Wairarapa Music in the Country


Fri 6th - Sun 8 Jan 2023

Tauherenikau Racecourse

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Tauherenikau Racecourse
New Zealand

The 2023 Wairarapa Music in the Country (Formally Wairarapa Country Music Festival) is set to be the biggest yet! Featuring thirteen acts over three days and suitable for the whole family, the festival is jam-packed with musical talent, bringing some of New Zealand’s finest country artists to the Tauherenikau Racing and Event Centre!

This year the evening shows on Friday and Saturday will each host a different line-up and we’ll have food and beverage options available for purchase throughout the event. It’s the perfect weekend escape for motorhomes and caravans, a fantastic day and night out for families, and a country music paradise for boot-scooters and toe tappers near and far. 

Your 2023 Wairarapa Country Music Festival line-up:

The one and only Jackie Bristow, back from Nashville; Barry Saunders, lead singer of The Warratahs and NZ legend; Melissa Partridge (overall winner of the 2021 Gold Guitar Awards) joins us as part of the extremely talented and soulful duo, Melissa & The Dr; Dolly and Kenny take the stage in the hugely entertaining one-of-a-kind-show, The Dolly Parton Experience; Always the life of the party, Shenanigans will light up the stage with a celtic twist; and Kevin Greaves combines classic country music with his comedic flair.

Joining these country music legends will be outstanding entertainers, JamesRay; Our weekend MC and Granddaddy of Country Music, Wayne R. Heath; Cooper’s Run; Karen Davy; Paula Story; and our talented up-and-comers, Maddy Bean and Rererangi Twaddell, who will be onstage Sunday morning.

It’s going to be a stellar weekend and you’re invited – so get your tickets now!
Passes start from just $20 and kids aged 16 and under are free!


  • Three day pass $50
  • Friday $30
  • Saturday $40 or premium grandstand seats $60
  • Sunday $20

There are also parking packages available. Check out those options below.

See you in Tauherenikau!

Certified Self Contained Motorcaravan Parking

Be right where the action is!

Secure on-site/overnight parking will be available over the course of the festival weekend. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a lead, undercontrol at all times and cleaned up after. Early arrivals are welcome, but please observe venue opening and closing times.

Below are the parking packages available:

  • Weekend package for one / two: $80 / $130
  • Three-day pass per adult, with parking per motorhome or caravan for three nights
  • Premium weekend package for one / two: $100 / $170
  • Three-day pass per adult with allocated grandstand seating on Saturday, and parking per motorhome or caravan for three nights

Any queries, please contact Sara at [email protected]

Book your parking package here