Basics

What is the refund policy?

The final day for refunds is March 26th, 2021.

Is there a dealers den?

Yes. There will be a dealers den. We are deciding on the exact location on site and the number of dealers we will have space for. There will be an option to register as a dealer during registration. This has no extra charge.

Are babies allowed at the con?

Babies will only be allowed on a day pass with a parent. There are also no baby change spaces on site. We would prefer that all babies and toddlers are toilet trained and out of nappies.

Is there an age restriction on the con?

Weekend passes are restricted to attendees 18 and over. Day passes will be available to all, however, there will be some restrictions:

  • Those that are 16-17 will be allowed on site without a caregiver.
  • Those under 16 will require supervision by a legal guardian at all times.

If you provide false information, or try to circumvent the listed restrictions you will void your registration and be asked to leave the site immediately.

Will criminal acts be reported to police?

Any illegal activity will be reported to police.

Do I need any forms of identification?

You will be required to present a form of photo ID if you are staying overnight. You’ll need one of the below to be able to attend the event.

  • Passport
  • Driver’s Licence
  • 18+ Card/Kiwi Access Card

People attending on a day pass will not need to show ID.

What will happen in the case of a Covid-19 outbreak?

In the situation that we have another outbreak of Covid-19 that prevents Southern Paws from happening we will provide a full refund of the event tickets to all guests attending. We will not cover other costs such as transport or accomodation before or after the con.

Payments

How are payments handled?

All payments will be done by bank transfer. Once your order is approved, we’ll send you payment details.

Do I have to pay right away?

You don’t have to pay right away when you create your order. You’ll need to have your payment completed by April 2nd, 2021 - but sooner is better.

Day Passes

Can I buy a day pass?

Yes!

A two day pass costs $115 giving you access to the event on both Saturday and Sunday.
A single day pass is $65, giving you access to the convention on either Saturday or Sunday.

What is included in a day pass?

Day passes will include access to all the regular activities/panels, lunch and dinner, and your choice of either air rifles OR archery.

How long can I stay on a day pass?

Day pass attendees will be allowed on-site from 9AM until 7PM.

Accommodation and Facilities

What are the options for accommodation?

We have two main options.

Standard Accomodation means staying in a room with two or five other people. You can tell us who you want to be with, and if you’d like a big or small room.

Bunkroom Accomodation is cheaper. You’ll stay in one big shared bunkroom with all other people who have picked this option. You can’t choose who you want to be with.

Can you request specific people in your room?

Yes, you will be able to, but we do not guarantee that you will get those requests. If you’re staying in a cabin, you will be emailed before the event to confirm your room allocations.

If you are staying in a bunkroom, you will not be able to pick who you share the room with.

Is bedding provided?

Bedding is not provided. We recommend bringing a sleeping bag, blanket and any other bedding you might need for the weekend.

Are gender-neutral bathrooms available?

Yes! We will be allocating one bathroom block at the site to be used specifically as a gender-neutral bathroom. This block will have showers and toilets. Anyone of any gender (or lack thereof) is also free to use any other bathroom on site, as long as there are not any complaints or concerns about behaviour.

Transportation

Where is the nearest airport?

The nearest airport is Christchurch International Airport, located about 55km away from the convention site. The drive from there to the site is typically around 45-50 minutes, depending on the traffic of the day.

Is there an option for shared transportation?

Yes! Southern Paws will be operating a van service to and from the event site from Christchurch International Airport. This service will be $25 return (covers both ways).

Please see the section below for more details.

Shuttles

How much is the shuttle service?

The cost is $25, both ways.

Where do shuttles leave from?

The shuttles leave from the Christchurch International Airport.

How long will the ride be?

The trip from the airport should be approximately 45-50 minutes, if everything goes according to plan.

What are the times for shuttles?

The times available for the shuttle service are listed below. The shuttles will be running approximately every two hours during the shuttle periods. These are the times that the shuttle will depart, so please be ready by the time noted if you’re getting a ride.

Friday - From Airport

  • 1:00 PM FULL
  • 3:00 PM FULL
  • 5:00 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Monday - To Airport

  • 6:30 AM
  • 8:30 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 12:30 PM FULL

What if the shuttle I need is full?

Join our Telegram group and ask around! There are plenty of people driving from the city to Southern Paws - you might be able to find a ride.

Food

Are meals provided?

Yes. You will get dinner on Friday (providing you are not on the last shuttle - it arrives after dinner), all meals on Saturday and Sunday and breakfast on Monday. You can bring your own snacks if you’d like more, though.

Should I bring my own snacks?

Yes! The nearest full-service supermarket is Countdown Amberley, located about a ten minute drive away from the site. There will not be any snacks available for purchase on-site, so we recommend you bring some with you.

Will you be able to cater to food allergies?

We can cater to specific food allergies and dietary requirements as long as we are notified in advance. There will be a field on the order page where you can tell us if you have any special dietary requirements. We’ll contact you before the event with a form you can fill out to indicate your exact requirements for our catering team.

Drugs and Alcohol

What are the alcohol restrictions?

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to allow alcohol at the event this year, after working with our site on a set of rules that we were both happy with.

  • Attendees will be able to bring a maximum of 15 standard drinks for the whole event.
  • Drinks will have to be signed in at registration and tagged by staff.
  • Drinks will be stored by us (the convention staff) in a fridge that won’t be accessable to attendees.
  • You can come and ask us to get one of your drinks if you’d like one.
  • If you’re noticeably intoxicated, we won’t be able to give you any more drinks.
  • Drinks will only be given out between the hours of 7PM and 11PM (we can’t give out drinks while day pass attendees are on-site)

In addition, we have some limits on what drinks are allowed. We are able to allow the following drinks:

  • Standard single-serve bottles (or cans) of beer, cider, or RTDs.
  • Small (airplane-sized, single serve) bottles (or cans) of wine.

All drinks must be in their original (retail) containers.

Don’t get drunk. If you’re intoxicated you will be put in a safe place until you sober up, and you will not be able to consume any more alcohol for the rest of the event.

If you have any more questions, please email us.

What restrictions are there in regards to drugs?

We will not allow any drugs that are not prescription or over the counter. All prescription medicines must be in their original containers unless evidence is provided that it is the same as what your prescription states.

Anything else is prohibited and will be reported to police. We will not allow any illegal substances.

Merchandise

What merchandise will be available?

We’ll have shirts. More details coming soon!

Did we miss something?

If you’d like to ask a question that we didn’t cover in the FAQ or on the Code of Conduct page, please contact us at mail@southernpaws.org.nz and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.