DATES & TIMES
GABS Auckland is held over two sessions on Saturday 30 June.
Tickets can be purchased for Single Sessions via the link below. Gather your mates together and save with our discount ‘Beer Buddy’ packages for groups. A limited number of Season Passes (offering access to all sessions) are also available but only for a very short time.
Saturday 30 June
12.00pm - 5.00pm
Saturday 30 June
6.30pm - 11.30pm
Limited tickets may be available at the door if not sold out earlier, however we recommend you buy early to avoid disappointment. Please note that booking fees and credit card payment processing fees apply to all ticket purchases.
Please note that all alcohol will stop being served 15 minutes before the end of each session.
217 Greenlane West, Epsom, Auckland
We highly recommend taking public transport to get to ASB Showgrounds for GABS Auckland.
Frequent bus services run past the ASB Showgrounds, including:
Travelling from Pt Chevalier and St Heliers / Glen Innes
Route 007 travels from Pt Chevalier via UNITEC, St Lukes, Greenlane, Glen Innes, St Heliers. If travelling from Pt Chevalier get off on Greenlane Road outside the ASB Showgrounds. If travelling from St Heliers / Glen Innes get off on Greenlane Road opposite the ASB Showgrounds.
Travelling from Auckland City / Newmarket
Departing from Britomart stop 7019 on Customs Street approximately every 30 minutes. Routes 327, 328, 334, 344, 347, 348 and 354 travel via Newmarket then along Manukau Road. Get off at the stop just before the intersection with Greenlane Road.
Departing from Midtown stop 7055 on Wellesley Street East approximately every 15 minutes Friday and Saturday and approximately every 30 minutes Sunday. Routes 302, 304, 305, 312 and 315 travel via Newmarket then along Manukau Road. Get off at the stop just before the intersection with Greenlane Road.
OUTER LINK departs from Midtown stop 7086 on Wellesley Street West and stop 1096 on Wellesley Street East by Lorne St approximately every 15 minutes, 7 days a week. Get off at the stop just after the intersection with Greenlane Road.
Travelling from the South
Selected bus services are available from Manukau City Centre, Mangere, Otahuhu, Papatoetoe, Onehunga and Royal Oak, travelling along Manukau Road as above. You can check regular service times by using the Journey Planner.
The nearest train station is Greenlane, approximately 25-30mins of walk to the ASB Showgrounds.
Auckland Co-Op Taxis is the biggest taxi business in New Zealand.
There will be a dedicated Taxi Area outside the festival hall and adequate taxis for people leaving the event.
Directions coming from North
Get onto the Southern Motorway (going south) and exit at the off-ramp marked Market Road, head southwest on Market Road toward Maxfield Place, continue onto Campbell Crescent, turn left onto Puriri Drive.
Directions coming from South
Get onto the Northern Motorway (going North) and exit at the off-ramp marked Greenlane East, turn Left onto Greenlane Road, turn Right onto Puriri Drive.
Parking is available onsite at the ASB Showgrounds. The cost is $10 per vehicle, per day.
WHAT TO BRING
Sounds pretty obvious , right? Once you’ve completed your order, this will be emailed to you. Print it out, have it ready on your phone, or open it in the Eventbrite app. No ticket, no entry.
Proof Of Age
An encyclopaedic knowledge of 80s pop songs won’t cut it. Licence, passport or proof of age card are a must-have. Please note GABS Auckland is an 18+ only event. People under the age of 18, including infants and younger children, will not be permitted entry.
Please be prepared to show your valid ID. Please note all bags are subject to inspection at any point during the event. Bottles, cans, glass, food, drink, alcohol, illicit drugs, illegal substances, fireworks, explosives or anything that can be used as a weapon cannot be brought into the festival.
As you enter, you’ll be given a GABS Currency Wristband, Souvenir Festival Glass and your Official GABS Guide. And then you’re good to go!
HOW TO BUY STUFF
GABS is a 100% cashless event. With no cash to handle, this helps our bars process transactions quickly, which means more time for you to enjoy the festival. All food, drink and merch can only be purchased with your GABS Currency wristband, provided on arrival.
GABS Currency can be purchased with your ticket in amounts of $25, $50 and $75. We highly recommend you pre-purchase Currency so you can fully enjoy the festival from the get-go. For reference, a paddle of five 85mL tasters costs $11.50, and a 285mL Coopers Festival Glass fill is $6 and up.
Topping Up Currency
If you need to add more Currency to your wristband at the event, just head to one of our Currency stands or a roving Currency Seller.
If you don’t use all of your GABS Currency at the festival, never fear! GABS Currency refunds will be available online only from Monday 2 July (noon) to Sunday 15 July (midnight). Refunds will then be processed from Monday 17 July (6pm). Just make sure you hang on to your GABS Currency Wristband as you'll need the number printed on it to claim your refund. Click here between these dates to arrange your refund. Please note the minimum refund amount is $1.
HOW TO APPROACH THE FESTIVAL BEERS & CIDERS
With so many Festival Beers & Ciders on offer at GABS, sampling is the name of the game.
Your first step is to take a look at the Official Guide you’re given on arrival, or download the GABS App (available a few weeks out from the event), to check out the 90+ Festival Beers & Ciders made exclusively for the event. We’ve marked each beer and cider with our ‘traffic light’ indicators (Easier Drinking / Stepping Up / Adventurous) to give you some guidance on what might suit your tastes.
Then you create a ‘Tasting Paddle’. We’ll have loads of these wooden paddles at the festival, and they allow you to get five different 85mL tasters in one hit. You can buy the 85mL tasters individually for $2.50 each, or a paddle of five for $11.50 (that’s a $1 saving - bonus!).
Once you know what you want, use the chalk provided (again, it’s everywhere) to mark down the Festival Beer or Cider numbers on the paddle, take it to the appropriate container bar (there are two containers divided into sections), hand it to the bartender, and they’ll pour that bad boy for you.
If you then find something you want a little more of, at any time you can have your Souvenir Festival Glass filled with a 285mL serve of beer or cider. Prices for glass fills start from $6.
PRO TIP: Don't start at tap number 1. The tap numbers are ordered alphabetically by brewery and don't mean anything from a tasting perspective. But for some reason, lots of people start there. Start somewhere else and avoid the queues.
You’re very welcome to keep and take home your Souvenir Festival Glass, but please place your Tasting Paddles in the Paddle Bins as you exit your session.
ELWD MERCH STAND
Need to stock up the wardrobe? Look no further than the ELWD Merch Stand, which will feature a range of tees, hoodies, and other sweet, sweet merch from New Zealand and Australia's best breweries and cideries. In fact, it’s where we do all of our shopping.
Free water will be available at stations throughout the festival hall, and at every bar. Remember to keep hydrated to make sure you can go the distance.
And if you’re not into beer or cider, that’s fine. We won’t hold it against you. Wine, soft drinks, water and other non-alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase.
GABS 2018 APP
Made by the legends at Lee & Morgan Enterprises (not a real company), the GABS App is a pretty kick-ass addition to your GABS experience. You can read all about the breweries at GABS, you can PLAN YOUR TASTING PADDLES, and you can even rate every beer on Untappd. It all links up somehow, we don’t even want to ask.
The GABS App will be available for download in early May (keep an eye on our Facebook page / email newsletter). Search for the GABS 2018 app in the App Store or Google Play.
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
This little shindig wouldn’t happen without the support of many awesome staff and volunteers. It just wouldn’t. They’ll all be in GABS t-shirts and easy to identify. Be nice to them. Give them a hug, even.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the festival hall. Smokers are asked to smoke outside the hall.
If anyone thinks GABS is a swillathon, they will only be disappointed.
While GABS is all about responsible beer and cider appreciation and education in a fun and festive atmosphere, anti-social behaviour will not be accepted.