Dogs are NOT allowed at Lake Karāpiro, within the Mighty River Domain, or in the Sir Don Rowlands Centre under any circumstances. We are sorry if this causes disappointment or inconvenience.
Yesterday I went to the new Kiwigrass venue, Lake Karāpiro. It’s lovely and I’ll tell you more about that soon, but first I want to talk about what has long been one of my favourite New Zealand small towns: Cambridge. I don’t know what it is, but I have always found Cambridge absolutely charming. Even after the Highway 1 bypass went in, I would detour back into Cambridge on that long drive between Auckland and Wellington, just to visit the Super Loos.
While I was there, I stopped in at the iSite and talked to Karina. I know many of you are already calling around the area looking for accommodation. Karina is your woman. Give her a call or e-mail (+647 823 3456, firstname.lastname@example.org), she can help you out. She has seen over 95% of Cambridge accommodation and they have 145 accommodation members on their website, www.cambridge.co.nz. They can cater for any budget or group size, and can give you options to meet any requirements.
If you’re planning on camping, you can book that directly through Lake Karāpiro.
My tip for Cambridge is to make sure you take some time to walk across the Victoria St bridge, the river gorge is quite spectacular there.
Barry, Nat and I are off to the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina this month. I’ll write again in a week or so with more exciting Kiwigrass news. In the meantime, get that accommodation booked for Kiwigrass (30 January – 2 February 2020) and Kiwigrass Academy (29-30 January 2020), and consider a couple extra days to explore Cambridge and the rest of the amazing, fun, beautiful, adventurous Waikato region.
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.
Wednesday 29th January 2020 – Thursday 30 January 2020
Friday evening 31 January 2020 – Sunday afternoon 2 February 2020
|Take me back to Narrow’s Park one week ago! It feels a little bit like a dream. All I remember is a sea of smiles all around me, and the sound of beautiful bluegrass music!
I want to send out special thanks and love to everyone who contributed to making Kiwigrass the marvellous weekend that it was. Thank you to our brilliant performers, lovely vendors, all the volunteers who kept things running so smoothly, the Narrows Park staff, and of course each and every attendee. Together, we made New Zealand’s first bluegrass festival in 40 years a raging success!
Thank you to everyone who has sent in their feedback and suggestions. I’ve received some excellent ideas already for making Kiwigrass 2020 even better. You can still e-mail me with your specific recommendations, or if you want something more structured, you can fill out this handy dandy feedback form:
Congratulations to Phillip Watkins, winner of the Kiwigrass branded van der Gaag mandolin!
Jan Helena: Banjo Babes Calendar and CD
Maxine Sutton: Banjo Babes Calendar and CD
John Allen: Guitar Strap and tuner
Kay Ogilvie: Paul Trenwith practice banjo
This has been an absolutely mind-blowing 5 days of music and fun. Everything has gone even better than we could have hoped. Ian Fisk has done a lovely job documenting the proceedings and you can find his photos here: