A public service is set to take place at Eden Park for former All Black Jonah Lomu who died on Wednesday.
Prime Minister John Key said the service will be held on November 30 from 1pm to 3pm.
"Jonah touched people's lives across the country and around the world," Key said.
"This service will be open to all members of the public who want to remember the significant contribution Jonah made, not only to rugby here and overseas, but also to the wider community through his work with charities such as UNICEF and Kidney Kids NZ.
"The service will be a celebration of Jonah's life and I expect a large number of people will want to be there."
Key is expecting tens of thousands to be at the event which is likely to cost upwards of $150,000, with some costs paid by the government including some catering and stages.
Key also announced a special event at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau for the Pacific community to pay their respects in a traditional manner.
A private funeral for Lomu will be held on December 1.