Planning Your Visit to the Fair!
The Auckland Fair is a great place to come a visit (of course!) we have been running this event for a whopping 6 years now, and we have learnt a thing or two about making it an enjoyable experience for those that come along. Here are some great tips for making the most of your day and coming away with all your shopping and some fun memories too.
The Auckland Fair is busy, which is unavoidable. We are a serious shopping event where lots of people (just like you!) want to support handmade which is so great. We are in hot demand and like any busy public event, such as a concert or sports game, things can take a little longer to get through but if you are prepared and know what to expect, it’s a breeze.
- There will be a queue to get in, however, this does move pretty quickly and should only take 10-15 minutes, but at our busiest times this could take 30-40 minutes. Occasionally we have to hold back the people going in while we wait for more people to leave, but it never takes too long. We do this to ensure everyone is safe.
- It is best to allow at least a 1-2 hours to get around the market once inside. This is usually enough time for you to see everyone. It is usually quite busy, we have adjusted our layout, added more one-way entries/exits and there are places to sit once inside if you need a break, but it’s best not to rush.
- All stall holders accept cash payments. Some have Eftpos terminals, but not all will so it’s best to be prepared.
- There is cash out available inside, a service provided for us by Red Badge, this costs $3 per transaction that they charge. There may be a short wait for the cash out facility, so it’s best to get money out beforehand if you can.
- Cash is the fastest way to pay your $5 entry fee (kids under 12 are free), there is Eftpos on one of the two entry counters.
- Light snacks from Picnic Box, Bird on a Wire, Nice Blocks and I Love Pies, plus coffee from Mojo Coffee will be available inside on the day. They will be serving light snacks rather than large meals. As there is no food prepared on site, once they sell out, they sell out. If you are needing a substantial lunch, it’s best to visit one of the hundreds of eateries Britomart has to offer before you come along.
- There is no food within the main market hall to protect the handmade items, but there are lots of places to sit inside if you have bought some food from the Little Yellow Cafe.
- There are no prams within the main market hall as they make an already busy place become quite congested, because of this, we have a special place for pram parking close to the information counter. Please ask if you can’t find it!
- Upon entry, you will be given a ticket. Please hang onto this so you can get back inside. You will need to rejoin the queue if you leave, but you won’t need to pay again.
- The best places to park are the Downtown and Britomart parking buildings, better still, catch the bus or the ferry (it’s an adventure!) and you will arrive right on the doorstep.
- The Auckland Fair is an all weather event, if it rains we will still be going ahead.
- If you want to avoid the worst of the crowds; the later you come in the day, the less likely there will be crowds, between 2-4pm is usually the quietest time. Of course this can change as we are getting more and more popular!
Auckland Fair mum advice: Pack a few snacks in your bag, a drink bottle, hat and sunscreen to be prepared while you wait outside. Our crowd management staff will know how long the wait is and they will be armed with lollipops should you need something to keep you going!
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