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New Zealand Folk and Acoustic Music Festivals

Aongatete Festival "Folk under the Figs"
Where: 156 Work Road, Katikati
When: Last Friday night and Saturday of February
Contact: Paul Hoggard
Email: paulandpennymusic(at)gmail.com
Web page: http://www.aongatete.co.nz

Auckland Folk Festival
Where: Kumeu Showgrounds, Kumeu - State Highway 16.
When: Last weekend in January
Web page: http://www.aucklandfolkfestival.co.nz

Bards, Ballads & Bulldust (The Naseby High Country Festival)
Where: The Ancient Briton Hotel, Naseby
When: Easter
Web page: http://www.kiwifolk.org.nz/festivals/BBB/index.htm

Canterbury Folk Festival
Where: Waipara Valley (1 hour north from Christchurch)
When: Every Easter.
Web page: http://www.canterburyfolkfestival.org.nz

Cardrona Folk Festival
Where: Held in the beautiful Cardrona Valley not far from Lake Wanaka in Central Otago. Hosted by kiwi recording artist, Martin Curtis.
When: Labour Weekend; usually the third weekend in October.
Web page: http://www.martincurtis.co.nz/cardrona.html

Celtanz Celtic Music Camp
Where: Kiwanis Huia Camp, Little Huia, Waitakere, Auckland
When: 29th October to 1st November 2010
Guests: Catherine Fraser (Golden Fiddle award winner 2010, Australia), Duncan Smith (Australia), Brendyn Montgomery (N.Z.) , Tom Delaney (Ireland/France), Mark Mazengarb (N.Z.)
Contact: Bo and Phil
Phone: (09) 478 - 5000
Email: celticanz(at)gmail.com
Website: "Celicanz" link at http://www.stringworkshop.co.nz
Updated: 30/8/2010

Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival and Workshops.
When: Annually over NZ Queen's Birthday holiday weekend
Where: Nelson
Organized by: The Celtic Flute School of NZ Inc.
Website: http://www.irishmusic.org.nz
Email: info(at)irishmusic.org.nz
Comments: Annual 3 day traditional Irish music school in Nelson, with concert, ceili, instrument workshops and sessions
Updated 21/4/2013

Folk Under The Mountain
Where: Te Aroha
When: May
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/folkunderthemountain

Hamilton Easter Festival (Hamsterfest)
Where: Matangi Sports Club, 650 Tauwhere Rd
When: Every Easter, Friday to Monday.
Email: hamc.announce(at)gmail.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/669073656536830/
Updated 5/03/2015

Kohukohu Folk Festival
Where: Kokukoku, Hokianga
When: April 3,4,5, 2009
Web page: http://www.kohukohufolkfestival.co.nz/
Cellphone: 021 02215067 (Louise)

"Laftah" (Life After Tahora) Fest
Where: Otaki Bridge Lodge
When: 27 December until 2 January
Email: julmur(at)paradise.net.nz

Nelson Multicultural Folk Festival
Where: Founders Heritage Park
When: Third Weekend in September (21 - 23 September 2012)
Email: nelsonfolkfestival(at)gmail.com
Website: http://www.nelsonfolkfestival.org.nz/home/
The programme will include the Music, Dance and Song of the many nationalities found in Nelson with dances, concerts, workshops and busking in the City and surrounding area.

Paretai Folk Camp
Where: Paretai Lodge, in the Lee Valley near Nelson
When: Saturday 31st December 2011 to Tuesday 3rd January 2012
Contact: Steve McGlone
Email: paretaifolk(at)gmail.com

The Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle
Where: Camp Akatarawa, Upper Hutt
When: Monday July 5th to Saturday July 10th, 2004
Contact: Duncan Smith
Email: dsmith(at)vicnet.net.au
Web page: http://www.shissf.com
Phone: +61 3 9756 7366

Tui Farm Folk Festival
Where: Wakefield, Nelson
When: New Year
Contact: Carol Rose
Email: festival(at)tuifarmfolk.co.nz
Web page: http://www.tuifarmfolk.co.nz

Up the Mountain
Old-time Music Festival
Removed 24/01/2020

Waharau Folk Festival
Where: Education camp in the Waharau regional Park. No camping but some limited space for campervans. A small festival, approx 100 people, no paid guests. It is held in the beautiful surroundings of the Hunua ranges on the seabird coast of the Firth of Thames. Approx 75 mins drive south east of Auckland. Booking is essential.
When: Queens Birthday Weekend
Contact: Rosie Holmes
Phone: (07) 552 6291.
Email: waharaurosie@gmail.com
Updated: 31/1/2019

Waihi Bush Folk Festival
The South Island's newest festival.
Contact: David Musgrave
Email: dmusgrave369(at)gmail.com
Where: Geraldine, South Canterbury
When: 1st weekend in February
Web page: http://www.selectsound.co.nz/waihibush.html

Wellington Folk Festival
Where: Brookfields, near Wainuiomata
When: Labour Weekend; usually the third weekend in October.
Web page: http://wellingtonfolkfestival.org.nz

Whare Flat Festival of Music and Dance
Where: Waiora Scout Camp, near Dunedin
When: Four days over New Year.
Web page: http://www.whareflat.org.nz

Waimate Folk Festival
Formerly the Whitestone Winter Festival
Where: Gunns Bush (50km South of Timaru)
When: Weekend of the first Monday of June (Queens Birthday Weekend)
Contact: Miguel Nitis
Phone: 0276942401
Email: b_27(at)hotmail.com
Web page: http://whitestonewinterfolkfestival.weebly.com/