Camping FAQs

CAMPSITE FAQ’S

Download the campsite map here

Where can I buy a campsite ticket?
· From our website www.womad.co.nz 
· Over the phone DASH Tickets 0800 484 253 (0800 4TICKET) 
· Or at one of our physical ticketing outlets https://www.womad.co.nz/tickets/ticket-outlets/ (excluding EZIpay tickets)

What are the camping areas?
- PINK ZONE - General camping
- ORANGE ZONE - General camping
- TEAL ZONE - Accessible camping
- PURPLE ZONE - Family camping
- BROWN ZONE – Family camping
- BLUE ZONE - Motorhome/Bus/Caravan/Sleeper van

Accessible & family camping spaces are limited. Camping is only permitted in the correct area with valid camping ticket

What types of camp shelters are allowed in each area?
- PINK ZONE General camping: Tent only sites
- ORANGE ZONE General camping: Tent only sites
- TEAL ZONE: Accessible camping: Tent only sites (subject to availability, if sold camper to purchase general or family ticket). No Motorhome/Bus/Caravan/Sleeper Van
- PURPLE ZONE Family camping: Tent only sites. No Motorhome/Bus/Caravan/Sleeper Van
- BROWN ZONE Family camping: Tent only sites. No Motorhome/Bus/Caravan/Sleeper Van
- BLUE ZONE Motorhome/Bus/Caravan/Sleeper van: If it has wheels it is in this section. If the unit/tent is physically attached to the vehicle it goes here.

IMPORTANT: For safety reasons we don’t allow people to pitch stand-a-lone tents next to vehicles in the motorhome, bus, caravan, sleepervan area. No exceptions. We would recommend that they bring a tent that fits their whole family and buy camp tickets to the FAMILY CAMP area.

When can I check in to the Campsite?
Check in time to the Campsite is from 9am Friday 15 March until 10pm.

Thursday night camping option
Thursday night camping is only available in the Family & Accessible area. Access is from 4.00-8.00 pm only. No Buses, Caravans, Campervans, Sleepervans or Motorhomes permitted in this area. All general camping ticket holders must relocate your tent to the general camp area on Friday morning. Ticket buyers must hold a 3 day camping ticket as well as a 3 day festival ticket.

Entry is via Gate A: Coronation Ave-Rogan St- Mason Drive.

Camping is only available to 3 day festival ticket holders.

What assistance is available for me if I’ve purchased an accessible camping ticket?
There is designated parking for accessible campers in the accessible camping area.

WOMAD operates a scheduled golf cart system to assist limited access campers to get to and from the campsite at the Racecourse to the festival. A golf cart operates from the Racecourse (top of walking track) to the Information Centre. These are scheduled and will run on the hour and half hour only. This is not an on demand system, please be patient and courteous.

 You can find out more about what support we can provide by reading the Accessible FAQ’s https://www.womad.co.nz/info/faqs-3/

What is the cost to camp?
General and Motorhome camping is $80 per person and is sold on a per person basis (with the exception of children) not per campsite.

Can I buy a camping ticket with a Youth ticket?
Camping is NOT available to Youth pass ticket holders unless purchased in conjunction with an Adult ticket in the same transaction.

Do I need tickets for my children to camp with me?
All children 12 and under must be accompanied on the festival site and campground by a parent or caregiver with a current 3 Day Adult pass. Camping tickets are NOT required for children 12 years and under.

Do I get a pre-allocated camp site?
No, you will be directed to your campsite zone which you hold a ticket for. There are no pre-allocated individual sites within the zones. On arrival at the camp site you will be given enough room to set up.

For safety purposes our camp staff will get general campers to set up in a car-tent method.

On arrival at the Gate or one of our Pre-wristbanding satellite sites all campers will need to swap their camping ticket for a 3-day camping wristband. For those adult and youth campers in PINK, ORANGE or BLUE ZONE you will receive your 3-day camping wristband plus a second coloured wristband for your designated zone i.e pink, orange or blue. Children do not require tickets but will need to be wristbanded with a KIDS CAMPING wristband.

Can I save spots for others?
NO SAVING SPOTS – If you wish to camp together you need to arrive together.

Can I sleep in my car in the campsite?
Yes, you can sleep in your car. However you must purchase a MOTORHOME, BUS, CARAVAN camp ticket. Your car will be sited in the Motorhome, Bus and Caravan area.

Can I sleep in my car in the campsite carpark?
No, all overnight camping is in the designated camping area.

Is there a Camp Info Office onsite?
Yes, the info office is located in the TSB Stadium and is open during festival hours.

Are there places to charge my cell phone?
There are power sockets available in the TSB Stadium foyer. Phones left there remain the owner’s responsibility.

Are there Cooking Facilities?
No, there are no cooking facilities available at the Campsite.

Can we use Gas bbq’s, stoves, cookers at the Campsite?
Yes, but there are some guidelines that users must adhere to.

- Never use outdoor gas appliances in enclosed spaces such as tents, annexes, caravans, and indoors and especially not anywhere where people sleep.
- Never use home-made appliances or connections.
- Ensure all gas connections are done up tightly.
- Camping cookers need to be used correctly.
- Ensure the trivet is the right way up and don’t use over-sized cooking vessels.
- Do not use appliances if they don’t appear to be working correctly or are giving off a smell.
- If your appliance is malfunctioning – stop using it!
- Never throw empty canisters in the fire.
- Keep appliances in good condition.
- Give your flame room to burn – it should touch no more than the bottom of the pot.

Fire and Emergency NZ and our campsite management team will be carrying out regular checks on use of gas in the campsite. If anything looks dangerous or guidelines are not being followed campers will be asked to dismantle and cease use of the equipment. They may also remove and have the equipment disposed of.

Do sites have Electricity?
No, there are no powered camping sites available.

Is there on-site Security?
There is security on-site at all times. However, we ask you to be vigilant and please ensure that valuables are locked in your vehicle at all times. WOMAD takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to personal property.

Where are the Toilets and showers located?
There are facilities across the site;

- TSB Stadium, (including accessible facilities)
- La Mer Stand jockeys changing area
- Tucson Stand
- Family Area by Mason Drive
- General area, in the centre of racecourse oval
All areas will be signposted and we have added additional facilities in the centre oval.

Are there wash-up facilities available?
Yes, there are ‘wash-up’ containers located in the Family Camping and General camping areas near the temporary toilets/showers. Boiling water, for baby’s bottles etc, may be obtained at the TSB Stadium kitchen.

Is there access to water at the Campsite?
There are taps situated throughout the General Camping and at the temporary toilets/showers and outside the TSB Stadium. These will be signposted.

Arriving at the Campsite
On arrival at the campsite your festival & camping tickets will be exchanged for a Camping Wristband.

All campers must remain in your vehicles on arrival at the campsite for check in, ticket scanning/exchange and wristbanding.

Are there specific entrance gates for areas of the Campsite?
Yes! Gate entrances will be marked Gate A & Gate B, please ensure you check in at the correct gate.

Gate A – Coronation Ave-Rogan St-Mason Drive (TSB Stadium, Tucson Stand)
Glamping, Wildernest, Family, Accessible only

Gate B – Coronation Ave-Racecourse
Outer oval: Motorhome, Bus, Caravan, Car-sleeper vehicles
Centre oval: General camping, tents etc

Are there Supermarkets close by?
There is no on-site shop however, supermarkets, shops, café’s, restaurants and service stations can be found in the City a mere 5-7 minutes away at the bottom of Gover Street.

How far is it to the WOMAD festival site from the campsite?
There are two entrances that are located within an 8-15 minute walk from the camp to the festival site:

Gate F: Racecourse

Gate E: Dell

How do we access the WOMAD festival site from the campsite?
There is a sign posted track from the TSB Stadium along the tar sealed road that passes behind the Racecourse stands, past the rock retaining wall and the entrance to the General Camping area. Through the metal gate and turn right in front of the new stables to a sealed roadway that leads downhill to the Gate F: Racecourse entrance of the WOMAD festival site that is adjacent to the Bowl Stage. Care should be taken on this roadway, as from time to time artist coaches use the same road.

Horse training during the Festival?
There will be horse training sessions held on the racecourse track between approximately 6am and 9am on Friday morning. For this reason there is no access to the General tenting, the Motorhome or the Tepee Life Village areasbefore 9am Friday and until clearance is given by camp staff.

Can I bring my pets to the Campsite?
No. Only service dogs will be permitted on site.

Lost Property
All lost and found property on the campsite can be handed in/reported to:
CAMPSITE: Camp Office situated in the TSB Stadium
FESTIVAL SITE: The Information Centre

Zero Waste
There are Zero Waste bins and recycling areas in the campsite, please recycle!

90% of all waste was diverted from landfill in 2018. Thank you – let’s keep working at this!

Please ensure you either take your waste away with you or use the bins provided. (Don’t leave your waste at your site! It will often blow into the waterways or surrounding streets – thank you)

Can I get my car out of the Campsite during the festival?
Friday is the busiest day for campers arriving and packing in to the campsite, therefore NO VEHICLES may leave the General, Motorhome and the Purple Family campsite on this day.

Saturday and Sunday will be at the discretion of the security and campsite management and it is not guaranteed that you will be able to drive out.

Glamping and Wildernest campers may enter and exit the campsite as required.

 In the event of an Emergency security and Campsite Management will supervise the need for vehicles to exit the campsite.

Where should I park if I want to be able to get my vehicle in/out during the festival?
If you wish to use your car during your stay it is advisable to park in one of the designated car parks in the racecourse or adjacent to the TSB Stadium.

Leaving the campsite on Monday 18 March
All campers are to be out of all areas of the campsite by 12.00pm Monday 18 March.

Southbound campers exiting via Gate B – Racecourse to Coronation Ave
For campers exiting the Racecourse via Gate B on to Coronation Ave there will be traffic management in place. There will be no right hand turn from Saddle Row into Coronation Ave before 12pm. All traffic will need to go into the city and loop back around or exit via Mangorei Rd/Northgate.