Festival info


Here’s the basic need-to-know stuff for the weekend…


Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November 2019.

Festival entry

Price for weekend – includes camping, daytime workshops and evening concerts

  • Weekend earlybird: $50
  • Weekend: $60


Friday or Saturday concert only

  • Friday night blackboard concert door sales: $20
  • Saturday night concert early bird: $25
  • Saturday night concert door sales: $30

How to pay

Internet banking

  • If you pay direct to our bank account, please reference payment with your full name.
    Account number: 38-9016-0398544-00


  • You can pay with cash at the campground.
    We do not have eftpos. We do not take credit cards.


Friday night

  • Set up camp
  • Blackboard concert (approx start 8pm)


  • Breakfast from the barbecue bacon and egg buns and coffee
  • Gumboot swim
  • Children’s concert
  • Maybe a workshop from some musos
  • Perhaps a drive to Kawhia for fish’n’chips
  • Campsite jamming


The Saturday daytime order of events is subject to tide (for the gumboot swim) and jam-ability of campers.
You are welcome to request, suggest or offer to run other activities and workshops.

Saturday night

  • Dinner and dessert served from the hall kitchen
  • Saturday night concert (approx start 8pm)
  • Bonfire (weather permitting)

Sunday morning

  • Breakfast from the barbecue bacon and egg buns and coffee
  • Pack up, become friends on facebook, hug new and old friends goodbye until next time

Meals at Oparau

We have some onsite options for you. Please bring cash, no eftpos on-site.

  • $10 – Saturday night dinner – chilli, rice and cornbread  (veg or meat option)
  • $5 – Saturday night dessert – apple pie and ice cream
  • $5 – Bacon and egg buns on Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • $2 – plunger coffee available with breakfast


Other food options

  • Bring your own
  • Food and beverages are available from the nearby Oparau Roadhouse
  • Or you might like to take a drive to Kawhia township


Surrounding the hall is a tranquil and level acre of grass encompassed by the Oparau River where those keen to spend the weekend are welcome to camp.

Limited kitchen facilities are available, please bring camping cookers.

Toilets on site.


Rubbish and recycling – if you pack it in, please pack it out. Because we’re in the country it’s not easy for the small group of volunteers to deal with, so it’s much easier for everyone if you please take responsibility for your rubbish and recycling, thank you.

Gumboot swim

At high tide on Saturday there is the Annual Oparau Gumboot Swim.

Hardy competitors swim a short stretch of the tidal stream that edges the camping area.

Gumboots must be worn for the race.

The winner receives a brand new pair of classic kiwi Redband gumboots.

2013KidsConcert_DSC5201Children’s concert

Sometime during Saturday afternoon the children’s concert is held in the hall.

An inclusive, happy event enjoyed by all 🙂


Please note

Bring cash for entry and food – we do not have eftpos on site (we’re old-school baby).