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"A great mix of fantastic international and local artists!"

Central Otago’s hugely popular country music festival is back for its 32nd year with a fantastic lineup of talent over three days at the Cromwell Racecourse.

Country music lovers should prepare for hoarse voices, sore feet and late nights with a three-day festival coming to Cromwell. Cromwell’s Gold ’n Notes Hoedown is one of the biggest events on the country music calendar.

This is a full weekend of entertainment including a little bit of busking in the business area and in The Cromwell Mall itself on Friday and also Saturday morning.

  • Friday 1pm start – Blackboard Artists
  • Friday 7pm start – Jam Session
  • Saturday 10am -1.30pm – Blackboard Artists | Invited guests 2pm until approx 5.30pm
  • Saturday Night 7pm to late “Country Showcase” featuring top NZ Artists Plus Surpises
  • Sunday 10am – 6pm Blackboard Artists followed by the free for all Jam Session

Tickets available (see below for more information) on-site at “The Cromwell Racecourse”. Refreshments and meals available all day. Great raffles.

Don Costa   

Main artists include: Don Costa (Australia) - Carleen Still - Alan Barron - Joy Adams plus three more surprises!

This year Aussie recording artist Don Costa who was a hit with everyone in 2016 is coming back. Also, Carleen Still from the far North who was also a guest Artist in 2016 is coming back too. Carleen Still loves the Hoedown and does not want to miss it. Carleen is a crowd pleaser and has recorded CD’s too. 

Joy Adams and Allan Barron are also attending this year - both are top NZ entertainers so the line-up for the showcase is looking excellent.

Background on the Event

Each year Cromwell Gold N Notes has got bigger and bigger with a record crowd of 900 people attending in 2017 with over 70 artists singing the weekend away with more than 40 recording artists as well coming from all over NZ.

Motorhomers can come a week earlier if they wish. They can stay on after the Hoedown if they wish to attend the New Motorsport Highland Park meet, which is the weekend after our Hoedown this year. It is a big weekend. See www.highlands.co.nz so why not come and stay another week longer in Central Otago, it could end up a big couple of weekends for some.

Tickets (Day and Weekend Passes Available)

Tickets will be available for sale on Friday Morning at the Marquee (No need to book tickets):

  • Weekend Pass: $50.00 
  • Day or Night Passes: ranging from $15 - $20 and $25 depending on day or night. 

Any inquiries please do not hesitate to contact organisers/sponsors of the Hoedown, Lynette or Mike Hedges on 03 445 4070 (Home); or C/P 027 243 8655.

See www.cromwell.org.nz or visit and join our FB Page for updates and news so you can ask questions or get answers. We look forward to seeing you all on the 16th November for a great weekend.



Certified Self-Contained Motorhome and Caravan Parking

Caravan & Motorhome charge of $10 per night per van, pay on arrival.

Entrance via Ripponvale Road in Cromwell - GPS coordinates: 45.038562, 169.170463 - event is visable from St H/Way 6.

No booking needed as we have plenty of room, can arrive from Thursday (15th November). (Note: dogs allowed on leads in the Motorhome area only).

Refreshments and meals available all day.

Additions: We have a dump station on site; also refuse skips and toilets and plenty of room for parking so no need to book. Just arrive and parking wardens will park you accordingly.

Any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact organizers/sponsors of the Hoedown, Lynette or Mike Hedges on 03 445 4070 (Home); or 027 243 8655