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 or hub. For some events there will be shuttle buses from the parking area to the event centre.

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 will need their own transport to get to the Middle Distance competition. The Sprint Distance competition is a short walk from central Rotorua.

PARKING

For all competitions in the Oceania Championships and the Middle Earth Competitions please follow the directions of the parking officials.

For Sprint Distance competitions the parking will be in areas also used by public. Please be considerate of their needs.

For Long, Relay and Middle Distance competitions parking will be on forest or rural roads or in a central parking area in a paddock or forest block. Please follow the instructions of the parking officials and be aware of hazards and other cars.

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 accomodation 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 camping options.

http://www.rotoruanz.com/visit/accommodation/holiday-parks

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.