Wairarapa MUSIC IN THE COUNTRY  5 – 7 January, 2024

There’s a fantastic line up coming to you for the 2024 Wairarapa Music in the Country festival at the Tauherenikau Racing and Events Center.


From Friday 5th until Sunday 7th January, you’ll be blown away by the amazing calibre of New Zealand’s finest country musicians, and more!

Tickets start are just $50 per person for a three day pass, or $40 for a single day.

15 years olds and under are free!!

Tenting,  motorhoming and caravaning  is only $10 per night (two night minimum stay).

See details below, or just get your tickets now!

Download the full 2024 Music in the Country Programme here



Tami Neilson

Rolling Stone magazine refers to her as ” a fire-breathing R&B belter on her own terms.’’

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Pātea Māori Club

True kiwi icons, this 20 strong group are are best known for their legendary hit ‘Poi E’

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Jenny Mitchell

Jenny Mitchell brings her award-winning folk/alt-country sound to the Tauherenikau

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Ainslie Allen photo

Ainslie Allen

After spending a lifetime in the public eye, Ainslie has grown into a true performer producing hauntingly beautiful melodies.

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Bevan Gardiner and James Davies playing on-stage

Bevan Gardiner & James Davy

Bevan Gardiner and James Davy will be
playing hits from John Denver and beyond. Two acoustic guitars, two voices, a foot stomp, three chords and the truth.

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Melissa Partridge

Melissa has performed and toured alongside some legends in Country Music in all parts of Australia, New Zealand and America.

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Cooper’s Run

Cooper’s Run has been named New Zealand’s number one country music act twice over.

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Marian Burns

Awarded a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Music, Marian Burns is an act you must see live as many times as you can!

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Karen Davy

Karen will be capturing the stage. A multi-award winning singer-songwriter with 27 awards, including the Silver Scroll and the AGNEW Award for excellence in music.

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Shenanigans Irish Wellington Band


Shenanigans are high energy, modern and traditional Irish music. Get ready to dance until you drop! Their musical careers span many moons over many countries.

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Renée Strawbridge

Renée Therése Strawbridge is a Māori country singer and songwriter. She’s performed on television and radio multiple times, and sung in bands around the Manawatū for the past 25 years.

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Maddy Bean

Our rising star, Maddy Bean, has talent to burn! We’re predicting big things for her future.

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Wayne R. Heath

Over 50 years experience as a top-line entertainer and recording artist. Wayne is a NZ Silver Scroll recipient, and a must see!

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Tell me more about the festival…

Wairarapa Music in the Country is the perfect weekend escape for motorhomes and caravans, a fantastic day and night out for families and a musical paradise for toe tappers near and far. 

We’ll have food and beverage options available for purchase throughout the event, but you can beat the queues by pre-ordering a gourmet picnic platter box now. These are available in small (suitable for one person) or large (suitable for four people) sizes and will be available for collection on the afternoon of Saturday 6 January. Purchase these through Eventfinda when you purchase your tickets!

Tickets & pricing

* Prices listed are for one adult , children 15 years and under are free.

Three day pass $50
Single day passes
Friday $40
Saturday $40
Saturday – premium grandstand seats $60
Sunday $FREE

What can I bring?

This is a licenced event, so no BYO alcohol  – we will have a bar open across the festival for beverage purchases.

We’ll have food options onsite, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own picnic treats! Gourmet hamper orders close on Wednesday 3 January – order yours here 

Dogs are welcome on lead at your motorhome or tent site, but are prohibited in event area.

If you’ve not booked premium grandstand seats then be sure to pack a rug and some deck chairs (even bean bags) so you can grab yourself a good spot to enjoy the entertainment. If bringing shade, please be mindful of those sitting behind you.

Onsite Accommodation Packages

Tenting, Motorhome and Caravan Packages

Weekend package for one/two $80/$130
Three day pass for one adult $80, or two adults $130 includes parking for one tent, motorhome or caravan for three nights. 
Premium weekend package for one/two $100/$170
Three-day pass for one adult $100, or two adults $170, includes allocated grandstand seating on Saturday, with  parking for one tent, motorhome or caravan for three nights.
* Children 15 years and under are free.