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Tickets a quick harvest

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ELI HILL
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It was a quick harvest for those collecting Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival tickets.

The tickets went on sale at 9am on Monday and all 2300 had been snapped up 59 minutes later.

The 14th Harvest Festival is being held on March 14 at ‘The Cliffs’ on the banks of the Ruamahanga River at the end of Dakins Rd in rural Wairarapa.

There had been no pre-sale tickets this year, event organiser Liz Pollock said.

“We did a lot of work over the last year as to how we can stop the pre-sale system and change the way that’s done. Any hiccups we’d encountered in the past we got over them.

“So hopefully there weren’t too many people disappointed at missing out and there were no problems getting them which was great.”

The speed the tickets sell out showed the event had developed a loyal and faithful following, Pollock said.

“There’s a group of over 70 coming from Auckland and a group of 10 people coming from Australia.

“From a regional, economic and destination perspective that’s another benefit because obviously locals love it. It’s got a huge local following, a huge Wellington following, and it now has a greater reach.”

Pollock said the fact people were coming from outside the region was great for the wines being profiled, tourism and accommodation providers.

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