Ruapehu Writers Festival

Ruapehu Writers Festival

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The inspiration behind the Ruapehu Writers Festival came from wanting to take literary festivals out of the metropolitan cities and into small town New Zealand. Our rural towns, mountains, rivers and landscapes have inspired some remarkable writing and we want these words to be heard in the places that inspired them. We want to give people living in this small rural community the opportunity to discuss literature and writing, and to encourage more people to visit the area. Ruapehu itself has inspired many writers and we want to celebrate the area, the mountain, its history and the people who live there.

The festival will be a long weekend from 17-20th March, based in and around Ōhakune. There will be readings, talks, panel discussions, a workshop, a poetry slam, sessions for children and some more unusual events such as a literary waterfall walk, a bike ride and a pony trek. We have a fantastic line-up of over 30 established writers booked to take part - you can read more about the writers and the sessions they are appearing in on the festival's website.

The festival will be fun and informal. We've kept ticket prices low, because we want to make it accessible for as many people to attend as we can.

We invite you to make the festival happen. The organisers and participating writers are all giving their time for free, but we need to pay for venue hire, travel and accommodation for the writers, shuttles and other administrative costs. The lovely folk at Creative New Zealand have given us a small grant and the ticket sales from the festival will cover some costs, but this won't cover everything.

Please help us make the festival a huge success. Every donation, big or small, will make a huge difference. And please help us spread the word by sharing on social media and telling your friends and family, and of course buy your tickets to come along with a group of your favourite bookish people!

You can read more about the festival and buy tickets on our website:


  • Deadline extended- Ruapehu Writers Festival



    Thank you so much to everyone who has so generously donated to the Ruapehu Writers Festival, including all the lovely anonymous donors who we can't thank in person - thank you to every one of you!

    Our deadline has been extended by 2 days so we now have until midnight on Thursday 3rd March to reach our funding target and we are expecting a couple of pledges in and are hopeful that we can make it. Anything that you can do to spread the word would be most appreciated! 

    In the meantime the festival team have been hard at work making arrangements, selling tickets and generally making sure that the festival will be the best it can be. Please help us spread the word and bring this unique literary event to fruition.

    Thanks again,

    The festival team

  • Ruapehu festival featured in NZ Herald


    Thanks to everyone who's donated so far! We still have a way to go and only 15 days to reach our target so please spread the word as much as you can.

    The festival has been featured in the NZ Herald this weekend - you can read the article here.

    Thanks everyone!

    Festival team