Harcourt Park Sound Shell

This beautiful bush/park setting just North of Upper Hutt is a perfect venue for concerts and entertainment.  boasting easy access, children’s playground, unique paddling pool, electric  BBQ’s, and close by bush walks, the purpose-built stage and sound shell was generously donated by the Rimutaka Licensing Trust. For those wishing to stay over the Harcourt Holiday Park is a short walk away (5 mins) FREE parking galore next to the venue,

By day an adventure land for both young and old, entertainment designed for kids and upwards, with a free bouncy castle, glow face painting, and by night the stage transforms into a wonderland of sight and sound. The perfect venue with a natural amphitheater leading down to the stage.

Bring the family with a picnic lunch or BBQ food (you will need to book the BBQ from UHCC).  Or take advantage of the fun things for kids and wonderful range of quality food and refreshments supplied by the food vendors on site.



There is currently no alcohol ban in this park, however we would remind you this is a family event so responsible alcohol consumption is permissible. Any activity disrupting the peaceful enjoyment of others in the park will result in removal and possible police action. Non prescription drugs are not permissible at any time within the venue confines.

Always bring insect repellent, warm clothes (especially for the kids) as they will want to go paddling and as the evening air moves in, the temps drop a little. A beach type foldable seat is handy, or if you’re happy to rough it, a picnic blanket. You are welcome to bring your own food and refreshments. We do not do bag searches. As a family event, we ask that you all act responsibly.  Assistance is available at the green room where you will find the site administrator should you encounter any problems.

First Aid

First Aid will also be available in the green room. Just ask security or staff.

Tidy Kiwis

We would appreciate you being tidy Kiwis and removing all rubbish to bins provided. Our small committee work very hard to put this event on for the benefit of the Community, however, we are not rubbish collectors. Please assist with this, and keep the park pristine for use the following day by park visitors.

Gold Coin Donations

During the event, and at the entrances, collectors will be available to accept your gold coin donation. This is voluntary and should only be given to collectors with identified buckets and uniforms.  Please give generously where possible as all donations go to a selected Charity each year.


Parking is free and available on the park adjacent to the venue.  Please ensure no valuables are left visible in your vehicle. Security will be present in the car park during the event.


Disabled parking will be available within a short distance to the stage area. Approximately 50- 100 meters Gentle egress with the odd few bumps.

Disability toilet facility on site. Please make your way to the Green Room/Information Marquee.


We do ask that parents keep their children away from directly in front of the speakers and off the stage unless invited up. This is to protect their hearing.

The sound system puts out up to  40,000 watts of music power. This could be damaging to young ears if they are directly in front of speakers.

These are your kids, therefore, your responsibility. We strive for a safe family environment and ask you to assist us.


The lighting theme for the concert varies each year but we often use UV lighting

There will be a lot of UV/Black Light in the main auditorium and on stage. This enhances the stage design, as well as the glow paint on the faces of kids. This is not harmful however, it can in some cases make the white synthetic fabric a little see through. Just a consideration ladies should be aware of.


Portaloos will be onsite for your convenience.

We are aware that as darkness falls, these can be a little hard to encounter. We will be illuminating this area for security purposes.

Please Please Please return these to where you located them when finished so that others can also take advantage of the secure light. Darkness can be intimidating for children going to the toilet and let’s face it, folks, we must protect our kids. Removal from the site will be regarded as theft and dealt with accordingly. Upper Hutt City Of Song Charitable Club Inc is just that and as such has no regular flow of income. We rely solely on our generous funders and supporters to stage this event. Therefore if these go missing, we are not able to replace them. Again let’s do the responsible thing for the benefit of the whole Community.


In the past, crowd numbers have exceeded 8,000 people.

Weather permitting, this year should be no different.  The committee, the artists, and the sponsors have all done their part to make this event a huge success. Now we ask you to do the same. We are promoting the event over the greater Wellington area including, Wellington City, Lower Hutt, Wainuiomata, Porirua, Paraparaumu, Levin, and the Wairarapa. Great attendances create great events. Let’s make this an epic event. You have one of the best talent lineups NZ has to offer and it’s affordable. Don’t just bring a friend, bring 5 friends. They will thank you for it. Let’s go for a record number in the park, lets hit 10,000. We have done our part to ensure this concert retains it’s legacy and remains an Annual event, it’s up to you now. What could be better than?

  • chilling out in the open,
  • refreshments in the chilly bin,
  • food in the chilly bin,
  • food available on site,
  • easy access,
  • free parking
  • free bouncy castle for kids
  • free face painting (Glow)
  • disabled parking
  • and some of New Zealand’s best talent on stage. Does it get any better? 

One last thing…….

This is a family event catering to all members of the Community

Please remember, you are the role models for any kids present.

The small print…………

Unruly or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated in any form. Any aggressive or disruptive people will be removed from the site and dealt with by police. We have had a clean record since prior to year 2,000 which has allowed this event to continue. We would take a very dim view of any person, that would put that clean record in jeopardy and spoil it for others in the future. (this inserted to comply with Health and Safety regulations).

Harcourt Park

This beautiful bush/park setting is a perfect venue for concerts and entertainment. With its built-in sounds “Nature enter me”, easy access, children’s playground, paddling pool, BBQ’s, and close by bush walks. The purpose-built bandstand was generously donated by the Rimutaka Licensing Trust. By day an adventure land for both young and old, and by night the stage transforms into a wonderland of sight and sound. The perfect venue with a natural amphitheater leading down to the stage. Bring the family, a picnic lunch or BBQ food (you will need to book the BBQ) or take advantage of the wonderful range of food supplied by the food vendors on site. The 2016 concert is looming to be one of the best ever so don’t miss out. To be kept informed of updates, send us your details and we will add you to our mailing list.

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