Accessibility at WOMAD

WOMAD is a festival for everybody! We offer a range of accessible features to ensure as many people as possible are able to enjoy the event. Check through this page to see what is available, and please get in touch if you have any questions. If you require help while at WOMAD, you can call or stop by our WOMAD Information Centre.

Click here to download a PDF Festival Accessibility Map 

Click here to download a PDF accessible parking map 

Entry and Parking

Please contact the office on +64 6 759 8412 or click here to register your details.

Approved applications for parking passes will need to be collected from the WOMAD Office, 50 Brougham Street, New Plymouth (not the festival site) before Thursday 12th March.

To enter the festival, you will need to be wearing your WOMAD 2020 wristband. 

Access is via Gate C: Kaimata St entrance. You can be picked up or dropped off at the Gate C: Kaimata St waiting area. This is also a collection point for transit into the festival site on our golf carts.

At Kaimata St, parking wardens will instruct you where to go. Please note Kaimata St will be cordoned off to traffic during the festival.  

This is also the only flat level entry point suitable for wheelchairs, mobility scooters or similar. Note the path is gravel.

We have a pick up and drop off service using golf carts for accessibility pass holders. These are scheduled and will run on the hour and half hour only. This is not an on demand system so please be patient and courteous. 

The capacity of Golf Carts is THREE passengers at a time.  

You will experience waiting times due to crowd movement and golf cart capacity, therefore if you can walk unassisted, we encourage you to do so. 

There are limited seating and shade available for those who are waiting. 

The Golf Carts are on continuous rotation. 

To get into the festival:

GATE C: Kaimata St to the WOMAD Information Centre 

GATE F: Racecourse (top of the walking track ) to the WOMAD Information Centre

 

To get out of the festival:

The pick up point inside the festival is the Information Centre, where you will be taken back to either the Kaimata St or Racecourse waiting for areas.

There are two designated accessible parking areas: 

  • Kaimata St (Gate C)

  • Racecourse (via Gate B) Coronation Ave 

Note a WOMAD Accessible Parking Pass is required to park in these carparks.

Click here to download a PDF accessible parking map 

Kaimata St Parking (Gate C)

This is the only level access to the festival site with LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE. There is a road closure in place and traffic is one-way access only from Brooklands Road.

Parking Wardens will be on-site to instruct you.

A golf cart will operate from Gate C: Kaimata St to WOMAD Information Centre and back again. 

Racecourse Parking (via Gate B)

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE. The Racecourse accessible parking area is accessed through Gate B: via Coronation Avenue. Follow the signs and there is a pick up and drop off area at the top of the Racecourse track area by the VIP car park. A golf cart will operate from the Racecourse to the WOMAD Information Centre and back again.

At the festival

It is important to be aware that half of the WOMAD site is on a steep hillside.
There are some pathways, but most of the site is grass.
The Brooklands and Gables Stages are on flat grassed areas; however, the Pinetum Corner is not accessible for those with limited mobility or in wheelchairs.

Click here to download a PDF Festival Accessibility Map 

Accessible toilets are well signed posted and are located at the Racecourse gate end of the main Bowl Stage, and at the top of the site behind the Global Village Retail Stalls.

There are three 65+ years viewing areas, and two accessible viewing platforms for wheelchair users at WOMAD NZ.

Both Gable and Brooklands stages have viewing options for those with limited accessibility.

The Bowl stage has a 65+ years viewing area, and lakeside of the track is flat and suitable for wheelchair users to park.

Communication support and NZ Sign language interpreters are a skilled team ready to assist you.
When you arrive at the festival, ask the WOMAD Information Centre about obtaining an interpreter.

The World of Words stage will be NZ Sign language interpreted. See stage schedule.   

 

Communication support and NZ Sign language interpreters are a skilled team ready to assist you. 

When you arrive at the festival, ask the WOMAD Information Centre about obtaining an interpreter. 

The World of Words stage will be NZ Sign language interpreted. See stage schedule.   

Camping - accessible tenting area

Entry to the accessibility campsite area is Gate A: Rogan St and Mason Drive. 

On arrival, you will be wristbanded in your vehicle and directed to the accessibility camping area. 

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

There is limited parking in your camping area. 

Yes. Gate entrance will be marked Gate A, 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.

     

    • Outer oval: motorhome, bus, caravan, car-sleeper vehicles

    • Centre oval: general camping, tents etc

     

A golf cart can be booked to transfer you at an arranged time from your campsite to the Racecourse Golf Cart tent. Please see the Campsite Manager at the TSB Stadium Campsite office to arrange.  

Accessible toilets and showers are located within the TSB Stadium. 

At the campsite visit WOMAD Campsite Office for assistance or queries. 

Please note mobility scooters are no longer available for bookings during the festival.

Check out these FAQs too!

Festival FAQs

Camping FAQs