Haast Whitebait Festival 2023

30 September, 2023
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The Haast Whitebait Festival is a non-profit annual community event to celebrate the whitebait season.

Join the Haast community as they celebrate all things whitebait and beyond at the annual Haast Whitebait Festival. With around 45 market day stalls selling everything from whitebait, venison, crayfish patties to local wines, relishes, chutneys and home crafts. The day will be jam-packed with activities including the famous 'Whitebait cookoff' and mystery batton raffle as well as bouncy castles and face painting for the younger ones. Back by popular demand, Henare - the Velvet Voice Merchant, will be providing the day's music. Why not make a weekend of it and head to the after party for dinner and dancing, with The Yardmen from Invercargill, supplying the live entertainment.

Stallholders include:


As this event is run on volunteer help and sponsorship, the organising committee would LOVE your help to make the day amazing! If you're interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2023 festival, please email haastwhitebaitfestival@gmail.com for more information. Sponsorship can be in the way of cash or prize donations, items for the raffle table, or extra volunteer assistance. All funds raised from the raffle go back into the Haast community.


There may still be space available. If you're interested in having a stall at the festival, please register your interest here: https://forms.gle/LuZVe96orHcTzm2j7

Event details:

  • Date: Saturday, 30 September
  • Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • Venue: Haast River Motels & Holiday Park - 52 Haast Pass Highway, SH6, Haast
  • Tickets: can be purchased at the gate - $2 per person / $5 per family
  • Please note: no dogs and no BYO.
  • Free parking.
  • Follow Haast Whitebait Festival on Facebook for more updates.

After Party - R18 event

  • Date: Saturday, 30 September
  • Time: Doors open 7.30pm
  • Venue: Heartland Hotel - 26 Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Haast
  • Cost: $30
  • Tickets: on sale from 1 September and can be purchased from Heartland Hotel Haast, Haast Food Centre and Haast River Motel and Holiday Park.
  • Tidy dress essential.
  • The Yardmen playing from 8.30pm

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30 September, 2023
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