Whitianga FAQ’s

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Whitianga Summer Concert.

Whitianga Waterways Arena

  • 9:00am Car Park Opens
  • 10:00am Express Entry Open
  • 11:00am Main Gates Open
  • 11:15am NZ Opener
  • 12:30pm Everclear
  • 2:00pm Bic Runga
  • 3:30pm ICEHOUSE
  • 5:00pm Cold Chisel
  • 6:30pm Concert Ends

Click here to view the Whitianga Summer Concert Tour 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)
  • Umbrellas/Sunshades – in designated areas, 3m max size
  • 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
  • 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 and non-alcoholic beverages. FREE refill water will be available.

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.

Loop Buses

Free Whitianga Town Loop bus which runs to the concert and back.

  • Loop 1: Ferry – Isite – Concert Venue
  • Loop 2: Centennial Ave – Buffalo Beach Rd (toilets near Halligan Rd) – Concert Venue


You can purchase a return Bus ticket to the Whitianga Summer Concert when you purchase your Concert ticket.


  • Coromandel – Information Centre – 9.30am
  • Matarangi – Matarangi Fire Station – 9.45am
  • Kuaotunu – Kuaotunu Reserve – 10.00am
  • Whangamata – Whangamata Rugby Club – 9.00am
  • Pauanui – Community Hub carpark – 9.15am
  • Tairua – Tairua Information Centre – 9.45am

All Returns depart at 6.30pm from drop off point

Please note: Whitianga out of town buses (ie Coromandel, Pauanui, Whangamata etc..) Children do require a bus ticket to board these buses.

Mobility Parking

Onsite mobility parking is available via South Highway. This is strictly available for patrons who hold a valid mobility parking permit. You will be required to present your mobility permit to traffic control staff on the day for access – no permit, no entry.


VIP On-site car parking is available to purchase online. The VIP carpark is adjacent to the Main Gate entrance.

General Carparking is available on the day for a gold coin donation to a local group, subject to availability.

Please follow signage and directions on the day.

Bean Bags and Tarpaulins are not permitted.

Maximum size of umbrellas/gazebos/shade is 3m.

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

Sun shades are permitted in selected areas, please bring hats and plenty of sun screen.

If you wish to bring umbrellas please be aware that you will be placed in a designated umbrella area.

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.

The event is wheelchair accessible, and there is a dedicated accessibility entry gate & fenced off viewing area at the venue.

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 we can do our best to accommodate your needs.