Do I need to buy tickets to attend the Festival?
The Auckland Writers Festival consists of a combination of ticketed and free events. Please consult individual event listings or descriptions to check whether you need to buy tickets for each event.
All tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster. Ticketed events do sell out, so it is recommended that you purchase your tickets well in advance.
If you are planning on purchasing tickets to multiple events, you can create a Shopping List. However, if you are wishing to purchase multiple tickets for General Events, it may be worth investigating our Concession Passes (available in Five- or Ten-ticket versions), which save you up to $5 per General Event ticket. See "What is a Concession Pass?" below for more info.
How do I book tickets?
By internet: Ticketmaster
In person: Aotea Centre Box Office, or at any Ticketmaster outlet
By fax: (09) 357 3359
Auckland Writers Festival Bookings
PO Box 106 443
Patrons and Friends of the Festival have a priority booking line number (09) 951 2525. Please provide you Friend Number or Patron details with booking.
How much are tickets for General Events?
General Event tickets can be purchased individually or as part of a Concession Pass. Individual prices are as follows:
General - $25
Earlybird - $20 (available until 9am on 16 May 2017)
These prices are inclusive of GST, but will incur service fees from Ticketmaster. Student discounts and concession passes are also available (see below).
Special Events have varied ticket prices, as noted in their event listings.
Workshops are $55 unless otherwise stated. Concession Passes, student prices and earlybird discounts are not eligible for Workshops.
What is a Concession Pass?
Concession passes are an alternative to purchasing multiple General Event tickets, and save you up to $5 per General Event ticket. They can be purchased as either a Take 10 or Take 5 Pass, depending on the amount of tickets you would like to buy.
Take 10 Concession Pass
$160 before 9am on 15 May
or $210 after 9am on 15 May
Take 5 Concession Pass
$85 before 9am on 15 May
or $110 after 9am on 15 May
Concession passes are perfect for individuals wishing to attend multiple events, or for group of friends or Book Clubs who want to attend one or more event/s together.
There is no limit to how many concession passes you may buy.
Concession Passes can be purchased through Ticketmaster, as linked above. Upon purchase, you will receive a promotional code which will allow you to exchange your pass for session tickets. Sessions are subject to availability, so we advise you to redeem your Concession Passes early.
Please note: If you are purchasing a Concession Pass online, you will be emailed your code and will be able to access the discount after 24 hours.
Concession Passes can only be used for General Events, and are not applicable for Workshops or Special Events.
If you have further questions or queries about Concession Passes, please contact Ticketmaster.
Are there discounts for students?
Yes. Students get a 50% discount on General Event tickets and discounted ticket prices for some Special Events, subject to availability. Please note that there are no student discounts for Workshops.
Student ID and proof of eligibility may be required. Service fees apply.
Will there be door sales?
Yes. However, all door sales are subject to availability. We suggest you book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. We also strongly recommend you arrive well in advance of event start times if you choose to purchase door sale tickets.
Is there a deadline for purchasing tickets to catered events?
Tickets for catered events must be purchased by Monday 8 May. Seating will be allocated by the Festival Office. If you are booking separately but wish to be seated together, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: concession passes, student prices and earlybird discounts are not eligible for catered events.
How are tickets delivered?
Ticketmaster will post your tickets to you, unless you specifically ask for your tickets to be couriered. Posted tickets are not replaceable if lost. Tickets cannot be posted less than 7 days or couriered less than 3 days prior to the start of the Festival; if purchased after these dates, you must collect your tickets from the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Aotea Centre.
What are the service fees?
Ticketmaster service fees (per transaction) are as follows:
Phone and post: $11.00
Courier Fee: $5.50 standard
In-person at Box Office and retail outlets: $1.50 per ticket
Please visit the Ticketmaster FAQs for more information about service fees.