Head In The Cloud


The Government announced this afternoon what would be happening in the Queens Wharf Cloud during the Rugby World Cup.

  • An official RWC 2011 Fanzone which will screen all 48 matches live on multiple big screens.
  • The homecoming of Tourism New Zealand’s Giant Rugby Ball – with free admission.
  • A series of events in The Cloud showcasing the best of New Zealand business and industry ingenuity and innovation.
  • A series of live concerts by “popular bands and musicians”.

Bands confirmed include Opshop, The Feelers, The Black Seeds, Katchafire, Don McGlashan, Greg Johnson, Bella Kalolo, Moana and the Tribe, Tami Neilson and I Am Giant.

Queens Wharf daily programme will be built around the Tournament’s 48 matches.
Shed 10 will be the heart of the Fanzone, but the wharf’s flexible spaces will see the Fanzone expand outdoors and into The Cloud for the Tournament’s biggest matches.
A number of corporates will be using the Wharf for their promotional activity:
According to the Minister and Mayor Brown in a joint statement:

  • ANZ is creating The ANZ World, a 16m high, purpose built structure located in the heart of Queens Wharf, which will be open to the public every day during the Tournament. Using the latest in technology and entertainment, visitors will be offered a truly unique and engaging interactive experience.
  • Heineken will be activating its unique Heineken Experience in the avenue side of Shed 10 during RWC 2011. The experience includes a bar and entertainment offering fresh from the Champions League Finals Festival in Hyde Park, London.
  • A Brancott Estate wine bar will be located inside The Cloud on Queens Wharf for the duration of RWC 2011, showcasing its award-winning range of wines to visitors from home and abroad who will have the opportunity to attend wine tastings with expert winemakers from Brancott Estate.
  • DHL, the official logistics partner of RWC 2011, will have an interactive exhibition zone at Queens Wharf. Visitors will be able to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Rugby World Cup and the DHL zone will engage and challenge fans, with gaming activities and simulated experiences that will appeal to adults and children alike.

Mr McCully says the construction work on the wharf is nearing completion, on time and within budget.

The official fact sheet about the Cloud reads:

What construction has been happening on Queens Wharf?
Construction has focused on redevelopment works to strengthen and repair the wharf’s sub-structure, upgrading the wharf’s surface, installing new services, repairing Shed 10 and installing The Cloud on the western edge.

What is the Cloud built from?
The Cloud is a temporary, re-locatable, tensioned membrane structure built using a combination of glass, steel and PVC.

Who has been carrying out this work?
Waterfront Auckland is managing the Queens Wharf redevelopment and has contracted three companies to carry out the on site work: Fletcher Construction (The Cloud), Kalmar Construction (Shed 10 and the wharf surface) and Construction Techniques (under-wharf repairs).

When will the construction stage of Queens Wharf be completed?
Construction is on schedule to finish progressively between now and the end of August. Installation of The Cloud will be finished on July 14 and interior fit out will then take place. The upgrade of Shed 10, surface repairs and installation of services will be complete by the end of July. As these sections are completed the site will progressively be handed over to the event team that will undertake event specific fit out activity.

How much is the Queens Wharf development costing?
• The Cloud: $9.8 million
• Shed 10: $3.6 million
• Under wharf repairs: $4.6 million
• Surface upgrades, lights, services, furniture, landscaping: $9.8 million.
Who is paying for the redevelopment?
Central Government is meeting the costs of The Cloud. Waterfront Auckland is paying for wharf repairs, landscaping, surface preparedness and services provision.

Meanwhile… Auckland Transport  says rail timetables have been developed for all RWC2011 matcheand says they result in ” limited changes to normal timetables.”

For Friday night matches (Opening Night and Bronze Final) there will be a slight
variation to peak services on the  Western Line  with peak services operating every 20 minutes rather than 15 minutes.

On all RWC 2011 matches the  Western Line  services  will not stop at Newmarket from approximately 3 hours prior to the event, to allow services to operate at maximum frequencies to move the expected capacity of 15,000.
A number of special trains will also operate along the Southern Line through to Kingsland on Eden Park match nights.
Public transport services during the tournament will be enhanced with later and more frequent services on the busier nights i.e. Eden Park match nights, large FanZone nights etc.




  1. Jarrod says:

    Should be a cool place to watch world cup games. The atmosphere down there will be awesome when the All Blacks are playing. Looking forward to it.

  2. Carl says:

    awesome one big huge advertising parking lot if you ask me.

    The bar sounds good, hopefully its like the tennis in Melbourne, big area and chilled.

    I also hope the music is inside here and not a all ages thing.

  3. Nick says:

    Sounds like it will be a New Zealand trade show in the Cloud. Probably not very interesting unless you’re from overseas and don’t have much of an idea about New Zealand. It also sounds like its going to have a heavy corporate feel. When I went to the Chinese festival in Albert park this year it was just buzzing with culture - food stalls, cultural dances and music. It had a really good atmosphere and commercialism took a back seat. I just wonder if if it was more about introducing people to our culture and lifestyle rather than business that would give tourists a better impression of the country. It could make them want to stay longer and overall it might be better for the economy.

  4. Luke says:

    love the bit about Quay St being closed off for pedestrians only.
    Quay St is very unfriendly to peds and this will help close the gap.


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