Motorists are being urged to stay off some Auckland central city roads tomorrow ahead of the state funeral of former governor general Sir Paul Reeves who died on Sunday.

Thousands of mourners are expected to turn out to pay their last respects to Sir Paul at the Anglican Cathedral in Parnell and Auckland Council said that several roads would be closed and a ban on parking imposed on others.

Motorists should avoid the Parnell area and the surrounding streets if possible, said a council spokesperson.

Sir Paul's body, which has been lying in state at the Church of Holy Sepulchure in Newton, will be taken at 9.30am tomorrow to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Parnell for the funeral service at 11am.


The Cortege will leave the church at 9.30, turning right onto Khyber Pass Road, then left onto Grafton Road, right into Park Road, left into Domain Drive and continue through the Domain to Parnell Road.

It will be the first state funeral since 2008 when Sir Edmund Hillary was farewelled at the same cathedral.

Mourners will include Prime Minister John Key and outgoing Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand.

The service will be followed by a private family burial ceremony.

The service will be screened live on Maori Television.