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Accessibility at Parnell Festival of Roses

Published: 10 November 2017

The Waitematā Local Board has set out to create an accessible local board area, so every building, community and experience is open to all. Parnell Festival of Roses, which takes place on Sunday 19 November, is a great example of that commitment.

“We want everyone to be able to participate, so the Parnell Festival of Roses needs to be accessible to all,” board chair Pippa Coom says.

Accessibility for the vision impaired

You can book audio described activities from 10.30am – 12.30pm through Nicola at or by text 021 035 8513.

From 10.30-11.30am, stewards will help with a heritage tour, meeting at the drop-off inside the park near the 'Parnell’s on the Rose Garden' function building off Gladstone Road. The tour finishes where the these two workshops take place.

At 11.30am, Fleurs Du Mal is featuring a perfume-maker explaining working with rose petals followed by a a hands-on Bokashi composting workshop at 12 noon.

Accessibility for the hearing impaired

New Zealand sign language interpreters can be booked at the Information tent, and will sign a ‘Tour of the Roses’, leaving from the tent at 12.40pm.

Mobility parking and accessibility

There is a drop-off area inside the entrance near the 'Parnell’s on the Rose Garden' building off Gladstone Road, with limited reserved mobility parking. Spaces need to be booked by emailing

Parking restrictions will apply in parts of Judges Bay Road, and with no parking within the park there will be high demand for spots around the area, so taking public transport is encouraged.

Not all buses are wheelchair accessible, but near Britomart, route 703 buses from Customs St East, 16-18 Commerce St (Stop 7028) stop outside the Parnell Rose Gardens, and return from outside the Rose Park Hotel.

For timetables and to confirm what buses will be accessible, visit Auckland Transport or call 09 366 6400.

Parnell train station is currently unsuitable for wheelchairs and buggies. Pedestrians can walk left along Cheshire St, along Cleveland Road to Gladstone Road, then left up the hill. The venue is a 35-minute walk from the Newmarket station, or 30 minutes from Britomart.

A sealed driveway between the venue’s two entrance points will give access to food and craft stalls, and to the entertainment stages in the Pohutukawa area. Some other paths may be difficult for wheelchairs because of the materials used, tree roots causing uneven surfaces, and overhanging branches. That is particularly relevant for the walk to the Bug Wrangler and Canine Cuddles.

With the festival held in a park, some of the activities, such as the main stage and Rose Gardens themselves, are on grass.

The permanent public toilets will be replaced by portable toilets nearby on the main path, and at the entertainment area, both featuring accessible toilets.

Red Cross will be on site near the food and the 'Parnell’s on the Rose Garden' function building. There is an information tent to the north of the food stalls on the main road through the gardens.