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Do I have to book or can I buy tickets at the door?

Tickets will be available through, accessible through the “buy tickets” button at the top of the page. Tickets are specific to your chosen night and are non-refundable as we are an all weather event. You can buy tickets at the door, but our limited capacity for each night means they may sell out, so it's best to purchase in advance.

Gates open nightly at 7.30pm and close at 9.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and a special late night close of 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday.

Friday and Saturday nights will book up fast, so please book your tickets well in advance if you are coming from out of Hawkes Bay for the weekend.

For single night tickets, when you present your ticket at the gate, you will be given a wristband as your entry to the festival for that night. Your ticket cannot be used again.

For multi passes, bring your ticket each night you attend, and you will be given a wristband as your entry to the festival for that specific night.

How do I attend the closing party on Saturday night?

The Walk of Wonders closing party will be happening on Saturday night at the Festival Hub in the Black Barn Bistro courtyard, featuring funk, disco and soul DJ sets by SUMO and Simon Sinclair Holden. Access to this event is sold through Eventfinda as an add on to the Saturday night ticketing sessions.

What do I wear?

Please wear covered shoes that you will feel comfortable walking over mixed terrain in e.g. Grass, Gravel, Leaves, Mud. There are uphill slopes, potentially slippery grass on hidden paths and limestone that could be wet. As this is an outdoor experience in the winter, so as the old Scandinavian saying goes “there is no such thing as bad weather, just a bad choice of clothes”. We advise to keep an eye on the conditions via the met service website, as the event will happen rain, hail or shine. We advise you to bring a warm jacket regardless, keep wet weather gear at the ready and an umbrella just in case.

We will not be operating a coat check so please bring bags if you expect you might need to carry extra clothing with you.

Is the event suitable for my children and elderly family members?

The trail is mainly flat with limestone paths or the main vein up Black Barn road. There are a few uphills and a “short cut” grass path to a Ginger Bread house feature installation.

These paths are not intended for people with reduced mobility. Please contact event organisers in advance if there are questions around full site access for persons with mobility access requirements. We intend to have an all inclusive event, so we have done our best to make sure your loved ones are able to get around the site in a safe manner. This will, however, be your responsibility on the night.

Can I have dinner at the event?

We are proud to have Hawke's Bay’s best food and beverage vendors on site. These will be located at our Food Hub in the Black Barn Bistro Courtyard and in the Black Barn Marketplace. There will also be an event specific, sit down, food offering on at Black Barn Bistro which can be purchased through our ticketing platform.

Can I bring my own food and drink to Walk of Wonders?

No, as we have food and beverage for purchase, this is not a BYO event. Personal water bottles are permitted, and our security team will ensure that no alcohol is bought in. People found with their own food and beverage will be kindly asked to leave and escorted to the gate.

Does Walk of Wonders offer pass-outs?


What happens in case of bad weather?

Walk of Wonders will happen rain hail or shine, unless there is a severe health and safety risk to our attendees. Tickets will only be refundable if the session you have booked is cancelled by event organisers.

What are the operating hours?

Event operating hours are from 7.30pm - 10.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Saturday night hours will be from 7.30pm - 11.00pm.

How much walking is involved?

The full Walk of Wonders loop will be 1.5 - 2km. You can go around as many times as you like and spend as much time as you like exploring the Walk of Wonders up until closing time.


Parking will be located on the bottom of the site and on Te Mata road. Please follow event warden instructions on arrival or park carefully on grass verges on Te Mata road.

How do I get home if I have been drinking?

Pre arrange your sober driver or book a taxi through Hastings Taxi.

What kind of recording devices am I allowed to bring with you?

No professional cameras e.g. cameras with detachable lenses, are permitted without formal media accreditation. Likewise no professional audio or film recording equipment can be brought in. Personal recording devices are fine. No drones or aerial devices allowed.

Are Media Passes available?

We have media passes available, please get in touch with for more information.

Can I apply to be a vendor at Walk of Wonders?

Yes, we welcome applications to be a vendor, please get in touch with

I’m a local resident with a query, who should I ask?

For any local resident queries, please get in touch with

Will there be a Walk of Wonders Map?

Yes, we will be releasing the map and list of installations upon entry to the event.

Can I submit my band/artist at Walk of Wonders?

Please send submissions to