Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia are jointly hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ in July 2023. As the only official host city in the South Island, Ōtepoti Dunedin will welcome teams and spectators from around the globe. 

Due to the operational requirements surrounding this event, there will be a period of road closures and/or parking restrictions between 28 June – 11 August 2023 around the Polytechnic. 

Restrictions are being put in place by the Dunedin City Council (DCC) and we wanted to give you a heads-up about this. We’ll send further communications closer to the time with a reminder of upcoming closures/restrictions.  

We’re also communicating this information to our ākonga and will have it available on Kāpehu (the Student Hub). 

Key points

  • The carparking at Forsyth Barr Stadium will be completely closed from 3 July – 11 August 
  • On match days (Fri 21 July, Sun 23 July, Wed 26 July, Fri 28 July, Sun 30 July and Tues 1 Aug), there will be rolling, widespread road closures and parking restrictions right around the Polytechnic/University area starting from early morning (e.g. Logan Park Drive, Anzac Avenue, Butts Road).  
  • On pre-match days (Thu 20 July, Sat 22 July, Tues 25 July, Thu 27 July, Sat 29 July and Mon 31 July), there will be parking for authorised vehicles only at the Caledonian Ground, Logan Park drive, and car parks immediately outside the Sargood Centre and Butts Road.
  • From 28 June – 2 August, there will be some authorised vehicle parking only on Logan Park Drive outside the University Oval.
  • If you park in an area reserved for authorised vehicles only, your car will be towed and you’ll have to pay to get it back. The Polytechnic won’t be able to help you with this as it’s being managed by FIFA and the DCC.
  • We’re waiting on information from the DCC about Te Pā Tauira residents, what access they will have and how they will evidence that they’re a resident (e.g. Resident pass for their car etc). 

Detailed restrictions and road closures

  1. See full list of road closures and parking restrictions by date here >
  2. See all individual match day details here > 

Alternative options

We know this will make things a little challenging for you and your ākonga, and, as the restrictions and closures are beyond our control, we’re trying to ease things a little with the following alternatives/suggestions:  



Mobility parking still available

If you need a park for mobility reasons, these will still be available. We’ll communicate more detailed information about this closer to the time 

If you currently pay for a staff carpark and give up your park voluntarily for the three-week period of pre-match and match days (17 July – 4 Aug) to enable others to get a park more easily, you’ll get three weeks of your parking money refunded and an additional three weeks credited to your account for future use

We’ll communicate more detailed information about how this will work closer to the time

If you currently pay for a staff carpark, we’ll give you a 50% discount on this cost for the three weeks of pre-match and match days (17 July – 4 Aug) if you rideshare with fellow kaimahi

We’ll communicate more detailed information about how this will work closer to the time

We’re encouraging all staff to work from home on match days where possible – see list of days above

Please liaise with your formal leader about this to ensure it works for your team/mahi

Heads of College are working on a plan for ākonga within their individual colleges/schools on match days – see list of days above

This could include moving a class online, rescheduling classes etc. Schools/lecturers will be responsible for communicating any options to ākonga

Alternative transport options

Think about taking the bus, riding a bike or walking to work for this three-week period. Good for you and the planet! $2 bus fares with a Bee Card (one-off cost of $5). Find bus FAQs here. Just remember to check the bus timetables in case they’re affected by the restrictions too.

Check out more detail here in our sustainable transport section >

Other car parking places

There’s loads of parking around the Dunedin Railway Station and warehouse precinct and it’s a fairly easy 15 minute walk to the main campus from there. Some of these car parks cost between $5 - $7 per day. Perhaps think about organising a rideshare to lower costs, congestion and emissions.

We’ll be funding security in car parks during the mornings of the three-week period (17 July – 4 Aug)

Security will patrol from 6.30am-10.00am to ensure that staff who pay for car parks can still access them

DCC Park and Ride

We’re waiting on details of this from the DCC and will include them in the next communication if it’s a viable option for you

Questions / more info  

If you have any questions about the restrictions and closures, please reach out to the DCC:

Olha Viazenko (Events Advisor) -

These are beyond the Polytechnic’s control. We’ll send further information in early July about the alternatives listed above that the Polytechnic are offering. 

And keep an eye on Tūhono for reminders about upcoming restrictions/closures. 

Thanks for your patience as we all work together on this.

Published on 31 May 2023

Orderdate: 31 May 2023
Expiry: 31 May 2025