More than 20k people expected for Bay Dreams

More than 20,000 people are expected to descend on Tauranga for Bay Dreams in January. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Sunday, January 3, will be a busy day for the city’s roads with up to 20,000 people expected to attend Bay Dreams music festival at Trustpower Baypark Stadium.

To manage event traffic, the roads around the stadium will be closed to all vehicles except festival buses.

Most ticketholders will be using the free drop and ride bus service at Blake Park, Gordon Spratt Reserve and Durham Street in the city centre.

A managed pedestrian route will be in place through Eversham Estate for people walking from Arataki to Baypark, and back when the event finishes.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises there will be extensive traffic management in place around Baypark Arena and the surrounding area.

"A number of temporary road closures are in place on State Highway 2 between Bayfair and Sandhurst Drive," says a spokesperson for the roading agency.

"Motorists are advised to use alternative routes where possible or plan their travel outside of festival hours to avoid potential delays and detours.

"Up to 20,000 people are anticipated to attend the main event on January 3, which starts at 11am and finishes at 10.30pm."

The following closures are in place from 7pm Sunday, January 3, to 1am Monday, January 4:

  •   •  SH2 between Te Maunga intersection (SH29A) and Sandhurst Drive, in both directions (heading towards Papamoa and Mount Maunganui).

  •   •  SH2 between Bayfair Roundabout and Te Maunga intersection (SH29A), eastbound lanes only (heading towards Papamoa and Maungatapu)

  •   •  SH29A between SH2 and Maungatapu, southbound lane only.

In addition to these closures, Truman Lane will be partially closed to traffic from 7pm on Saturday, January 3, and fully closed all day Sunday, January 3.

Signposted detours will be in place via Girven Road, Maranui Street and Sandhurst Drive.

"If you are travelling at these times, please drive with caution, reduce your speed and follow the directions provided on traffic management signage.

"Motorists are encouraged to visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website at for up to date information on traffic, detours and delays."

For more information about Bay Dreams visit the event website at

For any complaints during the Bay Dreams festival please call or text 0274 116 116. For noise complaints please call Tauranga City Council on 07 577 7000.

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Posted on 23-12-2020 17:18 | By dumbkof2

Watch out for the drunk and drug ed drivers during and after this music/drug festival