Leave work early, Aucklanders told

Aucklanders are being advised to finish work early to beat the traffic that's expected for the World Masters Games opening ceremony on Friday.

The ten-day event will see more than 25,000 athletes from 100 different countries competing.

It is set to be the world's largest sporting event New Zealand will see in at least a decade.

Additional bus and train services will be operating to prevent commuter chaos in time for the opening ceremony at Eden Park.

Auckland Transport Liason Manager John Strawbridge is asking those working in Auckland CBD to finish work in advanced to beat peak hour traffic. 

Participants are being told to catch the Western Line train from Britomart Station, or one of the special event buses that leave from various locations around Auckland every 5-10 minutes.

Ms Wooten says it's an event which is four years in the making and most participants will be using public transport to reach some of the 48 sporting venues.

"We're ready, we're prepared, we're excited," says Chief Executive Jennah Wooten.

Mr Strawbridge also wants local residents to show some Kiwi spirit by "stepping up and help people who are lost" so they can get to their sporting venues.

The opening ceremony at Eden Park is exclusive to the 28,000 participants of the games.