ITM NEW ZEALAND SAIL GRAND PRIX | CHRISTCHURCH

BRING YOUR OWN BOAT PREMIUM PASS
IMPORTANT CUSTOMER INFORMATION

What boat users need to know about the Bring Your Own Boat Premium Pass

Important information about launching your boat
It is important to note that Naval Point public boat ramp and the public ramp near Stark’s Engineering will both be closed for a brief period in the days leading up to and during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch. Other boat ramps in the area are extremely limited, with no parking for trailer boats in Lyttelton or at surrounding ramps.

As such ONLY those with their boat already on the water or with the ability to launch their boat elsewhere (outside the Naval Point or Stark’s Engineering public boat ramps) during the event should purchase this ticket.

Getting to and from Lyttelton
On-water spectators must also be aware of and plan for road closures and restrictions, which will be put in place around midday on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March 2023, and lifted around 6PM each day. Proposed road closures will restrict access to Lyttelton for all motor vehicles, with roads blocked from Sumner and Governors Bay. There will be no access to Lyttelton via Tunnel Road at Port Hills Road and parking in Lyttelton will be extremely limited.

Learn more about the proposed traffic management plan for the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch here.


Bring Your Own Boat FAQs

Why will the Naval Point and Stark’s Engineering public boat ramps be closed in the lead up to and during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch?
During the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch, Naval Point will be transformed into a vibrant event village, accompanied by a technical area for visiting teams and operations. As such, the Naval Point public boat ramp will be closed to ensure health and safety and mitigate issues of congestion on a busy, working site.

The boat ramp near Stark’s Engineering will also be closed. This ramp is behind a proposed road closure, limiting its access, and also has limited parking so will be closed to the public to mitigate potential issues of congestion.

For how long will the Naval Point and Stark’s Engineering public boat ramps be closed?
Organisers will endeavour to limit the period during which these ramps will be closed to ensure water users can continue to access the harbour for as long as possible. The exact dates and timings of the closure will be shared in due course but on-water spectators should not plan to use these ramps during the event weekend or in the days immediately prior.

With the Naval Point public boat ramp and Stark’s Engineering boat ramp closed, where else can I launch my boat during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix?
During the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch, there will be no parking in Lyttelton or at surrounding boat ramps. Most ramps, including Cass Bay, Sandy Bay, Charteris Bay and the Sumner ramp will not be suitable for large numbers of on-water users due to limited parking, tide dependency and other factors.

There is no guarantee of launching at the open public boat ramps and access will be at a first-come-first-served basis, as per normal operation at these ramps. Enforcement will be in place at all ramps to manage the flow of vehicles and ensure on-water users do not create issues of parking or congestion.

Will I be issued with a vehicle access pass to accompany my bring-your-own-boat premium ticket?
In order to mitigate issues of parking and congestion, bring-your-own-boat premium passholders will not be issued a vehicle access pass to go through the road closures. However berth holders in Te Ana Marina and Naval Point Club members will be able to obtain a pass by contacting the marina / club directly.

If you have further questions or wish to discuss your specific requirements, please contact hello@sailgpnzl.com

I’m planning to bring guests on my boat, how will they access Lyttelton?
During both days of the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch, road closures will restrict access to Lyttelton for all motor vehicles, with roads blocked from Sumner and Governors Bay. There will be no access to Lyttelton via Tunnel Road at Port Hills Road and parking in Lyttelton will be extremely limited. As such, we encourage your guests to carpool with you, take public transport or take a taxi.

Learn more about the proposed traffic management plan (TMP) for the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix here.

Where can I learn more about proposed traffic management measures during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix?
Learn more about the proposed traffic management plan (TMP) for the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix here.

Where can I find more information about local regulations and requirements?
Like any major harbour and working port, there are unique regulations and requirements for transient boats to be aware of in Lyttelton, including the requirement for all vessels larger than 130 feet to have a pilot and designated areas where anchoring is not permitted (shown in the map above).

Boat users can learn more about relevant regulations and bylaws relating to recreational boating in Canterbury via the Harbourmaster’s Office website. If you have additional queries, please contact hello@sailgpnzl.com to discuss with our on-water operations team.

Will there be any free on-water viewing during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch?
Purchasing the bring-your-own-boat premium pass will be the only way to watch the the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch from within the exclusion zone on Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour. All other vessels will be held outside the exclusion zone.

I missed out on tickets and can’t launch my vessel, where else can I watch the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix?
During the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch, the Christchurch city centre will be the place to be with an action-packed live site on the grassy area in front of Te Pae on both race days. This area will include live racing on the big screen, food, beverage and entertainment. Learn more at christchurchnz.com/sailgp.

Racing will be available live and on-demand on Sky Sport NZ. Learn more at sailgp.com/watch.