GETTING AROUND

LOCATION OF VENUES

GETTING TO AUCKLAND

Auckland has a bustling airport that offers regular domestic and international services.

New Zealand is a 3.5 hour flight from Eastern Australia and around a 10 hour flight from most places on the Pacific Rim, such as Singapore, Hong Kong or Tokyo.

Auckland is generally less than 2 hours flight from any other New Zealand city.

New Zealand has a high quality roading network for getting around the country.

GETTING AROUND AUCKLAND

Auckland has a network of public trains and buses to get around central Auckland as well as ferry services to get across the harbour. Full details of available services and timetables are available on the Auckland Transport website

To travel further afield having your own car is best. Auckland’s motorway system quickly gets you out of the beautiful downtown buzz of Auckland’s waterfront to any of the city’s fringe attractions and competition areas.

In New Zealand, all vehicles drive on the left. That means visitors from some countries might need a bit of adjustment, while English and Australians will feel right at home.

Hiring a car is straightforward in Auckland, and throughout most of New Zealand. Most major rental car companies have depots at Auckland Airport and in downtown Auckland, with a wide range of vehicles available for hire. More details are available on the Tourism Auckland website.

Additionally, we recommend you visit the New Zealand Transport Agency website for further information about driving on New Zealand roads.

MOVING FROM THE LAST OCEANIA EVENT TO THE MIDDLE EARTH EVENTS IN ROTORUA

For those competing in both Oceania and Middle Earth events, we recommend you find accommodation further south after the Oceania Middle, rather than returning to Auckland. This will mean you avoid the worst of Auckland traffic at the end of Easter weekend.   

GETTING TO THE MIDDLE EARTH COMPETITIONS

Rotorua is about 230km from Auckland which takes approximately 3 hours on New Zealand’s well maintained and very scenic roads. There are several bus companies which provide transport between the two cities. Alternatively, traveling in private or rental car is a convenient option.

In New Zealand, all vehicles drive on the left. That means visitors from some countries might need a bit of adjustment, while English and Australians will feel right at home.

Hiring a car is straightforward in Auckland, and throughout most of New Zealand. Most major rental car companies have depots at Auckland Airport and in downtown Auckland, with a wide range of vehicles available for hire. More details are available on the Tourism Auckland website.

Additionally, we recommend you visit the New Zealand Transport Agency website for further information about driving on New Zealand roads.

TRANSPORT

The Sprint Distance competition can be reached from downtown Auckland or further afield by public transport.

The Long, Relay and Middle distance competitions will require competitors to have their own transport to the event venue.

To travel to Rotorua for the Middle Earth Competitions there are several bus companies providing transport for the 3.5 hour journey. Once in Rotorua competitors may require their own transport to get to the Middle Distance competition, which is a walkable 4km from the centre of town. The Sprint Distance competition is within central Rotorua.

PARKING VOUCHERS

Sprint – Friday 14th April Carrington Campus

No event specific transport will be provided by the organisers for the Oceania Sprint. There will be limited parking available within the grounds of Carrington Campus and the only permitted access points to this parking will be published in Bulletin 2, Mid March.

For this event, the Organisers recommend the use of public transport and walking. Details of the best bus and train routes to use to access the Sprint events will be detailed in Bulletin 2, due for publication in March 2017.

Long, Relay & Middle Events –Athletes, Supporters and Spectators

**Note – Public transport is NOT available to access the Woodhill Forest Long & Relay Venues or to access the Onewhero Middle venue**

Parking access vouchers must be pre-purchased for all vehicles. Vouchers are issued on a per-vehicle basis with no restriction on the number of people in each vehicle. Vouchers must be pre-purchased by 31st March 2017

Parking vouchers are;

                      • $NZ7 per event for cars, 4WDs and Campervans.
                      • $NZ35 per event for Tour buses seating 30 to 35 passengers
                      • $NZ60 per event for Tour buses seating 50 to 60 passengers

To purchase parking vouchers

                      • Cars, 4WDs and Campervans please go here.
                      • Tour Buses please go here.

If you have entered any of the Oceania or Middle Earth events, please have your entry confirmation available as this will speed up the process for you and use https://entero.co.nz/order.php?eventName=oceania-2017&action=chooseOrder .

If you have NOT entered any of the Oceania or Middle Earth events you will need to enter your name, address and email details.

Parking Vouchers for the Oceania Events and WMG2017 can be purchased from this site. Parking Vouchers are NOT required for the Middle Earth events.

If you are intending to bring children under 5years old into the forest and will be making use of the shared crèche facilities, please indicate this in enterO and you will be issued a parking voucher that provides access to parking close to the crèche facilities.

Parking vouchers will be available for collection at;

                      1. The Registration Tent at the Oceania Sprint

Parking Vouchers will need to be shown to Marshal at the venue gate to gain entry into the venue.

PARKING VOUCHERS FAQs

Why parking vouchers?

Forest and farm access and parking for cars and buses is charged by the venue owners and the modest fees charged recover this cost on a per vehicle basis.

Why pre-purchase?

Pre-purchase of parking vouchers will speed up access and parking versus on the day cash transactions. Pre-purchase lets the organisers know how many vehicles will need to be ‘parked’ each day and will allow this to be managed to give athletes the shortest possible walk to the Event Arena.

Available to buy on the day?

Yes, at an inflated price to discourage on the day purchase. Sale of on-the-day parking will be via a ‘slow’ lane at the forest gate so expect delays if you plan on buying parking on the day.

Are they transferable?

No

Maps of the parking areas

Parking area maps will be published on the event website, under sport information, and in Bulletin 2, due for publication during March 2017.

Do older competitors get a closer park?

Yes, this is available. Please talk to the parking marshals who will direct you to the closest parking point still available.

Come & go – multiple entries to forest?

Yes, multiple exits and entries are enabled.

What if I lose my Parking Voucher?

The information tent at all events will be able to issue replacement (white) vouchers.

The gate marshals will allow access to vehicles where a parking voucher has been lost. They will record the name of the person the voucher was issued to and the vehicle registration number before allowing entry.

ACCOMMODATION

Auckland accommodation has something for everyone, from luxurious resorts and 5-star international hotel chains to charming bed and breakfasts, beautiful holiday homes, backpackers and camp sites. Motorhome rentals is another great option. The official Auckland and New Zealand tourism web sites contain an array of accommodation options. Visit: Auckland NZ – http://www.aucklandnz.com/accommodation and Tourism New Zealand – http://www.newzealand.com/int/accommodation

A suggested accommodation plan would be to stay in the city or West Auckland (eg. Parakai, Muriwai, Kumeu, Helensville) Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights.

Pack up on Monday and travel south of Auckland to the Middle Distance event at Onewhero and then onwards to Rotorua for Monday onwards, which has plenty of accommodation options.

http://www.rotoruanz.com/visit/accommodation/

TOURISM

April in New Zealand, the time of the Oceania Championships, comes with the last heat of Summer but less humidity. Temperatures are often in the early 20s Celsius, perfect for participating in sport, and ideal for enjoying the outdoors in shorts and a t-shirt.

Recently voted one of the world’s friendliest cities, Auckland has a reputation for embracing guests as friends. From city hot spots to empty beaches, Auckland is vast with two coasts to explore and many unique experiences to enjoy along the way.

New Zealand is renowned for its natural beauty and diversity of visitor experience. Whether you like the indoors or outdoors, wine tours or whale watching, thrilling adventures or peace and quiet, you’ll be charmed by your host nation.
Once the sporting competition is complete, take the opportunity to explore more of what New Zealand has to offer.

Auckland Trotting Club Events

We thank the Auckland Trotting Club for parking provided during the Carnival.

Alexandra Park (the Auckland Trotting Club) is Auckland’s home of harness racing with 37 race nights per annum, and are assisting us with parking for one of our events. They are holding a couple of race meets during our Orienteering Carnival with an American Themed evening on Friday 21st April, including an all-you-can eat buffet, and their Autumn Trotting Carnival on Friday 28th April. Orienteering would not happen without the generosity of landowners in allowing us to use their facilities, so if you are looking for some excitement on Friday evening, why not enjoy an evening with the horses.  More information is available on www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/