The arrival into port of one of the season’s largest cruise ships, combined with hundreds of people running from Tauranga to Mount Maunganui means business as usual on Sunday for the city’s busy event organisers.
Ovation of the Seas, with a 168666 tonnage, is due to arrive in port on Sunday November 3 at 6.15am. Hundreds of passengers will be disembarking to travel via vans and buses to tourist attractions around the region.
Meanwhile, the Mitre 10 MEGA Tauranga City to Surf event, also being held on Sunday November 3, will have runners starting their half marathon run at 9am from the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club at Sulphur Point.
The Mitre 10 MEGA Tauranga City to Surf event will cause some temporary changes to lanes, parking and the public bus service.
The seaward side of The Mall, from Salisbury Ave to Adams Ave will have a lane closure in place from 8.30am – 10pm. Please note this may open earlier depending on the progress of the event.
There will be parking restrictions in place on the corner of Adams Ave and Marine Parade, opposite Oceanside Resort and Twin Towers from 7am on Sunday, with all parking restored no later than 8.30am. These parking restrictions are in place to accommodate bus parking for the participant shuttle service that will operate on the day.
There will be some disruption to public bus services during the Mitre 10 MEGA event. For further information, please visit www.baybus.co.nz or phone 0800 4 BAYBUS.
The Mitre 10 MEGA Tauranga City to Surf event has six categories – the Half Marathon Run and Half Marathon Walk, the City to Surf 11km Run and Walk, and the 5km fun run and fun walk.
The Mitre 10 Mega “City to Surf” Half Marathon event starts outside the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club on Mirrielies Rd, Sulphur Point. The run starts at 9am and the walk at 9.05am with both heading right onto Chapel St around the Waikareao Estuary boardwalk and then over the Harbour Bridge, down Totara St, through Coronation Park, along Pilot Bay, around the stunning base track of the Mount and finishes on the main beach outside the Mount Surf Club. Competitors must be 16 years or older to compete in both the run and walk events.
The United Airlines “City to Surf” 11km event starts outside the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club on Mirrielies Rd, Sulphur Point. The run starts at 10am and the walk at 10.05am and both head over the Harbour Bridge, down Totara St, through Coronation Park, along Pilot Bay, around the stunning base track of the Mount and finish on the main beach outside the Mount Surf Club. Competitors must be 12 years or older to compete in either of these run or walk events.
The “Surf to Surf” 5km fun run and walk events start at 10am on the Mount Main beach outside the Mount Surf Club, and head along the beach towards Moturiki for 350m. Competitors then turn right onto the boardwalk and head back towards the Surf Club, turning left onto Adams Ave before turning right and going clockwise around the base track of the Mount, exiting onto the boardwalk and finishing along the sand on the main beach. Competitors must be 5 years or older to compete in this event.
Prize giving for all events will be held outside the Mount Surf Club at 1.15pm. More information on the race timetable and course descriptions can be found here
Dates of future events over summer that may result in road closures are the Tinman Triathlon at the Mount on Sunday November 10, the Pak ‘n Save Papamoa Santa Parade on Sunday November 24, the Sanitarium Weetbix Kids Triathlon at Arataki Park on Sunday November 24, the Orange Day Parade in Tauranga on November 29, the Trustpower Christmas Parade in Tauranga on November 30, the National Rugby Sevens on December 14 and 15, the Surfbreaker Triathlon on Friday December 27, Christmas/New Year Period from December 30 to January 3 2020, the Sikh Parade on January 5, the Mount Festival of Multisport on January 11, 2020, the One Love Festival on January 26, Waitangi Day February 6, We Run the Night on February 15, 2020, Generation Homes Women’s Triathlon on February 23, Marra Sprint Triathlon on March 15, Tauranga Half Marathon on April 5, and the Anzac Day 2020 Dawn Service on April 25, 2020. Click here to see the upcoming event road closures this summer.
The days where there will be two or more cruise ships in port on the same day are November 9, 22, 24, 30, 30; December 26, 28; January 7, 18, 19, 21, 26, 31; February 1, 5, 7, 16, 19, 20; and March 8, 11, 13, 16, 18. None of these dates, nor any dates where there will be just one cruise ship in port, will overlap with any of the already proposed summer events requiring traffic management around or near to Salisbury Ave. The cruise ship timetable is available here
Ovation of the Seas