What you’ll need

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Head over to our Festival show page and read more about the fantastic line-up of theatre shows. Then, just click ‘Book your Package’ and fill in the form to submit your booking enquiry. If you have any questions about booking, contact the team on [email protected]  or 04 913 3742.


Three shows – $21 per child/student + 1 free adult ticket for every 10 paying students.
Two shows – $16 per child/student + 1 free adult ticket for every 10 paying students.
One show – $12 per child/student + 1 free adult ticket for every 10 paying students.

This includes an amazing day with three theatre performances and a dedicated festival host that will ensure your group gets where it needs to be.
The National Arts Festival tickets are heavily subsidised by generous supporters and funders, meaning our ticket prices are subsidised by 60%. Big thank you to our partners, and supporters Experience Wellington, Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand.

Assistance Funding

Get in touch if you’re booking for a low-decile school or equity-funded early childhood centre. Thanks to support from some of our funders, we may be able to assist with further discounts.

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We understand that buses can be an expensive part of any school trip experience, that’s why we’ve secured limited regional funding to assist for the 2019 festival. If your group has more than 40 people and is travelling from Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata, Eastbourne or Porirua, get in touch with the Capital E team. It’s first-come-first-served, and availability is limited. If you’re coming from further away, get in touch and ask about our travel subsidy.

Big thanks to our supporters for making this happen!

Hosts with the Most

We’ve put together a team of fantastic Hosts with the Most to help your group get across the city to see the shows. If you book a two or three-show package, you’ll get a dedicated Host who will stick with you for the whole day. They know lots about the shows, the venues, the safest paths and places to cross the road. They’ll be your right-hand person for the day.

Learning Objectives

The National Arts Festival has strong links to Te Whāriki and the New Zealand curriculum through the exploration of values, key competencies, and essential learning areas. Each show is rich with opportunities for discussion, reflection, and learning.

Safety First

You’ll receive a RAMS form, evacuation plan, and a helpful planning guide to assist in creating an awesome day for your students.

Late Bookings

Bookings made within four weeks of the performance will be issued a full invoice and payment must be received before attending. Please ensure prompt payment to guarantee your booking.

Refunds Policy

Refunds are at the discretion of Capital E and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Terms and Conditions

  • Tickets for education groups can be reserved in 2018 and Capital E will be in touch in early 2019 to confirm numbers and details.
  • Tickets are subject to availability and we are unable to guarantee exchanges.
  • Your final numbers must be confirmed by 22 February 2019. From this date, you will be liable for the full amount stated on your invoice. Full amount must be paid before the date of your visit.
  • Capital E reserves the right to alter without notice any advertised schedule, artist, or event.
  • We will endeavour to sit groups together but this may not always be possible.
  • Recording of performances (photography, video, sound or by any other means) is prohibited.
  • Buses will be arranged by Capital E to transport groups between their school/centre and Wellington CBD for weekday performances only.
  • Where possible, we will discuss other forms of transport with schools outside the designated free bus areas.
  • Public ticket deals do not apply to education group bookings.
  • All refunds are at the discretion of Capital E and considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Cancellations made in 2019 will incur a 25% cancellation penalty fee. The penalty fee will be calculated from booking numbers submitted via the booking form.

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