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It's going to be a bumper weekend in the Capital as Wellington hosts the All Blacks for their Rugby World Cup match against Canada on Sunday, France v Tonga on Saturday, as well as Festival of Carnivale events and Navy celebrations.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says there is plenty happening on and off the field to entertain Wellingtonians and visitors throughout the weekend.
"We're expecting huge crowds down at the waterfront to visit the Navy ships, watch games at the Rugby Village FANZONE and take part in Festival of Carnivale events such as a rural weekend - not to mention visit the newly opened ice rink on Queens Wharf.
"Wellington is really going to turn it on. We are urging people to plan their transport carefully, especially around the waterfront area, and to expect some congestion along waterfront streets."
From today, the largest fleet of Royal New Zealand Navy ships that Wellington's ever hosted will start arriving to mark the Navy's 70th anniversary.
Mayor Wade-Brown says the ships will be an impressive sight for rugby fans walking along the waterfront to games at the Stadium.
"Having the Navy ships in town will add to the wonderful carnival atmosphere this weekend."
The frigate Te Kaha and sea-lift ship Canterbury will be among those berthed close to the Rugby Village FANZONE at Taranaki and Queens wharves. There will be open days on Saturday and Sunday which will give people the chance to get on board. On Saturday at 12 noon 400 sailors will parade down Lambton Quay from Parliament to Civic Square.
Also at Waitangi Park and Frank Kitts Park this weekend there will be a rural weekend with sheep dog trials, shearing, wood chopping and sheep racing. The Baa Blacks - eight sheep dressed in black rugby-style jerseys - will race over 80 metres on Saturday to raise money for Wellington Free Ambulance.
There will be a rolling road closure around the Navy parade and roads will be closed around Wellington Regional Stadium, leading up to and after the two Rugby World Cup matches - same as for previous games.
Other Festival of Carnivale highlights this weekend include:
We have over 150 events taking place in and around Wellington during the Festival of Carnivale. For more detailed information: