Huge Day Out 2017


The Huge Day Out is on Saturday, 28 October 2017


Main Stage (Wharf Street)

9.00am – 9.45am Mahurangi College Band
10.00am – 11.00am Sonare
11.00am – 11.45am City of Sails Barbershop Chorus
12.00pm – 1.30pm Texas Storm
1.45pm – 2.30pm Sonare
2.45 pm to 6pm ish Texas Storm and The Drive alternate


Community Stage (Paper Plus Carpark)

9.00am – 9.40am Riley Popham
9.50 am – 10.50am The Drive
11.00am – 1pm Brent and Lance from MORE FM (Rodney College)
1.00pm – 2.00pm The Drive
2.10pm -3.00pm Riley Popham


Canoe Showdown

Baxter Street Reserve (Mahurangi River, Warkworth) – Saturday 28 October

Online registration is open now –
On the day registration opens at 12pm (closes 1pm)

Briefing is at 1pm at the Nelo Registration Tent, Baxter Street, Warkworth.

Races start
1:30 – 20km Premier Canoe Showdown
1:32 – 10km Canoe Showdown race
1:34 – 5km Cruise
1:40 – 2km STAR KAYAKS course

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

Personal safety
All paddlers 16 and under will need to wear a PFD. All other paddlers should carry their PFD in their paddle craft. If you are asked to wear your PFD please do or you will not be able to start the race.

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

Warkworth Dog Training Club

Demonstrations and public involvement

Dog rest area: Between the skateboard ramp and the road we will set up some shade and water for any dogs attending the festival. This will have members in attendance all day to answer any questions about dogs or club activities. This is not a dog sitting service.

Demonstrations: at 9.30, 10.30 and 11.30am (20 minutes each) about agility and flygility; may be a scent demonstration or obedience (depending on available dogs).

At the end of each demonstration we will have short competition for children (10 years and under) to copy the dogs and do a short flygility run with them jumping over a few low jumps, through a tunnel and weave around some items to retrieve a ball. Small prizes for the entrants.

The Warkworth and Districts Dog Training Club has been providing affordable dog training advice to local pet owners as well as competitors in Obedience, Rally-O, Flygility, and Agility for 20 years. We are a incorporated society which relies on volunteers to provide this low-cost service to the community.


Community Groups

Kids Entertainment

Garden Bar

Garden Bar is located at Wharf Street (open from 11am to 6pm)

The extended garden bar is licensed and will provide Organic wines from Te Rata with a selection of local reds and whites plus a newly released naturally sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. There’s also a selection of local craft Beers plus a special one off Kowhai Festival IPA,spiced up with manuka flower extract. Bohemian cider will be pouring their popular Braeburn and quince cider as well as a selection of handcrafted sodas on tap all accompanied by fresh Mahurangi oysters and Akemis Goza.