Welcome to the Festival of Words! We're excited to bring you a varied selection of literary events over four days at several venues around the region. We have put together information about bookings, attending events and our venues. If your question is not answered below please email us or phone us on 06 759 6060.
We can't wait to see you at the Festival!
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a help desk at the Festival?
Yes, a help desk will be located in the foyer of Puke Ariki Library.
Is seating allocated at the Festival?
Seating for all events is general admission, we ask that you allow for plenty of time before events to make yourself at home and find your seat.
Do I need to buy tickets to attend the Festival?
We have a mix of paid ticketed, free ticketed, and open (no bookings required) events. To find out if you need to book for particular event, check out the event's listing.
Can I buy books at the Festival?
Books will be available for purchase at selected events, as well as at Poppies Bookstore next to Puke Ariki Library.
Are your venues accessible?
Can I take photos at the event?
Photography without flash is permitted, but please ensure your device is on silent. Filming events is not permitted.
Can I bring food and drink into the venue?
You can bring your own food into events at Puke Ariki Library and the Community Libraries. Food and drinks purchased onsite at the Museum can be taken into events in the Museum Foyer. No food is allowed at any of the other venues.
Will there be door sales?
Tickets can be purchased online up until the time of the event using i-TICKET. Tickets are also available to purchase from the New Plymouth i-SITE daily from 10am – 5pm.
We have a mix of paid ticketed, free ticketed, and open (no bookings required) events. Bookings for paid ticketed and free ticketed events can be made online or at the New Plymouth i-SITE.
All ticketed events are subject to availability. Tickets are non-transferable between events and there will be no refunds or exchanges. For paid ticketed events, additional fees may apply. If a paid ticketed event is cancelled, then the ticket price will be refunded by i-TICKET. All other fees and charges are non-refundable. For free ticketed events, individuals not checked-in by staff five minutes after event start time are considered a ‘No Show’ and your space will be reallocated.
Puke Ariki Museum
Located at 65 St Aubyn St, Puke Ariki Museum is hosting several events. It has plenty of parking, is easily accessible with excellent exhibitions to browse before or after.Visit the Museum
Puke Ariki Library
Located at 1 Ariki Street, the Library is hosting two Words out Loud sessions, workshops and talks. Parking is available in the Puke Ariki carpark or on the street.Puke Ariki Library
Taranaki Research Centre
Located on level 2 of Puke Ariki Library the Research Centre is hosting talks that will take you back in time.Taranaki Research Centre / Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki
Visit the seaside town of Ōākura for bookmaking workshops. There is plenty of free parking directly oustide the library.Ōākura Library
Inglewood Library and Service Centre
Situated in the heart of Inglewood the library is easily accessible, with parking available in nearby streets.Inglewood Library and Service Centre
Waitara Library and Service Centre
Come to Waitara Library to make poi and taonga puoro. There is car parking available near the library and a ramp provides access for all.Waitara Library and Service Centre
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery houses a fantastic contemporary collection. There is limited parking close by or take a five minute stroll from the Puke Ariki carpark.Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Empire Tea and Coffee
Located on Devon Street West, Empire Tea and Coffee is right in the heart of New Plymouth. There is on street parking available in neighbouring streets.Empire Tea and Coffee