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Terms and Conditions are about making the event fun for everyone. The deal is if you’re nice to yourself and your neighbours, our friendly stewards will be nice too. Here goes the fine print;

  1. Fees for New Wine are determined by age at 1 January in the year of the festival.
  2. Cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the event start date will receive a full refund less an administration fee of $30. There will be no refunds if cancellations are not advised, or are made within 7 days of the festival start date.
  3. Pets are not allowed on site – except aid dogs, regardless of how cute or cuddly they are and whether they can yodel to worship.
  4. Upon arrival, all vehicles must be parked in the designated car parks. No vehicles are permitted on the camping field at any time.
  5. There will be official photographers on site at our events. Attendees may feature in images used for New Wine publicity. Any person wanting their image excluded must notify New Wine in writing and provide a recent photograph. While every care will be taken to exclude images of any such person, no liability will be accepted for any inadvertent error.
  6. Attendees must wear any issued name badges and wrist bands at all times during the festival.
  7. In the unlikely event of this festival being cancelled or the site being closed, New Wine will refund all registration fees on a pro rata basis once any expenses incurred up to and including the cancellation date have been allowed for. The Covid-19 full refund clause may nullify this.
  8. The information supplied on the registration form is for New Wine purposes. We may include your name on a list of festival attendees unless we receive an email asking us not to.
  9. New Wine runs activities which may carry a risk of injury if carried out without due care or in disregard of instructions, the youth call this ‘fun’. While all practicable steps will be taken to ensure your safety, New Wine accepts no liability for any loss, injury or damage to your property or person.
  10. Strictly no drugs or drug paraphernalia on site – except for medical purposes. Anyone found in possession will be evicted from the site and refused further entry to the event. Any drug-related incidents will be dealt with by the event manager and referred to the police.
  11. If you’re unwell with conditions including diarrhea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms you need to stay home. Sickness can spread rapidly at an event like this and you don’t want to be ground zero should an outbreak occur.
  12. You agree to: obey any festival rules as advised during the event; notify us of any hazard or potential hazard identified; tell us if you can’t participate in any activity or there is anything (such as illness or injury) which may affect our decision to allow you to participate in any activity; not do anything which may put yourself or others at risk of harm.
  13. By registering you agree to receiving postal, text and email communication from New Wine, on the understanding that you may unsubscribe at any time.

A responsible adult must accompany all children under 18 years of age. If the parent or caregiver isn’t accompanying the child complete this form here.

A discount of 15% will be applied to bookings with 4 or more full-time paying whānau living at the same address (proof of family or address may be required).

This discount is just for whanau (this absolutely includes those who are fostering children) who are living at the same address! 

We love community living, bringing your friends kids along, having a great relationship with your lodger… but these situations aren’t what this discount is for. If you are struggling in any way to get you or your community along to the festival please please have a chat to us about it! We’ve got a wonderful way of getting financial assistance to those who need it through Grace box.

It’s also worth noting that pricing starts at 2 years. 0-1 come for free but need to be registered (A parents space is provided for this age in addition to the Preschool Zone).

Register and pay by 30 November 2022 and come for half the price of earlybird – double discount!
(discounts are off individual rates)

Register and pay after 30 November 2022 and come for half the full price!
(discounts are off individual rates).

New Wine thrives on a village vibe. We’ll ensure you’re camping near the other Mainlanders so you can create a village vibe in proper mainland style.

The site is a 1h25m hop from the Wellington ferry (for your roadie planning) or if you’re happier soaring through the air you can book into our dorm accommodation and leave the tent behind this time.

It’s also worth noting that pricing starts at 2 years. 0-1 come for free but need to be registered (a parents space is provided for this age in addition to the Preschool Zone).

Getting to New Wine can be financially difficult for some. Christians have a hallmark of sharing each other’s burdens. We have created the GRACE BOX as a means of sharing that hallmark of generosity.

If you would like to add money into the Grace Box include it in your registration (a donation receipt will be issued at financial year end).

If you require financial assistance register for the festival and, complete an online Subsidy Application Form or call the New Wine office on 0800 639 9463.

Hitting the Road

The New Wine entrance for Wairarapa College is located between 18 & 26 Cornwall Street, Masterton, 5810.

If coming from the South on SH2:
After crossing Waingawa River, take the first left onto Ngaumutawa Road.
Travel 2.5km. Turn right onto Cornwall Street.
Wairarapa College is 1.4km down the road on your left. 

If coming from the North on SH2:
Turn right onto Paierau Road (signs for Heavy Traffic Bypass).
Continue onto Akura Road.
After 1.4km turn right onto Ngaumutawa Road.
At the roundabout take the 2nd exit continuing on 
Ngaumutawa Road.
After 450m turn left onto
 Cornwall Street.
Wairarapa College is 1.4km down the road
 on your left.

There is a great train line from Wellington to Masterton so be an eco-warrior, jump on this and enjoy the beautiful scenery! 



  • Bible
  • Bedding (if you’re in dorm accommodation your bottom sheet will be provided, but you’ll need to bring a pillow and blanket/sleeping bag)
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Holiday clothing
  • Togs and swimming gear
  • Coat and/or umbrella
  • Basic first aid kit including sun screen
  • Tent and other camping equipment
  • BBQ, Food, Cooking utensils, Pots and pans, Crockery and cutlery
  • Water bottle (and reusable mug for coffees?)
  • Torch
  • Cash for treats
  • A bike or a scooter (if your child would like to bring one)

    If you’re in a dorm there may be some extra things provided. Check it out in your dorm letter here:
    Poto House
    St Matts

I've Arrived!

Now what?
On arrival check in at the admin area. Registration opens at midday on Thursday. Follow the signs and stewards to the registration area to collect your registration pack containing nametags, wristbands, festival book and other goodies.

Next stop will be setting up your tent or settling into your dorm or offsite accommodation; if you are a camper just remember that you won’t be able to park/drive on the field for set up and pack down. If you need help shifting your gear just ask the stewards as they’ll have some handy solutions/helping hands.

All children aged 0-10 years old in Preschool and Kids Zone check in at their zone venue with their caregiver from 3.30-5pm on Thursday.

The Site

The New Wine entrance for Wairarapa College is located between 18 & 26 Cornwall Street, Masterton, 5810.

There are plenty of school and dorm toilets and showers all within an easy walk of the camping area and zone locations.

Paraplegic shower and toilet facilities are available on site – the map will show where.

Preschool is well set up for this, but if you’re outside of zone time the Living Room ladies bathrooms will have a facility for baby change.

You get a free tent site as part of your registration. It doesn’t matter if you camp on site or a take a holiday home off-site, the New Wine cost is the same.

There’s plenty of parking either as day visitors or full-time delegates. 
The stewards will direct the way on your arrival.
Please pay attention to their instructions and make sure not to drive or park on the camping field!

Responsibility for your possessions rests with you. We suggest leaving valuables at home, however if you just can’t be without them use your car to lock valuables away or keep them on you.

The admin team are amazing, and will sort this for you – find admin on the map!

We have limited power on site, so some camp villages will be powered and others won’t while we figure out the vagaries of a new ‘home’. If you really, really need power let us know and we’ll help out the best we can. Our prayer is more infrastructure over coming years.

Generators are tricky! If they’re solar, you’re all good. If not they can only operate between 7.30-9am, 12-2pm and 5-6.30pm and must be attended during these times.

Click here to see a site map.

The Programme

There’s stuff happening all over the site during the afternoon and evening. In the afternoon look out for workshops, family fun activities, praise parties, giant water slides and loads more; but don’t forget the nearby wineries, shops, cafes and parks.

If you’re itching to get offsite and have a look around the area then there’s something for everyone. Take a peak at some of what’s available here.

Feeling Peckish?

The site’s got home ec rooms which will be camper & dorm-er kitchen central!
You bring your own pots and pans, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery and hey presto, you’ll be ready for action.
Be aware that it’s induction only cooking so no stainless pots will work, nor your favourite copper bottom ones!

If you’re in a dorm you’ll be able to make a hot drink and prepare a (basic) breakkie in the dorm common room but for all your other catering needs you’ll be heading to the campers kitchen too – how good to be in community together!

We’ll all be sharing, but there’s fridges and freezers in the kitchen block for us to use. Space may be limited. Your food is your responsibility.

We have a ‘fridge park’ for those who wish to bring their own fridges or chillers. The school itself doesn’t have enough fridges for exclusive and reserved use, but we’re Christians, we can muck in!

If you’d rather not think about having to cook, that’s fine. On-site we’ll have our very fantastic Hope Kitchen Cafe who sell all sorts of snacks, meals and treats as well as delicious organic fair trade coffee.

Masterton has loads of incredible eateries – cafes, restaurants, take-aways, wineries, food trucks, plus your choice of supermarkets.

If you fancy venturing a bit further away (not that you’d need to!) there are plenty of cute towns and idyllic villages nearby with even more choices. 

Yes, but tenting and caravanning don’t mix with open fires, so gas BBQ’s are allowed, as are gas cookers, but leave the good ol’ charcoal at home.


Get back to nature and wake up in the morning to the sound of birdsong! With the help of our Village Hosts we’ll allocate you a spot on the camping field with shower and toilet facilities close by. A great option for those wanting to self cater with a kitchen and dining spaces near by. Please notify us if you are bringing a caravan or motorhome (as there’s a separate village for you guys) or have an extra large tent. 

The way we allocate is by church groups and geography, and any specific needs, so let us know if you want to camp with special mates and we’ll do all we can – within the limits of us being us, and Jesus being Jesus.

Please remember that cars are not allowed on the camping field at any time – not even for set-up and pack-down!

Want that stellar community feel, but bolstered with life’s little luxuries like actual walls and nearby toilets?
We’ve got the dorm accommodation for you!
We told you the Wairarapa had it all and here’s some of the proof.

Dorm 1 is Poto College House, right on the school site.

Dorm 2 is St Matthews Collegiate which is the premium dorm option and at just 650m away provides your steps for the day.

Let us know which option you would prefer when you register – it’s first in first served, so don’t dilly dally folks!

Pricing is a simple pass-it-on policy of $160 per adult and $100 per junior (17 years and under). Using a travel cot for the really littlies is a dorm freebie (but only with accompanying adults).

You will need to bring your own duvet and pillow, but a bottom sheet is provided. Access to your accommodation is available after you have checked in at New Wine and have your allocated room number. Check out on the final day is 9am. 


Of course New Wine has always allowed you to blaze your own accommodation trail. There are plenty of accommodation options available, including airbnb and bookabach. But book early!

The dorm hostel accommodation should not be confused with hotel accommodation. 

There are a few different types of dorm, all having single beds only: single rooms, twin rooms, and dorm rooms (single or twin cubicles with or without doors).

There will be dorms dedicated to:

  • Families 
  • Females only
  • Males only
  • Adults only (no kids!)

Please let us know if you would like to be put into one of these on your registration form.

Families especially are encouraged to buddy up and let us know who you’d like to share with! There’s a space for this on your registration form.
Most dorms have 10 beds, although some have more so you’re aiming to find 1 or 2 other families to share with.

New Wine will endeavour to take all accommodation needs into account when allocating dorms, but cannot guarantee to meet all requests.

If you’ve been allocated to a dorm (check your emails!) you can find dorm specific information here:
Poto House
St Matts

If you have particular people you’d like to share a dorm with then please let us know when you register!

Take a look at the info above to see the possible room options. For your planning, there are dorms with 10, 14, 18 and 22 beds, so if you make up a group, and let us know the members of your slumber party, we’ll give you an exclusive dorm.

Already registered?
Email and we’ll see what we can do!

New Wine will endeavour to take all accommodation needs into account when allocating dorms, but cannot guarantee to meet all requests.

Keen to Serve?

The team is a fantastic group of people who long to work together to see something achieved that couldn’t be done from a single local church, or even a single denomination. We’re always dreaming and scheming to make things easier and fun. That means the teams evolve and change.

At the moment we need help with stewarding, admin, preschool, kids zone and hospitality. Plus if you can pray for others then sign up for the Meeting Place Prayer Team!

Email us here if you want to check on what’s open at present.

Not necessarily, different teams have different needs and expectations.

Yes, there is a discount for being on some teams. This varies so it’s best to get in touch and we can chat.

Email us here.

Your zone leader can help with this question, but in case email messages are too slow, site set up will be the morning of Wednesday 17th January, which is when site stewards, admin, meeting place will all kick into action. All helpers appreciated if your team isn’t ready for you, just holla at admin and they’ll find you a job.

Money Talk...

Preferably you’ve paid by 30 November and grabbed the early bird discount. Do try to pay beforehand via internet banking to account 03 0767 0468135 000 or pop into the New Wine office with your cash. If unpaid the admin team will be happy to take your money when you arrive and check in.

We do have eftpos machines but no credit card facility.

Yes, the admin office can help with a cash out transaction from the eftpos terminal.

But wait... there's fine print???

New Wine’s always fresh, exciting and full of promise, but festivals have wrinkles, warts and even wasps! Be kind, speak well, love exuberantly and we’ll see God do amazing things among us.

Please observe and respect our policy of separate sleeping accommodation for guys and girls. You know what we mean. No visiting either!

No elephanting around! Move quietly around the site between 11pm and 7am.

Any complaints should be directed to the admin office. If necessary a written statement will be requested and forwarded to an executive panel for appropriate action. New Wine commits to mitigating the concern in a timely manner and will advise the outcome accordingly.

The school have blessed us by welcoming us here. Let’s honour them by looking after the things that matter. Stay off the cricket pitch!

Check the site map for the emergency assembly point. Any site concerns to Shane on 027 280 2384.

Pack down is always busy. Fancy giving us a hand? If so please make yourself available by popping into the admin office and offering your services to help with the clean-up.

Feedback is appreciated. Facebook us, email us here, or fill in our short feedback form here.

A first aid kit is available from the Stewards room. Ear plugs are available in Meeting Place if noise is a problem. In an emergency dial 111 and contact a steward.

Check in with admin or the stewards for misplaced items. After the festival email us here.

Query? Ask at the New Wine office. Open hours are published on the door.

You are responsible for your child’s safety outside session times. Please be mindful of session end times for collecting children.

No pets are allowed on site except aid dogs.

There will be official photographers on site at our events. Attendees may feature in images used for New Wine publicity. Any person wanting their image excluded must notify New Wine in writing and provide a recent photograph, email us here. While every care will be taken to exclude images of any such person, no liability will be accepted for any inadvertent error.

If you have something to share text 021 155 6197 or email us here.

The yellow vest brigade are our stewards, a team of volunteers serving you. Treat them with love, care and respect! Visit them in their Stewards room for lost property, transport issues and security concerns.

Please wear your name tag and wrist band at all times so our teams can identify you as a New Wine attendee.

Don’t. Ever. Certainly not in the Wairarapa College smoke-free zone. This includes vaping.

Items of value are your responsibility. Be cautious and lock them away.

Upon arrival please park in one of the designated car parks.
The stewards will direct the way!
Please pay attention to their instructions and make sure not to drive or park on the camping field!