Kiwigrass Academy and Festival 2020

Hot Diggity Bluegrass Band in performance at Kwigrass 2019
Hot Diggity Bluegrass Band

After the amazing excitement of the first Kiwigrass Academy and Festival in 2019, we are going to ramp it up in 2020, with a bigger and better festival at a bigger and better venue in Waipa, a few minutes drive from Cambridge.

As soon as we have more news, you’ll hear about it, but you can be confident there’s going to be a Kiwigrass Academy to help you and inspire you to higher things, and a Kiwigrass Festival that will build on last year’s winning combination of participation and performance.

So mark it on your calendars now and book that annual leave.

Kiwigrass Academy

Wednesday 29th January 2020 – Thursday 30 January 2020

Kiwigrass Festival

Friday evening 31 January 2020 – Sunday afternoon 2 February 2020



Can I use my credit card on site?

Cash, EFTPOS, and credit card purchases will be available on site for all Narrows Park and Kiwigrass sales of festival passes, raffle tickets, pool passes, festival merchandise and Paul’s birthday breakfast.

Food and beverage trucks will have their own policies, and guest acts may only accept cash for CDs and band merchandise, so best bring some cash.

Kiwigrass scoop @ Tamahere

Kiwigrass has scored a scoop with the world launch of the Lonely Heartstrings Band brand new CD  Smoke and Ashes at the Kiwigrass kick-off concert on Friday Night.

This spectacular concert will begin with all-female bluegrass band Hot Diggity, and local legends Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, followed by concerts by our three international headliners: Nine Mile Creek, Bluegrass Parkway and of course the Lonely Heartstrings Band.

Tamahere Community Hall

This show is generating a lot of local interest so the Friday Night BBQ, kick-off concert, and Smoke and Ashes launch is heading for a bigger venue up the road a little way,  at Tamahere Community Hall at 21 Devine Road.

If you aren’t staying at Narrows, or are already checked in there, you can come straight to Tamahere Community Hall from 2pm onwards for wrist band pick-up and gate ticket sales. There will be no program events at Narrows on Friday.

  • Friday accommodation check in: Narrows Park opens 2 pm
  • Friday Kiwigrass registration and wrist band collections: opens 2pm  at Tamahere Community Hall.
  • Drive time: between Narrows Park and Tamahere Hall: 3 minutes
  • If you are driving over from Narrows, please consider carpooling, or giving a lift to someone who needs one!
  • Getting from Narrows Park to Tamahere Community Hall: