Cathedral Seating Plan
Theatre Royal Seating Plan

How To Book

“We extend a warm invitation for you to immerse yourself in our exciting musical extravaganza”

Festivals like the Adam create enduring memories, memories of passion and enthusiasm shared by performers and audiences alike. Nelson makes a wonderful setting for this with its fine concert venues, reputation for fine wine, sumptuous food and holiday atmosphere. In this section we’ll talk about how you can book and immerse yourself in our wonderful festival.


Easiest Way To Book

The easiest way to book tickets for the Festival is by calling the nice people at the Theatre Royal in Nelson. You'll receive personal service, they can talk you through the best seat selection (and co-ordinate seating with a friend), plus it's all very secure.

Their number is: +64 3 548 3840

Dial the above number from overseas, or just dial 03 548-3840 from within New Zealand.

You can also book online by clicking here for the TicketDirect website

If you book online you'll need to set up a user name and password. If you've bought tickets previously from TicketDirect, but can't remember your password, simply follow the instructions to renew it online.

You can also call into any TicketDirect outlet to book seats.

We recommend that our overseas visitors have their tickets for pick-up on arrival.


Ticket Prices

We have tried to make all concerts accessible to all sectors of the community. If you purchase any ticket, then you’ll enjoy:

Complimentary Programmes, free access to Masterclasses, free access to Meet the Artist sessions and free access to Festival Conversations.

Ticket prices exclude service, credit card and courier fees.



TicketDirect offer insurance against you not being able to attend a concert for a legitimate reason and this option is automatically ticked when you purchase tickets (we would prefer it if was an option to 'tick in'). This may be of use for people travelling from afar, but please 'untick' the option if you don't want insurance.


Festival Pass

For the most dedicated chamber music enthusiast we’re again offering a Festival Pass, which will give premium seat entry to all festival events (except the Gala Dinner).

Festival Passes are available up until 30th September and are restricted to 100 tickets.

Read about the Festival Pass here.

Please sign up for our email list to receive information about future Festival Pass pre-sales.



Entry to observe masterclasses is free for Festival ticket holders.


Kid’s Concert

Entry to the children’s concert is free.


Seating Preferences

Our main venues for the Festival are the Nelson Cathedral and the Theatre Royal. You can view detailed seating plans by selecting one of the seating plans to the left.

All concerts, except the Up Close events, Troubadour and Kid’s Concert have reserved seating, where you can select your preferred seat. All evening concerts have a ‘Premium Reserve’ representing the best seats in the house and a ‘Standard Reserve’ for the balance. Nelson Cathedral has seats where sight lines are restricted and these seats are clearly marked on our plans. Whilst ‘Restricted Vision’ seats still enjoy good acoustics, we cannot guarantee you will have a clear view of the stage. These seats are sold at much reduced rates.

Doors open 30 minutes before concert times.


Door Sales

As we expect a number of our concerts will sell out, we highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Door sales (if available) open 60 minutes before the advertised concert time.


Student and Discounted Prices

Student and discounted ticket prices are available as the ‘Restricted View’ areas at the advertised prices.


Exchanges and Refunds

Once you have purchased your tickets, we are not able to refund them except under the Fair Trading Act and Consumer Guarantees Act. Tickets are subject to availability and are non-transferable.


Mobile Phones, Recording Devices and Latecomers

Mobile phones or other similar devices are not permitted during the performances. The use of recording devices and cameras is strictly prohibited. Latecomers will only be allowed into the concert during a break in the programme.


It gets hot!

It’s not just the music that gets hot in the festival! Our lovely Nelson Cathedral is not air conditioned, so we highly recommend light summer clothing in keeping with the holiday atmosphere that will permeate your visit here. It’s also cicada season and regardless of our best efforts, we’ve been unable to encourage them to settle down in the quieter movements. It’s all part of the Nelson summer experience!


Changes to Programme

Whilst we reserve the right to change advertised programmes, artists and venues, this is unlikely to happen. We recommend signing up to our email database so that we can advise you of any changes should they occur.


Travel and Accommodation

You can find travel and accommodation information here: All concert venues are within easy walking distance of central Nelson.


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