[Chat] Parking options for those driving from out of town

Mark Foster mark.foster at lca2015.linux.org.au
Thu Nov 13 13:37:09 EST 2014

Hi Ewen,

The majority of the parking options in Auckland CBD will be daily-rate 
as the vast majority of people using the car parks, are daily 
commuters.  This is what the answers on the Wiki etc are clearly geared 

If you have a friend in Auckland who has some space that your car can 
occupy for the time you're in Auckland, this will most certainly be the 
cheapest option.

If you do wind up researching alternatives and finding some good 
answers, feel free to update the Wiki. :-) However I will flag this as 
an item for attention by the org team and see if we can apply some local 
knowledge to assist.
Off the top of my head, I don't know of any reasonably priced options 
that'd meet your needs and are also reasonably handy.


On 13/11/2014 2:42 p.m., Ewen McNeill wrote:
> I'm trying to decide between driving to LCA2015 and flying to LCA2015 
> (then flying home, and driving back to another conference half way in 
> between home and Auckland...).  One of the things I'm trying to figure 
> out is what parking options I might have for whole-week parking while 
> at LCA2015 (I don't expect to need the car much while at LCA, but will 
> need it before/after :-) ).
> The LCA2015 Wiki Transport page (https://linux.conf.au/wiki/Transport) 
> page is pretty light on detail about parking options; it just says:
> -=- cut here -=-
> Parking at venue
> Lots! See Faq.
> -=- cut here -=-
> without even a link.  I'm guessing it means this FAQ:
> https://linux.conf.au/wiki/LCA_FAQ
> which says only:
> -=- cut here -=-
> What parking options are there at the Venue?
> The building we are using at the University of Auckland (OGGB) has a 5 
> level 1000 park carpark in the basement. General parking rates apply.
> -=- cut here -=-
> That is useful information if you're driving to the conference for the 
> day and driving home at night.  But it does not seem as useful if you 
> want to leave your car there all week -- because it links to the 
> University of Auckland Owen Glenn Building page which looks like a 
> daily carpark:
> https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/the-university/how-university-works/campuses-locations-transport/campus-parking-options.html 
> and it's also $30/day (daytime; so around $240 for a week, at a guess 
> -- a significant portion of the cost of flying return).
> Are there any options for people driving to the conference and staying 
> the week?  In case it helps, I'm staying at the Carlaw Park Student 
> Village 
> (http://www.accommodation.auckland.ac.nz/en/self-catered-apartments1/carlaw-park-student-village.html). 
>  Their fact sheet 
> (https://cdn.auckland.ac.nz/assets/accommodation/documents/fact-sheet-CPSV-2015.pdf) 
> implies that they do have some student parking available, but it's not 
> clear if that's available to LCA2015 attendees.
> Or is my best option, if I drive, to find a friend living on the 
> outskirts of Auckland and leave my car with them for the week? It's 
> not especially convenient, but cheaper than $200+ in parking and/or 
> having my car towed.
> Ewen
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