Ticketing Info

Ticketed events 
All tickets can be purchased at verbwellington.nz.
Listed prices are for discounted earlybird tickets which can be purchased up until the day before the event. Door sales will also available, unless sold out.
There is a student / unwaged price for most events which you can select when you go to purchase your ticket online.
On the day of the event you can just show your ticket receipt to our ushers using your phone (you don’t have to print them).

Verb passes are a good way to get the full festival experience and they make great gifts and can save you up to 40%. Passes are not valid for Special Events (pages 17–18), Family & Kids events (pages 20–21) and Workshops (pages 23–24).

Pass Types
Four Trip: four events for $55, choose your events at the time of purchase.
Six Trip: six events for $80, choose your events at the time of purchase.
Wing It: this pass gets you into every single event, except special events and workshops, unless the event is sold out. You don’t have to select in advance what you want to see – just buy this pass and turn up on the day of the event. This pass is not transferable and can only be used under your name. $145.

Help with Booking
If for some reason the ticket booking isn’t working, or if you prefer to avoid internet bookings generally, you can call us (Andrew) on 021 207 6466 and make a credit card booking over the phone at no extra cost.

There are no tickets for LitCrawl on Saturday 9 November. Just rock up and donate if you can spare the change.
We are a not-for-profit organisation. All of the income from ticket sales and donations goes straight to the making of this festival. Thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters who allow us to keep ticket prices low and accessible.

Ticketed events are 60 minutes duration, unless otherwise stated.
LitCrawl events are 45 minutes duration.


All of the ticketed events are guaranteed seated. The only exception is Meow: if you pre-buy tickets and arrive before the event stats, you'll get a seat, but if you turn up on the door and buy a ticket, it’s not guaranteed. Caroline, San Fran, and Meow all have a mix of bar stools and normal chairs. Te Auaha's Bar Area is all bar stools, but they also have standard chairs if required.

Of the free events, most of the LitCrawl Saturday night venues have a mix of seats and standing, but the ones that are least likely to have any free chairs are: Pegasus Books, Hunters and Collectors, Arty Bees, Caroline, Bowen Galleries, Millers O'Brien, Alistair's Music and Meanwhile. The Sunday Stroll events in Newtown are also all in Book Stores and won't have more than one or two chairs (Book Haven, Book Hound, Another Chapter).

Wheelchair access

All venues have wheelchair access, except Caroline and San Fran. Hashigo Zake has a stair lift.


For hearing, the National Library, Te Auaha, Public Trust Hall and City Gallery all have a hearing loop systems (although City Gallery only for their day events, we're using a foyer for the Saturday evening LitCrawl event there).

Other Notes

If you've found any contradictory information (or anything else you think might be useful to have on our site in terms of accessibility and any suggestions generally), please let us know.

During the events, you'll see our staff (and/or volunteers) wearing branded t-shirts who will be able to help out if anything is needed in terms of accessibility or anything else too.

Please let us know if advance if we can help in any way and we’ll do our best to accommodate.