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Picton Pestival


Sat 22 Mar 2014, 11:00am–6:00pm

Where: Waitohi Domain, Dublin Street, Picton, Sounds, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Listed by: Chrissy Powlesland

The Picton Pestival is an annual festival to raise funds for Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary. This year marks the Sanctuary’s first year of being open to the public.

To reach the goal of being predator free, ongoing funds are needed to help with pest monitoring efforts.

The Picton Pestival is a festive way to raise awareness and celebrate the return of native birds and flora to Kaipupu Point.

There’ll be plenty of prizes and entertainment for the kids. The Kids Zone with have arts, crafts and a bouncy castle. Kids can touch a Tuatara (thanks to EcoWorld) and get up close to a New Zealand Falcon (thanks to Marlborough Falcon Trust).

There will be a host of expert conservation speakers. And the Conservation Zone will have lots of interesting information on which birds and other native wildlife we can expect to thrive in a predator free environment.

Alt-country band, Shot Band (from Wellington), will be returning to share the stage throughout the day with Blenheim reggae group #Onestep. Picton’s Midge McLeary and Blenheim jazz pianist/singer Lee Stuart (placed first at last year’s SmokefreeRockfest) will also be amongst the lineup.

There’ll be a wide range of wild and tame food on offer from Bread of Life, Quest Catering, Gourmet Deli food caravan (Margaret McHugh), Col’s Baked Potatoes and Mr Whippy. New sponsors, Mud House wine will be there and there will be a cash bar with beer available. A guaranteed fun day out for young and old!

This year’s Picton Pestival is proudly sponsored by Department of Conservation, Port of Marlborough, New Zealand King Salmon, More FM and Mud House Wine.

Tickets: Non-members $10, Kaipupu point Members – free; and children entry by gold coin donation.

For more updates go to

Membership with Kaipupu Point just $20 pa individuals and $30 pa family.

See last year’s event here:

Major Sponsor Bluebridge Cooks Strait Ferry are offering 50% off return day trips to the Picton Pestival*

*Travel must occur on Saturday 22 March 2014 only. You must present your Pestival ticket at check-in as proof that you are attending the event. Failure to present a valid event ticket will result in the fare difference being required to be paid prior to boarding. Discount applies to available fares at time of booking. Normal fare terms and conditions apply. Phone 0800 844 844 or email to book.