|Christchurch residents will have the chance to share in Rugby World Cup celebrations with a local parade to welcome home the All Blacks.
Fresh from their win over Australia, the boys in black will be in Christchurch on Thursday afternoon, travelling around part of the central city on the back of utes before finishing at Hagley Park for a Mayoral welcome and public reception.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel says Christchurch will turn on a heroes’ welcome.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to host the All Blacks in our city, as they bring the Webb Ellis Cup home again. The whole country has been behind them throughout the tournament, so it’s exciting to be able to celebrate with them in Christchurch.
“I was inundated with requests for a homecoming parade from the moment the final whistle blew. I know there will be a big turnout for captain Richie McCaw and Man of the Match Dan Carter along with the other Canterbury players, and the team. I remember an All Blacks coach saying that the All Blacks wasn’t a team of champions, it was a champion team and we will welcome them as a team who have done us proud.”
The All Blacks Victory Parade
Thursday 5 November, 2.30pm
The parade will start at the corner of Rolleston Avenue and Hereford Street, travel along Park Terrace, ending at the corner of Park Terrace and finishing prior to Bealey Avenue.
Mayoral Welcome and Public Reception
Hagley Park, 3.15pm
At the conclusion of this the All Blacks will depart for Wellington
- Hereford Street (from Cambridge Terrace to Montreal Street) 1.30pm – 2.30pm
- Hereford Street (from Montreal Street to Rolleston Avenue) 1.30pm – approximately 3.00pm
- Park Terrace 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Rolleston Avenue 2.00pm – approx 3.30pm
- Kilmore Street (from Montreal Street to Park Terrace) 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Public parking will be available in Hagley Park (Carlton Mill corner) from 12.00pm – 2.00pm. The carpark will close at 2.00pm and no further vehicles will be permitted entry after this time. Mobility parking will be available. All cars must be removed from the carpark by 4.30pm. The carpark area in the Botanic Gardens (entrance off Armagh Street) will be closed from 1.45pm to 3.30pm.
The Council’s public entrance on Hereford Street will be closed from 1.30pm – 2.30pm. The Worcester Boulevard entrance will remain open.
For further information on road closures and to plan your journey please visit www.tfc.govt.nz