All about Toast!

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

Travelling from Wellington on Sunday 19 November? Be prepared for up to a 20 minute delay as you travel to and from Toast, due to ongoing roadworks on the Rimutaka Hill.

Festival date and hours

Sunday 19 November 2017, from 9.30am – 7.00pm in The Square
(vineyard wine sales 10.30am – 5.00pm)

What’s included:

Your festival ticket provides you with the following:

    • Wristband entry to the 2017 Toast Martinborough Wine, Food and Music Festival
    • A tasting glass & lanyard
    • A festival programme
    • Access to hop on the free shuttle buses that circulate continuously around the festival circuit
    • Live music from over 15 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, exchange your ticket for a glass, wristband and programme in The Square in the centre of Martinborough, open from 9.30am. 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.

Festival Money

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 use 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 sites have a bank available 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 7pm, or online up to 4 weeks after the event – 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.


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.

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 approx 10.20am.

Official Free Parking – public and charter bus.

Please be aware there is no parking available at festival sites or near The Square.  From 9am parking will be available in the Rugby Club grounds, Regent Street Martinborough. If you do bring a vehicle, we encourage you to park at the Rugby Club grounds on Regent Street.  For 2017, we’ve also set up an entry tent, a bank and there’ll be toilets available too, so you can swap your ticket for a wristband, glass, lanyard and programme and head straight out to the vineyards without having to go through The Square.  It’s a 5 minute walk to the vineyard circuit, or an 8 minute walk to The Square.  If you don’t wish to walk, there’s a bus stop right there on the corner of Regent and New York St.

Toast Merchandise

From 9:30am – 12, and again from 4pm – 7pm, Merchandise will be available for sale in The Square. Look for the tent next to the Information Tent.

You can buy:

Straw hats $25
Toast 2017 T-shirts $26
Rain ponchos $5 (though hopefully not required – forecast is good!)
Posters, including 2013,14,15,16  for $5 each and of course, 2017 $10 each
2016 25th anniversary Toast glasses – $5 each, or $15 for 4.

AND, if you’re likely to lose your friend, get yourself a Balloon Moon biodegradable sustainable helium balloon and be seen!  Stand out in the crowd. Small $3 each, Jumbo $30

Road Closures

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

Puruatanga and Hurangarua Roads (the wine mile) and Todds Road will be closed from 10am – 5pm, except for official Toast vehicles, shuttle buses and residents.


Check out the Programme page on this site to see what’s on offer for 2017!.  Each festival site offers a variety of dishes from 10.30am to 5.30pm, at varying price points, with gluten-free and vegetarian options.

From 3-7pm 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.

Toast day for 2018?  Sunday 18 November. Toast is always held on the third Sunday of November.


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, Te Kairanga 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.


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