CENTRAL OTAGO EVENTS CALENDAR

ANNUAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Central Otago is a natural arena for events, offering something for everyone! From motorcycle rally to multisport, horses to history, and festivals for wine, food, blossoms and thyme.

Whether participating or just watching, our events have that unique Central difference; where even an event can seem like a holiday! Many of the events held in Central Otago attract national and international support. There are also a number of smaller local events throughout the year.





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Date:
Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017
09:00
Event end:
Saturday, 13 Jan 2018
01:00
Located in the stunning Cromwell Heritage Precinct the Cromwell Farmers’ and Craft Market is popular with locals and visitors. The market runs every Sunday from Labour Weekend to Easter Weekend and includes a wide range of regionally supplied produce and crafts including seasonal fruit, cheese, wine, bread, chutneys, cut flowers, wooden crafts and soaps.
Date:
Friday, 22 Sep 2017
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Monday, 25 Sep 2017
The Alexandra Blossom Festival has marked the arrival of spring for 61 years, last year being its Diamond Jubilee. The first festival was born out of community spirit and recognition of the special character of Alexandra.
Date:
Saturday, 23 Sep 2017
Entertainment for the young and the young at heart featured on two stages one dedicated to all the kids and featuring clowns, jugglers and magic shows. The main stage hosts various musical performances
Date:
Saturday, 23 Sep 2017
Crowds will line Centennial Avenue on Saturday the 23rd of September 2017 as the procession of colourful handcrafted floats will be paraded down the Avenue to Pioneer Park, where thousands of people of all ages will stroll into the park to enjoy a myriad of events.
Date:
Sunday, 24 Sep 2017
8 Gardens in and around Alexandra delighted attendees of the 2017 Blossom Festival Garden Tours From established country gardens to newly created marvels these gardens had something for everyone, from the keen gardener to the budding beginner.
Date:
Sunday, 24 Sep 2017
The Central Otago Flying Club and the Central Otago Rod & Custom Club have joined forces to host a ‘Family Fun Day’. Aircraft from many parts of NZ will be on display, including day long aerial displays plus all manner of cars - race, veteran, vintage, rods, classic, muscle, sports and drag cars.
Date:
Sunday, 24 Sep 2017
Blossom Festival Sunday sees the Linger and Die XC. An approx 30km race which includes luscious single track, tasty four wheel drive trails all peppered with rocks and gravel (bring your own salt).
Date:
Sunday, 22 Oct 2017
The Cromwell Half-Marathon and 10km run or walk course takes you around the Cromwell Heritage Precinct and the shores of Lake Dunstan, all while enjoying spectacular mountain views.
Date:
Saturday, 28 Oct 2017
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Sunday, 5 Nov 2017
Thyme Festival is a week-long celebration of the arts and sustainability. Based in Alexandra and held in November each year when the hills are tinged with the purple of flowering thyme, there is a series of workshops, working artists, demonstrations, walks, talks, performances and exhibitions.
Date:
Friday, 10 Nov 2017
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Sunday, 12 Nov 2017
The Highlands 501 is the largest international Motorsport event in the South Island. The headline race is 501km of the Highlands circuit – which will take approx. 3.5 hours with three pit stops, and includes a famous LeMans start where co drivers have to run the first 200m.
Date:
Saturday, 25 Nov 2017
The Nevis Valley Gutbuster mountain bike race deservedly gets its name from the challenging 75km course from Garston Hotel, up over the Hector mountains, through the spectacular Nevis Valley, and over Duffer’s Saddle on the Old Woman Range and down to Bannockburn
Date:
Sunday, 26 Nov 2017
The Annual Festive Fete is on again, come along on Sunday the 26th of November for some fun in the sun, loads of wonderful shopping, divine wine, food, and interesting demonstrations.
Date:
Sunday, 3 Dec 2017
Join the excitement at Cromwell’s Christmas at the Races. There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained throughout the day, including thrilling racing action, live music, and a range of delicious catering options.
Date:
Saturday, 30 Dec 2017
This is a great holiday event with “3 races in 1” designed to cater for everyone. Starting at the Bannockburn Pub it’s a great sight to watch the field of over 500 bikers head off ‘en-mass’.
Date:
Tuesday, 2 Jan 2018
Lake Dunstan Triathlon & Duathlon are held on the 2nd January each year, this is a great event on the lake with options to complete either two or three disciplines, with further permutations on the water to either kayak or swim this leg – you choose.
Date:
Saturday, 6 Jan 2018
On the first weekend of January the Cromwell Wine & Food Festival is held in the picturesque grounds of the Cromwell Heritage Precinct.
Date:
Saturday, 6 Jan 2018
This 96km road cycling race around Lake Dunstan is the way to see the countryside and enjoy a circuit that starts in Cromwell, travelling via Bendigo, Luggate, Queensberry and Lowburn back to Cromwell.
Date:
Sunday, 14 Jan 2018
The St Bathans Village Fete is held every year by the Cambrian St Bathans branch of Rural Women New Zealand. Market Stalls, Ghost Hunt, Games, Competitions, Food, Fashion, Family fun with entertainment available throughout the day.
Date:
Saturday, 27 Jan 2018
Event end:
Friday, 2 Feb 2018
Bike Week NZ is anevent catering to motorcyclists with a sense of adventure and a thirst for fresh horizons.
Date:
Saturday, 3 Feb 2018
The Central Otago Craft Beer Festival celebrates craft brewing, fine beers, ales and ciders, great food, and Central Otago wines. The event is held in Pioneer Park in the middle of Alexandra, Central Otago.
Date:
Saturday, 17 Feb 2018
Come along for a great family day out! There are all the traditional sheep and horse events, home industry, machinery displays and of course the Grand Parade.
Date:
Saturday, 24 Feb 2018
Event end:
Saturday, 3 Mar 2018
The annual cavalcades have been run since 1991 with each having its own spirit and destination. The destination, or host town, changes every year, so that participants have the opportunity to learn more about each host town’s association with Otago’s gold rushes, while enjoying the particular character and party atmosphere that each host town brings to the end of the Cavalcade celebrations.
Date:
Saturday, 24 Feb 2018
The River Range Music Festival (formally Bannockburn Music Fest) is returning with a one day festival set in Cromwell, Central Otago.
Date:
Saturday, 17 Mar 2018
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Sunday, 18 Mar 2018
A festival of extreme mountain endurance. Options for everyone - from the big one to a kids adventure 1.5km run course.
Date:
Sunday, 1 Apr 2018
The annual Clyde Wine and Food Harvest Festival is held on the main street of Clyde in Central Otago. The festival celebrates wines from the world’s most southerly vineyards. It is Otago’s biggest wine event and has established itself as a major wine festival in New Zealand.
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