Driveways come at a price for fans with new Western Springs venue promising to be sellout after a year off

The Big Day Out returns to rock Auckland today, much to the delight of thousands of fans - and some enterprising residents who are renting out their driveways as parking spaces.

Promoter Campbell Smith, who took over the Auckland stop on the music festival's Australasian circuit after last year's event was cancelled, said he expected a "sell-out crowd on the day" of 45,000.

And, while he wouldn't say how many of the $185 tickets had actually sold, fans were taking to Trade Me last night in a bid to buy them cheaper.

One listing even offered free parking with the ticket, while another listing simply offered parking close to the event for $40.


"5-6 off-street car parks available for Big Day Out only a 5 minute walk from Western Springs Stadium. Secure, off-street parking for the event! We live on Great North Rd and have a 2 car garage and huge driveway for you to park your car in since there is no on-street parking allowed during the event," said the post, which had a starting bid of $40.

Some of the listings were from ticket holders not attending any more following the loss of headline act Blur.

Controversy surrounded the event after the Brit pop band pulled out in November - much to the frustration of fans who saw them as the main drawcard.

However, Mr Smith said refunds had been available and fewer than 200 ticket buyers had sought their money back.

With such large numbers attending motorists are being reminded to take extra care.

Transport Agency national journey manager Kathryn Musgrave said detour signs will be up.

She said it was illegal to drop people off on the side of the motorway.

Free special event buses will operate from Stop 7301 (Quay St-Commerce St) by NZ Bus and Ritchies, and return throughout the day.

From 9pm onwards, special event buses will return from outside the stadium to the CBD and the last service leaves at 1am.

After the event, extra train services will leave Britomart on the western, Onehunga, southern and Manukau lines and rail buses will operate the eastern line services.

Director of road safety charity Brake Caroline Perry urged people to plan ahead and have a designated driver pledge not to drink any alcohol.

Event organisers forbid liquor being brought into the stadium but allow an empty water bottle, for filling at a tap station inside.