General info

Join us on March 11th-13th for another euphoric 3-day dance odyssey among ancient Kahikatea trees, camping under the famously dark, star-filled skies. Immerse yourself in our carefully curated wonderland designed to fuel creative expression through art, music, and culture.

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music

Drift through a moon-lit forest before succumbing to the party: be it straight up disco euphoria in a Victorian ballroom, virtuoso musicianship on the live stage, or an unforgettable main stage set from one of our headliners - we have it all.

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ART & INSTALLATION

The creative spirit fuels every aspect of the 121 Festival. We are proud to provide a platform for artists and exhibition spaces for various multimedia art installations.  Keep your eyes peeled for the unexpected.

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wellness

If you feel the need, you can recentre yourself with a hearty dose of self-kindness in our Wellness Area.  Yoga and wellness workshops will be available onsite to soothe the mind, body, and soul.

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food & drink

Take a break from dancing and indulge yourself in a plethora of Wellington's finest food and beverage practitioners; coffee, delicious world food favorites, and a wide selection of local beer, cocktails, and wine are available onsite.

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market

A little vintage retail therapy never goes amiss, nor a new tattoo or last-minute haircut. Located at the center of the festival, take a wander around the 121 onsite markets between sets and fill up on their wares.

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Sustainability

121 focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the future. We reduce waste using clear guidelines on what can be brought onto site with a focus on compostable and recyclable materials. Leave only footprints.

Camping

Camp with us on-site for the whole festival experience. Four unique campsite options are available; premium Kahikatea located in the all-day shade, the tranquil Riverside, Trackside for the fast going or Self-contained for the comforts of home. Pitch in with your mates or meet new friends, you won't miss a single thing.

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faqs

01

General

Are there any prohibited items?

Check the Terms & Conditions of entry for full details.

Can I bring a pet?

No fur friends sorry (with the exception of guide dogs for the blind or those who have low vision).

Can I bring food & alcohol?

Campers can bring a reasonable quantity of snacks and food that doesn’t require cooking. There are no cooking facilities on site and there is a ban on fire and cooking equipment.

As we are a fully licensed event, BYO Alcohol is not permitted. We do have an ample number of bars with a great selection of drinks at reasonable prices.

Can I come and go from the event?

You’re free to enter and exit the event during the entry and re-entry hours above. Outside of those hours, there is no entry- regardless of whether you already have your wristband.

Can I take part in other ways?

Creativity is at the core of 121’s kaupapa and we are seeking applications to exhibit your work alongside the beauty of the Tauherenikau landscape. We are calling on all jewelers, clothes designers, barbers, tattoo artists, and more. In addition to this, we are also looking for expert practitioners and wellness advisors to join the festival to offer classes and workshops promoted throughout the event.


For more information and to apply, head over to the application pages. Applications will be reviewed and confirmation sent by October 31st, 2021.

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely! Volunteer with us in exchange for tickets. We have options to volunteer before, during and after the event. Get in quick, spaces fill in fast! Head over to the volunteer application page. All applications will be reviewed and confirmation sent by October 31st, 2021.

How do I get there? Where is the entrance?

No.1 Line, Tauherenikau, South Wairarapa.

Have your “Parking Pass” ready to be scanned as you enter the car park gate with your vehicle (screen brightness on 100%). Remember to carpool so you are eligible for the carpool (3+) $20 refund!

Is 121 Festival wheelchair accessible?

For the most part, yes. The event is on a flat site with established gravel roads. We recommend that you bring a support person to assist you if you will require it. If you plan to camp on-site please get in touch with us by emailing info@121festival.co.nz. We will endeavor to reserve you the most suitable camping spot. The accessible toilets will be visible on the WOOV app (mid-February). If at any time you need assistance, let any staff or security know.

Is there a festival app?

Yes! Use the WOOV app to plan your festival and navigate your way through the festival, going live in February.

Check back here for the link to download in February.

Is there cell phone reception?

Yes. But as with most events, it can get patchy at times with so many people on site.

Water & non alcoholic beverages?

There are free drinking water stations all over the festival site. Bring your non-glass refillable bottle. Make sure it’s empty when you arrive. Please note: bottled water will not be sold at the festival.

What time do gates open and close?

Friday:

Car park: 10:00am - 11.30pm 

Check-in: 11:00am - 7:45pm

Access between general campgrounds: Begins 6pm (or when most campers are set up)

Last re-entry: 11:00pm


Saturday:

Car park: 10:00am - 11.30pm 

Check-in: 10:00am - 7:45pm

Access between general campgrounds: 24hr

Last re-entry: 11:00pm


Sunday:

Car park: 10:00am - 7.30pm

Check-in: 10:00pm - 2:45pm

The festival ends at 6:00pm with campers needing to be off site by 7:30pm

When do the stages open?

Friday: 1pm - 4am

Saturday: 10am - 4am

Sunday: 10am - 6pm

When is the lineup released?

We have multiple release dates - the first release is in November. Follow us on social media to catch the releases! IG: @121.festival

02

Ticketing

Can I transfer the ticket into someone else's name?

You can transfer your ticket to somebody else's name in Eventbrite if the event has not sold out and it’s before February 15th. After the 15th or in the event of a sell-out, all name changes will need to be performed via Tixel (a fee will apply).

Do I need a “Parking Pass”?

One “Parking Pass” is required per car. Purchasable here for $39.

You are eligible for a $20 carpool refund  if you arrive with a car of 3+. At the gate, carpoolers will be given a token and a link that can be used to apply online. The only exception is that “Self-Contained Vehicle Passes” do not need to purchase a “Parking Pass” and are not eligible for a carpool refund.

Do I need to print my ticket off?

Nope. You can present the QR code on your phone. Please turn your screen brightness to 100%. If your phone screen is cracked this may prevent your QR code from being scanned, in this case, print off your ticket.

Does my name need to match the ticket?

Yes, the name on your ticket must match the full name on your ID. This is due to COVID-19 regulations and to prevent fraudulent ticket sales.

How do I change the name on a ticket?

You can edit the name in the Ticket Holders' Eventbrite account (LINK: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/signin/) until February 15th (or prior in case of a sell-out). After this date, all name changes will need to be performed via Tixel (A fee will apply).

How do I swap campgrounds on my ticket? (or add camping to my ticket?)

Until February 15th (or as long as tickets last) we have enabled a self-service ticket transfer option so you can swap campgrounds, upgrade a “3Day“ to a “3Day + Camping ticket”, and more! To do this please log into the Eventbrite ticket holder account here (LINK: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/signin/) and follow the prompts.

While it is possible, tickets should only be transferred for other tickets of equal or greater value as refunds are not automated or given for the difference in ticket downgrades.

If you need more information on this process please see this guide.


I can’t come anymore, can I get a refund?

While we can’t offer refunds, you can sell your ticket via our official resale platform Tixel. If we cancel the event due to COVID, you will be refunded 90% of the ticket price. We will retain 10% to assist with the expenses that we have incurred or will incur in organising the event. For further details on the refund and COVID cancellation policies please refer to our Terms and Conditions. This is because event insurance is not available to us in the case of COVID related cancellation.

I’ve purchased a ticket from someone else, is this ok?

Unless you purchased from official reseller Tixel, your ticket may not be valid. If you think you have been sold a fake ticket please email us at info@121festival.co.nz with all of the following:


Email contents:

Your First Name & Last Name: 

The Ticket First Name & Last Name:

The Ticket Code:

Information on how you purchased the ticket:


Purchasing any other way is not guaranteed nor recommended. If it's someone you trust, you must ensure they rename the ticket in the Ticket Holders Eventbrite account (LINK: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/signin/) before February 15th (or ticket sell out, if prior). After this point, all tickets will need to be renamed via Tixel (A fee will apply).

Your ticket will need to match the name on your ID to enter the event.

What form of ID do I need?

Either a valid; passport, NZ Drivers license, or 18+ Kiwi access card. Any expired forms of ID cannot be accepted. If you have lost your ID, we will be unable to permit you entry to the event.

What’s Tixel?

Tixel is our official ticket reseller. All tickets purchased here are guaranteed to be legitimate tickets. Tixel manages the transfer of ticket ownership between seller and buyer. List to sell (public or private), name change, and purchase tickets here. Please note, name changes can be done in Eventbrite before the event has sold out or before February 15th. Please note that Tixel currently has a temporary hold on instant payouts for sellers. Sellers are paid out the day after the event. Sellers are asked to agree to this before they can list the ticket. Please see their notice below.

What’s included in my ticket?

Tickets: The 3Day or 1Day ticket is entry into the festival grounds only. A “3Day + Camping” ticket includes camping.

Add ons: A “Parking Pass”, “Self Contained Vehicle Pass”, “Bus Pass” or a pre-pitched tent are all add ons and need to be purchased in addition to your ticket.

Who do I contact if I have other questions about my ticket(s)?

If you have read through all of the above and still have questions about tickets, please contact: ticketing@121festival.co.nz. If you are contacting us closer to the event, we appreciate your patience in advance- as we will undoubtedly be inundated with queries and requests. We will endeavor to reply to you within 5 working days or before the event. When contacting us about tickets please include the following:


Email contents:

Your First Name & Last Name:

The Ticket First Name & Last Name:

The Ticket Code:

Any information we may need to answer your question:

Will there be doorsales?

Unless sold out, all tickets will be available to purchase online.

03

Camping

Are there showers?

There are general, open air showers in Riverside for use by all general camping tickets holders.

Can I BYO alcohol?

As we are a fully licensed event, BYO alcohol is not permitted. We do have an ample number of bars with a great selection of drinks at reasonable prices.

Can I add camping to my “3Day” ticket?

If you have decided you would like to join us to camp, but you only hold a 3Day ticket, you can transfer/upgrade your ticket for the type that you need (tickets are subject to availability). 

If tickets are sold out, you have two options:

  1. Purchase a Resale ticket from Tixel for the ticket you need, and then list the ticket that you hold for Resale.
  2. OR you can email us ticketing@121festival.co.nz. Please use the following format:

Heading: “I need to upgrade my 3Day ticket to include XXX camping””First Name & Last Name”. 

Email contents: Full name on current ticket: 

Full name for new ticket:

Current ticket code: 

Current ticket type:

Desired campground:


As with all requests in our ticket inbox, we will endeavor to respond within 5 working days. We should be able to assist as long as there is sufficient time prior to the event if you provide all the necessary details and there is still capacity available in your desired campground.

Please note: It is not possible to add camping onto a 1Day ticket.

Can I cook my own food?

Campers can bring a reasonable quantity of snacks and food that does not require cooking. Unfortunately there are no cooking facilities on site and there is a ban on fires and cooking equipment.

Can I pitch my own tent next to my friend's pre-pitched tent?

Nope. Pre-pitched tents are all pitched next to each other, there is no space to pop a tent next to your friends’ pre-pitched tent. For any further questions get in touch with hello@bookatent.co.nz

Can I reserve a spot next to my friends?

If you are in general camping or self-contained camping, the best way to secure a spot next to your friends is to arrive together and ensure you all hold tickets for the same campsite.

Can I sleep in a campervan or van?

Yes! We have two campsites for self contained vehicles.

Small: 3m x 4.5m - Think the classic converted Toyota Hiace or Honda Odyssey 

Big: 4m x 6m - A proper Maui-like RV campervan.

Please note: This area is 100% tent free to ensure safe vehicle movement.

Campervans (small or big) should be self contained. Refer here for a definition of what self-contained is.

To stay in this space, you will need to purchase a “Self Contained Vehicle Pass” for your vehicle, and every individual who is staying in this vehicle will need a “3Day + Self Contained” ticket to be able to access the area. Strictly only “3Day + Self-Contained” ticket holders are able to access this area.

Can I sleep in my car?

Sleeping in the car park is strictly prohibited. Security will be in the area to ensure this is upheld. If you have access to a self contained van or motorhome, we have a Self-Contained camping area this year. You will need to secure “3Day + Self-Contained” ticket(s) and also a “Self Contained Vehicle Pass” to stay in this campground.

Can I transfer my ticket and campground for a different one? Can I swap campsites?

Until February 15th (or as long as tickets last) we have enabled a self-service ticket transfer option so you can swap campgrounds, upgrade a “3Day“ to a “3Day + Camping ticket”, and more! To do this please log into the Eventbrite ticket holder account here (LINK: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/signin/) and follow the prompts.

While it is possible, tickets should only be transferred for other tickets of equal or greater value as refunds are not automated or given for the difference in ticket downgrades.

If you need more information on this process please see this guide.

Can we drink in the campsites?

No. Alcohol cannot be bought from the bars into the campsites and the festival is not BYO. We do this for safety reasons.

Do I get to take the BookATent home with me?

No. They get reused at multiple festivals around the country each year so they reduce overall consumption and so, are better for the environment.

Does each person in my tent need a camping ticket?

Every person who is camping requires a “3Day + camping” ticket to access the campsites. Please ensure everyone who is staying in your tent has the same campground on their ticket. See our section on ticket transfers if you need to change your ticket type or campground.

Is there power in the campsites?

None of the campsites are powered. There will be a phone charging supplier on site, plan ahead and bring your own powerpacks to get through the whole weekend.

What is pre-pitched/ BookATent?

BookATent provides pre-set-up tents for you and your guests to stay in when you arrive. At the end of the festival, you walk away, no pack up. It’s a great choice for the environment and a great choice for you. Everyone who is staying in the tent needs to have the correct “3Day + Riverside Camping” ticket. You can purchase a BookATent pre-pitched tent add-on here!

What kind of tent can I bring?

Tents spaces are limited to 3m x 3m per 2 people and will be enforced this year. We don’t have space for gazebos or marquees. For safety reasons, we do not permit metal head hammers on site. Rubber, wood, or plastic hammers for tents pegs only.

What’s inside the pre-pitched tents?

Check the ticket listing before you purchase, there are multiple pre-pitched options available, some with bedding and some without. Some Pre-Pitched tents come with a stretcher or double air mattress (depending on configuration) and do not include bedding. Glamping tents may come with stretchers or double air mattresses (depending on configuration), bedding, mats, a box table and a lantern. So please, double check the provisions on the ticket listing before attending the festival, so you are clear on what or/if you need to bring.

04

Parking

Can I access the car park at any time?

Nope. Car parks will be shut off and secured each night at 11.30pm. Check access times under general info.

Can I drive in and out each day?

Yes. You can check the access times each day in general info so you don’t get locked out. We will give your car accreditation to verify that you have already had your “Parking Pass” scanned in.

Can I sleep in the car park?

Nope. Sleeping in the car park is strictly prohibited. You cannot pitch a tent or sleep in your car. Security will be in the area to ensure this is upheld. Self-Contained campers must have a valid ticket for themselves and their vehicle and park in the Self-Contained campground.

Does my car need a ticket/pass?

Yes, one “Parking Pass” is required per car. Able to be purchased here for $39 All vehicles must present their “Parking Pass” to be scanned at the festival car park entry gate off “No1 Line”. If you are unable to present the parking pass, you will need to jump online and purchase one.

How does the carpooling refund work?

To be eligible for a $20 carpool refund, you must arrive with a car of 3+ people. At the gate, you will be given a token and a link to an online application form. “Self-Contained Vehicle Passes” do not need to purchase a “Parking Pass'' and are not eligible for a carpool refund. Everything you need to know about the process will be in the form.

Why do I have to buy a car pass?

In an ongoing effort to be a sustainable festival, we want to discourage car travel as much as possible. But if it is the best way for you, please carpool with as many people as possible. As an incentive to carpool, cars that arrive with 3+ people will be eligible for a $20 refund on their “Parking Pass”. “Self-Contained Vehicle Passes” are not eligible for the carpool “Parking Pass” refund.

05

Transport

Are there specific bus departure and arrival dates/times (both to and from the event)?

There are multiple journeys available. Head to our ticket page to explore the options.

Can I bring my tent on the bus?

The buses have luggage space for your bags and tents. Please ensure you arrive ahead of the departure time to accommodate for loading.

Can I catch the train?

There is a daily train service between Wellington and Featherson (which is the nearest station). Local taxis and shuttle services will be able to take you between the train station and the festival, we do not recommend walking along State Highway 2. Check timetables and service alerts on the Metlink website. Plan your journey by pre booking your shuttle, make sure your driver knows where the entrance to the festival is.


Returning to Wellington on Sunday via train from Featherston is limited to three services on Sundays; 0700, 0825 and 1725. Check timetables and service alerts on the Metlink website.

Do I have to book for a specific bus time (or can I jump on any bus?)

You can only board the bus you have a ticket for. If you need to make a change, get in touch with us. (Refer to the change a ticket question under the ticket section of these FAQ’s).

How do I buy a bus ticket?

Tickets are available through our website on the ticketing page. Don’t get caught out, book in advance.

Is there an Uber service near the festival?

To the best of our knowledge at the time of writing, there are no Uber drivers operating in the Wairarapa.

We’re staying offsite, how do we get to the festival?

There are local taxi and shuttle services operating in the area, it is strongly recommended that you book in advance.


First Choice CAB’s South Wairarapa 

063049820

0279302678

casaheal@gmail.com

 

Masteron Taxis

06 378 2555

masterontaxis@xtra.co.nz

 

Claremont Cabs

06 306 9162

cabs@theclaremont.co.nz

 

Masterton Shuttles

06 377 1923

mastertonshuttles@gmail.com

 

Carterton Shuttles

06 379 5303

027 446 4752

Cartertonshuttles@gmail.com


We cannot confirm that an Uber service will be available. 

What are the stops along the way?

The buses are a direct service. After departure, no stops along the way will be made until the destination is reached.

What if I only need a one way ticket?

There are multiple stops and pick up points for each bus. Please check the ticket descriptions to see which is the closest to you.

Where do I catch the bus on site?

There is a dedicated bus stop at the start of the carpark as you are leaving. Look for the flags and signs, or ask the staff at the ticketing tent or in the car park.

Will there be any one way tickets?

Nope. All bus tickets are sold for both ways.

06

Currency

Can I top up my wristband online?

We will release further information closer to the event on how to top up online pre (and potentially during) the event.

Can I use cash/EFTPOS to top up my wristband?

Cash and EFTPOS are accepted for wristband top ups at any of the top up stations during opening times.

How do I buy food, drink and other things at the festival?

The festival itself is cashless, anything bought will be done through the RFID wristbands.

How do I get my wristband?

When you have your ticket scanned upon entry, we will give you an RFID wristband. It will be paired with your ticket. This is your pass/wristband/stamp and camp ‘key’ for the weekend. Don’t lose it. If you aren’t wearing one, you’re not considered a ticket holder and will be removed from the event.

How do I top up my wristband?

There will be top up points around the festival site where you can top up using cash or eftpos. Top up stations will be located next to bars and in the food and market area.

Is there an ATM onsite?

As we are cashless, we do not provide an ATM service onsite.

07

Other

Is there medical help on site?

Wellington Free Ambulance will be onsite throughout the festival. You can find their location by downloading the WOOV app, or asking staff and security at the event.

I’m on prescription medication, can I bring this with me?

All bags are searched on entry to the event. You are only able to bring in the quantity that you require for the duration of the festival. Your medication must not be out of date, the details on your prescription must match your ticket name and ID. Bring a script if you feel unsure. If you require your medication to be refrigerated, get in contact via info@121festival.co.nz more than 5 days prior to the event and we will do our best to accomodate you.

Will there be a lost & found?

Any lost property handed in will be taken to Campground HQ. Campground HQ is located at the northern corner of Kahikatea campsite, at the junction of all three campsites. Download the WOOV app to see a festival map. Campground HQ is open from 9am daily.

Any items not claimed by Sunday evening will be held for 3 weeks before being handed over to Wellington City Police station. Email: info@121festival.co.nz for collection, prior to Thursday March 31st.

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COVID Cancellation

What is the COVID cancellation and refund policy?

In purchasing a ticket or any add on to a ticket including but not limited to camping, car parking and dining you agree that 10% of the ticket price will be retained by the promoter to assist with the expenses that we have incurred or will incur in organising the event.

Why retain 10%?

There is no insurance available for the event industry to cover losses from COVID related cancellation.