CENTRAL OTAGO EVENTS CALENDAR

WHAT'S ON IN CENTRAL OTAGO | 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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Thursday, 1 Feb 2018
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Monday, 30 Apr 2018
Arts on the Rail Trail is a series of events and mini exhibitions in venues located along the Otago Central Rail Trail.
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Sunday, 11 Feb 2018
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Sunday, 29 Apr 2018
The largest ever exhibition of Elizabeth Stevens paintings showcasing her 40 year career from mid 1960’s to early 2000s’.
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Saturday, 17 Feb 2018
Event end:
Monday, 30 Apr 2018
On til 30.4.18 Arts on the Clutha Gold Trail offers cyclists, visitors, locals and art enthusiasts the opportunity to view works by Central Otago artists in venues around the Clutha Gold Trail.
Date:
Thursday, 15 Mar 2018
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Monday, 30 Apr 2018
The Wedderburn Woolshed Photography Exhibition is an annual showcase of works by a selection of Central Otago photographers.
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Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018
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Friday, 27 Apr 2018
The 2018 National Mountain Bike Orienteering Championship series, 18km north of Alexandra. A premium time of year in Central Otago for autumn colour, and pleasantly cooler-than-summer temperatures for MTB competing.
Date:
Friday, 27 Apr 2018
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Sunday, 29 Apr 2018
Stunning views, our brilliant blue day-time skies and clear bright night-time skies, our unmistakeable autumn weather and glorious colours, the largest river in New Zealand, hawks and perhaps a falcon or other native bird, tough native plants and cryptic lizards and grasshoppers may all be enjoyed. Our towns have historic architecture and you can share tall tales at our cafes, restaurants, wineries and breweries after your walk.
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Friday, 27 Apr 2018
Showcasing our 2017 collection of the best cycling short films from around the world.
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Saturday, 28 Apr 2018
The new stars of the string quartet, the Behn Quartet are definitely a rising talent and they are coming to play a folksy, toe-tapping programme.
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Saturday, 28 Apr 2018
Rock n Roll Birthday Dance hosted by the Central Otago Rock N Roll Club with the Ashburton band "th'Art of Cheese"
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Sunday, 13 May 2018
Horn-heavy duo and 2017 Taite Prize finalists Hopetoun Brown are joined on stage by arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes.
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018
We’re on mission - sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you.
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Horn-heavy duo and 2017 Taite Prize finalists Hopetoun Brown are joined on stage by arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes.
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Friday, 18 May 2018
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Sunday, 20 May 2018
Local New Zealand Ballads, Song and Folklore. Performances will be held at the Royal Hotel, the Ancient Britton and the Black Forest Cafe in Naseby.
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Saturday, 9 Jun 2018
Extreme mountain marathon or half marathon. Based on Mt. Difficulty, Cromwell, New Zealand.
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Friday, 22 Jun 2018
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Sunday, 24 Jun 2018
The 2018 Biodynamic Conference will take place from Friday, 22nd to Sunday, 24th June 2018. The theme for the 2018 Biodynamic Conference is Water and Light. And what a wonderful place to appreciate both – Central Otago.
Date:
Friday, 27 Jul 2018
Light Up Winter - Celebrate with friends and family at this great new winter event in the Cromwell Mall. The Mall will be transformed with lights, entertainment, food and much more.......
Date:
Friday, 17 Aug 2018
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Sunday, 19 Aug 2018
Central Otago’s premium creative fashion event celebrates wool’s incredible qualities as a natural fibre and the ways it can be used creatively in high-fashion garments. There are three parts to the annual event each with their own unique fashion focus.
Date:
Friday, 24 Aug 2018
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Sunday, 26 Aug 2018
A weekend of Ultra distance trail running. Events include 200km, 160km (100miles) 100km event, 80, 60 and 50km events through the Naseby Forest.
Date:
Sunday, 26 Aug 2018
The Revolution is a unique 3 stage MTB race held on the great tracks of the Alexandra basin. The courses are designed to be fun, challenging and doable for any enthusiastic mountain biker.
Date:
Friday, 21 Sep 2018
Event end:
Monday, 24 Sep 2018
Plans for the 2018 Contact Alexandra Blossom Festival are underway as we look to build on the tremendous success of the 2017 event, where record numbers of over 15,000 people enjoyed the celebrations. This historic Festival has marked the arrival of spring for 62 years. The first festival was born out of community spirit and recognition of the special character of Alexandra. These values remain at the heart of every subsequent festival. It has a unique feel of a country fair in a modern age.
Date:
Sunday, 30 Sep 2018
Central Otago Wedding Fair is for the creative couple wanting to plan their dream wedding in Central Otago. A day full of inspiration and fun, this fair is thinking outside the bounds and helping you dream up a wedding so wonderful you will fall in love with the entire process.
Date:
Sunday, 21 Oct 2018
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.
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Saturday, 24 Nov 2018
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, 25 Nov 2018
Event end:
Friday, 30 Nov 2018
Riders in the November 2018 race will start their six days of riding with a 22km prologue at iconic Coronet Peak, with five longer stages to follow, taking riders as far south-east as Alexandra and the Clutha River, before returning to the finish line back in Queenstown, completing 450km of riding with 15,500m of climbing.
Date:
Sunday, 30 Dec 2018
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’.
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Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019
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, 12 Jan 2019
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.
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