The spectacular Targa New Zealand Road Rally is coming to town today and high-powered cars, hundreds of participants and support crew are expected in Wellington over the weekend.
The rally set out from Auckland last Monday and arrives here in the Capital after a tough week of racing down the North Island. The final two special stages of the rally – through Ohariu Valley and Makara and then from Shelly Bay to Scorching Bay – take place this afternoon.
There will be a carnival atmosphere with music and live commentary on Taranaki Street Wharf as the rally finishes on late Saturday afternoon. Wellingtonians are invited to come down to the wharf to give the drivers a warm welcome as they cross the finishing line - the first drivers are expected around 4.45pm.
A number of roads will be closed on Saturday afternoon to accommodate the rally:
Takarau Gorge Road will be closed between 2.45pm and 6.45pm from the intersection with Ohariu Valley Road and Rifle Range Road to the intersection with Makara Road. This includes the intersection with Makara Road (no exit).
Makara Road will be closed between 2.45pm and 6.45pm from the intersection with Takarau Gorge Road to the top of the Makara Hill near Karori. This includes 100m of each adjoining road, from where it intersects with the road being closed.
Shelly Bay Road and Massey Road will be closed between 3.30pm and 7.30pm from the intersection with Miramar Avenue to Scorching Bay Domain.