Venues

There is a choice of venues where you can listen to music during the festival. These are chosen to provide the type of atmosphere you are seeking, or the seating for your comfort at larger venues. You are free to move around to any of the venues with your badges.

There are four venues in Paihia and two in Russell, with a ferry ride between.

Accommodation is available at many of these venues. Click on links to make bookings so you can be near the action. We are also supported by many motels, hotels, lodges and backpackers in the area. Check out more options in our Accommodation section where you’ll find website links and phone numbers.

Paihia venues

SCENIC HOTEL

Main registration desk, raffle, CD and merchandise sales.
The venue has plenty of seating, and comfortable restaurant and bar.

Address: 58 Seaview Road, Paihia.

PAIHIA SPORTS BAR

This small venue is a bar with lots of atmosphere. There are not many seats but lots of dancing.

Address: Selwyn Road, above Vet’s Clinic

KINGSGATE AUTOLODGE

This venue is upstairs in the hotel restaurant and bar. As well as comfortable seating and a dance floor, there are stunning views of the Bay.

Address: 104 Marsden Road, Paihia

PAIHIA EX-SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

An iconic venue with large bar and upstairs restaurant. Lots of room to dance.

Address: Corner School Road and Joyces Road, Paihia

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Russell venues

Russell offers a laidback vibe, with everything in easy walking distance and access to some of the best restaurants and cafes in the Bay.

DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH HOTEL

This iconic hotel is a stunning venue, with lot of seating and a separate restaurant area and bar. 

DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH TAVERN

A short walk from the hotel to the Duke Tavern. A side room off this bar leads to a stage and seating.