About Hootnanny

The 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.

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.

Noddy & Andrea

Noddy Watts is the well known Festival Director of the world renown Beach Hop Rock’n’Roll Festival for over 20 years, winning New Zealand’s Favourite Event of the Year in 2017. Andrea has lived in the USA for some time and shares an interest with Noddy in classic USA V8s and Hot Rods with a nice collection of rides in their personal fleet.

Together with they’ve taken 26 self drive tours of the USA in Mustang convertibles over the past 10 years. Having visited Nashville 6 times with the tours, they had dreamed of bringing some of the young bands performing at the Honky Tonk bars on Broadway to New Zealand for a Festival. That dream will come true when the borders are open for international visitors to New Zealand in the future. Noddy was also awarded a New Zealand Royal Honour in 2021 and was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to the community and fundraising.

Getting to Hootnanny


Friday 25th Feb

Free Parking onsite at the Thames Race Course from 3pm. Entry at Gate 1 must have pre- purchased Friday, or Weekend Pass, Festival tickets for entry.

Saturday 26th Feb

There is NO free parking at the Racecourse on Saturday

Free parking at Rhodes Park from 9am for Saturday and Weekend Pass ticket holders. Shuttle buses to the Racecourse from 10am. No alcohol to be taken on the buses bags will be searched. Its a 5 minute ride to the Racecourse. Buses will depart every 10 Rhodes park every 10 minutes until 7pm. Buses return to the Rhodes Park from the Racecourse every 10 minutes until 11pm. Please do not drink & drive.

VIP parking available in 2 areas less that a 5 minute walk from the Racecourse. Cost is $20 per vehicle.

Sunday 27th Feb

Free Parking onsite at the Thames Race Course from 8am. Entry at Gate 1 must have pre- purchased Sunday, or Weekend Pass, Festival tickets for entry.

Thames Racecourse

Free Bus Stop Locations – For ticket holders only

No alcohol to be taken on buses – bag checks in place

Friday 25th Feb 3pm – 11pm
Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street, Thames

Saturday 26th Feb 8am – 11pm
Rhodes Park, 455 Ngati Maru Highway, Thames

Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street, Thames

VIP Parking

Zone 1
Thames Racecourse, 511 Parawai Road, Thames

Thames Racecourse

VIP Parking

Zone 2

Parawai School, 106 Lowe Ave, Thames

Parawai School

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