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Where does the Festival take place?



1. Main Festival Venue
Aotea Centre, Auckland Live (ASB Theatre, Lower NZI, Upper NZI, Goodman Fielder Room, Limelight and Herald Theatre, Heartland Festival Room) 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD.

Please specify when purchasing tickets if you have wheelchair requirements.

The ASB Theatre has an induction loop system Café and parking available at Aotea Centre and other nearby locations.

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2. Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium
Lower Ground Level, Corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets

Closest parking is at the Kitchener Street Car Park. Disabled access is available.

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3. Auckland Town Hall
Queen Street. Parking available at Aotea Centre and other nearby locations.

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4. Masu
90 Federal Street.

5. Walk on High
High Street.

6. Maritime Museum, Viaduct
Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour.

How do I get to the Festival?

For information on bus, ferry and train services in Auckland City, visit the Auckland Transport website or telephone them on (09) 366 6400. Parking is also available near all of the Festival locations (see above).

Will there be a help desk at the Festival?

Yes. The Festival Information Desk will be located on Level 2 of the Aotea Centre, outside the stalls entrance to the ASB Theatre. Lost property, information about the programme, venue and other general information will be available here.

Is seating allocated at the Festival?

Seating for all events is general admission. Patrons and Friends have reserved seats at the front of each level.

How long do the events last?

The majority of events last one hour. Some special events and workshops are 90 minutes to 2 hours long, and family events are less than an hour. End times for each event will be detailed on their online event listing and in the program.

Can I buy books at the Festival?

The Festival has its own dedicated bookstalls at the Aotea Centre (on the lower, middle and upper levels) and at all other Festival venues. Run jointly by the owners of Auckland’s popular The Women’s Bookshop and Unity Books, audience members will be able to purchase books by authors appearing in the Festival at these bookstalls.

Can I get my books signed at the Festival?

Yes. Book signings will take place immediately following most events, unless otherwise advised.

What provisions will be in place at the Festival for those with disabilities?

All of our locations are accessible by wheelchair. Please specify when purchasing tickets whether you have wheelchair requirements.

The ASB Theatre has an induction loop system for those with hearing impairments.

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