Everything you need to know if you are heading to a-ha & Rick Astley in Christchurch

music news 02/03/2020

It's fair to say that we are very excited to see the legendary a-ha and Rick Astley here on New Zealand soil.

The Norweigan pop group and Never Gonna Give You Up singer are playing two epic Kiwi shows, with the first kicking off on Thursday March 5 at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena, before they head to Auckland to perform at Villa Maria Winery.

Get all of the information for the Christchurch show here.

Getting there:

Horncastle Arena is located at 55 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, Christchurch.

Cars and parking:

There is a large complimentary car park on site however space is subject to availability. Horncastle Arena recommends car pooling or parking in nearby, well-lit streets.

For some events a Traffic Management Plan may be in place which will restrict entry and exit points. To see if there is a Traffic Management Plan in place for an event, visit www.tfc.govt.nz

Mobility Parking is available directly opposite the front entry of the Arena in the main car park. Only vehicles with the appropriate Mobility Pass will be allowed entry.


Metro Bus Stops are located nearby on Lincoln Road and Whiteleigh Ave. Visit www.metroinfo.org.nz for more information and timetables.

Permitted items:

  • Homemade food items for personal consumption eg. Sandwich
  • Personal compact cameras and phone cameras.
  • Bags must be 30cm x 30cm or under to enter the venue. 

Prohibited items:

  • Alcohol or Illegal Substances
  • Bottles or Drink Containers of any size (excluding baby bottles)
  • Flasks / Thermos
  • Commercial Food eg. Fish and Chips
  • Animals (except guide or hearing dogs)
  • Chairs/Stools/Furniture
  • Offensive Signs or Banners
  • Whistles / Musical Instruments / Air Horns / Vuvuzelas
  • Selfie sticks/ Flares / Fireworks / Laser Lights
  • Dangerous Goods / Weapons / Anything that appears to look like a weapon
  • Gang patches
  • All commercial/professional-grade recording devices including but not limited to video cameras, GoPros, iPads, tablets and DSLR/SLR cameras with detachable lenses.

Venue seating plan:

Set times:

** Please note: These set times are just a guide. Horncastle Arena has not confirmed these times. They are based on the upcoming Auckland show set times and past shows.***

7.00 - 8.00 pm: Rick Astley
8.30- 9:45 pm: a-ha

Click here to see their potential set list.


Horncastle Arena stresses it is smokefree at all times, this includes the use of Vapes & E-Cigarettes.