Make sure you get to the game on time – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 update


With large crowds expected in the capital for two games this week, football fans and commuters will need to be on the ball when it comes to getting around in Wellington.

The New Zealand vs Philippines and USA vs The Netherlands fixtures on Tuesday and Thursday are expected to be well attended, meaning many people will likely be travelling to and from the city on game days.

It will mean more people on the roads and using public transport, and this will coincide with peak commute times.

Tuesday’s game is in the evening with supporters arriving at the stadium between 4:00 and 5:30 pm.

Thursday’s game is in the afternoon with supporter leaving the stadium between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.

Fans and commuters are urged to note these times and make sure they have plenty of time to get to their destinations. Supporters heading to and from games at the stadium are also eligible for free public transport when presenting match tickets.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – Wellington games:



Kick off

Tuesday, 25 July

New Zealand vs Philippines


Thursday, 27 July

USA vs The Netherlands


Saturday, 29 July

Sweden vs Italy


Monday, 31 July

Japan vs Spain


Wednesday, 2 August

South Africa vs Italy


Saturday, 5 August

Round of 16 Elimination


Friday, 11 August

Quarter Final


Important information for commuters and fans:

  • Expect there to be fewer carparks available in the city on game days.
  • Commuter rail capacity is being increased on match days and bus capacity is also being increased with Metlink using larger buses on routes near Wellington Stadium.
  • Game day ticket holders can travel for free on Metlink:
  • Planned maintenance on rail lines has been deferred to avoid match days. This means trains will follow normal schedules with no services replaced by buses.
  • Public transport passengers can stay up to date by checking the Metlink website: