Christchurch Folk Music Club

Waimate Summer Folk Festival

Gunn’s Bush Camp  | 2-4 February 2023 (+optional Jam day: 5-6 February)

This is a second Festival event which will have most of the familiar well loved folk festival features-concerts, blackboard sessions, blind date concerts, dance, jamming and a water fight for those with fond memories of the Tui New Year festival.

Our guests this year are

  • Peninsula Envy
  • Nick Smith

Festival Details

Situated 50km south of Timaru and 10 minutes from Waimate, Gunn’s Bush Camp. Nestled in 140 hectares of beautiful New Zealand forest.

36 Gunns Bush Road, Hunter, Waimate, South Canterbury (view on google maps)

Everyone attending needs to check on arrival and receive their ID tag. The site
will open at 2pm on Friday 2 February 2024.

Optional Jam Day – Monday 5th February with overnight camp

Departure: before 10am Tuesday 7th February


Available from midday on 2 February to 10am on 5 February.
Optional Jam day 5-6 February – bookings to remain on site for this day must be
made direct with Gunns Bush Camp: email:

The camp has an abundance of grass fields for use for outdoor activities during
your stay and the native bush and creek is easily accessed via the camp.
Tents, campervans and caravans welcome.

Powered Sites
Only 5 powered sites are available – only use a power outlet if you have booked
and paid for it.
All sites are a short walk to the main venues and ablution facilities

Bunk room accommodation
A limited number of bunks in shared rooms available for long-distance travellers.
Sleeping bags essential. Ear plugs recommended as rooms are nearby to the
music venue.

Please note, this is not a catered event. The kitchen has communal fridges and limited cooling facilities equipped with jugs, toasters, pots pans, cutlery, crockery etc. but please bring your own cooking equipment where possible.

GB Camp Information 2023

Camp Plan

 Festival FAQs


Festival Fees

Full Weekend Adult (2pm Friday – 10am Monday) $130
Full Weekend Child (13 -18 years) $80
Under 13’s Free
Full day pass $40
Half day pass $25

There is an opportunity for 6 people to assist with cleaning and logistics in return for free
admission. Please email for more information.

Online Registration here:



Follow the fest on Facebook: here

Contact with any questions