Three of our favourite things – Seafood, Summer and Celebration. Everything you love about the summertime in Whakatane. Indulge in the variety of delicious local seafood on offer paired with a glass of exquisite New Zealand wine. Enjoy the chilled line-up of entertainment including Shelly Akuhata, Jinan Dodd, Tazman As, Halo and featuring the headline group Tomorrow People.

Come and join us experience the region’s best seafood delicacies coupled with great music at the iconic Te Hau Tutua Park – Whakatane Heads. Food specialists from throughout the Bay of Plenty will be offering delicious seafood delights for sale from an array of food stalls. With the well-known and kiwi group Tomorrow People to headline the festival supported by some great local acts to keep you entertained throughout the day. Spend the day sampling the delicious variety of seafood offerings at the al fresco eating space and enjoy the on-stage entertainment while relaxing at Te Hau Tutua Park, The Heads. Our Whakatane Summer Seafood Festival will showcase the best food, entertainment and culture that our region has to offer.

Last year was an absolute scorcher, so we have organised extra shade and free water on site to keep you cool and hydrated.


Early bird tickets only – $20

General admission tickets only – $25

This includes festival admission, all-day stage entertainment, kids zone, access to all stalls and bar (R18) for the purchase of food and beverages. This is a whanau friendly event so why not bring your children (5 years old and under) free with a paying adult.

The Whakatane Summer Seafood Festival will feature various fun activities for the whole whanau to enjoy. Be sure to catch the entertaining Fish filleting competition, mussel shelling and eating competition. The Whakatane Seafood Festival is proudly supported by Ocean Ford, Haddocks Spray Painters, Gibbos, TumekeFM and SunFM. All profits received from the event goes back to supporting our local Coastguard.  For more information please email the team at