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Discussion: Rental car needed?

in: World Masters Orienteering Championships 2017 (Apr 22–29 - Woodhill Forest, Auckland, NZ)

Feb 16, 2017 11:00 PM # 
My husband and I have Silver Packages, but have lodging a little ways out of the city - at a place called the AK West motel in Henderson. Will we be able to get around ok with the provided transportation package, or will we require a rental car?

OR are there other orienteers staying in that area who might want to provide rides or share a rental car?
Feb 21, 2017 7:19 AM # 
Nick Harris:
Hello - you're across the road from a train station.

About 1hr trip to the two Sprint races (in a car the same trips would be 20-30min traffic depending).

About 5min trip to Swanson Station where the Silver/Gold buses will shuttle you to the Long events.

Silver package includes an AT HOP card (public transport) and buses to the forest so you won't *need* a rental car to access the World Masters Games events.

The same is not true for Oceania Champs. The Sprint is easily accessible by public transport but the other 3 events require vehicles transport. Car pooling is a great idea because the entry numbers are high and there will be alot of cars!
Feb 21, 2017 3:43 PM # 
Thanks, Nick! Unfortunately, we will not be attending the Oceania Champs, just the WMG. So it looks like we can manage without the car.
Feb 22, 2017 9:26 AM # 
Nick Harris:
You're welcome - we're looking forward to hosting you here.
Feb 22, 2017 2:33 PM # 
Check out these guys for a very good price and car

We have rented through them 3 or 4 times and always been well serviced,
Feb 23, 2017 12:05 AM # 
@NickHarris Hi Nick. How far will you have to walk to the event centre from where the shuttle drops you off? We're staying in Whangaparaoa so it would take us a long time to get to Swanson. We didn't get a Silver card. However, it seems that it's a 2.5 km walk from the event car parks to the event centre so maybe getting a card might be worth it. Does the AT HOP card come "filled", i.e. you don't have to load more $$ on it for the entire WMG?

Thanks. Marg

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