Festival Currency

Beers at the Basin is a 100% cashless Festival. With no cash or eftpos transactions to handle, this helps our bars and food vendors process transactions quickly through AWOP, meaning more time for you to enjoy the festival.

Purchasing Currency

As mentioned above, your Entry Wristband (RFID) will be loaded with any Festival currency you’ve pre-purchased.
This year, you can pre-purchase $30 Festival currency with your ticket, and this will save you the onsite $2 activation fee.
We strongly recommend purchasing currency before the Festival so you can start the fun from the first minute.

You will be able to purchase Festival currency at the Festival (you cannot top-up now before the Festival). Currency can be purchased with Cash (the fastest option), Eftpos or Credit Card.
Wristbands can be loaded with as many dollars as you prefer (one-off activation fee of $2 will be charged).
Alternatively, you can pre-purchase tickets that include $30 Festival currency. Pre-purchased currency does not incur an activation fee.

Topping Up Currency

If you need to top up at the Festival, just head to one of our Top Up Stands / Banks or roaming Top Up Staff.
Once a Wristband has been activated, there is no further top-up charge.


If you don’t use all of your Festival currency at the Festival, never fear!
Festival currency refunds will be available at no charge at any of the Festival banks and then online only from Monday 28th November to Sunday 11th December (midnight). Refunds will then be processed weekly, please note AWOP charges a Bank Fee for all online refunds. Just make sure you hang on to your Festival Wristband as you’ll need the number printed on it to claim your refund.
For more information on refunds and any associated costs, please visit www.awop.co.nz/refunds

Click here between these dates to arrange your refund.