SkyCity fire throws Auckland city commute into chaos

3:40 pm on 23 October 2019

The fire at SkyCity convention centre has closed a number of arterial roads, causing a number of bus diversions.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The roof of the SkyCity International Convention centre in Auckland has been ablaze for more than a day as firefighters struggle to put it out.

Auckland Transport is advising people travelling home from central Auckland to avoid peak hour traffic, leave extra time and check the Auckland transport website, and social media for updates.

"If you are able to time your travel to avoid peak hour traffic, by leaving earlier or later than usual, we advise you to do so," AT spokesperson John Nottage says.

"Train services are not affected by traffic diversions, so if you have the option to home by train this would also be a good way to avoid delays."

Bus detours and road closures continue and Auckland Transport is asking people to stay away from the immediate area and the city centre if they can.

Roads are closed, including part of Wellesley, Nelson and Hobson streets.

Auckland Transport is reminding people to be cautious and not to stop and take photos of the fire.

Disruption to City bus services

Check the full public transport information, including alternative bus stops here

NX2 to city

Buses will use Fanshawe Street motorway off-ramp, via Customs Street, right Anzac Avenue, via Symonds Street, right Wellesley Street, with buses ending their trip on Wellesley Street near AUT (7089).

22A, 22N, 22R, 221X, 223X, 24B, 24R, 24W, 243X, and 248X to city

Wellesley Street as normal then right Queen Street, left Customs Street, left Halsey Street, left Victoria Street then as normal.

101 to College Hill

Victoria Street West as normal, remain on Victoria Street West, right Queen Street, left Wellesley Street East, then as normal.

to Parnell

Wellesley Street East as normal, right Queen Street, left Victoria Street, continue Victoria Street West past Wellersley Street then as normal.

82, 802, 923, and 924 to city

Fanshawe Street as normal, right Halsey Street, left Victoria Street, right Queen Street, left Wakefield Street then as normal.

75

Symonds Street as normal, remain on Symonds Street, via Anzac Ave, left Customs Street, via Fanshawe street, right Halsey Street, then as normal.

18, 151X, 171X, 172X, 195X, and 209 to city

Queen Street as normal, left Wellesley Street, end trip outside The Civic.

InnerLink

This route has returned to normal.

105

Buses will depart ANZ bank bus stop as normal, left Halsey Street, right Victoria Street, left Franklin Road, left Wellington Street, right Howe Street, right Karangahape Road and then as normal.

106

Buses will depart ANZ Bank bus stop as normal, left Halsey Street, right Victoria Street, left Franklin Road, then as normal.

125X, 129, 132, 132X, 133, 133X, and 134

Nelson Street as normal, right Cook Street via Mayoral Drive, left Queen Street, left Mayoral Drive, end trip at Mayoral Drive near Greys Avenue.

110 and 129

Queen Street as normal, remain on Queen Street, left Mayoral Drive, end trip on Mayoral Drive behind Aotea Centre.

OuterLink

Wellesley Street East as normal, right Queen Street, left Victoria Street then as normal.