Bay Dreams South FAQs

What is Bay Dreams South?

Bay Dreams South is taking place in Nelson on 5 January 2021. It is the sister festival to Bay Dreams North in Tauranga, which takes place on 3  January 2021. It will be held at Rutherford Park and Trafalgar Centre and is R18. There is also a pre-party on 4 January 2021.

The majority age range is 18-25 years old, although there are increasing numbers of people coming who are in their 30s and 40s too.

Most people are expected to arrive into Nelson on 3 January, and leave on 6 January, but reports from accommodation providers show that plenty of people are planning to stay and enjoy Nelson this New Year’s Eve, remaining in the region for around a week.

What time does the Festival start?

The event starts at 11am on 5 January, so queues are expected to start from around 9am for the most eager ticket holders. The final acts will finish around 10.45pm and most ticket holders will be out of Trafalgar Park by 11pm.

There is a pre-party being held at the Trafalgar Centre on 4 January which will run from 8pm and go until 2am the following morning.

What can I take to the festival?

Keeping yourself hydrated is important at an all-day festival – you can take empty clear plastic bottles (that can be recycled) for water. You will not be allowed entry to the festival with other drinking bottles or canisters.

For more information about what you can take into the festival, see

What Artists and DJ’s are playing?

The festival will feature of range of different artists from around Aotearoa & Australia. Visit for a list of the main artists.

Where will concert-goers stay?

Because Bay Dreams South is happening at peak tourist season, there will be a designated campground available for ticket holders to ease demand on accommodation for our regular summer tourists.

This is being facilitated by the Bay Dreams event organisers, and is available for purchase. Sites range from $99 - $139 for two nights. People will need to bring tents, or can buy a tent from a range of Nelson retailers. People will not be permitted to sleep in cars or camper vans. See to book a campsite.

How can I contact the festival organisers?

Bay Dreams South has set up a free phone number for the public: 0800 800 225. Questions can also be sent to They are on Facebook and their website is

Are council members profiting from this event?

The festival is being delivered by a private promoter, Bay Dreams South Ltd.

How much will this event cost ratepayers?

Bay Dreams South pays commercial rates for all facilities and services provided by Council. The event comes at no financial cost to the ratepayer.

Trafalgar Centre and Rutherford Park

When is the music expected to stop each night?

The festival at Trafalgar Centre runs between 11am and 11pm on 5 January. Noise from the event will be continuously monitored to ensure it does not breach the allowed limit under the resource consent. The pre-party and after-party events are being held indoors at the Trafalgar Centre.

What security is being provided around the venue in residential streets?

Bay Dreams South has provided an extensive security plan that includes providing security in nearby local streets as well as in the venues. Bay Dreams South is working closely with Police regarding its security plans. There will also be people dedicated to cleaning rubbish from surrounding streets. The 2020 event was relatively incident-free.

How many police will be necessary to patrol and control at campsites and festival venues?

Bay Dreams South is responsible for providing a security presence to ensure the safety and security of festival-goers and the general public in and around the venues. Police can and will respond to any issues involving crime. Questions about the number of Police available will need to be directed to that agency.