DATES & TIMES
GABS Auckland is held over three sessions from Friday 16 to Saturday 17 June.
Tickets can be purchased for Single Sessions or a Season Pass gets you access to all three!
Friday 16 June
6.30pm - 11.30pm
Saturday 17 June
12pm - 5pm
Saturday 17 June
6.30pm - 11.30pm
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 at Alexandra Park, entry of Campbell Crescent & Greenlane West. The cost is $10 per vehicle per day.
Parking is also available at the Football Fields on Puriri Drive. The cost is also $10 per vehicle per day.
Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll be given an Entry Wristband. This is your key to GABS, and will be loaded with any GABS Currency you’ve purchased with your ticket, or that you top up at the festival. Season Pass ticket holders will be given a tamper proof wristband (with barcode) which must be worn for all sessions you attend.
Please be prepared to show your valid ID. GABS Auckland is an over 18's event. People under the age of 18 will not be permitted entry.
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 Coopers Festival Glass and your Official GABS Guide. And then you’re good to go!
GABS is a 100% cashless event. With no cash to handle, this helps our bars and exhibitors process transactions quickly, which means more time for you to enjoy the festival.
As mentioned above, your Entry Wristband will be loaded with any GABS Currency you've pre-purchased. This year, you can pre-purchase GABS Currency in amounts of $25, $50 and $75 with your ticket.
We strongly recommend purchasing Currency before the event so you can start the fun from the first minute. For reference, a paddle of five 85ml tasters (more on this below) costs $11, and a 285ml Coopers Festival Glass fill is $6 and up.
Topping Up Currency
If you need to top up 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 19 June (noon) to Sunday 2 July (midnight). Refunds will then be processed from Tuesday 4 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 there is a $2 administration fee to process refunds.
TASTING PADDLES & GLASS SIZES
With so many incredible beers/ciders on offer, sampling a wide variety is really the name of the game at GABS. Our Official Guide and App have been designed with helpful tools to help you select your beers and ciders.
While individual 85ml tasters can be purchased, Tasting Paddles of 5 x 85ml tasters are the best way to sample a range of different beers and ciders, particularly at the Kegtainer Bars where the specially brewed Festival Beers & Ciders are sold. All GABS Tasters are sold at $2.20 each (or $11 for a Tasting Paddle).
You’ll find empty Tasting Paddles on the tables, and beside each Kegtainer Bar. To help the bar staff, please mark the drink numbers (as shown on the Kegtainer Bar menus and GABS Official Guide) in numerical order on the paddle with the chalk provided before you reach the bar for service.
And if you find something you want a little more of, at any time you can have your Coopers Festival Glass filled with a 285ml serve of beer or cider. Price for glass fills start from $6.
You’re very welcome to keep and take home your Coopers Festival Glass, but please place your Tasting Paddles in the Paddle Bins as you exit your session.
Free water will be available at stations throughout the festival hall. 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 OFFICIAL APP
The GABS Official App has a stack of information about all the beers and ciders on offer at the event, and tools to help you choose which beers suit your palate and expectations. There is even a Paddle Planner!
The App also suggests great beer, cider and food pairings, and contains the full schedule of what’s going on during the festival.
The GABS Official App will be available for download in early May. Search for the GABS 2017 app in the App Store or Google Play.
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
GABS staff and volunteers will be wearing GABS t-shirts and easy to identify. Please respect them as many have given up their time to help out.
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.