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Whitianga Oceans Festival deferred to 2022

It is with huge disappointment that we, Whitianga Oceans Festival Committee, have made the difficult decision to defer this year’s Whitianga Oceans Festival, scheduled for Saturday 18th September.

The impact of Covid-19 and the unknown period in which the nation (or parts of the nation) need to remain locked down means we cannot plan ahead with any certainty and are unlikely to be at an alert level that enables us to hold an event of this size.

Read the full press release here.

Ticketing options

Whilst we sold the tickets with no guarantee of a refund, we have made the decision to offer all of you who purchased a ticket to the 2021 Festival two options:

  1. Transfer your ticket to the next Whitianga Oceans Festival to be held in September 2022 – Or
  2. Receive a refund of $30 per ticket purchase.

In making your decision please click on the button below.

Everything You Desire In One Place

The new Whitianga Oceans Festival, brought to you by Whitianga Scallop Festival Inc., will deliver yet another fabulous day centred around seafood, music, beverages and entertainment. The festival will celebrate both the regions, and New Zealand caught seafood as well as our marine heritage as we allow our scallop beds to rest and recover.

This is our sixteenth Festival and will continue to be one of New Zealand’s iconic seafood/kaimoana celebrations.

Join us on Saturday 18 September and enjoy savouring a variety of seafood cooked in a myriad of different ways by renowned chefs, food trucks and local community groups.

The seafood is complemented with an array of local and New Zealand beverages, and you’ll be entertained by live bands, buskers, seafood cooking classes and more.

Click here for the full news story on our changes.

Come and make a long weekend of it in Whitianga.

Meet our celebrity chefs

Chef Ray McVinnie

Ray McVinnie

Master Chef judge, Ray is a renowned food writer, chef and has published five books – we’re excited to have him back.

Chef Nici Wickes

Nici Wickes

Nici is a food and cooking enthusiast. A published cookbook author, entertainer, broadcaster, food stylist, recipe developer and food editor she’s all about no-fuss, confidence-building cooking.

Chef Michael van de Elzen

Michael van de Elzen

Michael is one of New Zealand’s most loved chefs having starred in a number of television shows, most recently TVNZ’s Eat Well For Less New Zealand. He is well known for his restaurants, Good From Scratch brand and more recently, the Good From Scratch Cookery School on his lifestyle property in Muriwai. 

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