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Fritter Festival Cancelled

We are saddened to advise you that the 2020 Whangarei Fritter Festival has been cancelled due to Covid 19.

For more information, please read the news release from Council's Community Group General Manager, Sandra Boardman.

Fritter Festival Cancellation - Safety a Priority

Access

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.

The festival is held on the field at Semenoff Stadium. Some seating will be provided in the public areas, the Laser Electrical VIP area, Pak 'n' Save Social Club area and the Mac's bar.

Tickets

Eventfinda will be in touch with all ticket holders to advise how people can get a refund through their website.

People who purchased their tickets at Te Manawa The Hub Information Centre in Whangarei will be able to get a refund from The Hub.

Event on Eventfinda

Buses

Three special bus services will be provided once again for the event. Bus tickets must be purchased with a Fritter Festival ticket. A separate bus ticket will be issued to present to the driver.

All buses are due to arrive at Semenoff Stadium, Okara Drive, Whangarei between 10:30am– 11:00am and will depart Semenoff Stadium from Okara Drive straight after the festival finishes at approximately 7:00pm.

Please review bus route information carefully to ensure the correct ticket is purchased. 

Cost: Whangarei District - $25 return

Route 1: Matapouri to Semenoff Stadium Return

Pick up points and departing times:

  • Matapouri dairy 10:00am,
  • Tutukaka Service Station 10:15am,
  • Ngunguru dairy 10:30am

Route 2: Whangarei Heads to Semenoff Stadium Return

Pick up points and departing times:

  • McLeods Bay The Deck, Reotahi Rd 10:15am,
  • Parua Bay Tavern Car Park, 10:30am,
  • Onerahi Tavern Car Park 10:45am

Route 3: Mangawhai to Semenoff Stadium return

Pick up points and departing times:

  • Mangawhai 9:30am,
  • departs Waipu Cove dairy 9:50am,
  • Waipu Fire Station, Nova Scotia Drive 10:00am,
  • Ruakaka shops 10:30am

Bus tickets can be bought up until 4:00pm, 24 March 2020.

Pick up points may be adjusted depending on demand. Patrons are advised to leave a daytime phone number during their purchase.

Final bus timetables will be posted on the event page of Eventfinda prior to the event.

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.

Buses - Out of Town

Intercity Coachlines

www.intercity.co.nz

Accommodation

Whangarei has a variety of accommodation options depending on your needs and price ranges from motels and lodges to backpackers and bed & breakfasts. Check out a few options below.

www.whangareinz.com/accommodation

Bookabach

Book a Bach provides access to Godzone's finest baches and holiday homes, apartments and other self-contained accommodation options. It is the most trusted resource for finding and securing private accommodation. Take the link below for holiday homes in the Whangarei District.

www.bookabach.co.nz

AWOP

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. 

This means that all food and beverage will be purchased from money you put onto an AWOP wristband (card for VIP).

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:

  • Swap your ticket for an AWOP wristband on arrival at the festival.
  • Head to one of the 2 AWOP banks onsite and load any amount of money onto the wristband / card.
  • Use the wristband / 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, head to the kiosk to get any unspent money refunded. You can do this up to month after event day.
  • 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.

Location

Semenoff Stadium is conveniently located on Okara Drive 2 kms from the CBD and 9 kms from the Whangarei Airport. Is it 2 hours drive north of Auckland.

Lost and Found

During Event

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.

Post Event

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.

Lost Property

Media

All media enquiries, please email events@wdc.govt.nz.

Parking and 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 stadium car park by showing a permit.

Ritchies Event bus drop off and pick up point is in the Semenoff 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 Semenoff Stadium on Okara Drive.

Smoke free Venue

Semenoff Stadium is a completely Smoke free venue which includes the entire stadium and the carpark.  Your festival wristband will allow you to exit and re-enter the venue.

Waste Minimisation

All events at Semenoff 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 and compost bins provided.

Recycling ambassadors will be onsite to assist you on the day to ensure the correct use of the waste, recycling and compost bins.

What to bring and not bring

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our patrons, entry into the stadium is subject to a number of terms and conditions.

Patrons may not bring into the stadium:

  • alcohol,
  • weapons,
  • glass bottles or cans,
  • any beverages including water (you can bring empty bottles up to 1.25 litres in size),
  • chilly bins,
  • picnic baskets,
  • dogs or other pets (guide dogs are permitted).

No food or beverage to be brought on site except for 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 stage.

Low chairs only may be brought into the stadium. Umbrellas can be brought in to provide shade.

All patrons and their possessions may be subject to searches before entering the stadium.

Patrons may be refused entry to the stadium if they appear intoxicated / under the influence of drugs or exhibit disorderly behaviour.

Semenoff 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.