By TRACEY ROXBURGH
Punters to this year’s Luma event won’t have to worry about carparking.
In a first for Luma, a park-and-ride’s being set up at Queenstown Central, where people can also fill up on meal deals — kids can eat for free at all Queenstown Central eateries from 4pm over Queen’s Birthday weekend — and then hop on free buses, operating from 5pm to 10pm for the duration of the event, which will take them directly to the Queenstown Gardens.
Luma chair Duncan Forsyth says feedback from previous years addressed transport options available to visitors, and while the Gardens is the ‘‘ideal location’’, State Highway 6 is a ‘‘notorious bottleneck’’.
‘‘Addressing the traffic and parking options has been a key priority for our team leading into the event this year.’’
AJ Hackett Bungy and Orbus, managed by Otago Regional Council, will be supporting the park-and-ride initiative.
ORC public transport team leader Julian Phillips says getting people to Luma stress-free and having more locals experience Orbus is a ‘‘great all-round for Queenstown’’.
They’ll also be giving away the new Bee cards and putting some spot prizes up for grabs over the long weekend.
For the first time this year Luma will cost $5 to enter, granting unlimited access for the duration.
The initial ticket bought online needs to be swapped at one of the collection points — being set up from May 29 at the park-and-ride, Glenda Drive and Kmart at Queenstown Central — for a wrist band.
The wristband will grant access to the Gardens, and access to discount deals and the free park-and-ride.
Luma’s being held from June 4 till 7.