Wildfoods Festival FAQs

When and where is the next Wildfoods Festival going to be?

Wildfoods Festival is always held on the second Saturday of March at Cass Square, in the cool little town of Hokitika!

(That’s Saturday 12 March 2016...

Sat 11 March 2017,

Sat 10 March 2018,

Sat 9 March 2019... You get the picture!)

How much are Wildfoods Festival tickets?

$35 (Earlybird discount) if you get in before 31 December 2015

$40 from 1 January 2016 until 11 March 2016

or $45 on the day of the Festival (if there are any left, that is!)

Do I need a separate ticket to the Wildfoods Official Afterparty?

Yes. Tickets to the Afterparty are completely separate as this is a strictly R18’s event.

$35 (Earlybird discount) if you get in before 31 December 2015

$40 from 1 January 2016 until 11 March 2016

or $45 on the day of the Festival (if there are any left, that is!)

Is there a Festival + Afterparty combo ticket that I can buy?

Unfortunately this is not available for 2016 but we hope to bring this to you for 2017 and beyond. So watch this space!

Where can I buy tickets to the Festival and the Afterparty?

Tickets for both events are available online from Eventfinda NZ

Is the Afterparty R18?

Yes, the Wildfoods Official Afterparty is strictly an R18s event.

What accommodation options are there in town?

There are a range of accommodation options in town including backpackers, motels, hotel, B&Bs and our two designated Festival Campgrounds: Sunset Point and Wadeson Island.

Tickets to both campgrounds are $40 per person for the weekend. More information is provided below. For any other accommodation and local attraction enquiries please contact Lisa and the team at Hokitika iSite on 03 755 6166

Wadeson Island Campsite

Bookings:        Hokitika i-SITE 03 755 6166 or enquiries@hokitikainfo.co.nz between 8am-6pm

Facilities:        Tent sites and limited campervan sites.  Porta toilets and Porta showers available onsite.  Food available for purchase on site on Saturday and Sunday mornings

Security:          24 hour onsite security staff

Price:                $40 per person for weekend, paid at the time of booking.  Credit cards, direct credit and cheques accepted.  No refunds

Opening Times:  From Friday 11th March, 4pm to Sunday 13th March, 12noon


Sunset Point Beach Campsite

Bookings:         Click here to book online or  alternatively contact Sophie on 03 755 5501 or sophie@cuffs.co.nz between 8am-5pm

Facilities:          Campsites and campervan sites overlooking the ocean, plumbed toilets, free hot showers – you won’t be disappointed in this site!

Security:           24 hour onsite staff.  Under 18’s require parental supervision.

Features:          Located on Gibson Quay.  Situated at the Hokitika river mouth, only 100m from town. Light breakfast available Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Price:                 $40 per person for weekend paid at the time of booking.  Credit cards, direct credit and cheques accepted.  No refunds.

Opening Times:  From Friday 11th March, 10am to Sunday 13th March, 12noon

Is the Wildfoods Festival family friendly?

Yes Wildfoods Festival is a family friendly event with lots of entertainment for kids of all ages.

In 2016 we are delighted to have a great range of kids entertainment onsite, including professional balloon twister Lolytwist, a merry go round, a bouncy castle obstacle course and even an interactive Wildlife Park courtesy of Arion Farm Education Park for families to enjoy.

What food will available for purchase?

We will have over 50 stallholders on site providing a range of Wildfoods, from gourmet options like game meats, quality seafood, international cuisines, yummy desserts and a traditional Maori hangi, to some downright disgusting delicacies like mountain oysters, scorpions, worms, horse semen and of course the iconic huhu grubs – a Festival favourite.

Check out the link to our Stallholders page for more info on what you could be sinking your teeth into on March 12!

Are pets allowed at the Festival site?

No, we’re sorry, pets are not allowed on site at Cass Square. Sadly, Fluffy will have to stay home and wait for your return to hear all about it!

What else is going on during Wildfoods Weekend?

The Wildfoods Markets will be setting up shop from Friday 11 March – Sunday 13 March on Weld Street in Hokitika. The markets will bring stallholders from near and far to show off their wares, food vendors to serve up some grub while you shop and a range of local acts on stage that will keep you entertained!

Don’t miss Izzy from The Hits West Coast, who will be here to MC our Friday 11 March evening show at the Markets!