Event Information

North. South. East. West.


Early bird – $50 (limited to the first 500 tickets) SOLD OUT!
General Admission: $60

To go to the ticketing page, click HERE.

Note that ticketing fees will apply for all online tickets purchased.

Ticket Protection on tickets is available through purchase.

All children and youth under 18yrs to be accompanied by a full paying adult.

All tickets must be purchased online.



The Esplanade, Whitianga, New Zealand.


Gates Open time

The gates open at 10am and close at 5pm.


Ticket inclusions

Tickets are for entry only. You will receive a branded souvenir festival glass on entry. All our stallholders sell their treats, ranging from approx. $6.00-$15.00.


Age restriction

All ages are welcome, however the event is designed mainly for adults 18 years and over. Parents are welcome to bring their children, but must take FULL responsibility for them.
Children under 5 years are free.


Best Dressed competition

Get your troops together, have some fun and be in to win thousands of dollars of prizes.
For inspiration, check out our photo gallery.


Pass outs

There are no pass outs given. Once you leave the festival, you will not be allowed back in.


Paying for things

There is no cash out facilities on site, most stallholders do have eftpos, but to be on the safe side, please bring some cash.



There is limited street parking within walking distance.


Pets and animals

Unfortunately, we do not allow animals into the festival unless of course they are guide dogs.


What can I not bring into the festival?

Any drinks or food into the festival
Cooler bags
Dangerous items


What can I bring into the festival?

Foldable deck chairs
Handbags, backpacks etc.

For a full list of excluded items please refer to the Event Participation Terms and Conditions.


Prohibited Items:

Prohibited Items include but are not limited to:

  • Air horns.
  • Alcohol – any alcohol found at the Event Site will be confiscated and will not be returned and the offending patron(s) ejected from Event Site for the remainder of the Event.
  • Animals (excluding service dogs such as guide dogs and police or emergency service dogs).
  • Any other item deemed by Event staff (in their discretion) to be dangerous or offensive or potentially dangerous by Event organisers.
  • Audio or video recording devices (including GoPro and similar).
  • Chilly bins and coolers.
  • Couches
  • Drones or other remote control devices.
  • Fires and open flames.
  • Flammable liquids.
  • Flares, fireworks, sparklers explosives, or any fire twirling equipment.
  • Glass (jars, bottles, containers, mirrors and perfumes).
  • Illegal substances.
  • Instruments.
  • Laser equipment and pens.
  • Monopods, tripods
  • Nitrous oxide bulbs and canisters.
  • Professional photography equipment (eg telephoto lenses; any lens over 20cm; any detachable lens; stands or other commercial equipment or anything deemed by Event staff to be professional photography equipment).
  • Sharpies, markers, paint cans or paint pens.
  • Skateboards, scooters, wagons, carts, rollerblades, roller skates, bicycles, quad-bikes, segways, hoverboards,
  • Sound systems.
  • Studded items (ie belts, wristbands etc).
  • Toy guns, water guns or slingshots.
  • Unauthorised marketing materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, or other promotional items.
  • Weapons or explosives of any kind (including potential missiles).
  • No food or drink will be permitted into the Event Site. Sealed plastic water bottles (with or without contents) cannot be brought into the Event Site. Unsealed EMPTY plastic water bottles (no glass) can be brought into the Event Site.


Event Cancellation Policy

We will do our best to ensure that the Whitianga Oceans Festival is held.

We will only cancel the event if we have big things happen that we can not control, including storms or road closures during the week of the event. We have ticket protection to cover most of these big things, but can not insure against covid.

In the rare case that we have to cancel the event, then we will refund you as much of your ticket price as we can, generally this will be 50-90% of your ticket fee (depending on any potential cancellation date).

When you purchase a ticket, you have the option to purchase ticket protection that will cover you in case of personal illness, injury etc. There are no refunds given for ‘Change of Mind’.

You can choose to transfer you ticket to another person up to 31st of August for a fee of $10per ticket.

When you purchase a ticket, please refer to Whitianga Oceans Festival 2023 – Terms and Conditions of sale. 

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Email Us

Contact Us

  • pStallholder & General enquiries: Clare Tod
  • info@oceansfestival.co.nz
  • +64 21 231 5901
  • pCo-ordinator: Nick Reader
  • coordinator@oceansfestival.co.nz
  • +64 21 632 721
  • pTicket Support Flicket
  • support@flicket.co.nz
  • +64 921 42183