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"Jam-packed with activities & demonstrations!"

This year is the 30th anniversary of the National Woodskills Competition, New Zealand's Premier festival celebrating all things wood, and the weekend will be jam-packed with activities.

This year the event will once again be motorhome-friendly, in keeping with Kawerau's status as one of the first towns in New Zealand to embrace freedom camping. Some of the town's residents work hard to encourage motorhome owners to spend a few days here, and what better time to do so than during WoodFest? There'll be plenty of motorhome parking in Kawerau for the iconic event, held in Prideaux Park.

Celebrating our industry

Some towns try to hide their industrial origins when visitors come calling; they don't recognise that those very origins can be used to draw people in. Not Kawerau. In Kawerau industry is celebrated. That's what Kawerau WoodFest and the National Woodskills Competition is all about.

WoodFest has been running since 2007. Started to support the National Woodskills Competition, which launched in 1989, it also gives Kawerau a way to celebrate its history and showcase itself to visitors. It is one of the town's most iconic events. This year, as usual, it will be jam-packed with fun family activities. All are free to spectators and they all celebrate Kawerau's unique origins.


Door entry to the National Woodskills Competition is $10 for adults or $5 for senior citizens. Under-12s are free.



Certified Self-Contained Motorhome / Caravan Parking

> Where is the parking site?

Parking available at 117 Onslow Street, Kawerau.

> When can I arrive, and when do I need to leave?

Arrival times from 2pm on Thursday 26th September and depart on Sunday afternoon (the 29th).

> How much does it cost? 

$5 per van/per night.

> Can I bring my dog?

Dogs okay on leads.

> Who can I contact if I have questions? 

Contact Dave Rosser, ph 027 442 5357