- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 11:53AM
If you're travelling to watch Grammy-winning artist Celine Dion in concert this weekend, here's what you need to know ...
Over 30,000 fans will watch the pop star at concerts on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday nights at Auckland's Spark Arena.
Auckland Transport is warning people to aim to arrive early, as public transport could be extremely busy.
Concert-goers on Tuesday night, in particular, will be travelling during peak afternoon traffic, meaning the journey will take longer than usual to get to the arena area.
Special event trains will run after the concert. The arena is a 10-15 minute walk from the Britomart Station.
Road closures and parking restrictions will also be in place near the area.
If you're travelling in from South Auckland on Saturday and Sunday, be aware buses will replace trains between Manukau and Pukekohe and on the Southern line.
Approximate set times:
6.00pm - Doors open
7.30pm — Véronic DiCaire
8.15pm — Celine Dion (roughly two hours)
As there will be a high number of people entering the arena, there will be road closures and parking restrictions around the area from approximately 4:30pm.
If you're being dropped off or picked up, the best meeting point is by the footbridge on Quay Street.
There are some parking facilities in surrounding streets, but if you park somewhere that is later subject to road closures or parking restrictions you may be towed or delayed leaving.
The closest parking facilities are:
- Arena Car Park (Dockside Lane, off Tapora Street, about 5 mins walk)
- Britomart Car Park (Corner of Quay Street and Britomart Place, about 8 mins walk)
- Railway Car Park (Te Taou Crescent, off Beach Road, about 5 mins walk)
- Tangihua Street Car Park (Tangihua Street, about 6 mins walk)
There is limited onsite mobility parking for patrons holding a current mobility parking permit, but these spaces must be pre-booked as they fill up quickly. Spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.
For all transport details visit https://at.govt.nz/.
You're encouraged to print your tickets as some phones may not be readable on the ticket scanners. Also, be aware that everyone needs their own valid ticket - including infants and children.
What you can bring into Spark Arena:
Please leave all large bags at home! There will be pat downs, security wanding, and a full bag search on entry, so don't bring backpacks or any large handbags.
All bags larger than 30cm x 30cm will not be allowed inside the venue.
Cameras with a detachable lens, iPads, GoPro's and selfie sticks are also not allowed.
You can purchase food from the bar that you can take into the show. Free water coolers are available around the arena, too.