About Location and Facilities

How to get there

Wairoa Scout Camp is located at Whare Flat, in a bush clad valley.

The access road has some gravel stretches and a ford, usually dry in summer.

From Dunedin, take the road through Wakari and over Three Mile Hill.  

Do not turn down Whare Flat Road near the top of Three Mile Hill.

Continue over Three Mile Hill to the bottom of the hill.

Turn right onto Silverstream Valley Road.

From the south, go into Mosgiel, along the main shopping street, Gordon Road.

At the lights near the end of the shops, turn right onto Factory Road and continue for 6 kms

Turn left onto Silverstream Valley Road.



The regsitration tent is just inside the festival site. All performers, campers and visitors must stop and visit registration on their way in.


  • Inside the main marquee, your go-to place for everything including:-
  • Information
  • Updates on schedules
  • Weather issues
  • CDs and merchandise
  • Advice and complaints


Food and drink

  • Predominantly a self-catering, camping festival
  • Bring your own food or buy from the on-site café
  • Café open all day and evening, located in the main marquee
  • Bar open from midday until late, also in the main marquee
  • The cafe, bar and marquee are are licenced premises. You may not consume your own alcohol in these areas.
  • Use of camp stoves is permitted but NOT open fires
  • No cooking facilities available
  • Access to sinks for dish washing at specific times
  • Welcome to bring your own plates and containers to the café
  • Coffee cart and ice cream van onsite from time to time
  • Supermarkets in Dunedin and Mosgiel 


  • Available from midday on 30 Dec to 10am on 3 Jan
  • Tents and camper vans welcome
  • A range of sites in clearings in the bush
  • No powered sites
  • All sites are a short walk to the main venues and ablution facilities
  • Toilet facilities and showers available
  • No cooking facilities
  • Sinks for dishwashing available at specific times

Bunk accommodation

  • ​​​​​​​Limited places in shared rooms attached to the hall
  • Sleeping bags essencial. Ear plugs highly recommended!


We are a very child friendly festival, with plenty of events and entertainment for children - see kids' programme for full details.

Welfare and security

Whare Flat is a great venue for families. However it is in the bush with a river running through. Make sure you look out for your children's safety and please report any incidents to the HUB. The security of your own gear is your responsibilty but we would like to hear about any apparently suspicious behaviour. The entrance gate is locked overnight.


CDs and other merchandise available at the HUB in the marquee


Our workshops are led by the very musicians and entertainers you’ll see at the festival - see the programme for full details.

Rubbish and Recycling – Zero Waste Is Our Festival’s Future!

Please think about what you bring with you and how you can help reduce the festival's impact on land-fill.

Bins for recycling and rubbish are available onsite, but consider taking yours away yourself.

Bring refillable water bottles etc.


  • Dogs are discouraged unless yours is a guide dog or there is no alternative.
  • One designated dog camping area.
  • You may not take your dog to any of the main events areas of the festival.
  • Dogs on leads and under control at all times.
  • Do not leave your dog locked in a vehicle without air conditioning.
  • You must ensure that someone is with your dog or checking on them regularly.
  • Owners of noisy or otherwise disruptive dogs will be asked to remove their dog from the site.
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