4 - 6 April Auckland

Location & Transport

The Celebration will be held at the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre (MERC) just 30 minutes drive from Auckland City Centre. It is set on Long Bay Regional Park this reserve includes a kilometre-long sandy beach & green hillsides.

Sir Peter Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre (MERC),
1045 Beach Rd, Long Bay, North Shore, Auckland 0630

View map here


Accomodation is available at the Celebration venue. There are a few twin rooms (Very limited availability) and shared dormitory accomodation. The dorm rooms are simple, clean bunkrooms.


Getting to MERC

The venue is at 1045 Beach Road, Long Bay.
Head north on the Northern Motorway over the Harbour Bridge. After 16km, take exit 410 for Oteha Valley Road off the Northern Motorway. Turn right and follow the brown signs to Long Bay Regional Park (heading east along Oteha Valley Road, Carlisle Road, Firth Road, Deep Creek Road, then left into Beach Road).

The venue is on your right at the end of Beach Road.

Map of driving route

Car parking

There is some public car parking at the Long Bay Regional Park ( opposite MERC venue).

Public Transport

From the Airport, take the Airbus Express to the Britomart Transport Centre in the City $16 one way, or $28 return. You can book online at www.airbus.co.nz.

North Star buses run from Mayoral Drive in the city to the venue (i.e. the final stop on Beach Road, which is very close). The Express bus takes an hour from the city, and the ordinary service, which runs more frequently, about an hour and 20 mins. Catch these buses at stop no.7038 in Mayoral Drive near AUT University - see map on the Timetable link below:


From the airport to Britomart Transport Centre costs approximately $75 -90
From the airport to MERC costs approximately $135
From Britomart to MERC costs approximately $80
For more information please visit:

Pick-up Service

There will be pickups from the Britomart Transport Centre (the end of the line for the Airport Express). These must be booked in advance.

Pick-up service from Auckland City( Britomart Transport Centre) to MERC ($10)
Friday 4th April: 

Saturday 5th April: 

Drop-off service from MERC to Britomart ($10)
Saturday 5th April: 

Sunday 6th April: 

Drop-off service from MERC to Takapuna ($10)
Sunday 6th April: 

The pick-up/drop-off services must be booked in advance. Booking for this service will close 48 hours prior to the commencement of the Celebration. There are no other times other than the ones listed above. You can request this service when booking on-line, or by contacting transport@nzdharmacelebration.org
There will be a transportation notice board set up at the Celebration for people to post messages to catch a ride of share a taxi/shuttle. For those participants with cars, please read the messages posted to see if you are able to offer rides to those who need them, your kindness will be greatly appreciated.

If you have any further queries or if you are able to assist with the pick-up/drop-off services, please email transport@nzdharmacelebration.org.