Booking Periods


Preferential booking from 9am Friday 29 January - Thursday 4 February 2016.


From 9am on Friday 5 February.

Advance booking is highly recommended as sessions can sell out well before the beginning of Writers Week.

Ticket Price and Seating

All tickets are general admission, except the Gala Showcase and sessions in the Michael Fowler Centre and Opera House, which have allocated seating. Ticket prices are listed with each event.

Concession Pricing

Selected events have special prices for children aged 15 years and under and students (secondary and tertiary).

These $10 child/student tickets are available for sessions at the Embassy and BATS Theatres upon presentation of valid ID at Ticketek outlets at the Michael Fowler Centre, St James Theatre, Embassy Theatre or BATS, subject to availability. All children must have a ticket, regardless of age.

Writers Week Passes

Choose a day, take five, or go all out

Bookmark Pass

The ultimate pass offering 15 tickets to Writers Week sessions at the Embassy, BATS and Circa theatres, with 36 events to choose between. Or use your pass for multiple tickets to each event, so you can share the experience with someone else. Buy a Bookmark Pass.

Take 5 Pass

A great little deal offering five tickets to Writers Week sessions at the Embassy, BATS and Circa theatres. Buy a Take 5 Pass.

Friday Off Work Pass

A whole day to free your mind. Pass includes six sessions at the Embassy, BATS and Circa theatres, plus a free coffee and a packed lunch. Buy a Friday Pass.

Delivery of your Pass

When booking your Writers Week Pass please select one of the following delivery options:


If you select 'Box Office Collection', you will be sent your event vouchers in the post. From 29 January these can be redeemed for tickets to the Writers Week sessions of your choice. This redemption must be done in person at a Ticketek agency or, during Writers Week, at the Embassy Theatre.


If you select email, you will receive a booking form once the full programme is announced on 28 January. You will need to make your selections for tickets on that form and email it to Ticketek by Sunday 14 February. After this date, if we have not received your form with your selections, or if you chose to book some but not all of your allocation, you will automatically be sent vouchers which can then be redeemed in person at a Ticketek box office.

Booking Online

Booking online is the easiest and cheapest way to purchase your Festival tickets

You can follow the Buy Tickets links on this website or book at and book up to six events and eight tickets (per event) online with your credit card.

If you choose the ezyTicket option and print your own tickets at home or have them sent to your smartphone via SMS, you will pay a lower Ticketek service fee of $5.25 per transaction.

If you choose to buy online and have your tickets printed and posted, you will be charged $8.25 per transaction.

Other ways to book


0800 842 538 or 0800 TICKETEK


At Ticketek agencies nationwide


Ticketek, Writers Week Bookings, PO Box 6334, Marion Square, Wellington 6141


Tickets may be purchased at the venue one hour prior to the show - provided there are still tickets available!


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Download the booking form

Booking Fees

Most of our ticketed events attract processing fees from the ticket providers


Ticketek booking fees apply to all ticket purchases, including door sales.

Phone, email and postal bookings: $9.25 per transaction

Internet bookings, tickets printed and posted to you: $8.25 per transaction

Mobile or ezyTicket™ internet bookings: $5.25 per transaction

Ticketek agencies: $3 per ticket

Ticketek box offices at the Michael Fowler Centre, St James Theatre, Embassy Theatre*, BATS Theatre* and the Frank Kitts Park Festival Pop-up*: $2 per ticket

Credit card processing fee: +2.55% per transaction

Lost ticket charge: $10 per transaction**

*The Embassy Theatre box office will only be open Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 March. The BATS box office will only be open Friday 11 to Sunday 13 March. The Frank Kitts Park box office will only be open from Friday 26 February to Sunday 20 March.

**Ticketek reserves the right to replace the lost tickets with either reprinted tickets or a ‘Lost Ticket Pass’, which may only be collected from the venue box office one hour prior to the show (identification will be required).

Helpful information

Booking more than 10 shows?

Please use our personalised booking service. Phone Ticketek on (04) 384 3842.

Tickets didn't arrive?

If you haven’t received your tickets within 10 days of sending your booking form, please contact Ticketek.

Child pricing

Selected shows have special prices for children aged 15 years and under. All children must have a ticket, regardless of age.

Access information

Please advise at the time of booking if you have any special seating requirements, including wheelchair and/or companion seating, to ensure that suitable seating is allocated or other necessary arrangements can be made. For GA sessions, please see the front-of-house staff on arrival.

More resources can be found on our Access Info page.

Important Information

Information available on this website is correct at time of entry. The Festival reserves the right to alter without notice any events, programmes and artists.

All ticket purchases are subject to availability, and the best available seats (in each price category) at the time of purchase will be sold.

Latecomers may be excluded from a show or admitted only at a suitable point in the performance. Latecomers will not be entitled to a transfer or a refund.

The use of cameras or recording devices is prohibited. All cellphones and other devices that emit a sound must be either turned off or switched to silent for the duration of the performance.

Tickets are not transferable and there are no refunds or exchanges permitted, except as required under New Zealand consumer law.

If a show is cancelled you will be refunded your ticket price (excluding the Ticketek service fee). Any claims on refunds for cancelled shows must be done prior to Sunday 27 March 2016, via Ticketek.