11.00am – advanced entry for Connoisseur ticketholders only
11.30am – gates open for Pre-sale, GA and VIP ticketholders
7.00pm – gates are open for the full duration of the event.
NO PASS OUTS
Patrons are not permitted to come and go from the event. Once you leave the venue, you will not be permitted to re-enter.
PRINTED AND DIGITAL TICKETS
If you can, please bring printed tickets – these will speed up your entry process.
For those using digital tickets, please ensure you have downloaded the ticket before arriving, and your phone display brightness is set to 100%.
PROOF OF AGE ID
We will require you to present an approved proof-of-age document to confirm you are aged 18 years or above. The approved proof-of-age documents must be valid, current and be one of the following; a New Zealand photo driver’s license, a NZ or overseas passport or a Kiwi Access Card.
The South Island Wine & Food Festival is a family-friendly festival, but you must be 18+ to drink alcohol. Minors aged 17 years or below must be accompanied by their own parent or court-appointed legal guardian. Minors aged 12 years or below do not require a ticket.
GENRAL ADMISSION – BOOK NOW
Your ticket to the quintessential start of summer, including entry to the Festival, complimentary souvenir tasting glass and access to all free features, entertainment, wineries and food producers.
VIP EXPERIENCE, PRESENTED BY SERGIOS – BOOK NOW
Sergios are proud to present the 2023 VIP Experience. Enjoy the finer side of festival fare, with an exquisite menu produced by celebrated local chefs, paired with a curated selection of wines from festival exhibitors, and a complimentary souvenir tasting glass all included with your ticket price. Select single tickets with casual seating options, or secure your reserved table for 6, 8 or 10 guests. With experienced hosts, your large or small group will enjoy the spectacular Hagley Park setting with views to the Live Music stage and luxury VIP-exclusive amenities.
PRE SALE – SOLD OUT
First in, best dressed! Be amongst the first to secure your ticket to the premier wine and food celebration and be rewarded with unbeatable ticket prices! Includes entry to the Festival, complimentary souvenir tasting glass and access to all free festival features, entertainment, wineries and food producers.
CONNOISSEUR – SOLD OUT
A cut above – our Connoisseurs enjoy a raft of additional benefits, including advanced entry 30mins prior to other ticketholders (11.00am), a complimentary souvenir tasting glass, 15x complimentary wine-tasting tokens, as well as entry to the Festival, access to all free features, entertainment, wineries and food producers.
Note: alcohol, food and other beverages are not included in the Pre-sale, GA ticket prices. Sample sized tasting pours (x15) included with the Connoisseur ticket price. Host responsibility, service limits and fair use policies apply. VIP food and beverages included at the VIP bar only. Service for all ticketholders at exhibitor stands is by Cash Sale (or EFTPOS, where available).
On the day
Cash is King – while a small number of our exhibitors do carry EFTPOS, and ATM’s are provided on site, bringing cash will ensure you don’t spend the day in queues!
LEAVE FOOD AND DRINK AT HOME
With such a diverse selection of wineries, food vendors, the beer garden and non-alcoholic drinks available at the South Island Wine & Food Festival, we’ll have everything you need – even coffee! Please be aware that homemade and commercial food and drinks are not permitted, and will be confiscated at the gate.
BE PREPARED FOR THE WEATHER
Don’t forget to pack your own sunscreen, sun hats, and shades – or a poncho if the weather requires. Some natural shade is available around the venue, but as the event is outdoors, we are exposed to the elements throughout.
Travel and Location
ARRANGE SAFE TRANSPORT
Be a legend and offer to be your group’s designated driver. Make use of the nearby taxi rank, or use Christchurch’s public transport which travels nearby the event venue. Never drive to or from the event if you’ve consumed alcohol.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Traffic disruptions are likely immediately before, during and after the festival. For your safety and the safety of others a number of closures and turning restrictions are in place around the festival. Plan your route carefully and allow extra time when travelling to or near the Festival.
PUBLIC DROP OFF, TAXI AND RIDE SHARE
Public and commercial drop off areas will be setup at the following locations:
Kilmore Street – CLICK TO VIEW
Park Terrace – CLICK TO VIEW
Please take care when travelling to the drop off areas and expect some traffic delays during peak arrival and departure periods.
The Festival is located in the North Hagley Park Entertainment Triangle. The best access for this area is via Park Terrace / Rolleston Avenue or Armagh Street.
Don’t drive if you intend to drink alcohol. If you do have a designated driver, car parking is not provided at the festival venue, and we strongly discourage parking on Cranmer Square, Armagh Street, Park Terrace and Rolleston Avenue due to significant traffic management in place for the Event. If you must drive, we recommend parking in nearby CCC Parking Buildings, such as those on Lichfield Street or Wilsons’ West End Carpark at Cashel Street, and enjoying a short walk through town to the venue.
RESPECT OUR NEIGHBOURS
The South Island Wine & Food Festival requests your support in reducing the impact our event has on our neighbours and other park users. Please be respectful when entering and leaving the venue and ensure litter is disposed of in the bins provided.