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Throughout New Frontiers, our master chef will be keeping you well fed with amazing vegetarian cuisine! For the omnivores, we’ll also have a BBQ going to give you a taste of our own ethically-raised or wild organic meat from the farm. Meals will be shared together at the Community Café at Woodcote.


Dave Futter, Guest Chef

Good food is a great passion for Dave, especially healthy, whole plant-based food. He enjoys merging international flavours, exploring how vegetables and fruit have been used in different cultures, and appreciates the health and environmental benefits that come along with eating less meat. Dave helped instigate "Food Forest Organics" in Greytown, which offers up organic fruit, vegetables, nuts and crops as well as top quality Manuka honey and home-pressed walnut, hemp and olive oils from the Cameron Family Farms in Wairarapa.



The New Frontiers grounds cover several properties in close proximity along Whitemans Valley Road. We’ll be helping you get around the valley with a combination of bikes, walking routes and shared rides. Taxis are also available.

We can arrange airport transfers for guests traveling from afar. For local participants and those staying in, and traveling from Wellington, we will organising transport from Wellington CBD out to the valley and back during programming week.




New Frontiers attendees bring a wide range of available resources and gifts, so we’re seeking to create an event pricing model that’s inclusive, transparent, and sustainable. Towards that end, we invite your donations to help with the cost of the event, based on a Pay-What-You-Can model.


Here is a per participant breakdown of our costs for the event:

International Guests - Total for the full event (12-29 Feb): USD $2,250 / person or USD $3,600 / couple

International Guests - Total for speaker week only (19-26 Feb): USD $1,000 / person or USD $1,600 / couple

Domestic Guests - Daily Attendance Cost (any day): USD $65 / person (NZD $100)*

Here is a breakdown of the main costs (NZD):

  • Food: $65 / day
  • Accommodations: $83 / night* 
  • Activities, programming and entertainment: $50 / day

If you have the ability, we invite you to cover your costs, or whatever portion feels comfortable. If you are feeling generous and can contribute even more, we’ll gratefully receive those funds and channel them into travel subsidies, scholarships for other attendees, and ensuring that New Frontiers continues into the future.

*Please note that we have very limited space for accommodation in the valley, mostly reserved for our overseas participants. For domestic guests, we will be offering a daily shuttle service to bring people in from Wellington city. We also have plenty of extra camping space, so if you would like to stay in the valley, you're most welcome to pitch a tent. Please let Charlotte know if you're planning on tenting, by emailing 

For our Kiwi guests, you can also make an online bank transfer to Kiwi Connect Limited. 
Account number: 02-1269-0025838-00. Please write "NF2016" in the Reference field and state your first initial and last name in the Particulars field e.g. "J. Bloggs". 

Note that you got this invite because you’re someone we’d love to see at New Frontiers. If contributing financially makes your experience any less enjoyable or causes you hardship, we wouldn't have it! Please do whatever feels most comfortable, even if that’s $0.

If contributing financially doesn’t make sense at this time (or even if it does), we invite you to embrace the collaborative economy and join our team, lending a hand in making the event run smoothly. You can choose which tasks you'd like to help with in the RSVP form.

To read more on how we are embracing alternative economies and reducing costs as part of our overall design, click here.


Living At Aroha Valley

We love living within the Aroha Valley community, and we’re honoured to be hosting you out here on our little slice of paradise! Being outside the big city, there are a few differences in day-to-day living that we’d like to share with you.


Water Systems & Septic Tanks

Our water supply is mostly rainwater, with some supplementary supplies from a local creek. Our water is filtered so it is safe to drink (and tasty). With so many people staying in the valley, please make efforts to conserve water. The Californians will know all about that! New Zealand toilets have a dual flush system - half or full flush.

Our waste system is connected to septic tanks, which are buried under the yards. These systems allow solids to settle and be pumped out every few years. Liquids are dispersed through underground pipes to soak into the soil. To avoid overflow, it’s crucially important (believe us!) not to block these systems. Please do not flush any feminine products or any other trash, but use the bins provided.

Composting Toilets

Our composting toilets are not only saving us from overloading the septic tanks, but will provide compost for our shelterbelts and native trees.

Our worm friends do all the hard work, turning our waste into compost. However, they are not particularly fond of the ammonia in urine. So ladies, please try to pee into the urine separator at the front which goes into a separate tank. Guys, please use the urinals.

To keep the balance right in the compost mix, and minimise odours, please add one handful of sawdust to any solid deposits.


We have a wireless system set up to keep you plugged into the outside world. The Aroha Valley network is available throughout the valley, and access details will be provided upon arrival. 


Health & Safety

We’ll be striving to keep you safe and sound in the valley. Check out Health & Safety information and emergency contacts below for more information.


On The Farm And In The Forest

For the most part, New Zealand forests are safe places. There are no snakes, highly venomous spiders, or large mammals that are aggressive towards humans. Please don’t eat any mushrooms or berries that you come across, with the exception of blackberries - if you can get past the prickly bushes! Speaking of prickles, take care to avoid gorse - brown prickly bushes with yellow flowers. Covered shoes are best suited for the forest to avoid any foot injuries, hiking shoes with ankle support are the best option.  

In Case Of Emergency, Fire Or Injury, Dial 111

Wellington Free Ambulance are aware of our event, the location to direct them to is “Aroha Valley” if you don’t know the address of the house you’re at. Please also let one of the Aroha Valley team know of any emergencies or accidents.

There are first aid kits and fire extinguishers located in all valley houses. Locations are marked on the valley map, and are listed inside the Welcome Binders in each house.

In Case Of An Earthquake

Small earthquakes occasionally happen in New Zealand, and the vast majority cause no damage or injury. It’s just Earth’s way of reminding us that she’s there! So don’t panic if there is an earthquake. In the highly unlikely event that we do experience a large earthquake during the festival, take cover under tables, counter tops or door frames if you are inside, and ensure that everything is secure before coming out again.

If you are outside, move away from any structures or vehicles, and ensure that everyone around you is safe and accounted for. Do not enter any buildings until you are sure that they are safe. Head to evacuation assembly points, as listed below. Festival staff and volunteers will provide guidance during any major emergency.

Evacuation Assembly Points

At Woodcote, please assemble in front of Event Dome in the field near the road; or Café parking lot. At all other houses and properties, please head down the driveways and assemble near the road, away from any trees or electrical poles.

New Frontiers Contacts

Health & Safety - Sam: 027 963 4817;
House Logistics - Shannon: 027 526 8351;
Programming - Yoseph: 027 520 6860;
Event Logistics & Transportation - Charlotte: 021 344 395;

Other Contacts

In an emergency situation, please call 111

Upper Hutt Police: 04 527 2300 (non emergency calls)
Upper Hutt Medical Centre: 04 920 1800; Queen Street carpark, Upper Hutt (8am - 5pm weekdays; 9am - 6pm weekends, though closed over 1-2pm lunchhour)
After Hours Medical Centre and Pharmacy: 04 567 5345: 729 High Street, Lower Hutt (5.30pm - 11.00pm weekdays; 8.00am - 11.00pm weekends)
Hutt Hospital: 04 566 6999; 622 High Street, Lower Hutt (open 24 hours)

Healthline, for non-urgent medical advice: 0800 611 116

(Note if you are calling from a US phone, you will need to drop the zero from the beginning of these numbers and replace it with +64)

International Guests



Air New Zealand has kindly offered a fixed-fare flight deal. Roundtrip flights from LA or SFO will be $1425 USD. Please email when you’re ready to book and she’ll connect you with the deal (including if you’re coming from a different airport).

Air New Zealand goes directly from SFO/LAX to Auckland, with flights taking ~12 hours. A short one-hour Wellington to Auckland flight completes the journey.


You’ll be picked up from the Wellington airport upon your arrival. We'll have shuttles, shared cars and carpools, including for the day trips to Wellington and surrounding areas. Bikes will also be available to get around the valley.

If you want to explore more of New Zealand including Queenstown, Christchurch or Auckland, we recommend doing that before 12th February, or after the 28th.  


Onsite accommodation for our international New Frontiers participants will be "Glamping" with modern conveniences on hand. We will also have extra camping space for local participants to pitch a tent and stay in the valley.

If you would prefer to stay at a hotel at your own expense, it’s a little further away but some options are listed below. Please be aware February is busy season for hotels, so move quickly to secure space.

Glamping Yurts

To help house you, we have eco-friendly dome yurts available, complete with a bed, desk, closet, electricity, and featuring up-cycled materials. The yurts are watertight and wind resistant, and will be situated around the valley, with the majority located on the Woodcote grounds.

Yurt residents are comfortably fitted out with a queen bed, linen and duvet/comforter, and there will be a space to hang clothes. Waterproof containers are supplied so you are able to securely store your electronics and valuables. We are designing ways to keep the yurts warm at night, but it’s a good idea to pack warm pyjamas as New Zealand summer nights can still get quite cool.

Please do not use hairdryers, straighteners or curlers in the yurts, as these high-powered appliances in combination with US converters may overload the outdoor electricity system. Please use these appliances inside the houses. Or get in touch with your inner wild thing, and go au naturale in the valley. 

Alternative Accommodation Options

Wallaceville House

2 Wallaceville Rd, Upper Hutt

Phone: + 64 4 527 7785

Reservations and enquiries:

Please mention “New Frontiers Group” when making any enquiries.


Hawks Inn Hotel

704 Fergusson Drive, Elderslea, Upper Hutt

Phone: +64 4 528 6130

Reservations and enquiries:


Additionally, there are private family homes and B&Bs available for rent in the area. For more info on these houses and any travel concierge needs that you may have, contact Shannon directly:

What To Bring

We have an fun-filled couple of weeks for you at New Frontiers! To make the most of your time in New Zealand, we recommend you pack the following:

  • Sunscreen (minimum 30 spf - the sun in New Zealand is harsher than other areas of the globe)
  • Hat with a brim

  • Sun protective clothing - loose layers that cover

  • Summer clothing

  • Warm layers, socks, hats, and PJs for the evenings. We recommend wool to keep you extra warm.

  • Windbreaker

  • Raincoat or shell

  • Sandals or flip flops for uneven terrain
  • Bathing suit

  • Lip Balm 

  • Bug repellant

  • Bug bite soother 

  • Camera

  • Any art/music/poetry you might like to share

  • A costume for our costume day

  • Small day pack or backpack


Weather in NZ changes frequently, and it’s not uncommon to see "four seasons in one day". Usually by February the weather is settled and mostly warm, but that can change quickly. Average temperature in Feb is 18-22 C, (65-70 Fahrenheit), but the evenings can get down under 10 C (50 F), so pack some warmer layers.

Keeping The Mozzies At Bay!

Being in a lush river valley, means that we sometimes get mosquitoes in the evenings. We will have natural repellent for you to use, please make sure you protect yourself to avoid those itchy days. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that having high levels of Vitamin B1 (thiamine) in your blood helps to repels mosquitoes.

International Calling

Calling US numbers is easy from New Zealand, just put a 001 in front of the number, then your area code and number and you’re good to go e.g.  001 (451) 123 4567.

The country code for New Zealand is +64. However, when dialling from inside New Zealand, this is not necessary and is replaced with a zero. e.g. +64 27 123 4567 would be 027 123 4567 from a NZ phone.

If family and friends wish to call a New Zealand number, they should drop the zero and dial 01164 in front of the rest of the number. e.g. If your NZ number is 027 123 4567, they would dial 01164 27 123 4567.

You can also dial iPhone-to-iPhone through mobile internet. Just ensure you are connected to the internet, and that you replace the initial zero in Kiwi numbers with a +64; or add a 1 in front of the number for US phones.

NZ Power Voltage And Adapter Info

U.S. electricity operates on 110 – 120 volts alternating current (A.C.), 60 Hertz (Hz) or cycles per second. New Zealand electricity operates at a higher voltage on 220 – 240 volts A.C., 50Hz. We have supplied power converters in the houses and glamping domes.


Over the New Zealand summer we are 21 hours ahead of California, which translates easily to “three hours behind, but tomorrow”. This makes calling friends back home easy!