AR/VR Garage

Part of the GridAKL innovation community

AR/VR  Garage @ GridAKL/Uptown

Auckland’s AR/VR facility is a community-led test bed for one of the globe’s fastest growing technology sectors.

The facility features:

  • Co-working space for start-up companies with a focus on AR/VR.
  • Project space for stand-alone short-term projects.
  • Incubator and accelerator services through our on-site operator Industry Connect, and hub resident Lightning Lab Auckland.
  • A technology showcase featuring the latest prototypes from Auckland’s world-leading AR/VR sector.

Our environment is ideal for collaboration and innovation, and the place to be for local and international businesses looking to create, develop and prototype applications, technologies and services.

We offer business start-up services and key technologies on-site for community use, and enable tenants to connect to international projects and some of the biggest and most innovative international AR/VR players, investors and entrepreneurs – particularly on the US West Coast.

Our operating model includes industry, technology partners, tertiary and research organisations, and central and local government agencies.

Our partners

Industry partners

  • Industry Connect
  • Magnify
  • Staples Productions

Global partners

  • VR Society
  • VR/AR Association


For a full list of tenants occupying the AR/VR Garage click here.

How to collaborate with us

Whether you are a local AR/VR start-up, a multi-national looking for a New Zealand partner, or are simply someone working solo on a great project who wants to work in an inspiring environment, we’d love to work with you.

Our facility is operated by Industry Connect and located at GridAKL/Uptown – part of the GridAKL innovation programme delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), the region’s economic growth agency.

Contact us


28-30 Shaddock St, Newton (accessed off New North Rd).

If you're coming to visit, there are two parking spaces outside the building. Please come through the main entrance for Industry Connect at 32 Shaddock St.

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