The festival is held at the Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre, on Moore’s Valley Road, which is beyond Wainuiomata – about 40 minutes drive from central Wellington.
If you are driving, take State Highway 2 out of Wellington, take the Petone exit, follow signs to Wainuiomata, which is over the hill. Go through Wainuiomata, stick to the Main Rd (mind the speed camera), when you on the far outskirts of town take a left turn down Moore’s Valley Road (there’s a sign to Brookfield) – the turnoff is at a roundabout (it’s the last one, but of course you won’t know that…). Drive 6.5 kms down Moore’s Valley Road to the end and there you are at Brookfield. See the map below for more details. If you see anyone trudging along Moores Valley Road with a backpack (or waiting hopefully at the start of the road), please offer ’em a ride if you’ve got space.
Google has a comprehensive map with driving instructions. Even if you are not driving, these instructions will give you an idea of how to get there.
The Airport Flyer bus can take you from Wellington airport and the central city to Queensgate shopping mall in Lower Hutt. It’s an orange bus and its signs are orange. It only stops at a few central city stops. From Queensgate you can get a bus to the Wainuiomata Bus Depot which is about a block and a half past the Moores Valley Road turnoff.
From there you’ll be hitching – if you hold a clear sign saying “Folk Festival” you’ll be sure to get a lift. Otherwise it’s a long walk.
A more expensive option but worth it if there are several of you travelling together is to take a shuttle. The cost is around $65 for one passenger up to $100 for five. This will take you right up to the festival site.
Public transport timetables
Metlink (buses from Queensgate to Wainuiomata)