Enter The Den

Festival Info


Our 10th Year!

It's our birthday and we like to party.
Reason to put on the best party we've ever seen!

Feb 5-6-7 2022Wairarapa New Zealand

Essential info

Festival Begins
4pm Saturday after the Karakia and concludes Monday 7th at 12pm.


Three-day passes: $220 (5th-7th Feb, 2022) — Sold out
One day pass: $175 (6th-7th Feb, 2022 only)

Three-day tickets have sold out. There is an official waitlist to purchase or re-sell 3-day tickets at Tixel.

One day tickets are still available at Cosmic – the ticket includes parking and overnight camping.

Gates Open
11am Saturday the 5th of February 2022

172 Moeraki Rd, Hinakura.

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Getting to site


The road well travelled to Taniwha’s Den from Martinborough is currently closed due to a large LANDSLIDE.

A new route (the scenic drive) is now the only way in and out. The following is all the information you will need for the new path to the Taniwha’s Den.

Please study the new route to the Den. We will be posting a lot more information about travel and the scenic route before the 2023 Den, so don’t worry – you won’t get lost. You’ll just have an extra bit of time to truly get in the zone.



172 Moeraki Rd, Hinakura.

Map Option A (THIS LINK)

If you are travelling from Wellington or will be driving to site from anywhere south of Greytown/Carterton, please follow the above Option A link to the correct map for you.

Map Option B (THIS LINK)

If you are travelling from Masterton or from further North, you have the option of  taking the back road to site (Longbush Road).

This route will drop you onto Hinakura Road in between Martinborough and Hinakura.Please follow the above Option B link to the correct map for you.


There will be no cell phone coverage soon after you leave Martinborough, Please ensure you download the correct MAP PDF’s, and have all the information you need to get here quickly but more importantly… Safely.

Please take care on the roads and we look forward to having you all here for this year’s event.

Carpooling refund

A carpooling refund is offered this year. To qualify for a refund, you must have 2 or more people in the car. The more people you have the more $ you get.

Three or more in a car and you will each get a $20 food voucher to spend onsite.
Two in the car and you will each get $10 voucher each.
One person per car sorry no refund for you!

Staying at the Den

2022 will see a big change to what you’ve known from previous years. No cars will be allowed in the main camping zone.

Come with a smile, a sunhat, sunscreen and insect repellent, water, snacks, comfy shoes, warm layers, something to sleep in, cash and ENTER THE TANIWHA’S ZONE OF HAPPINESS.


General Camping will be for tents only. You will leave your car in the parking area. This will be safer and align with Government guidelines for Covid-19 safety procedures.

There will be plenty of room for everyone, please be thoughtful and take only the space you need. We want everyone to enjoy the peaceful beauty of camping on the Taniwha’s Whenua.

ENTRY & CAMPING FOR VANS, CARAVANS, RV’s, BUSES. You will need to book your space for these camping options. We have set aside an area to accommodate you and allow you to be with friends who have tents. BUT YOU MUST BOOK, please click on the link for more information and to register.     Buy your camping pass here.

The car park will be directly across the road in the farm paddock. There is strictly no camping permitted in the general car park.

Campsite services

Luggage transport service
This will be operating between two stations, to help you get your gear from the gate to the campsite 400m away.
This year there will be 10 free hot & cold showers on site, as well as our 6 cold showers in a centralised ablution block in the camping zone, Camp Hub!
Also provided at Camp Hub is self-service area with stations to plug your jug in to boil a cuppa etc.
Extra free drinking water will be placed throughout the camp zone.
Know Your Stuff
Will be with us again. We love these people, they keep us safe.


Cash is King! There is no eftpos.
Our awesome food vendors will be available on site when the gates open at 11am Saturday. And of course Juice on the Loose is back with great coffee and smoothies. Joining them will be:
Soul Sisters,
Taco addicts,
Sushi Burrito,
Indo plus.

SOS Dress Ups

Well, this coming year, we’ve got a treat for you! We will be creating a special space for everyone to explore their fun and vibrant side. We look forward to welcoming you to SOS, the Swap Or Shop Costume Shop.

Whether you are a seasoned festivalgoer or a newbie, we will be there to help you explore and expand in all things dress-ups. We will help you to dress the way you want to feel!

As many of you will know, creating the festival vibe takes a village, and here’s where YOU come in! We need you to search through all your costumes and accessories. If you have something that you don’t need anymore, please give it to us! Start a little pile of goodies and let us know that you are keen on helping.

This is a special shop as all of the proceeds will go directly to the Wairarapa Women’s Refuge. We can have fun and make a difference at the same time. It’s a win-win!

Drop us an email at SOSatTheDen@gmail.com for more information and drop-off locations.

Wigs capes sequins glasses funky pants shirts leggings jewellery dresses hotpants onesies jackets: WE WANT IT ALL IF IT IS FUN!

New & Exciting For 2022

The Den line up just keeps getting better, with so many great DJs wanting to play! Mesmerizing, illuminated sculptures, and art installation will once again transform the environment to a level of Taniwha enchantment.

This year our festival will open with a Haka followed by a Karakia down by the Cliff face. A whole new sound system, vibe, and experience are planned for your first night dancing under the stars! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for announcements & updates.

A swap or buy Dress-up clothing Tent for festival preening, and face painting will be on site for 2022… and… Talking about Zones, we are always thinking of how we can improve your experience every year, and for 2022 we will enhance this even more.

Follow our FB page and our website for up coming announcements about the line-up, art displays, DJ promo mix’s and set timetables as the countdown begins to Taniwha’s Den 2022!

The Taniwha

The Den family are a respectful tribe of music lovers. We know how to have a good time, we respect all who are on or off the dance floor, as well as the land that we are so blessed to call home for the three magical days we come together every year.

We reserve the right to deny entry or to ask you to leave the Taniwha’s Den. This has hardly ever happened, and we don’t want to start now. Which makes the party that much more fun for us all.

To preserve our beautiful location and to help ensure that we can party here for many years to come, please check, and respect our guidelines below.

Leave only footprints and good memories This place is special to us, respect it as you would your place. Above all have a fucking great time.

No means No This goes for us all gathering in this very special place. Respect your mates and their choices. Consent is an obvious YES. Anything else is a NO.

Look after each other Look out for your mates, and everyone else. If you need assistance, come speak to any member of our crew, security team, or volunteers. The Den crew are here to help, but we are not here to babysit you.

Respect everyone Discrimination on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation or origin and any form of sexual harassment be it physical or verbal is not welcome at the Den.

No dogs There are resident Kuri born on the Whenua, most of you have met them. But if you bring a dog, you will be denied entry.

No swimming or drinking the river water.

No Glass It was great to see everyone trying to bring cans or had decanted into plastic for the 2021 event. We will be a lot more observant in 2022, so please no glass.

Rubbish Please dispose of all of your little in the bags and bins provided, any rubbish from your campsite please drop at the rubbish stations before leaving site

No open fires or barbecues It’s a total FIRE BAN in Hinakura for February. But we will have all our food vendors here on time and electric sockets for kettles and a cuppa available in the camp zone.

Taniwhas Den Festival Wairarapa Images by Marie Sophie Fabre
Taniwhas Den 2021 photo Marie-Sophie Fabre copyright (2)
Taniwhas Den 2021 photo Marie-Sophie Fabre copyright (3)