Auckland Mega 2013
Auckland Mega 2013 will be held over Labour Weekend in 2013, which is the long weekend of October 26 to 28, with additional Mega-related activities taking place on the Friday beforehand for those interested. Please view the Programme page for more details.
Where: North Harbour Stadium
The venue for the Auckland Mega 2013 event is the North Harbour Stadium function centre in Albany on Auckland's North Shore. This venue was chosen for its space, parklike surroundings, proximity to other amenities such as shopping and cafes, and availability of convenient parking.
It is also extremely conveniently located near to the Northern Motorway (approximately 15 minutes drive from downtown Auckland) while also allowing for easy access to beaches a short drive away, and the via the Western ring motorway to the Waitakere Ranges and Auckland's spectacular west coast.
If you are coming from Auckland Airport, the Stadium is located 35 minutes from the airport (which is located outside the CBD, in South Auckland). Click here for directions.
When: 26 to 28 October 2013
While the full programme has not yet been confirmed at this point, we can announce that Auckland Mega-related activities are planned to begin on Friday the 25th of October.
On-site event registration and a number of activities, both on-site and off-site, will commence on Saturday morning.
Sunday the 27th will see the attention focus on the venue at North Harbour Stadium with an official welcome followed by a wide variety of games and activities to entertain one and all, and registration remaining open throughout the day. Sunday will end with entertainment and prize-giving.
On Monday the activities will move away from the venue, which will close down at the end of Sunday, and a number of off-site activities will take place for those interested, including a CITO and a flashmob in downtown Auckland City.
Mega-central will be open from 8am on Saturday 26th October and Sunday 27th October. Daily closing times are yet to be confirmed and will depend upon the finalisation of the programme.
Maps & Directions
View the location of the Auckland 2013 Mega Event on a larger map.
For self-contained campervans it is expected there will be FREE overnight parking available within walking distance of the venue (available on a first-come-first-served basis).
We have arrangements with a number of nearby accommodation businesses who will provide special rates to event attendees so do scan the list below for a number of options available. Watch this space for updates regarding further accommodation options.
Quest Albany Serviced Apartments Kell Drive, 229 Dairy Flat Highway, Albany Village. Use login "geocach" with password "ngfv7x" to receive a very special rate of $130 per night between 24th and 30th October 2013 (discount will only appear upon correct login).
Poenamo Hotel 31 Northcote Rd, Northcote. Phone Nick at reception on (09)9143373 or 0800 763626 (freephone, NZ only). Discounted price of $120 per night (usually $130) for Deluxe Poolside Kitchenette Studio when booked directly with hotel and mention of geocaching event and this website.
Albany Oak Motel 80 Bush Rd, Albany. Phone Jane on (09)4153131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Albany Oak Motel welcome all visitors attending the Auckland 2013 Mega Event. For geocachers who book online with advance payment, you will receive a 5% discount off your accommodation rate.
Ocean Inn Motel 27 Ocean View Rd, Northcote. Phone Di on (09)4198080 or 0800 820822 (freephone, NZ only). Upon mention of the event, $100 upstairs studio (normally $120), $120 one bedroom suite (normally $130), and $145 family unit with kitchen facilities (normally $160).
Albany Executive Motor Inn 80 Corinthian Dr, Albany. Phone (09)4141156 or 0800 908987 (freephone, NZ only). NZ Mega Event geocachers welcome! Discounted rates on Shower Studio (1 Queen + 1 Single) $126.50 per night, Spa Studio with Duo Spa Bath (1 Queen + 1 Single) $145 per night, One Bedroom Suite (1 King + 1 Double Sofa Bed) fully self contained $170 per night, no extra cost for additional persons on these rooms (saving of $15).
Kiwi International Hotel 411 Queen St, Auckland City. Phone (09)3796487. Kiwi International Hotel offers a variety of low budget accommodation in the heart of Auckland - you will receive a 10% discount when you mention NZMEGA when booking by phone or online. Rooms from $55, free internet and parking. "We look forward to seeing you at Labour Weekend 2013!"
Bed & Breakfast Ponaamoo 103 MacWhinney Drive, Drury. Phone (09)2948088. Special NZ Mega packages: Auckland geocoin and 5% discount for 2 night booking. Auckland geocoin, NZ Mega trackable tag and 7% disocunt for 3 night booking, Auckland geocoin, 2 x NZ Mega trackable tags and 10% discount for 4+ night booking. Check website for all details.
City of Sails Motel 219 Shakespeare Rd, Milford.
North Shore Motels & Holiday Park 52 Northcote Rd, Takapuna.
AVIS Manukau 7B Ryan Pl, Manukau, Auckland. Phone (09)2621021. AVIS Manukau welcomes all geocachers to Auckland - please mention you are attending the Auckland NZ MEGA 2013 event to receive 10% off your car rental (this applies to all reservations made directly through the Manukau Branch of Avis only).
AVIS North Shore Unit D, 3 Saturn Pl, North Harbour, Auckland. Phone (09)4431501. AVIS North Shore welcomes all geocachers to Auckland - please mention you are attending the Auckland NZ MEGA 2013 event to receive 10% off your car rental (this applies to all reservations made directly through the North Shore Branch of Avis only).