The Bridge Pa Wine Festival

What is the Bridge Pa Wine Festival?

Seven Wineries in the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District of Hawke’s Bay come together each year to run the Bridge Pa Wine Festival. It takes place on the third Saturday in January – or Wellington Anniversary weekend.

The Bridge Pa Triangle wineries benefit from being close to each other and on the festival day are connected with Hop On/Hop Off shuttle buses throughout the day, allowing attendees to visit multiple wineries and enjoy a wide range of wine experiences.

Each winery has brings a different style to the festival. Each works with a local resturant or food truck to offer a range of food that accompanies the wines on offer and local bands provide music to create an ambience unique to each festival location.  Follow us on the Bridge pa Triangle facebook page for more information.

FESTIVAL HOURS

The Bridge Pa Wine Festival is open from 10.30am – 5.30pm. Wine Sales will promptly close at 5:30pm and last bus to the city will leave at 5:45pm.

If you are travelling on a bus from one of the city pick-up points, be at your selected departure point 15 minutes before the departure time on your ticket. Please carry a print-out of your purchased ticket, we cannot guarantee mobile phone reception at the festival sites.

If you are travelling by car, gates will be open from 10:15am at selected venues for parking. Please ensure your car is collected before 6pm on the day.

Prices

A general admission ticket gets you access to each of the seven festival sites, and access to the hop on/hop off buses that travel between each festival site. You will also get a festival brochure and festival glass when you complete registration at your first winery.

 

Admission does not include wine or food.

Please don’t bring any alcohol with you. Bags will be checked at the entrance to each winery

This event will go ahead rain or shine, it will not be cancelled for weather.

Tickets are limited to 1500 participants so be quick to book.

Online sales of tickets will finish at 6pm on the day before the festival. Please bring proof of purchase from Eventbrite (preferably a printout of your ticket as cell coverage at the festival sites is erratic) for entry onto one of the city transfer busses if you have purchased this option.

REFUNDS

If you suddenly find you can no longer go anymore, you can refund your ticket up to seven (7) days before the event. However, you will only get the ticket price back and not the Ticketing fees.  Refunds will be handled by Eventbrite. Do not message the Festival organisers directly.

The event will not be cancelled due to the weather. If you no longer want to go to the festival and it is within seven days of the event you will not be eligible for a refund.

In the situation that the event is cancelled due to government restrictions you will be given the option of a ticket for the next year’s event or be given a full refund.

GETTING TO AND FROM THE FESTIVAL

As responsible hosts, we recommend you use the festival buses to get to and from the festival. If not you will need a designated driver if you’re travelling by car and not all the participating wineries will have parking. 

Catching one of the buses from the city.

Festival buses will be at specific locations in Napier, Taradale, Hastings and Havelock North.  The first bus leaves at 10:00am and will depart when the bus is full, subsequent buses will also leave when full, with the last bus leaving at 10:30am – full or not. Don’t be late! Please carry a print out of your ticket from eventfinda.

Napier

Napier Bust stop

Napier – buses depart from The National Aquarium, Napier.

Hastings

Hastings – buses will depart from the cenotaph, Russel St South.

Havelock North

Havelock North – buses depart from the Havelock North i-Site, Te Aute Road.

 

Taradale

Taradale – bus will depart from the Lee Road Bus stop opposite Macdonald’s car park.

GETTING AROUND THE WINERIES AT THE WINE FESTIVAL

All participating wineries are just a short ride in one of the many shuttle buses around the triangle, eliminating your need to have a vehicle at the festival.  The shuttle buses continuously drive one-way, anti-clockwise, around the Bridge Pa Triangle, stopping at every site.  Your wristband gives you free access to all shuttle buses. 

 

FREE PARKING

Ash Ridge and Paritua will have designated parking areas for full day parking for participants with General Admission tickets. Please use these designated spaces to park and ride on the shuttle busses.  If a winery’s parking is full, then cars will be directed to another participating winery.

Other wineries parking spaces will be closed to allow the shuttle buses free access and turn at the venues.

CHILDREN

The Bridge Pa Wine Festival is an R18 event. We strongly recommend you do not bring children to the event. If you do, children under the age of 18 prams and strollers will not be allowed on the shuttle buses – you will have to organise your own transport between each site.

 

ACCEPTABLE ID

You may be asked to present ID at the Bridge Pa Wine Festival – whether your are 18 or 64! Legally acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Current Hospitality NZ 18+ Card
  • Current New Zealand Driver Licence
  • Current passport.

CATERING

Each winery is teaming up with a local chef or restaurant to offer a variety of dishes from 10am to 5:30pm, at varying price points. Free water is available at all festival site bars, along with bottled water for purchase.

 

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

The Bridge Pa Wine Festival venues are wheelchair friendly; however, the transfer buses and shuttle buses are not wheelchair accessible. You will need to provide your own transport between festival venues.

Under the Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012:

The wineries promote the responsible consumption of alcohol. Food, water, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at all participating wineries.

  • Intoxicated persons will be refused entry at all festival sites.
  • Intoxicated persons will not be served alcohol.
  • Spot checks of bags may be undertaken at the entry and exit points to all festival sites.
  • Any unauthorized alcohol will be confiscated.
  • Alcohol cannot be taken into or out of any festival site.

Alcohol is not permitted on buses.

Buy Tickets for the 2021 Wine Festival

Saturday 23rd January 10:30am – 5:30pm