Huge Day Out 2016


The Huge Day Out is on Saturday, 8 October 2016


Main Stage (southern end of Wharf St)

Time Band Genre
9.15 – 9.30 Kapa Haka Group Traditional
9.35 – 9.55 Hibiscus Coast Scottish Country Dancers Folk
10.00 – 10.45 Texas Storm Rock/Blues
11.00 – 11.45 The Drive Rock/Pop
12.10 – 12.30 The Drive (acoustic set) Pop
12.45 – 1.45 Festus McBoyle and the Pirates ARRRRGHHHHH
14.00 – 15.00 Sonare Popular Jazz/Funk
15.00 onwards The Drive & Texas Storm Rock/Pop Jam session


Community Stage (northern end of Wharf St)

Time Band Genre
9.00 – 9.20 Riley Popham Rock
9.30 – 9.55 Tolka Ashworth Folk/Country
10.00 – 10.40 Becky Moon Singer/Songwriter
10.45 – 11.20 Sonare Popular Jazz/Funk
11.20 – 11.50 Lance MORE FM Comedy/Solo artist & more
12.45 – 13.25 Becky Moon Singer/Songwriter
13.30 – 14.30 Texas Storm Rock/Blues
14.35 – 15.00 Tolka Ashworth Folk/Country


About the performers:

Captain Festus McBoyle – Headline act

The Ultimate Travellin’ Variety Show……. Captain Festus McBoyle and his motley crew……. masters of music and mischief. Humorous Songs, Pirate Styled Games, Tales of the Sea – more fun than a squirrel up ya jumper!

Compared to Spike Milligan, Benny Hill & Monty Python.

Finalist, Best NZ kids Video, 2012 (Pirates Limbo)
Finalist, Best NZ Kids Album, 2013 (A Pirates Life…)


Texas Storm – Blues, Rock, Country

Texas Storm are an authentic R & B boogie band playing classics from iconic artists such as Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Robert Cray, Cream and a lot more.


The Drive – Rock, Blues, Pop, Reggae

Phil Tyler: Drums
Paul Tyler: Lead Vocals and rhythm guitar
Andy Mcteigue: Lead guitar
Richie Tarbitt: Bass

The Drive’s fusion of hits cover pop, blues, reggae and rock from the 60’s to today provides something for everyone ensuring a fun, sing along experience and a healthy dose of air guitar.


Sonare – Jazz, Soul, Funk

Some local friends who like playing together and jam out at length to jazz, soul, funk, folk, and whatever else takes their fancy. Sara Jones, Mitchell Houlbrooke, Jayme Curtis, Moana Winiana

Canoe Showdown

Town Wharf (Mahurangi River, Warkworth) – Saturday 8 October

Online registration is open now –
On the day registration starts at 8am (closes 9.30 am)

Briefing is at 9.30 am

Races start
10.00 am – 20km Premier Canoeshowdown
10.02 am – 10km Canoe Showdown race
10.04 am – 5km Cruise
10.10 am – 2km STAR KAYAKS course

Held on Baxter Street Reserve approximately 45 minutes after the last paddler has finished.

An awesome day of racing to suit all classes and abilities:

  • 20 km Premier Showdown: 4 laps of serious races – open to all. Winners crowned King and Queen of the Mahurangi River.
  • 10 km Race: 2 laps – ideal for sea kayaks and recreational craft (including SUP).
  • 5 km Cruise: 1 lap – for casual paddlers, first timers and kids.
  • 2 km Time Trial: If you would like to take part in the Canoe Showdown but don’t have a kayak, thanks to Star Kayaks, you’re able to make that happen. There will be a number of kayaks available on race day and you can compete in a 2 km time trial. Limited spaces.

Limited waterfront parking (access via Percy Street by New World) – please check with road marshalls on the day.

Dog Show

10 am Warkworth Riverbank (behind Library)

Adult and Children categories – $2 per category. Great prices to be won!


  • Best dressed pirate (person, dog or both)
  • Egg spoon race
  • Best trick
  • Obstacle course
  • Temptation trail

All proceeds are going to Julie Thompson’s animal rescue, Warkworth.

The show is sponsored by Ross Lynch, Warkworth
Vet, Farm & Pet clinic

Community Groups

Kids Entertainment

Kid’s entertainment is a big part of the Kowhai Festival. Besides the ‘Dog Show’, where kids have their own categories, there are heaps of entertainment possibilities at Baxter Street including the Giant Waterslide at Lucy Moore Park. The slide opens at 12 pm and for $5 kids can have an unlimited number of slides.

There are also many stalls offering toys and kid’s clothes – and there are the Vintage cars at the post office carpark to be inspected.

Garden Bar

Most of the food stalls are located at Wharf Street.