When approaching the gate, please have your ticket ready to scan, either a printed version or displayed on your phone via the Eventbrite app (available on the App Store or Google Play).
Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll be given an Entry Wristband.
This is your payment system for the festival, and will be loaded with any currency you’ve pre-purchased with your ticket, or that you top up at the festival.
Please be prepared to show your valid ID. Wellington Wine and Food Festival is a restricted event, all patrons must be over 18 years of age. We are able to accept a New Zealand Driver’s License, a New Zealand or Foreign Passport, or a HANZ 18+ card as identification.
Festival gates are open from 12pm – 8pm, and if you want to be organised and hit the ground running you can purchase festival currency at the event, 30 mins before gates open.
Please note all bags are subject to inspection at any point during the event. Bottles, cans, glass, food, drink, alcohol, illicit drugs, illegal substances, fireworks, explosives or anything that can be used as a weapon cannot be brought into the festival.
Also please leave your animals, furniture and children at home, however you can bring blankets or picnic mats.
Wheel chair accessible.
As you enter, you’ll be given a Festival Glass and your Festival Guide. And then you’re good to go!
Wellington Wine and Food Festival is a 100% cashless event. With no cash to handle, this helps our bars and food vendors process transactions quickly, which means more time for you to enjoy the festival.
As mentioned above, your Entry Wristband will be loaded with any festival currency you’ve pre-purchased.
This year, you can pre-purchase $30 festival currency with your ticket, and this will save you the onsite $2 activation fee.
We strongly recommend purchasing currency before the event so you can start the fun from the first minute.
You will be able to purchase festival currency at the event, from 30 mins before gates open. Currency can be purchased with Cash (the fastest option), Eftpos or Credit Card.
Wrist Bands can be loaded with as many dollars as you prefer (one-off activation fee of $2 will be charged).
Alternatively, you can pre-purchase tickets that include $30 festival currency. Pre-purchased currency does not incur an activation fee.
Topping Up Currency
If you need to top up at the event, just head to one of our Top Up Stands / Banks or roaming Top Up Staff.
Once a Wristband has been activated, there is no further top-up charge.
If you don’t use all of your festival currency at the festival, never fear!
Festival currency refunds will be available at no charge at any of the festival banks and then online only from Monday 29th January to Sunday 18th February (midnight). Refunds will then be processed weekly, please note AWOP charges a 60c Bank Fee for all online refunds. Just make sure you hang on to your Event Wristband as you’ll need the number printed on it to claim your refund.
For more information on refunds and any associated costs, please visit www.awop.co.nz/refunds Refunds are now closed, thank you.
Click here between these dates to arrange your refund.