Saturday 21st March 2020, 10am – 7pm.

This is a FREE FAMILY EVENT celebrating Kerikeri’s 200th anniversary.

Come along and enjoy the family ‘village fair’ festival vibe that will unfold across the whole of Kororipo Heritage Park (Kerikeri Basin) from Rewa’s Village to Kororipo Kainga and Pā.

Two stages featuring a fantastic line-up of local and internationally renowned performers and musicians, including Troy King & the Upper Class, the Māori Sidesteps, Kawiti Waetford, and more…(Click on the following link for full entertainment programme)

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Be sure to support Te Kotahitanga Ō Ngā Kura Ō Ngāti Rehia School Kapa Haka Collective’s performances.

For information on performers and artists, click on the links below.

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Let the kids explore the Children’s Playground.  Soak in culture and heritage at Rewa’s Village. Visit Kerikeri Mission Station Marquee and listen to poems about the Kerikeri Mission House written and read by Vivienne Plumb.  Tour Guides Kelee and Millie will kōrero about the hidden stories of the women on the Kerikeri Mission Station site.

Head up to the Kainga and join archaeologist Hans-Dieter Bader and Ngāti Rēhia’s  Kipa Munro on an informative archaelogocial tour of Hongi Hika’s Kororipo Pā.  On the way stop and join Mita Harris’ ‘Easel Art Live On The Kainga’, and help draw the day unfolding, or head to the New Zealand Society of Author’s marquee to create your own Fridge Poetry.

Feast on an array of festival cuisine on offer from Festival Food Trucks, Honey House Cafe, and the Plough & Feather.  Support Kerikeri Rotary Club BBQ Fundraiser and buy a sausage!

Meander through the festival craft stalls to discover  tempting treasures to take home.

Visit St James Church and take a tour through this historic place of worship before joining a ‘graveyard talks’ tour through the cemetery.  Wander along to St James Hall to view the art exhibition by local youth, and enjoy discovering delicious treats at St James stall.

For Festival Activities Information click on the links below.

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Other bicentennial events including art exhibitions and workshops, are taking place either side of Kororipo Heritage Park Festival Day.

For Festival Events Information click on the links below.

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Printed Festival Programmes are available in and around Kerikeri from –

Heritage New Zealand office (cnr Kerikeri/Hone Heke Roads, The Stone Store & Honey House Cafe, The Plough & Feather, Kerikeri Public Library, The Turner Centre, The Packhouse Markets, McGregors Bakery, The Rusty Tractor, Makana Cafe, Makana Confection, Redwoods Cafe, Cafe Cinema, AA Centre, REAL property, Waipapa Four Square, Community Fitness Kerikeri, The Scullery, Keri Digital & Print, Kainui Cellar Door, Kerikeri High School



Kororipo Heritage Park Festival is a FREE family/community ALCOHOL, DRUG & SMOKE FREE event. Please note that bag checks will be conducted on the day.


Kororipo Heritage Park Festival is an ADMISSION FREE family and community focussed, alcohol, smoke, and drug free event. Bag checks will be carried out at entry points throughout the day, to maintain this kaupapa. Festival organisers reserve the right to ask intoxicated person(s) to leave the festival grounds.


Main access to the festival is via Landing Road from entry to Rewa’s Village and the Doc Te Papa Atawhai Northside Reserve (See Shuttle Bus Service information). ‘Gateway’ pedestrian entrance is via Kingston House exhibitions, following the Hongi Hika Trail to Kororipo Kainga. Other pedestrian points of entry are via various other walking trails, and Kerikeri and Landing Roads.


Kororipo Heritage Park Festival is a pedestrian friendly event. Your safety in getting to the festival is paramount. Traffic Management Road Closure will be in place down Kerikeri Road and Landing Road. Exemptions will be made for Residents, Businesses & Staff, and for Festival Service Providers only.

Festival goers are encouraged to use Public Parking within Kerikeri Township, or any available roadside parking within the vicinity of Kororipo Heritage Park, not affected by road closures.


Limited Designated Disabled Parking will be available to access on the day at both Kerikeri Road and Landing Road festival access points. Please ensure you bring your Disability ID Card to present to Festival Traffic Management officials on arrival, and for displaying on the dashboard of your vehicle. All non-exempt vehicles parked in Designated Disabled Parking Areas may be towed. Access to vehicles carrying disabled people will be enabled to drop off and pick up passengers, should designated areas be full.


A Festival Shuttle Bus Loop Service will run to and from Northtec Carpark to DoC Te Papa Atawhai Northside Reserve, Landing Road, via the Waipapa Bypass. Buses will operate on rotation, departing every 20-30 mins. (This is a complimentary service). Passengers must take responsibility for ensuring their own personal safety, and the safety of accompanying children and elderly, in transit and when boarding/disembarking buses.


In addition to the café’s situated within Kororipo Heritage Park, a variety of food and craft vendors will be operating throughout the day. We encourage you to support them, and support the festival’s aim of being a ‘Zero-Waste’ event.



We want you and your whanau (family) to have the best possible festival experience. Two Festival Headquarters marquees will be the main contact points throughout festival day. (Refer to programme centre page location map). Volunteer Festival Event Crew will be roaming throughout the day, to provide you with any assistance.


Kororipo Heritage Park Festival is an outdoor event. A limited amount of overhead shade cover will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own sunhats, sunscreen, and sun umbrellas, and we appreciate your consideration of others.

Sunscreen and water-bottle filling stations will be available on site.


Festival outdoor surfaces including riverside areas, are uneven in places, with dips and hollows. Some areas contain patches of gorse. We recommend that festival goers wear appropriate footwear, and bring festival-friendly foldout chairs, cushions and blankets.

Festival Activities take place close to and alongsider Te Awa o Ngā Rangatiria (The River of Chiefs), therefore parents/care-givers must take responsibility for the safety of children when in these areas, and observe the safety instructions of any children’s outdoor activities.

Festival organisers will do their best to identify and mark any critical areas of safety concern.


St John’s ambulance service will be on site throughout the duration of the festival. (Refer to programme centre page location map).


A roving security presence will be onsite for the duration of the event, to ensure the safety of festival goers, and everyone involved in the organisation, delivery, and participation of this event.

Festival goers MUST BE RESPONSIBLE for personal belongings brought on-site or left in vehicles while attending this event. Festival organisers will not be liable for any damage or loss of personal property or belongings.


Public access to these areas is strictly prohibited. Security presence will be onsite to ensure safety and security.


Kororipo Heritage Park Festival aims to be a ‘Zero-Waste’ event. Festival organisers will be doing their best to implement and ensure environmentally conscious event waste management practices, and encourage festival goers to adopt a ‘TAKE HOME OUR WASTE’ policy.


Your festival experience is important to us in helping to evaluate the success of Kororipo Heritage Park Festival, and to identify areas for future improvement and development. You may be approached by Festival Event Crew during the day, to participate in providing feedback. We acknowledge and assure that your contribution will be treated with utmost confidentially, and used for the purposes of assessing event outcomes by festival organisers only.


All information stated in this programme was correct at the time of printing, and subject to change without notice at the discretion of the organisers of Tūhono Kerikeri bicentennial events. Check the Tūhono Kerikeri website www.tuhonokerikeri.nz for the latest information.