Attending a Schools event

Our Schools programme is packed full of toi Māori, theatre, music, dance, visual arts, and literature events.

Genre tags can quickly help you find what is on offer for your students. Many events in our programme are free, keep an eye out for the FREE icon.

Some events take place earlier than the Festival dates, such as Destination Mars and in Pursuit of Venus [infected] – these are great option for activities in Term 4.

Where they are available, event-specific Schools resources will be available from

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Ticketing information

Tickets for our Schools programme are $15 per student, $11 for Destination Mars or $5 for Te Ahu Taiohi and can be booked by submitting the booking form below or by calling (04) 473 0149 (ext 1).

Please note the best available tickets for school groups at public performances are often C Reserve.

An adult must accompany each student group attending a Schools event. We can issue one teacher/caregiver ticket for every 10 students at the Schools ticket price for that event. Additional adults in attendance must pay the full price (unless it is a schools-only performance).

Once invoiced, Schools tickets are non-refundable unless the Festival cancels the event due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Contact us at to discuss or share any concerns you have regarding content. Tickets are issued on a first come-first served basis, and some events will sell out.


Booking online is easy using our booking form.

Artist Talks

Students can attend a free public Artist Talk for some performances. These are a great opportunity for students to learn more about a show and its creators and are mostly suited to Years 12–13. See the event pages for details.

Curriculum Links

Schools performances and experiences may relate directly to strands of the New Zealand curriculum. They may also have direct relevance to many of the NCEA achievement standards of all three levels.

Relevant curriculum links are noted on each event page, you can also explore Schools events by subject:

  • Drama
  • English
  • History
  • Media
  • Māori Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • Te Reo
  • Visual Art

Content warnings & audience care

Age suitability is based on our recommendation only and we have provided content warnings where appropriate. The Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts takes no responsibility for any offence caused but please feel welcome to contact the Schools team at to discuss any concerns about a show’s content.

Getting to the Festival

The award-winning family owned Tranzit Coachlines is helping to make the Festival Schools programme more accessible to more schools in the region.

Their special school rates for Wellington Regional schools (including as far north as Upper Hutt and Porirua) range from $218-$387 return, including GST. For schools outside these areas who do not qualify for the school rate (Kāpiti, Wairarapa, Whanganui and Palmerston North) Tranzit will still offer a special rate to make attending the Schools programme easier.

To take advantage of these special rates schools need to book with Tranzit no later than the end of Term 4.

Please contact Tranzit Coachlines to book your travel at or by calling 04 387 2018 – quoting “Aotearoa New Zealand Festival Schools Transport”. Terms and conditions apply.

Teacher Resources

Free Teacher Resources are available for some productions here

Access & Inclusion

Accessibility is important to us at Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

In this brochure we have listed opportunities for access to audiences who may be Deaf or blind/low vision. Note that accessible performances may be a different time and date to Schools performances. 

Where applicable the events have the appropriate symbols next to the event information. Dates are listed next to the symbols. If you wish to bring a group along to an accessible performance, please contact us at

Our full Access and Inclusion Programme, including information for wheelchair users, can be found at or contact our Access Programme Producer Nathan Mudge at, 04 473 0149 ext 6.

Please note that wheelchair seating is limited at all venues. Contact for more information about wheelchair access.

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