All about Toast!

Here are some tips on how to make the most of your time at Toast:

Sunday 20 November 2016, from 9am – 6.30pm The Square (vineyards 10am – 4.30pm)

What’s included:

Your festival ticket provides you with the following:

    • Wristband entry to the 2016 Toast Martinborough Wine, Food and Music Festival
    • A tasting glass
    • A festival programme
    • Access to hop on the free shuttle buses that circulate continuously around the festival circuit
    • Live music from over 20 of NZ’s best live entertainment acts at all festival sites, including in the Town Square.

General admission ticket sales on sale now!

Getting started

When you arrive at Toast, you need to exchange your ticket for a glass, wristband and programme in The Square in the centre of Martinborough, open from 9.00am. If you’re travelling by train, you’ll be met by a Tranzit bus and driven to the Square in Martinborough.  Please don’t bring any alcohol or picnics with you. Bags will be checked in The Square, and also at the entrance to each vineyard.

If you’re a regular Toast festivalgoer and you usually catch the train from Wellington, please note that this year we won’t be exchanging tickets for wristbands etc at the station, so you’ll need to hop straight onto the Tranzit buses at Featherston station to be taken to The Square to exchange your Toast ticket for a wristband, glass and programme.

Festival currency

Once you have exchanged your ticket in The Square, you’ll need to buy festival Francs so you can purchase wine and food at all the sites.  Only festival francs can be used to purchase wine and food. 1 nz dollar = 1 festival franc.

Here’s how it works (we’ve a new improved system in place for 2016).

For 24 years Toast Martinborough has been using the francs paper money system. This year we will be introducing a cashless, hands free AWOP wristband payment system at Toast– much like a Snapper Card, but way cooler. Once you’ve exchanged your ticket for a wristband, glass and programme in The Square, head to a bank tent (in The Square, or at any of the festival sites) and load up your wristband with festival francs, paying by cash, credit card or eftpos (Amex and cheques not accepted).

Once you have festival francs on your wristband, you can purchase food and drink.  At each point of sale a Toast server will key in the number of the item you are purchasing into their scanner, then swipe your wristband chip deducting that amount from your balance.  At any time you can ask for a balance on your festival franc account.  All festival vineyards have a bank site to top up your wristband with more francs if needed.

Here’s the best bit. You can get a cash refund ONLY from the bank in The Square on the day of Toast until 6.30pm, or online up to 4 weeks after the event. Go online to AWOP and using the registration number on the back of the wristband chip, you can get your money transferred back on to your card.  So don’t throw away the wristband at the end of the Toast day if you do have francs left!  You’ll need that registration number on the back of the chip to be able to refund your money to your account.

We’ve also an amazing competition for you to enter after Toast.  Once you’ve organised your refund, go to, enter your details using your wristband chip number and be in the draw to win…

Two nights for two at Peppers Parehua, lunch for two at The Village Café, a stunning basket of Wairarapa produce from Martinborough Wine Merchants, wine from Toast vineyards, a one year subscription to Dish magazine, and much, much more! Competition closes midnight Sunday 18 December 2016.  Winner will be announced Monday 19 December 2016.

Getting there (and back) safely!

As a responsible host, we recommend you use public transport to get to the festival, or have a designated driver if you’re travelling by car.  Tranzit Coachlines is Toast’s preferred travel provider, and they can arrange regional transport to and from Toast.  Accommodation is often full well before tickets go on sale and travel bookings fill up fast. Check out the travel and accommodation sections for more details.

The roads around the Square will be closed from 7am – 7pm, except to official Toast vehicles, shuttle buses and residents.

Parking:  Please be aware there is no parking available at festival sites or near The Square.  Public parking will be available in 2016 on the Rugby Club grounds, Regent Street Martinborough.

Getting around the vineyards at Toast.

All participating vineyards are within an easy stroll of each other, or just a short ride in one of the many free shuttle buses on the route, eliminating your need to have a vehicle at the festival.  Shuttle buses continuously drive one-way around the Toast circuit, stopping at every site and always travel through the Square.  Your wristband gives you free access to all shuttle buses. The first shuttle leaves The Square at 9.45am.


Check out the Programme page on this site to see what’s on offer for 2016.  Each festival site offers a variety of dishes from 10am to 5pm, at varying price points, with gluten-free and vegetarian options.

From 4-7pm food will be sold in The Square, using francs or cash.

Free water is available at all festival site bars, along with bottled water for purchase.


Children are welcome at Toast. There is no charge for children under 10 to attend Toast.  Children from the age of 10 – 17 will need to buy a general admission ticket.  On the day, this ticket will be exchanged for a youth wristband pass only, giving access to the great food and music on offer at all the vineyard sites.

Wheelchair Access

Toast is wheelchair friendly.  All our vineyard sites and the roads and paths in between the sites are flat.  Driveways and paths leading to each vineyard are, for the most part, hard surfaces.  If you prefer to travel on the shuttle bus, some of the festival circuit shuttle buses can lower their entry point for wheelchair access. There are wheelchair accessible toilets at Margrain Vineyard (number 3 on the map) and in The Square.

Under the Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012:

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.
Unauthorised food and drink will be confiscated.
Alcohol cannot be taken in to or out of any festival site.
Alcohol is not permitted on buses.