Dates & Times

The gates Festival One 2020 will open at 9:00am on the morning of the 24th of Jan and will end at 12pm on the 27th of Jan. 

You are welcome to come in and out of the festival gates throughout the weekend. Just make sure you keep your wristband on.

My Wristband

If you still have credit left on your wristband from Festival One 2020 you can get your refund up to 6 weeks after the festival. Click this link.

What is Festival One?

Festival One is multi-day Christian Festival held at Mystery Creek, Hamilton on Auckland & Waikato Anniversary Weekend.

Festival One is in its fourth year and has a broad range of fantastic artists, lots of opportunities for the creative arts and a few other surprises.

Our goal is to create community in the church through music, art and culture. This will be achieved through organic growth, an annually progressing teaching curriculum and outstanding music and arts.

Contact Details

For specific inquiries, please email the relevant contact in each section. For all other questions and comments, email us at, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Join the Crew

Love festival? Love the people? Love & appreciate the work that goes into it? Then join the team. Apply for Festival One 2021 soon!

The Ministry of Art is a sweet space for visual artists to share their work at Festival One – painting, photography, sculpture, drawing – the options are pretty much endless. Applications have closed but please try again for 2021.

Already part of a crew? Great! You should receive the registration process soon.

Join the fam

If you would like to get coverage on Festival one for your blog, magazine or newspaper, please submit your interest here.

We welcome your agency to be part of Festival One 2020. Applications have now closed but please try for 2021.

We love how many families have decided to make Festival One their family summer holiday. The toddlers programme has reached capacity but if you have kids register here! But hurry – spaces are limited.

New Zealand is blessed with a depth of talented artists in all genres. We wanna know what makes your music unique? And what will make us want to stay and listen to your sweet tunes, that no other band has.

Applications have closed for 2020 festival. Please try for the following festival.

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We will have a printable version of the Festival Programme available soon.

Please note: We recommend you use the Festival APP for the most current version as there are still some changes to come on the printable versions.


Our goal is to make your experience getting onto and around site as easy as possible. Maps are available on our App.

Or view the current overall site map here.
Or the Market Map here.


Our mouths are watering and our pockets are jingling! Click here for the list of 2020 Retail and Food Vendors.


Kids Programme

They all grow up so fast! Are your young’uns ready to fly the nest (temporarily, under supervision, in a super-fun and safe space)? We’ve got you covered. Head to the New Release building, sign posted KIDS PROGRAMME. For your small ones (5 – 10yo) available Saturday and Sunday.

All of Festival One’s little humans will have a space to have the time of their lives AND learn about God’s awesome love—which is pretty much the same thing.

Pre-register here.

Toddlers Creche

The Toddlers’ Creche, for ages 2 – 4 years, will be your good ol’ drop-and-go space, held in its own building, the Historic Garage! Crew available in the space on Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 12pm. Parents will need to provide a water bottle. We’ll have a light morning tea of fruit for your precious, butter-fingered toddlers. Parents, you’ll need to stay on call in case your child needs you – especially for those nappy changes! If nappies need changing, we’ll flick you a text.

Pre-registrations have closed!






Love decorating your campsite, stringing fairy-lights, creating a vibe, and bringing together community? Then be wary! Our curated campsite judges will be wondering around site, seeing who has what it takes to receive the official Festival One trophies. Categories are:

– Best Lighting
– Best Community
– Most Creative
– Best Crew Site



In times of darkness and in times of joy, shine the light that is hope.

For this year’s film comp, we want you to show us what shining your light looks like at Festival. Capture the moments where you see light shining no matter the circumstances. Film your friends and family, role play if you need, or capture people off guard in random acts of kindness that show there is hope.

Record, edit, and upload your 1-minute long film to Instagram over the weekend using the hashtag #F1FilmComp2020 and #Under16 or #Over16 so we know what category you fall under. Remember, your profile must be on public for us to see your videos and there are some awesome prizes up for grabs. Entries close 3pm Sunday 26th January.



Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

What does hope look like when you fully give your life into God’s hands? Does your heart flutter knowing the worry is eliminated? Or do you live your life more cautiously, so you don’t have to give over control? However, you feel, when you think about the future, the future remains in his hands and his hands alone. All we can do is hope.

This Festival show how hope leads to your future. Think outside the box and capture those moments! There are some awesome prizes up for grabs. Simply snap a picture over the weekend and upload it to Instagram with the #F1PhotoComp2020 and with #Under16 or #Over16 so we know which category you’re entering. Also remember, your account needs to be on public for us to see your picture. Entries close 3pm Sunday 26th January.



Are there rules? Where do I find them?

Easy. We call it a Code of Conduct and if we all live by it, everyone will have a sweet time at Festival One. 

Do I need to pay for a campsite?

Camp sites are included in your festival ticket. Just be sure to bring all your camping essentials: tent, sleeping gear, cooking items, deck chair, etc.

I have accessibility requirements, who can I talk to about this?

Our friendly team of volunteers in the Soul Lounge of course! Fill in this form so they know exactly what you need. From disability parking, hospital grade beds, fridges for keeping medicines cold, and buggies to drive around site! This team will make sure you have the best experience possible.

What about Caravans?

Can I bring my caravan, motorhome or rooftop tent?
You sure can! Sites are allocated for health & safety reasons. Click this link to purchase your reserved space.

Can we reserve a space for our group?
Absolutely! Email our groups team at before the 6th of December 2019 and they will sort that out for you.

Can I get a discount?

We’ve got a few different discounts available – see below! More pricing information is available at iTicket too. We know families come in a few different shapes and sizes, so here are our family discount pricing structures.

Family – One Adult +
Select one adult and at least 3 children/student tickets and we will give you (12% OFF the total ticket price (excl booking and transaction fees). Family tickets are only applicable to immediate family members.

Family – Two Adult +
Select two adults and at least 2 children/student tickets and we will give you (12% OFF the total ticket price (excl booking and transaction fees). Family tickets are only applicable to immediate family members.

NZ Deaf Community Special Offer
We’ve liaised with the NZ Deaf Community to provide a discount code that is available for a limited time. We believe strongly in making the Festival accessible for as many as possible and so most of our venues offer sign language translators. Email for the code

Group discounts/how do I get a group to Festival One?
Become a Festival One Ambassador by getting your unique code from and sharing it with your friends. Get 20+ of them to enter your code when they purchase their passes and voila, you have a complimentary Festival One ticket.

Can I buy a day pass? Or ticket to see a specific artist?

We don’t sell day passes, only full weekend tickets. All performances and seminars are included in the ticket. Reason for this is that we are concentrating on being a multi-day festival rather than a shopping list for specific acts.

I'm a student but don't have a student ID. Can I still buy a student ticket?

If you can prove your studies another way, go right ahead and purchase a student ticket. When you arrive at festival we’ll ask for proof – a letter from your college or university will do.

Toilets and showers

There are toilets (not port-a-loos – you’re welcome), showers and disability-friendly facilities located all over the grounds. You’ll be able to see these on our Festival App (available soon).

Is there drinkable water on site?

Water is available everywhere on-site. It is clean and drinkable. We recommend you bring your reusable drink bottle (we love our reusables and recyclable items) or large water containers to keep at your camp site.

How can I get early access on Thursday night to setup?

If you have a large group (100+) you will be issued temporary vehicle access for 4 representatives of your group to bring in gear at 6pm on Thursday night. The representatives must have had their wristbands sent to them prior to arriving at the festival. Email before the 6th of December 2019 to arrange this.

My church has given me a different code, what’s that about?

Your church already has a Festival One ambassador! Some churches we’ve been in touch with are coming to Festival One as a church camp, so they have a different code system and benefits. Check with your church’s ambassador what the details are, or if you’re not sure, feel free to email our team at and we’ll let you know what’s going on!


Festival One 2019 Podcasts

We’re so excited to share Festival One 2019 seminar sessions and workshops with you all. 

Click here for the podcasts, available across all platforms.