Here are some frequently asked questions about our festival.
If you have more, just contact us!

Where is the Festival Held?
Sarau Festival is held in the expansive grounds of the Moutere Hills Community Centre, 1km from Upper Moutere Village, on the Moutere Highway.
See a map here.

When does the Festival begin, and how much does entry cost?
Gates open at 3pm, entry is $6 per adult, and children are free.

What happens to the Festival if the weather is not so good?
The forecast improves every time we look at it, so we at Sarau are confident of another wonderful day out here in the Moutere. Remember that it often rains in Nelson or Motueka but is fine and dry in the Moutere.

What time does the Sarau Festival end?
We wind up soon after our last band finishes playing – around 9pm.

May we bring our own food and alcohol to the Festival?
Under the terms of our licence we are not allowed to have alcohol brought onto the site unless it is being sold by one of our licenced vendors. We will not stop you bringing picnic food, but we would warmly recommend our many wonderful food stallholders, and hope that you will support them.

Will there be a sober driver service?
Yes, Merv Hatcher is operating the Tapu Bay shuttle service for the event. You can pre-book transport on their website or contact on 0272287081.

Can we bring our dog to the Sarau Festival?
No we are sorry but the Festival is held on a Tasman District Domain which prohibits dogs – even on leads. There is also not much shade in the parking area so leaving your dog in the car is not a good idea. Please leave them at home.

Where does the money go from Sarau Festival?
No one is employed by Sarau Festival directly. The festival is organised by local volunteers – people like you. There are bills to pay of course, and the entry fee is used to cover all the expenses of the festival – venue and equipment hire, band hire, traffic management to name just a few. What is left is placed in the Sarau Community Trust – Click here for more information on the trust.