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Where to stay

The Festival's accommodation partners Accor Hotels (0800 44 44 22) and Village Accommodation (0800 508 025) for apartments have a great range of accommodation for Festival guests. You can check out offers on their websites or contact their reservation lines directly.

Festival bookseller

There are more than 35 writers, poets and journalists in the line-up of the 2008 New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week. Most of their published books will be available for sale at the Embassy Theatre courtesy of our Festival bookseller UNITY BOOKS. If you need to catch up on Festival literature after the week has finished wander down to UNITY BOOKS at 57 Willis St or e-mail them on books@unitybooks.co.nz  . 

Fast Festival Feasts

Fast Festival Feasts is the perfect way to dine before a Festival show. Throughout the Festival the following Wellington restaurants have put together special pre-theatre menus: Monsoon Poon, The Grill at Duxton, Martin Bosley's, Crazyhorse The Steakhouse, Boulcott Street Bistro and Restaurant Associates. These great Festival partners are keen to showcase their culinary excellence and service.

Fast Festival Feasts have been designed for those of you in a hurry to make the opening curtain. Without time pressure you can, of course, take as much time as you like to enjoy these delicious feasts. Let them know what time you need to be out when making a booking.

For further details and bookings contact the restaurant directly. Please note that restaurant opening times may vary and bookings are subject to availability. Look out for the Fast Festival Feast sticker on participating restaurants.

Complement your Festival experience with a fantastic meal and enjoy!

Monsoon Poon

South East Asian Trading House
Restaurant 12 Blair St, off Courtenay Place.
For bookings 7 days (accepted up until 6.30) call 04 803 3555

Any main course with steamed rice and dessert
$29. Love U Long Time

Boulcott Street Bistro

99 Boulcott Street
04 499 4199

A choice of four delicious dishes, including salad or seasonal vegetables for the table. Tea or coffee. $32 out by 7.30pm

Crazyhorse The Steakhouse

129 Willis Street
04 801 5152

New Zealand's finest steakhouse. An award-winning restaurant serving premium beef and an extensive menu in elegant surroundings. Special pre-show menu.

Martin Bosley's

103 Oriental Parade
04 920 8302

2007 Cuisine Magazine Supreme Winner: Restaurant of the year. Special pre-theatre menu available during the Festival. Because you can't eat like this with a view like ours anywhere else!

The Grill at the Duxton

170 Wakefield Street
04 471 5711

Get your choice of entrée/main or main/dessert from The Grill at the Duxton $42.50

Restaurant Associates

Serving show platters for The Bad Plus and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Antipasto Platter includes a selection of cured Italian meats, cheeses, olives, grapes, breads and water crackers. Book platters with your show tickets at Ticketek. For extra info on platters call 04 803 8556

Getting to Wellington City

For your convenience, House of Travel has put together travel pages in New Zealand that include accommodation and event tickets. For more details click here.

Further information about Wellington and things to do can be found on www.wellingtonnz.com


There are plenty of car park buildings in close vicinity to most venues. Parking costs between $3-$4 per hour depending on the time of day.


The main train station is approx. 2 km away from the CBD and walking distance to the TSB Arena and Museum of Wellington City and Sea. There is a taxi stand and a major bus terminal in front of the station.


Wellington International Airport is around 8 kilometres by road south east of the city wellington-airport.co.nz. The quickest and simplest route is to follow the State Highway 1 signs which take you through the Mount Victoria Tunnel. The trip takes between 15-30 minutes depending on the time of day.

Taxis from the airport to the city cost around $20-25, shuttles $15-20. The Stagecoach Flyer bus stop is located on the ground level, at the southern end of the terminal. It shuttles every 30min Mon-Fri and at least hourly on weekends. Adult fare $5.50

How to find the Festival venues

Most of the Festival venues are located in central Wellington. For a venue location map please click here. Every event page on this website also has a venue section with directions to and address of the venue.

Booking tickets to events

  • Internet: on this website or http://www.ticketek.co.nz/ from 16 November
  • Phone: from 16 November call Ticketek on 04 384 3840 or your local outlet
  • Mail: you can mail a booking form to New Zealand International Arts Festival Bookings, Ticketek, PO Box 6334, Wellington
  • Fax: your booking form to Ticketek on 04 384 9574
  • Counter sales: from 16 November at Ticketek outlets nationwide
  • Door sales: Subject to availability on the day at the venue from one hour before the performance.


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