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Effects of Homegrown festival on two-night Wellington stay

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Effects of Homegrown festival on two-night Wellington stay

We will be in Wellington the nights of April 7 and 8, 2018, having taken the ferry from Picton after our driving tour of the South Island and beginning a couple of weeks on the North Island. I discovered last night that a large concert event called Jim Beam Homegrown is scheduled to take place the afternoon and evening of April 7 in the harbor area. I'm curious what this means for our ability to visit downtown sights Saturday afternoon and Sunday, especially Te Papa (which is surrounded by the event stages). Would we be better off staying outside downtown and taking public transportation to the CBD? Or staying downtown so we can walk to whatever we want to see? Will public buses be packed with event-goers? Assuming the event takes place on Saturday the 7th, do the crowds dissipate by Sunday?

I appreciate any input based on experience with the event from previous years.

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1. Re: Effects of Homegrown festival on two-night Wellington stay

Stay downtown but over the opposite side of town to the concert. Otherwise, your visit shouldn't be too much affected, but book accommodation now.

If you're in town you'll be able to walk to wherever you want to go, pretty much, and won't need to worry about public transport.

Edited: 28 November 2017, 08:18
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2. Re: Effects of Homegrown festival on two-night Wellington stay

Thank you, tropicalsundae, for this helpful response. This is what I was hoping to learn.

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3. Re: Effects of Homegrown festival on two-night Wellington stay

And you'll have to bonus of hearing a whole bunch of NZs TOP 'homegrown' singers/ bands/DJs etc

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4. Re: Effects of Homegrown festival on two-night Wellington stay

Thanks for raising this question, and if you don't mind, I would like to add a question to your thread. We're booked into At Home on Wakefield Street on 7th and 8th April so now I'm wondering do we need to move for a good night's sleep. How late before the music stops?

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5. Re: Effects of Homegrown festival on two-night Wellington stay

Obviously I don't know from experience, but the Homegrown website says it runs from 1:00 to 11:00pm.

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6. Re: Effects of Homegrown festival on two-night Wellington stay

And they do stick to the advertised time pretty well, due to noise control requirements.

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7. Re: Effects of Homegrown festival on two-night Wellington stay

Thank you both. That's very helpful.

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