Seating and Accessibility

Seating, Concessions, Groups and Accessibility 

Tickets are $25

All standard tickets in the Festival programme this year are $25. Premium seats are priced at $35. 

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.



For performances at the Toitoi Opera House all seats are allocated. Some performances at The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, and Napier Municipal Theatre also have allocated seating. For all other performances and venues, seating is General Admission, first-come-first-served.


Concession & Children’s Pricing:

This year there are no concession prices available due to the simple pricing structure on offer. Standard tickets are $25, or premium seats are $35. For The Grumpiest Child in the World, seats are free for children age 12 & under with a paying adult. For these shows babies under 1 may sit on a parent’s lap. Many shows have audience age recommendations, please refer to these before making a booking.


Corporate Packages:

For enquires regarding corporate hosting packages, including food and beverage, contact


Show Times & Latecomers:

We recommend you arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. This will give you time to mingle and find your seats before the performance begins. Some shows do have a lock-out policy and latecomers will not be admitted unless there is a suitable break in the performance.


Photos / Videos / Mobile Devices:

The use of mobile phones or other photography or recording devices is not permitted during shows. We have an official festival photographer and videographer and will post photos and updates on our Facebook page regularly.


Special Offers

Festival for Free Club: For the chance to access free tickets for most performances.

These tickets will be released throughout October and will be available on a first come first served basis. Please sign up at


Access and Inclusion

At the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, we’re proud to be an inclusive and diverse Festival.

We are committed to improving our understanding of accessibility needs and all venues are mobility accessible. If you require a wheelchair space or have other concerns please call the Festival office on 06 651 2487 or email when booking your tickets.


Usher Assistance

Venue ushers are available to assist you in finding your seats and to deal with any health and safety issues. They are available before, during and after the show and should be your first point of contact for any questions. 

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