Public access to the Festival is via Gate B at the western (town) end of the stadium. Once in the gate swap your ticket for a wristband, wine glass, event programme and map and voting form for the New World People's Choice Award Best Fritter. The festival is being held on the field at Toll Stadium. Some seating will be provided in the public areas, the VIP area, Social Club area and the Mac's bar.
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To minimise issues we've had in the past with cash and change at the festival and to cut down on queue times, particularly at the bars, AWOP was introduced successfully into Fritter Festival in 2016 and will continue again in 2017. This means that all food and beverage will be purchased from money you put onto an AWOP card. The system is super easy to use and you may have been to events that used AWOP before.
Here's how it will work at Fritter:
Get an AWOP card on arrival at the festival from the clearly marked Kiosk (there will be a $2 bond for the card that you get back at the end when you hand it in). We'll also have someone at the entrance for those standing in line before 11am to top up your cards while you're waiting.
Load any amount of money onto the card.
Use the card to buy food and beverage throughout the day - all vendors have a "POS reader" like an eftpos machine that scans your card, shows what's been purchased and tell you how much you have left on your card.
At the end of the event, hand your AWOP card back to the kiosk to get your $2 refund and any unspent money.
If you forget to do this you can post your card away with your bank account details to get your refund.
The only vendors that won't be included in this is the merchandise/ arts/ craft stalls where you can still purchase the goods by cash/ eftpos.
Buses - Event Day
Route 1: Matapouri to Toll Stadium Return
Pick up points and departing times: Matapouri dairy 10am, Tutukaka service station 10.15am, Ngunguru dairy 10.30am, arrive Toll Stadium 11am
Route 2: Mangawhai to Toll Stadium Return
Pick up points and departing times: Mangawhai 9.30am, Waipu Cove dairy 9.50am, Waipu Fire Station, Nova Scotia Drive 10am, Ruakaka Shops 10.30am, arrive Toll Stadium 11am
Route 3: Whangarei Heads to Toll Stadium Return
Pick up points and departing times: McLeods Bay The Deck , Reotahi 10.15am, Parua Bay Tavern Car Park 10.30am, Onerahi Tavern Car Park 10.45am and arrives Toll Stadium 11am
All Buses depart Toll Stadium 7.15pm. Times are approximate.
Bus tickets are available from Eventfinda and Forum North Box office until 4pm, Tuesday 21 March 2017.
Tickets from Eventfinda
Note: There is not the ability to have child seats on the buses. Children 4 and under can sit on an adults knee but this is the sole responsibility and decision of the adult and neither the event organiser or bus company will take any responsibility for any incident or injury that may occur. Children 5-17 years old must have their own seat and bus ticket as will children 4 and under who require a dedicated seat. All adults must have a bus ticket.
Bus tickets are only on sale until 4pm Tuesday 21 March as we need to ascertain exact numbers to ensure the correct size bus is allocated to each route.
Buses - Out of Town
Festival tickets are available from Eventfinda and Forum North Box Office on Rust Avenue, Whangarei.
Tickets from Eventfinda
Toll Stadium is conveniently located on Okara Drive 2kms from the CBD and 9 kms from the Whangarei Airport. Is it 2 hours drive north of Auckland.
Lost & Found
The Lost Property/ Security tent is located at the rear end of the festival near the entrance. Report all lost and found property to Security. This is also where lost children is located.
Send your name, phone number and short description of what you have lost to Lost Property and we will contact you as soon as we can. Valuables will be handed to the Police.
All media enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking & Traffic Management
Parking is available at Cobham Oval and surrounding streets including Okara Drive, Port Rd and Porowini Avenue. Disabled parking is available inside the Toll Stadium car park by showing a permit. Ritchies Event bus drop off and pick up point is in the Toll Stadium car park outside Gate B. A Traffic Management Plan will be in place. Please observe signage, speed limits and no parking areas. A drop off/ pick zone is directly outside Toll Stadium on Okara Drive.
Smoke free Venue
Toll Stadium is a completely Smoke free venue which includes all buildings, seating areas and embankments. An event wristband will be available to allow you to exit and re enter the venue to smoke outside.
All events at Toll Stadium are Minimise Waste events. We discourage large amounts of non-recyclable products to be brought into the venue. When attending the festival event, please use the recycling bins provided.
What to bring and not bring
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our patrons, entry into Toll Stadium is subject to a number of terms and conditions. Patrons may not bring into the stadium alcohol, weapons, glass bottles or cans, beverages other than water, chilli bins, picnic baskets, dogs or other pets (guide dogs are permitted).
No food or beverage to be brought on site except for sealed clear plastic water bottles up to 1.25 litres in size, and a small amount of home-prepared food for children and for those who have specific dietary requirements.
No recording devices for commercial purposes such as cameras or video equipment.
You can bring prams, strollers and pushchairs, please be mindful of restricting people's view of the stages.
Low chairs only may be brought into the stadium.
All patrons and their possessions may be subject to searches before entering Toll Stadium.
Patrons may be refused entry to Toll Stadium if they appear intoxicated/under the influence of drugs or exhibit disorderly behaviour.
Toll Stadium has zero tolerance to patrons that are physically or verbally abusive or behave in a disorderly or offensive manner and will be asked to leave the venue.