2020 Accomodation


It has been brought to our attention that our mates at NZ Steel have organised a “shut” at the Glenbrook plant for a period of time (3 weeks+) in Feb 2020 to service a couple of the melters. This shut falls right through the dates for the FOF. If only they’d checked with us first… 

This shut has meant that all the accomodation options in Waiuku that participants usually rely on are booked out already (Waiuku Motel, Waiuku Lodge Motel etc). Apparently the camp ground isn’t taking reservations till November.

Rather than everyone be spread out over Auckland with their accommodation we thought best to herd you in the right direction and be flexible with any event functions.

Our recommendation is to book your accommodation in Pukekohe for the 2020 event. There are multiple motels there, more food options, larger nightlife, etc etc. The downside being Pukekohe is larger (so its not so “close-knit”) and its longer to travel to the event. Pukekohe is 26mins from the event site (18mins to Waiuku from Puke). 

Here are some Motel options (in no particular order). There may be other options as well.

Aveda Motor Lodge

Parkview Motor Inn

Touchwood Motel

Pukekohe Motel

Please ensure you do your own due diligence on these options – incl. location, price, security for skis, etc etc. There are also options like AirBNB to look at as well which will no doubt have more to offer in Pukekohe.

Please Like/Follow the FB Event 2020 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freerideand post up where you’re booked so that others can follow your lead. 

For the event – we will most likely look to move the Prize Giving function to Pukekohe this year to make it easier for everyone staying there.



Its ON for 2020!!!

Start frothing cause we’re all go for 2020!! The 8th Edition of the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride is back at Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of February 2020. Get yourself sorted, book that time off, and get stuck into it. An event not to be missed!!

Official Press Release from our title sponsors Yamaha Marine New Zealand:

The Yamaha New Zealand Festival of Freeride is back! Now running in its eighth year, the 2020 edition of the Yamaha Festival of Freeride will be held once again at Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku – February 28-29.

The event has grown enormously in its eight year history, with 40 riders in its first year, to 70 riders in 2019, event organiser Richard Webb expects that number to grow in 2020.

“The event has grown and grown every year with popularity and we’re expecting that number to grow again for the 2020 event,” says Webb.

“The Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride event is now the biggest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere and showcases some of the best riders down-under. A spectacle well worth coming to see and a testament to the growth of the sport here in NZ.”

Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride is where personal watercraft riding meets freestyle motocross with riders performing surfing maneuvers and tricks jumping off waves – a sport that is exciting for both riders and spectators.

Run over two days the event see’s a number of sessions and competitions take place such as ‘The Biggest Air competition’ which sees riders try and do the highest jump off a wave, the ‘Sickest Trick’ sees riders attempting the most technical tricks and the ‘Cherry Popper’ for all those riders that are trying a backflip for the first time.

The event is open to riders of all abilities, with novice beginners able to gain expert tuition from seasoned professionals. 

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride for yet another year. In conjunction with our dealer partner, Rogers Boat Shop, we’ve been supporting it since the innaugural event and its been great to see the event go from strength to strength,” says Yamaha Marine Marketing Manager, Pete Dick.

Having just launched its 2020 WaveRunner range, Yamaha will look to have their full range on display including the popular stand up model – the Superjet.