Everything you need to know ahead of Elton John’s Auckland concerts this weekend

Publish Date
Friday, 27 January 2023, 9:14AM

After a three-year wait, the legendary Elton John has made his return to our shores!

The Rocket Man is set to treat Kiwi fans with two shows at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium tonight and tomorrow night for the final time.

Unfortunately, Auckland is in for a weekend of wild weather, with heavy rain and strong winds in store from Friday morning.

The rain continues on Saturday, which won’t be welcome news for Elton John fans in the largely unsheltered Mt Smart - and with up to 40,000 people expected to pack out the stadium, it’s best to be prepared.

So, here’s everything you need to know before heading along to the Friday and Saturday night shows.

When does it start?
Gates open at 5.30pm, with Elton John himself to start performing promptly at 7.30pm - there are no supporting acts.

He’ll play for three hours until 10.30pm.

How to get there
With Penrose Station closed on Friday and the rail network closure on Saturday, it’s best to plan your travel in advance, Auckland Transport has warned.

Travel on a scheduled bus service is included with your ticket from 3.30pm until the end of service that day - show your ticket when you board. Check Auckland Transport for rail bus replacements running on Friday and Saturday night.

Special event buses will depart from the city centre from the corner of Gore St and Quay St every 10 minutes from 5pm, departing after the concert back to the city for one hour after the concert is finished.

Shuttles will also operate between Ōtāhuhu and Penrose Station from 5pm every five minutes. It’s about a 10-minute walk to Mt Smart from Penrose Station.

If you plan to get there in a taxi, Uber, or other rideshare service, you can be dropped off and picked up on Station Rd - about a five to 10-minute walk from Mt Smart Stadium.

Road closures will be in place for the concert, so stick to the dedicated drop-off and pickup area on Station Rd.

If you plan to park and walk to the venue, you can park for free at two locations from 4pm on a first-in, first-served basis - 667b Great South Rd and 645 Great South Rd.

Free parking within a 1km walk of the stadium is also available on these streets: Neilson St, Captain Springs Rd, Autumn Place, Southpark Place, Mays Rd, Mays Lane, Malvern Rd, Henderson Place, Goodman Place, and Patrick St.

What to bring - and what not to bring
Several items are not permitted inside the stadium, including backpacks or bags larger than 30cm high, 30cm wide, and 10cm deep. Professional cameras, cameras with a removable lens or cameras with a lens bigger than a standard watch face are not permitted - though you can bring a small personal camera and, of course, your phone.

You can’t bring in commercial or branded food or drinks, though you can bring small quantities of food prepared at home. You can bring either an empty plastic bottle without a lid or a sealed plastic bottle of water holding up to 750ml for refill at the free water stations in the venue.

Other forbidden items include dangerous goods, knives, tasers, fireworks, beach balls, beanbags, confetti, selfie sticks or chilly bins. Find a full list of what not to bring here.

And with wild weather looming, don’t forget your rain jacket or poncho, as well as something warm to wear on the walk back from the venue - just make sure you leave the umbrella at home.

Elton John Setlist:

  1. Bennie and the Jets
  2. Philadelphia Freedom
  3. I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
  4. Border Song
  5. Tiny Dancer
  6. Have Mercy on the Criminal
  7. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
  8. Take Me to the Pilot
  9. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
  10. Levon
  11. Candle in the Wind
  12. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
  13. Burn Down the Mission
  14. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
  15. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
  16. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
  17. The Bitch Is Back
  18. I'm Still Standing
  19. Crocodile Rock
  20. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting


  1. Cold Heart
  2. Your Song
  3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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