Planning for your weekend at Kiwigrass

Aside from your usual camping gear and comfort items (if you’re staying at Narrows), there are some other things we thought we’d encourage you to bring with you to Kiwigrass.

  • The basics: Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen. It’s summer!
  • A raincoat and warm clothes for the evenings. It’s New Zealand!
  • A chair. All our venues have chairs, but it’s always good to have one for the campground jam sessions.
  • Swim togs and a towel. There’s a pool! NB: children under 18 may not use the pool without supervision of a responsible adult.
  • Plates and cutlery. Even if you aren’t cooking/preparing your own food at Narrows, you can help us meet our sustainability and waste reduction ambitions by bringing your own plates, cups, drink bottles, and cutlery. Just let the food truck operators know you’ve brought your own container when you order your food or beverages. There are kitchens available for washing up after your meals.
  • Camp stoves/cooking gear. If you are camping, don’t rely on being able to cook all your meals in the camp kitchens. They are small and bound to get crowded. Be prepared to cook at your camp.
  • Money! There will be great food and beverages on site. Also, a delightful selection of Kiwigrass schwag to take home as evidence you were there, at the VERY FIRST KIWIGRASS.

Things you won’t need: Printed tickets!  Bring your booking number(s) and some form of ID with your name on it and we will have a packet for you at the door.

You can pick up your packet at Tamahere Hall on Friday, or from the Ticket and Merchandise table at Narrows Park, which will be located near the main concert hall.

Kiwigrass Program Available

We have a program! You can now find your favourite bands and plan your weekend viewing.

There are three main concerts featuring our 2019 headline acts and these promise to make memories for everyone. The Welcome concert on Friday night at Tamahere Hall doubles as an album release party for the Lonely Heartstring Band as they release their new album, Smoke and Ashes, supported by great bluegrass bands from Australia and New Zealand.

The Saturday night showcase concert again features headline acts from the USA, Australia, and NZ, including the family band RhodeWorks who have been rapidly gathering fans on both sides of the Tasman.

The Farewell concert on Sunday is our last opportunity to enjoy and celebrate with our wonderful lineup of bluegrass bands for Kiwigrass 2019.

Also running over the weekend are Blackboard Concerts and walk-up stages where you will hear a variety of performers. Saturday morning is for workshops, while Sunday morning is for Paul Trenwith’s birthday breakfast and a whole lot of Gospel!

Invisible, but built into our program, is time for you to just hang out and jam with friends both new and old, sharing the love of bluegrass music. We’re so excited. We hope you are too, and we look forward to having a pick with all of you!

Paul’s Birthday Breakfast and Concert

Mr. Paul Trenwith will be celebrating his birthday on Sunday, 3 February. Join him at 8:30am in Bill’s Concert Hall for a full hot breakfast served up by the Narrows catering crew, followed at 9am with a concert featuring Paul and all his bluegrass friends and family. You’ll enjoy performances by the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, The Trenwiths, Molly G and others!

Booking in for breakfast is absolutely necessary. Tickets are only $10, and you can purchase tickets from the Kiwigrass Crew at the festival on Friday and Saturday.

You do not need to purchase breakfast to enjoy this special concert. Feel free to BYO. All welcome!

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:

Kiwigrass in the News

The Hamilton Daily News ran a lovely article about Kiwigrass and Paul Trenwith recently:

Bluegrass Today recently did a profile on The Pipi Pickers where I got to talk about Kiwigrass a bit. We’re hoping they might do a full piece on Kiiwgrass itself at some point as well. Kiwigrass is having a truly international reach with people buying tickets from as far as the US, Japan, Australia and the UK!

Some Social Media News

We have a few new Facebook groups to help you organise yourself for Kiwigrass. Kiwigrass Rideshare is for people looking for rides, or those who have spare seats they can offer to others. Kiwigrass Accommodation Share is for sharing tips on good places to say, or offering up spare rooms in AirBnB’s, etc.

We’re also branching out beyond our newsletter, website and Facebook and we now have accounts on Instagram and Twitter, for those folks who don’t use Facebook. I expect both accounts to be absolutely FLOODED with followers who have been desperate for Kiwigrass info but were stymied because we were only on Facebook.*

* Just in case it doesn’t come through a plain text medium, this is me trying to be funny.