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Wairarapa Country Music Festival | 29 – 31
January 2021

Feat. Jodi Vaughan, Marian Burns, Katie Thompson, Ainslie Allen, Ally Cook, Eddie Low and Wayne R. Heath

The Wairarapa Country Music Festival at Tauherenikau is a weekend full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This year will be one of the biggest yet with an epic lineup of Kiwi talent that will have everyone kicking up their heels. Held at the iconic Tauherenikau racecourse, the Wairarapa Racing Club once again looks forward to welcoming visitors from all over the country to their picturesque grounds at the base of the Tararua ranges.

Tickets & pricing

Get your tickets here!
*Please note, with the exception of the Family Pass all prices listed are for one adult unless otherwise stated.

Three Day Pass $50
Single Day Passes  
Friday $20
Saturday $40
Saturday – Premium Grandstand Seats (Limited to 500 tickets) $60
Sunday $20
One Day Family Pass – Saturday $90
(Two adults and two children 15 and under. Each additional child over 16 $10)
One Day Family Pass – Friday or Sunday $50
(Two adults and two children 15 and under. Each additional child over 16 $10)

*Tickets will be available to purchase at the gate across the festival weekend.

Onsite Accommodation Packages

Motorhome and Caravan Packages

Weekend Package for Two $130
(Three-day pass per adult, with parking per motorhome for three nights)
Premium Weekend Package for Two $170
(Three-day pass per adult with allocated grandstand seating on Saturday, and parking per
motorhome for three nights)
Premium Weekend Package for One $80 (Premium $120)
(Three-day pass per adult, with parking per Motorhome for three nights)
Tent Sites $15
(Price per tent – admission additional)
BOOK NOW: For more information and to book any one of these accommodation packages contact Matt at wairarapa.racing@xtra.co.nz

*NEW* Pacific Horizon Motorhome Packages

Pacific Horizon Motorhomes logo

Want to stay onsite but haven’t got a motorhome? Not a problem. We’re teaming up with Pacific Horizon in Wellington to bring you a brand new Country Music Festival and accommodation package! Choose from either a 3 or 5-day experience and get:

  • A festival pass for two people for the Country Music Festival
  • A pass out so you can come and go from the festival as you please to see the rest of the glorious Wairarapa region

Motorhome pick up and drop off is in Wellington. Range of motorhomes available to view here.
Additional adults can be added for $50 each

3 day Package from $1,000
5 day Package from $1,500
BOOK NOW: For more information and to book any one of these accommodation packages contact Matt at wairarapa.racing@xtra.co.nz

 

Tell me more about the festival…

Legendary NZ songstress Jodi Vaughan will be headlining the 2021 festival, an icon of the Kiwi country music scene she will also be debuting a new project at the festival so make sure you’re there to witness some history in the making. The fantastic fiddler Marian Burns is a crowd favourite and will once again have the crowd up on their feet enjoying her high energy and fun-packed set. Returning after a great reception in 2020, Ainslie Allen will be performing tracks from her newly released album as well as crowd favourites that saw her take home Country Entertainer of the Year in 2018.

Aly Cook, famous across Australasia for her dedication to the arts will be joining our lineup performing from her hit-making records including ‘Caught in the Middle’ that includes a co-write with renowned Golden guitar winner Allan Caswell. The 2021 festival will also see us welcome Eddie Low. Winner of the Country Music Legend award in 2009, Eddie is renowned for his effortless vocals, beautiful ballads and talent as a multi-instrumentalist.

Last but definitely not least, Grandaddy of Country, Wayne R. Heath will be playing his Nashville to New Zealand show that celebrates his, more than, 50 years in show business.

The 2021 festival will run over the final weekend of January which also happens to be Auckland Anniversary weekend, the perfect opportunity to plan a mini-break in the Wairarapa.

Festival Programme

FRIDAY 29 JANUARY

2pm Official opening
2.10pm – 4pm Wairarapa Country Music Club walk up
4pm – 5.30pm Happy hour (background music)
5.30pm – 6pm Wayne R. Heath
6pm – 6.30pm Aly Cook
6.30pm – 7pm Katie Thompson
7pm – 7.45pm Marian Burns
7.45pm – 8.30pm Ainslie Allen
8.30pm – 9.15pm Jodi Vaughan
9.15pm – 10pm Eddie Low

SATURDAY 30 JANUARY

10am – 12pm Wairarapa Country Music Club walk up
12pm – 12.30pm Club Steppers Combo Learn to Line Dance / Wayne R. Heath
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch break and back ground music
  Cruise Martinborough arrive
1.30pm – 2.30pm Wayne R. Heath
2.30pm – 3.15pm Katie Thompson
3.15pm – 4pm Club Steppers Combo Learn to Line Dance / Wayne R. Heath
4pm – 5pm Happy hour and tea break

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECTACULAR

5.30pm – 6.15pm Aly Cook
6.15pm – 7pm Marian Burns
7pm – 7.45pm Eddie Low
7.45pm – 8.30pm Ainslie Allen
8.30pm – 9.15pm Jodi Vaughan
9.15pm – 10pm Sisters in Country (Jodi Vaughan, Ainslie Allen, Aly Cook)

SUNDAY 31 JANUARY

10am – 11am Wairarapa Country Music Club walk up
11am – 11.30am Club Steppers Combo Line Dancing final
11.30am – 12.15pm Jordan Thurston
12.15pm – 1.30pm Wayne R. Heath
1.30pm Farewell Finale

 

Check out the lineup…

From classic country to original music and alternative tunes, the stars of our 2021 festival all bring a unique sound to the stage. Check them out in more detail below…

Jodi Vaughan

In a career now spanning over 30 years, Jodi Vaughan is a legend in New Zealand Country Music. Don’t miss the debut of a brand new project she is bringing to the festival.

Eddie Low

A country music legend, Eddie has been said to have a ‘voice in a million’. Don’t miss his return to our stage for 2021.

Ainslie Allen

New Zealand Country Entertainer of the Year 2018 Ainslie Allen is no stranger to the entertainment world starting her stage career at a young age.

Aly Cook

Aly Cook will be joining our lineup performing from her hit-making album ‘Caught in the Middle’.

Marian Burns

Marian is a crowd favourite at the festival. Fierce on the fiddle, she will have you tapping your feet and out of your seat on the dance floor.

Katie Thompson

Katie’s music is described as ‘Kiwi’ roots, pop and country, she’s been honing her craft over many years around the world and we’re looking forward to welcoming her to our festival for the first time.

Wayne R. Heath

Wayne R. Heath has enjoyed well over 50yrs of experience as a singer, entertainer and recording artist. His signature show “Nashville to New Zealand” attracts large followings.

Cruise Martinborough…

Prestige classic car rally, Cruise Martinborough, will be on-site for the Saturday afternoon. Our guests will have the chance to see hundreds of classic and muscle cars while enjoying our afternoon show. The rally brings together the best classic and muscle cars all in one place with lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with these magnificent machines.

Follow them on Facebook or visit their website for more information.

 

Galleries

View images from all of the previous festivals right back to 2016!