the excitement unfolding on Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour but if you need to access your home from outside of the restricted access area during this time, you can do so with a vehicle access pass, available to Lyttelton residents. Businesses that require passes for employees and/or contractors and suppliers will also be able to do so.
One vehicle access pass will be issued via letter drop to all affected households, sent later this month.
Additional passes for unique circumstances may be issued on a case-by-case basis at the Lyttelton Information Centre due to library renovations.
Should you require an additional pass, please visit the Lyttelton Information Centre during its opening hours between the dates of 1 - 17 March 2023 and provide proof of address upon request of an additional pass. This can simply be a piece of mail.
This vehicle access pass will allow access on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March. Please display the pass clearly on the windscreen of your vehicle to ensure traffic marshals can wave you through in a timely manner. Please remember, traffic management measures are in place to mitigate unwanted impacts on the local community. As such, there will be no access passes issued for visiting friends and family, so we ask that you do not share your pass with those living outside the area if you plan to stay home. Parking in Lyttelton is extremely limited, so if you have friends coming over before the closures are in place at midday, please ensure you can accommodate their vehicles on your own property or they can access Lyttelton in a marked taxi or a local bus.
Ferry Timetable Changes
Regular passengers on the ferry should note that there will be some changes to the usual timetable around SailGP.
Friday, 17 March – no services following the 13:50 departure from Lyttelton (return) until the 17:45 departure from Lyttelton.
Saturday, 18 & Sunday, 19 March - no services following the 13:20 departure from Lyttelton (return) until around 17:20.
Timings will be subject to change and will operate flexibly to provide additional capacity when able to sail.