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Auckland Transport

Plan your Big Day Out travel

Media release: 17 January 2012

Music fans going to the Big Day Out at Mt Smart on Friday are advised to plan their travel and check out transport options to the stadium. 

Auckland Transport is putting on extra train services to Penrose Station while the event organiser has joined with commercial bus operators to provide special event bus services. 

All track lines will be open on Friday to run trains from Waitakere, Britomart, Onehunga and Papakura to Penrose Station for the festival.

People travelling to Remuera, Ellerslie and Greenlane stations from Newmarket on Friday should take extra care as some services will not stop at these stations, instead some special train services will run direct to Penrose for the festival.  

It should be noted there is no free travel on public transport included in Big Day Out tickets. Timetable and further information can be found at or by phoning 09 366-6400.

Auckland Transport Public Transport Operations Manager Mark Lambert says using public transport for events is very popular so people should be patient.

“Trains will be busy with regular passengers and festival goers particularly in the late morning, so we encourage everyone to be patient and check the timetable. 

“After the event large numbers will want to get on public transport so again people should expect some time waiting.  Train passengers should consider pre-purchasing their return ticket as people with tickets will get priority queuing at Penrose station. 

“Passengers are reminded that alcohol and drugs are not permitted for consumption on any of these services.  For the safety of our commuters any persons who are drunk or worse for wear will be refused travel,” says Mr Lambert. 

Bus from Auckland City Centre:

Special event buses organised by the event organiser and NZ Bus will depart from Real Groovy (450 Queen St) between 9.30am - 2.30pm, dropping passengers on O'Rorke Road beside the stadium. Return buses will depart from O'Rorke Rd, departing when full between 9.30pm - 1.30am returning to the St James Theatre, Wellesley St.

Bus to Auckland City Centre following the event

NiteRider buses run via Lower Albert St, Civic/St James, top of Queen St and K'Rd between 1am - 3.40am. Tickets, $4.50 (zone A), and $6.50 (beyond zone A).

Northern Express buses will depart Britomart, stop 7045 approximately every 15 minutes to midnight and then every 30 minutes to 3am running to Albany Station via all Northern Busway Stations.

Bus from New Lynn

Additional 008 buses operated by Urban Express will depart from New Lynn Transport Centre, stopping at all stops en route to Mt Smart Stadium. Buses depart at 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am, 11.45am, 12.15pm, 12.45pm, 1.15pm, 1.45pm.

Return services will depart from stop 8169 (343 Church St) running to New Lynn Transport Centre from 10.30pm.  Normal fares apply.


Additional trains will operate to Penrose Station, a short walk to the stadium. It is best to pre-purchase your special event ticket from the Britomart, Newmarket, New Lynn and Papakura ticket offices as people with tickets will get priority queuing at Penrose station.

Additional public transport information

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