Taupō FAQ’s

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Taupō Summer Concert.

Taupō Amphitheatre
Riverside Park
Redoubt St, Taupō 3377

  • 9:00am Car Park Opens
  • 10:00am Express Entry Open
  • 11:00am Main Gates Open
  • 11:30am Sonorous
  • 12:30pm Pseudo Echo
  • 2:00pm Collective Soul
  • 3:30pm Texas
  • 5:00pm Simple Minds
  • 6:30pm Concert Ends

Click here to view the Taupō Summer Concert venue map

  • Food
  • Sealed, non-alcoholic drinks in cans or plastic only (no glass), incl 0.00% beer
  • Chilly Bins
  • Trollies
  • Picnic rugs
  • Camping chairs (any size, but please be conscientious of your concert neighbours)
  • Empty, Reusable Drink Bottles – Free refill water will be available.

These items are prohibited at the Summer Concert. They will be confiscated at the gate, and not returned to you.

  • No Glass – this includes wine glasses, picnic glasses, glass bottles, glass perfume bottles, glass containers, glass drink bottles – no glass of any kind.
  • Alcohol
  • Beanbags or Couches
  • Umbrellas/Sunshades
  • Tarpaulins
  • Inflatables
  • Knives, Weapons or explosives of any kind – including cheese or steel knives of any kind, or potential missiles.
  • Drugs or Illegal substances
  • Animals (excluding service dogs such as guide dogs and police/emergency service dogs).
  • Flares, fireworks, or sparklers.
  • Drums.
  • Fires and open flames of any kind.
  • Sound systems.
  • Portable laser equipment and pens.
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Audio or video recording devices (including GoPro and similar).
  • Professional photography equipment (e.g., telephoto lenses; any lens over 20cm; any detachable lens; stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks (selfie sticks) or other commercial equipment or anything deemed by Concert staff to be professional photography equipment).
  • Skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, bicycles, quad-bikes, Segways or any personal motorised vehicles.
  • No unauthorised solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc.
  • No Offensive Clothing or Gang affiliated clothing or insignia.
  • Any other item deemed to be dangerous or offensive or potentially dangerous by Concert organisers.
  • Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry to any persons.

Alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the venue and no alcohol is to be taken out of the venue to comply with the NZ Liquor Licensing laws.

A wide selection of Gibbston Valley Wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rosé and their award-winning Pinot Noir will be sold at the venue along with beer, RTD’s and non-alcoholic beverages. FREE refill water will be available.

All bars are eftpos only (no cash) and accept eftpos, debit cards, and Visa and Mastercard.

You may bring your own picnic and sealed non-alcoholic drinks; no Glass bottles or Glass of any description is permitted to be brought into the venue. A variety of local food vendors will be on site.

Please note: the management reserves the rights to search bags and coolers on entry and prohibited items will be confiscated.

To secure your preferred accommodation option we suggest you make your booking as early as possible.

Great Lake Taupō has an extensive range of accommodation options, from five-star hotels, boutique, luxury havens, to serviced apartments, iconic Kiwi baches and holiday homes, motels, campgrounds, backpacker hostels and bed and breakfasts. You are sure to find an accommodation option to suit your needs.

The Great Lake Taupō tourism website has a fantastic and varied list of recommended accommodation options:

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Find unique accommodation and rent from a Taupō local on Airbnb so you can feel right at home after the concert.

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Bean Bags and Tarpaulins are not permitted.

Chairs are permitted to be used at the venue but, please be considerate to the people around you.

No umbrellas or sun shades permitted, so please bring hats and plenty of sun screen.

The show will go on rain, hail, or shine so come prepared for NZ’s changeable weather. The concert will only be cancelled if the conditions are considered dangerous by the organisers.

If cancellation occurs, tickets will be refunded only at the point of purchase. If a change is made to the line-up and it is out of the promoter’s control, no refunds will be made. Please read full Terms & Conditions for further details.

The event is wheelchair accessible, and there is a dedicated accessibility entry gate at each venue.

The Taupō venue has a disabled viewing platform available for wheelchair patrons to utilise. Parking and toilets will be available but as it is a grass venue please ensure mobility on this surface.

If you have any special requirements, please contact us so as we can do our best to accommodate your needs.

  • No professional video or audio recording equipment is to be brought in to the venue e.g. long lens cameras. Any equipment discovered will be confiscated.
  • Medical, Police and the Fire Service will be on site.
  • No animals except guide dogs.
  • No cookers or fires permitted on site.
  • NO Pass Outs.
  • Smoking and Vaping only in designated areas.
  • No Offensive Clothing or Gang affiliated clothing or insignia.
  • NO GLASS permitted in the venue – including glass bottles or wineglasses.

Management reserves the right to remove or refuse entry to ticket holders considered dangerous or a nuisance or failing to comply with reasonable requests.

Table of 10 – $4,450 +GST, includes:

  • Concert ticket
  • Corporate Marquee with reserved table seating
  • Gourmet buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Private cash bar offering for purchase a range of Gibbston Valley Wines, Premium, Standard & Light Beers and Non-alcoholic beverages

For bookings and enquiries email our Corporate Team: corporate@gstone.co.nz

Upgrade your Summer Concert Tour experience with the VIP Package available to purchase online.

Enter the concert through the VIP lane, and find the VIP area to the side of the venue where you can take a break from the crowds and the weather to relax in this covered space, with bar leaners and furniture to grab a drink and something to eat.

The VIP area has a dedicated bar and bathrooms, and includes your General Admission entry, entry to the VIP shaded area, and lunch included. The VIP area is located to the side of the venue, away from the stage, and has a view of a big screen.

A wide selection of beverages will be available to purchase including Gibbston Valley Wine, a range of Beer, RTD’s and non-alcoholic beverages. FREE refill water will be available. All bars are eftpos only (no cash) and accept eftpos, debit cards, and Visa and Mastercard.

You’ll be close to all the action, so you can head to the Moshpit to dance to all your favourite tunes. If you need extra sustenance, there is a fabulous variety of local food vendors to choose from on site.

The VIP area is strictly R18 – no children permitted.

The VIP Gates open at 10am, and you do not need to also purchase an Express Entry pass.

Please note the VIP area does not have a view of the stage.