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Where does the Festival take place?

Main Festival Venue:

Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD.

  • Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
  • Waitakere Room
  • Heartland Bank Room (Hunua Room)
  • Waihoritiu Room
  • Limelight
  • Herald Theatre

Please specify when purchasing tickets if you have wheelchair requirements.

The Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre has an induction loop system.

Café and parking available at Aotea Centre and other nearby locations.

Other Festival Venues:

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

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

Please visit the Auckland Live acessibility page for all venue details.

Note that all of our venues are accessible by wheelchair. When booking tickets, please advise Ticketmaster if you have wheelchair requirements.

The Aotea Centre's Kiri te Kanawa Theatre has an induction loop system for those with hearing impairments.

Is seating allocated at the Festival?

Seating for all events is General Admission to assist in speedy turnarounds between session.
If you have tickets for the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre please check which level you are seated on Stalls / Circle / Balcony.
Patrons and Friends have reserved seats at the front of each level at each session.

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.

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. We will also have a bike valet service available at the Aotea Centre.

With plenty of options to leave your car at home you can find easy options for getting around in the Heart of the City with this go to guide

Parking is also available near all of the Festival locations, see Auckland Live.

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