How to Survive at H&M and Zara Opening Weekends at Sylvia Park

Two of the biggest retail brands, H&M and Zara, are finally here in New Zealand. H&M is opening its doors on the 1st of October (Saturday 10am) and Zara on the 8th of October (Thursday 9:30am) at Sylvia Park, 286 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington, Auckland.

But before you rush to Sylvia Park, we have gathered some tips with help from our friends at Sylvia Park (Kiwi Property) so you’ll be a shopping expert and have an excellent shopping experience at the biggest retail weekends this year.

1. Take the public transport

Save some pocket money and catch a bus or a train to Sylvia Park. Additional trains will be running and that Sylvia Park will be well-serviced for buses. Visit to plan your journey.


2.  Sylvia Park extended hours

Jonathan Douglas, Sylvia Park Centre Manager, said the Company predicted big crowds this Saturday and will be opening the doors of the centre at 7.00am to allow shoppers to prepare for the opening of H&M at 10.00am.


So if you are planning on camping out a few hours before opening we would recommend:

a. Bringing a mate or two to make waiting for the opening more fun.

b. Bring a book to read; we think you’ll love Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso – Buy Here $29.99

c. Keep hydrated with a bottle of water.

d. Wear comfortable shoes.

e. Expect delays – According to Sylvia Park “With so many Kiwis excited to experience H&M and ZARA first, shoppers will no doubt be lining up to be the first through the doors when they open. Sylvia Park has been working closely with both retail partners to ensure the best possible experience for all visitors but shoppers should expect some delays.”

Stay late with extended hours – Sylvia Park will be open until 7.00pm for the H&M launch on Saturday 1 October and 9.00pm for the launch of ZARA on Thursday 6 October


3. Parking and Valet Services

Plan your parking and look for the lights – Sylvia Park has 4,000 available carparks positioned across 14 separate areas. In the covered areas, Sylvia Park’s new car park guidance system will have red/green light signals to clearly identify the available spots. Shoppers can also view availability online at

Look out for helpful staff – For the H&M and ZARA opening weekends (1 – 2 October and 8 – 9 October) Sylvia Park will have car park crews in place to help shoppers. Visitors should ask staff for directions or for advice when parking.

Also, if you feel like splurging a little, you can avoid delays with Kiwi Valet. Located on the ground floor of the multi-story car park (Car Park 5), shoppers can drive in, drop off and shop! Have your car parked for you, it’s just $5 for the first two hours and then $1 per hour after. The easiest way to access car park 5 is via Carbine Road. Available from Tuesday 27th September, limited spaces available.

4. Don’t forget the official hashtags #HMNewZealand and #ZaraNZ



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Written by Alliv Samson

Founder and Publisher of XYNZ Magazine. Alliv is also the co-founder and COO of Kami ( @allivsamson


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