The convention quartet contest, chorus contest and Saturday night Harmony Spectacular show will be held at the Victory Convention Centre, 98 Beaumont St, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
PARKING AT THE VICTORY CONVENTION CENTRE
Parking on the Plaza level, i.e. in the open air immediately outside the Victory Convention Centre (VCC), is for service vehicles only and is NOT open for general parking. There is a large basement car park under the VCC, but it is NOT available on Thursday 14th Sep until after 3:00pm and is NOT available on Friday 15th until after 1:00pm (because the spaces are hired out to local businesses). But from 3:00pm Thursday till midnight Thursday, and from 1:00pm Friday until midnight Friday, and all-day Saturday 16th until midnight, it is open and free of charge.
All other car parks near to the VCC require payment. To see where they are you can peruse the following websites:
Auckland is well known for traffic congestion and journeys often take longer than you expect. Planning your route via Google Maps Driving Directions is very useful if you include the time of day and date you will be travelling.
Buses, Trains and Ferries
These are all run by Auckland Transport and fare payment is by a swipe card known as a HOP card. Once you have a HOP card, loaded with some dollars, all you need do when you get on is “Tag On” (i.e. swipe your HOP card across a Tag recorder) and “Tag Off” (i.e. swipe your HOP card across a Tag recorder) when you get off. Many of you will be very familiar with this system of paying for fares, but for those who are not, don’t forget the “Tag Off” bit. How do you get a HOP card? And how do you get dollars pre-loaded onto it? Go to https://at.govt.nz/athop to find out.
Note: While Auckland Transport (AT) intend to introduce easier payment options across all of Auckland’s buses, trains, and ferries i.e. tagging on and off with other contactless payment options such debit/credit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay, this is not scheduled until next year. For the time being, you will need a HOP card to travel on public transport in Auckland.
Taxi, Uber, Ola, etc.
These are plentiful and not outrageously expensive for short trips but getting from Auckland Airport to the CBD will be pricey if you decide to use one.