Whangamata 30-31 December 2023 - R16








This is an R16 Event and is located in Whangamata. Situated on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Sonic Waves has an outstanding line up of musicians. Gets your mates together for the ultimate NYE experience, soak up the sun, beach & surf all day. And then party into the night.


is available in the S.W Camp located close by in the beautiful bush setting of Wentworth Valley.  Bus Transport to & from Sonic Waves for both days is included with the S.W camping option.


S.W Free Bus loop around Whangamata is available for all ticket holders, just show your ticket to the driver when boarding. Buses are also available daily from:

  1. Paunui – Shops
  2. Onemana – Opposite Shops
  3. Waihi Beach – Opposite Surf Club
  4. Whiritoa – Next To Surf Club

Sonic Waves is situated at the Whangamata Rugby Grounds.

Entrance 1 – is located at the bottom of Lincoln Road.

Entrance 2 – is located next to the Rugby Club on Aickin Road.

Follow the signs to find your correct gate.

PLEASE be aware of our neighbours – we come into their area so we need to respect it.

Our SW Bus services = the best way to get to site! Head to our bus page ******our bus page here.****** (need to add a link here)

There will be continuous shuttle buses operating around Whangamata and the Sonic Waves site.

There will also be return buses running from:

  1. Tairua – Paunui/Hikuai – Opoutere School – Onemana
  2. Waihi – Whiritoa – Whangamata Refuse Centre
  3. Wentworth Campground – Whangamata Event

You can stay in our campground or off site in one of the local towns.

PLEASE NOTE: Our campground will sell out in advance, make sure you lock your camping pass in early. Only people who have purchased camping passes will be allowed in the camping area.

Take a look for baches and rentals in the surrounding towns. Make sure that you plan how to get to the festival when booking your baches.

Try AirBnb, BookaBach or one of the local campgrounds.

Yes, Sonic Waves is an R16 event. A valid form of ID will be required for entry (NZ driver licence, current passport, Kiwi Access card, HANZ 18+ card).

No ID, no entry – it’s a law thing, not a discretion thing.

If you do not have the ID that you need, that matches your ticket, you will not be allowed to enter the festival.

If you have lost your ID, grab everything you can that proves who you are and book to see a Justice of the Peace who can sign a statutory declaration that you are over 16.

Sonic Waves is strictly NO BYO, to any part of the festival. Any alcohol will be confiscated.

Northern Bass has a zero tolerance policy to drugs on site.


  • Weapons
  • Drugs
  • Glass
  • Tent  mallets/hammers – we will have them onsite for you to use, so don’t bring your own as they will be confiscated
  • Gang insignia
  • Fireworks
  • Cooking facilities
  • Everyone entering the festival will be subject to a full search. Event organisers will have discretion to confiscate/remove any items.

Gates open each day at 7pm on the 30th and 31st.

No – unless the seller will complete the sale via Ticket Fairy Direct Resale.

We DO NOT guarantee any tickets sold/purchased outside of Ticket Fairy.

Name changes are not open as they are not needed for any tickets purchased the correct way.

Yes, the name on the ticket needs to match the name on the ID. If it is obviously a shorter version of the name, and the picture looks like you, then that will be fine.

If you have bought tickets through the correct website (Ticket Fairy and Ticket Fairy resale) and put your nickname, or put two tickets in your own name (it happens) then message and explain the situation.  We will look at things on a case-by-case basis.

If you have bought the ticket through any other channel, request your money back and then complete the sale via the correct Direct Resale process found.

This year we have no one day tickets on sales.

If you want to make sure you are at Sonic Waves this year, a standard ticket gets you in both days.

No we do not have gate sales. You cannot change any names at the gate and you can’t buy any tickets (or add-ons).

Their will be multiple food and beverage outlets, no alcohol is available to be purchased on site.