Come Waitangi Weekend in February, Wellington’s Westpac Stadium will fill with 35,000 excited fans for two action-packed days of rugby, costumes and carnival fun.
Sevens Wellington is fourth on the HSBC Sevens World Series, with 16 of the world’s top Sevens rugby nations duking it out from noon to 9pm. Confirmed teams are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Japan, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales.
Organisers have overhauled the entire event for 2015. Tickets are now $149 for general admission. Kick off on the field starts at midday but the action begins with a hiss and roar with fun and games galore from 11am. Prepare to be entertained: the fan zones and chill out areas have been revamped, and live performance and DJs, off-field entertainment throughout the whole day. Dressing up is always half the fun at the Sevens so start thinking about your costumes today.
Waterloo Quay and Thorndon Quay are the main thoroughfares leading to Westpac stadium, the battleground for the Rugby Sevens. Vehicle access is off Waterloo Quay, while foot traffic is off an elevated walkway best accessed from the railway station.
Wondering where to stay in Wellington for the Rugby Sevens 2015 with your Wellington car hire? The Thorndon area is primarily a business hub however along streets like The Terrace and Featherston St toward the central city there are serviced apartments and some hotels, including the Rydges, Wellesley Boutique Hotel, Ibis and InterContinental.
Within walking distance of Westpac Stadium, you’ll find fine dining restaurant Le Canard and Italian trattoria MariLuca. In the heart of the city itself, the trendy Boulcott St Bistro is a more intimate, casual option. And since Wellington has a well deserved reputation as the craft beer capital, head to a bar like Malthouse on Courtenay Place to sample some of the best brews around. Or, if you have time, extend your stay in Wellington perhaps, and follow the entire Craft Beer Capital Trail around the city.