CMP Hootnanny Country Rock Festival


Fri 25th - Sun 27 Feb 2022

Thames Racecourse
Parawai Road

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Thames Racecourse
Parawai Road
New Zealand

The CMP Hootnanny Country Rock Festival is a 3 day celebration of the music enjoyed across the globe which is inspired by Cowboys, Pick Up Trucks, Cowgirls, boots, haybales, tight jeans, beer & open spaces.

** Proudly sponsored by the NZMCA **

A Hootenanny is an old country word for a “Party” and is actually pronounced “Hoot-nanny”, so that’s what we’ve created for our Festival. A genuine Kiwi Hootnanny Party!

The Festival has entertainment for the entire family with non-stop daytime action around the venue. In the afternoon the focus shifts to the 2 stages where there is a line up of New Zealand’s finest country music legends, and the rising stars of modern country rock keeping you entertained into the evening.

The Programme:

Friday 25th Feb 2022

  • Onsite camping opens at Noon (Pre-purchased only)
  • Public gates open at 3pm
  • Free Buses from the Thames Civic Centre from 3pm for Ticket Holders
  • Limited FREE parking at the venue from 3pm
  • Food Vendors & Bars onsite
  • FREE Carnival rides from 4pm-8pm
  • Live music from 5pm – 10pm

Saturday 26th February

  • USA & Australian Country Car Show entry from 7am-9am (Registered Only)
  • Big Rig Trucks assemble at Kopu from 7am-9am
  • Big Rig Truck Parade at 9am into Thames and arrive at the Racecourse 9:30am
  • VIP Parking at Venue & Parawai School from 9:30am (Pre-Paid Only)
  • Public Parking at Rhodes Park from 9am
  • FREE Buses from Rhodes Park and Thames Civic Centre from 10am for Ticket Holders only
  • Public gates open at 10am
  • Live Music in the Arena from 10am – 4pm
  • USA & Australian Country Car Show
  • Big Rig Truck Show
  • Country Markets
  • FREE Carnival Rides from 10am - 8pm
  • Exhibition Arena – Free Style Motor Cycle, Barrel Racing, Monster Trucks
  • Food Vendors & Bars onsite
  • Live music from 2:30pm- 10pm on the Main Stages

Sunday 27th February

  • Automotive Swapmeet from 7am – 2pm
  • Public gates open 8am
  • Onsite Parking
  • Country Markets 8am – 2pm
  • FREE Carnival rides from 9am-1pm
  • Carnival Rides 9am – 2pm
  • Exhibition Arena – Free Style Motorcycle, Barrel Racing, Monster Trucks, Lawn Mower Racing, Tractor Pull    9am-2pm
  • Food Vendors onsite 8am – 2pm
  • Live music from 9am- 2pm in the Arena


Tickets on sale now - visit the Hootnanny Country Rock Music Festival website


Certified Self Contained Motorcaravan Parking

Make a massive weekend away of it - stay onsite!

Where is the Hootnanny?

Thames Racecourse, Parawai Road, Thames

How do I book my parking?

Simply select a Camping Pass for Certified Self Contained Motorcaravans which includes entry to the Festival

When can I arrive?

If you have registered and prepaid you will be able to access the site from Friday midday onwards. All others will be able to enter from Friday 5pm onwards.

Can I bring my Pet to the Festival?

Strictly no animals. There is an exemption for assistance dogs and small dogs belonging to a registered camper ticket holder. Small dogs in the camping area must be on a lead at all times outside the motorhome/caravan, and must not leave the camping area at any time for the duration of the festival.  

Assistance dogs must be declared in advance to Hootnanny management via email who, once approved, will provide an authorisation letter to be shown at the search and entry points.  

How do the shuttle buses work?

Shuttle buses are provided FREE for ticket holders only. On Friday 26th February they depart the Thames Civic Centre for the Racecourse every 30 minutes and the Racecourse to the Civic Centre every 30 minutes as well.

Is this a Zero Waste event?

Yes – we encourage everyone to recycle, reuse or composite where possible. Campers will be required to take everything they bring and leave their campsites clean.

Can I leave the venue then come back in later?

No – There are no pass-outs at the Festival for General Admin tickets. Campers may catch the FREE return Shuttle Buses to the Thames town centre.

How big are the camp sites?

Self-contained camper sites are various sizes and are limited to 4 people per site.