Dates & Times

The gates Festival One 2019 will open at 10:00am on the morning of the 25th of Jan and will end at 12pm on the 28th of Jan. 

Wristband Refund

Please follow this link to get your wristband refund. Funds are available up to 4 weeks after the event.

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! Email to find out more!

Applications have now closed! Please apply for 2019. 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.

Already part of a specific crew area for 2019? Then make sure you get in touch with your Area Head for the registration process! Click this link for more info.

Media and Missions

Have a blog, radio segment, or magazine and love interviewing artists, speakers and people that are doing rad things? Email to submit your interest.

We welcome your agency to come be part of Festival 2019. We only have a couple stalls available so get in quick! Email to find out more!

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We will release the programme for 2019 later this year. It’s fair to say that the programme for Festival One 2019 is going to be like nothing you’ve seen before.

We can’t wait to share it with you!


Our goal is to make your experience getting onto and around site as easy as possible.

We’ll have a map available soon for you to see exactly where all the action is happening!


Over the years we’ve had some amazing food and retail vendors colour festival. For 2019 we’d love to hear from you about what vendors you want to see!

Email us,


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. With a Kids’ Programme for your small ones (5 – 10-year-olds) and a Toddlers’ Programme for your extra-small ones (0 – 4-year-olds), 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.

Toddlers Programme

The Toddlers’ Programme, held in its own building – the Historic Garage! Your toddler will be intrigued by both the old cars & toys. Feel free to drop-and-go, or sit under the veranda on a wrought iron chair, sipping your latte as junior plays. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9am – 12pm. They will need to bring a water bottle, but we’ll provide an allergy-safe morning tea 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.


You can pre-register from 3 – 4:50pm on Friday night in the Toddlers’ Marquee, or the walk-up registration is open from 8:30 – 9am on the day. Spaces are limited, so please be punctual!


Photo, Film and Campsite

Themes for Festival One’s 2019 Competitions will be announced later in the year – watch this space for details!



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. 

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.

What about Camping & Caravans?

Can I bring my caravan or book a powered site?
You sure can! All pricing for powered sites and caravans is available on iTicket

Can we reserve a space for our group?
Absolutely! Email our groups team at before the 7th of December 2018 and they will sort that out for you.

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 map soon.

Is there drinkable water on site?

Water is available everywhere on-site. It is clean and drinkable, so unless you only drink bottled water – no judgment here, friend – you won’t have to worry about buying it.

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

If you have a large group (100+) you will be issued 2 x temporary vehicle passes for 4 representatives of your group to bring in gear at 6pm on Thursday night. The purpose of these vehicle passes are just to drop off gear, and the 4 representatives must have had their wristbands sent to them prior to arriving at the festival. Email before the 7th of December 2018 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!