Festival Info - Marlborough Wine and Food Festival

2019 Ticket Information

General Admission Tickets $60 + fees  

On sale October

The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is New Zealand’s original and longest running wine festival held in a world-renowned wine producing region. Festival goers will get the opportunity to sample a unique selection of world-class wines and delicious local cuisine all in the heart of one of Marlborough’s oldest and most picturesque vineyards – Brancott Vineyard. Buy your tickets HERE!

Your festival ticket gets you:

  • Entry into the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival 10:30am – 6pm (wine sales stop at 5:30pm)
  • Marlborough Wine & Food Festival souvenir glass
  • Full day of entertainment
  • Access to the Culinary Pavilion
  • Festival programme

VIP Tickets $300 + fees On sale October

The VIP ticket will give you access into the festival, as well as access into the VIP area, where you’ll have some of our very best food and drink included for the day.

Please note these tickets are strictly for 18+ and are limited.

Your VIP ticket gets you:

  • Entry into the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival
  • Access to the VIP area which includes all food and drink during the day.
  • Medal winning wines available
  • VIP luxury loos available for VIP ticket holders
  • Beer throughout the day, the only place beer is available within the festival
  • Marlborough Wine & Food Festival souvenir glass
  • Full day of entertainment
  • Access to the Culinary Pavilion
  • Festival catalogue

Platinum Package LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE! $1,500 + fees sold as a package for two (2) guests 

On sale October

If you want the VVVIP treatment for the festival then keep reading. This year we are offering another type of luxury at the festival called the Platinum Package.  This includes pick up from town by our sponsor Toyota Blenheim where you’ll be delivered to Omaka Airfield for your flight by helicopter into the festival. This ticket type not only gets you access to the entire festival it also includes an exclusive back stage tour of the main stage plus access to the VIP area which includes all your food and drink for the day. This is a money can’t buy experience and tickets are very limited.

Terms and conditions do apply so please read carefully before purchasing tickets. Tickets are only available to those over the age of 18.

Your festival ticket gets you:

  • Chauffeur pick up (location TBC once ticket has been purchased) and taken to Omaka Airfield (not a private collection and different locations)
  • Return helicopter access to and from the festival for two guests* (set times on both trips)
  • Entry into the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival
  • Access to the VIP area which includes all food and drink during the day
  • Medal winning wines poured throughout the day
  • VIP chefs table session, (please note: you’ll be in a small group, not one-on-one)
  • VIP luxury loos only accessible by VIP ticket holders
  • Beer throughout the day, the only place beer is available within the festival
  • Backstage pass to the Main Stage for a meet and greet of the bands
  • Guided tour of the festival with a Marlborough winemaker / tour guide (does include some tastings but not all, again you’ll be in a small group not one-on-one)
  • One ticket per person available to a wine masterclass of your choice (see masterclass sessions for more details)
  • Marlborough Wine & Food Festival souvenir glass
  • Full day of entertainment
  • Access to the Culinary Pavilion
  • Festival programme

We have limited tickets available so please contact us direct should you wish to book tickets at events@wine-marlborough.co.nz


Masterclasses $35 per person + fees

To be announced in October

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL HAVE PHOTOGRAPHERS AND A TEAM FILMING ON SITE. WE WILL BE USING THESE PHOTOS FOR MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS IN THE FUTURE. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE INCLUDED OR HAVE YOUR PHOTO TAKEN, JUST KINDLY LET THEM KNOW.

FAQ

Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest places, located at the top of the South Island. The region is home to the towns of Blenheim, Picton and Havelock along with many small settlements dotted around the area. We have plenty of things you can do whilst you’re in town. Call up our friendly local i-Site team on 03-577 8080 who can help you plan your ultimate weekend escape. 

Ticket information is available to the left. Tickets to the 2019 event will go on sale near October.

No food to be brought on-site without permission and an exemption letter from Wine Marlborough or the Festival organisers. If you have any questions please contact us via email at events@wine-marlborough.co.nz

Please drink lots of water throughout the day. There are water stations around the site (marked W on the programme) and Liquid Action will have mobile water carriers providing water to everyone at the festival. This year we have a proud water sponsors, Antipodes who’ll be serving New Zealand still and sparkling water.

Proof of age may be required for entry, or at any time even if in possession of a wristband. The only accepted forms of ID will be in the form that have already been approved under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations 2013 which are;

  • Any current passport
  • A current New Zealand driver licence
  • A hospitality NZ 18+ card

Alcohol service will begin at 10:30am once festival gates open and cease at 5:30pm. Alcohol will only be served in the official festival glass, and to person 18 years or over wearing a wristband.

BUS

Ritchies Coachlines provide bus services from Blenheim and Renwick and Sounds Connection provide a bus service from Picton.

FROM BLENHEIM

Bus transport to the Festival commences from 10.00am until 2.00pm. Buses will operate two routes to and from the Festival. The bus stops for these two routes are:

NORTH: KFC (Grove Road), 15 Stuart St, Seymour Square and Springlands Countdown.

SOUTH: Redwoodtown Countdown, 98 Wither Rd and 18 Wither Rd.

Tickets can be purchased from the bus stops before boarding the bus. Tickets are $20.00 return (no one way tickets to the Festival available). There are no refunds for tickets once purchased.

FROM THE FESTIVAL TO BLENHEIM

Bus Transport from the Festival will operate at regular intervals from 3.00pm until the end of the event. There will be two loading bays for buses back to Blenheim; one for the North Route and one for the South Route. For those who do not have a return bus ticket, a one-way ticket from the Festival can be purchased at the Festival site for $15.00.

Passengers could experience delays in leaving the Festival site at the end of the event. Every endeavour will be made to clear passengers as soon as possible, however delays of between 60 and 90 minutes could occur after the Festival. The last bus is scheduled to depart at 6.30pm.

FROM RENWICK

Tickets are available on the day from the driver. Tickets are $20.00 return (no one way tickets to the Festival available). Departure times are: 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am & 11.30am from Renwick Supervalue. There are no refunds on tickets once purchased.

FROM THE FESTIVAL TO RENWICK

Buses from the Festival back to Renwick will depart at regular intervals (approximately every 30 minutes) from 5.00pm until the end of the event. For those who do not have a return bus ticket, a one-way ticket from the Festival can be purchased at the Festival site for $15.00. The last bus for Renwick will depart at 6.00pm.

FROM PICTON

Sounds Connection provides return transport from Picton to the Festival site. Departure times are: 9.00am, 10.45am, 12.15pm. Return transport will be between 3.00pm – 7.00pm. Cost is $35 per person return. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Sounds Connection. 0800 742 866. www.soundsconnection.com

HELICOPTER

Precision Helicopters provide helicopter transfers from Omaka to the Festival site for $125pp. Please contact them directly for more information and bookings. They also provide scenic flights during the day, just follow the directions on the site map. 0800 435 448. www.precisionhelicopters.nz

PARKING

Parking is available near the festival site at a cost of $5. Follow signs and directions from Brancott Road. Shuttles will run to and from the car park to the Festival entrance throughout the day. There is strictly no smoking or drinking in the car parking area. There will be check points and breath testing on departure.

TAXI & SHUTTLE

We recommend booking these well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Getting to Marlborough is easy, with regular direct flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, plus linking flights from smaller centres. There are also daily ferries from Wellington to/from Picton, regular trains to/from Christchurch along with excellent roads linking Marlborough with Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Christchurch, Nelson and the West Coast of the South Island. Once you’re here, there are a number of transport services available to move your groups around freely.

For more information about it visit Destination Marlborough here

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay whilst you’re in Marlborough, visit the following link to give you an overview of accommodation providers.

If you wanted a more personal itinerary whilst you’re in town, contact the friendly team at the Blenheim i-Site. They can be contacted during business hours on +61 3 577 8080.

Certified Self Contained Motorhome and Caravan Parking

If you’re thinking about staying in your self container motorhome or staying in a caravan, some details below for you.

Gate 720 New Renwick Road Fairhill.
  • Available from Friday afternoon until Sunday.
  • Charges: $25.00 per van for the weekend (shuttle included).
  • You must hold an event ticket. Book her festival tickets here 
  • Dogs ok, please keep on a leash at all times.

Enquiries and bookings can be made to Ian Simmons, mobile 021566516 or iansimmo60@gmail.com

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