Petone Winter Carnival on Saturday – leave extra time for travel


More than 50,000 people are expected to enjoy the Petone Winter Carnival this Saturday, which means the roads around Petone will be busy.

“Make sure that if you are going to the carnival or have somewhere else special to go on Saturday that you leave extra time for travel so that you can avoid being late and having a stressful journey. We are expecting the State Highway 2 on and off ramps at Petone to be busy so slow down and be patient,” said the Transport Agency’s Regional performance Manager Mark Owen.

“Also with extra cars and cyclists on State Highway 2 and extra pedestrians on the Esplanade, be courteous and considerate so that you can get to the carnival safely,” he added.

The cycleway on State Highway 2 has been cleared since the storm and is open for cyclists who wish to cycle to Petone.

Road closures around Petone Esplanade, Victoria and Cuba Streets will be place and  if you're travelling from Eastbourne, Seaview or Wainuiomata through Petone, please leave some extra time up your sleeve for travel.

If you’re driving to the carnival then on-street car parking is available in designated parking spaces on the streets of Petone and Seaview, which are only a few minutes walk to the foreshore. Hutt City Council parking wardens will be on duty during the event. Please park with consideration to other parkers and property owners.

Duncan Chisholm, Recreation & Events Manager at Hutt City Council, said, “We're sure that 2013 is going to be the best Petone Winter Carnival yet.

“It’s fun for the whole family – we’ve got fire sculptures, the polar plunge, market and food stalls, the Pelorus Trust Fireshow and much more.”

There are plenty of options to get to the Petone Winter Carnival using public transport. For timetable and route details please call Metlink on 0800 801 700 or visit link).

The Petone Wharf will be closed to the public (including Dominion Post Ferry Service users) from 8.00am on Wednesday 31 July to 12 noon on Tuesday 6 August to allow for the set up and clean up of the event. This means that the Dominion Post Ferry to and from Petone Wharf will NOT be stopping at the Petone Wharf during the wharf closure.

Other stops will not be affected, and services will continue operate as per normal schedule. For more information please visit link) or phone 499 1282.

The Transport Agency’s traffic operations centre based in Johnsonville will be operating 24/7 during the event and monitoring vehicles on the roads to ensure the traffic keeps moving and road users stay safe.

For highways and travel information call 0800 4 Highways, check the live traffic cameras at link) or follow the Transport Agency on Twitter @NZTAWgtn

Traffic information – at a glance.
Road closure at:

  • The Esplanade, Petone, from Victoria Street to Cuba Street, west-bound lane
  • The road closure will start at 6am Saturday 3rd

No Stopping Restrictions will be in place on:

  • The Esplanade from Victoria Street to Cuba Street (both sides)
  • All carparks between Petone Wharf and Petone Settlers Museum on The Esplanade

Temporary Speed Restrictions will be in place on:

  • The Esplanade from Victoria Street to Cuba Street, east-bound lane
  • Reduced from standard 50km/h limit to 30km/h

Detour in place from:

  • The Esplanade westbound
  • Right onto Cuba St
  • Left onto Udy St
  • Left onto Hutt Rd
  • Detour ends at roundabout.