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When do 2020 Tickets Go On Sale?

2020 Festival tickets will be on sale via Ticketmaster from 9:00am Friday 13 March.

AWF Patrons have priority booking from Tuesday 10 March and Friends from Thursday 12 March.

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

By phone: 0800 111 999

In person: Aotea Centre Box Office, or at any Ticketmaster outlet

By fax: (09) 357 3359

By post:
Auckland Writers Festival Bookings
Ticketmaster NZ
PO Box 106 443
Auckland 1143

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 13 May 2019)

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 5 Concession Pass
$85 before 9am on 13 May

or $110 after 9am on 13 May

Take 10 Concession Pass
$160 before 9am on 13 May
or $210 after 9am on 13 May

Concession passes are perfect for individuals wishing to attend multiple events, or for a couple, 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. Once you purchase a pass, you will be sent a print-at-home ticket, the barcode number printed on the ticket is your unique password to book.
Event tickets are subject to availability, so we advise you to redeem your Concession Passes early.

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 this is 50% discount on the Full Price event ticket, not Earlybird price.

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, tickets can be purchased at the Ticketmaster box office right up until the session commences. 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.

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:

Online: $5.00
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.

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