CENTRAL OTAGO EVENTS

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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Saturday, 18 Jul 2015
A MTB event riding the farm and vineyard trails around the the Quest Farm property on Wanaka Road under Mt Pisa. 10km lap x 4, Solo and teams. Special kids course.
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Saturday, 22 Aug 2015
Held in Central Otago every spring since 1969. Organised by the Alexandra Harrier and Walkers Club, this premier 10km road race attracts over 400 athletes from Otago, Southland and further afield.
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Sunday, 23 Aug 2015
Drop by the Southern Hemisphere’s premier indoor curling centre to catch some of the world’s best curlers in official practice sessions. The tournament proper begins tomorrow.
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Monday, 24 Aug 2015
Watch the ‘stones’ live in Naseby as Winter Games NZ’s elite curling tournament gets underway.
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Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015
Watch the ‘stones’ live in Naseby as Winter Games NZ’s elite curling tournament hots up!
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Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015
Watch the ‘stones’ live in Naseby as Winter Games NZ’s elite curling tournament hots up with places in the final at stake!
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Thursday, 27 Aug 2015
Expect the ‘house’ to come down as Team NZ vie for a medal at Winter Games NZ’s elite curling tournament. Followed by the curling closing ceremony and medal presentations.
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Friday, 28 Aug 2015
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Saturday, 29 Aug 2015
An ultra marathon 100km event, plus 50km and 80km events through the Naseby Forest.
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Saturday, 12 Sep 2015
Round 1 of the DH Southern Series based at Clyde Lookout Hill.
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Sunday, 13 Sep 2015
The Linger & Die Enduro is held in the Clyde and Alexandra area. A staged race with timed sections of trail across the basin and untimed liasons in between.
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Friday, 25 Sep 2015
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13:50
Supporters and spectators will cheer on competitors as they traverse the Manuherikia River and scrambled up the hillside to the Alexandra clock during the 2015 Round the Clock Race.
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Friday, 25 Sep 2015
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13:51
It will all happen at the Linger and Die on the opening night of the 2015 Blossom Festival, when the popular Mardi Gras event will be held to mark the official start of the festival.
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Saturday, 26 Sep 2015
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Monday, 12 Oct 2015
The Contact Alexandra Blossom Festival has a rich and unique history. It is New Zealand’s longest running festival of its kind, and is a celebration of the arrival of Spring in Central Otago. Celebrated with genuine community spirit you too can join in the fun at a range of events.
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Saturday, 26 Sep 2015
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
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Saturday, 26 Sep 2015
Crowds will line Centennial Avenue on Saturday the 26th of September 2015 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.
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Sunday, 27 Sep 2015
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Monday, 28 Sep 2015
From established country gardens to newly created marvels these gardens had something for everyone, from the keen gardener to the budding beginner.
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Sunday, 27 Sep 2015
Spectators gather at the Alexandra Airport to watch the Thunder Sunday drag racing and see top performances by drag racers and their noisy machines.
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Sunday, 27 Sep 2015
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).
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Friday, 9 Oct 2015
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Saturday, 10 Oct 2015
Wool On is the gala event of the Alexandra Blossom Festival-a celebration of creativity and design that is held over two nights October. From felted accessories to glamorous gowns, models parade the examples of designers whose flair and passion for fashion are one of the highlights of the Festival.
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Saturday, 17 Oct 2015
19:30
Now with three categories; Four Seasons Theme, Anything Goes and Head to Toe Accessories.
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Sunday, 25 Oct 2015
Boutique viticulturalists from the Alexandra Basin band together to hold their New Release Event at Labour Weekend. This year our local producers will be showcasing over 50 New Release Wines made right here in the Alexandra Basin.
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Sunday, 25 Oct 2015
10:30
Cromwell Half Marathon and 10km run or walk. Noon start. Held each year at the Cromwell Sports Club on Barry Avenue, this is truly an event for everyone.
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Saturday, 31 Oct 2015
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Sunday, 8 Nov 2015
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.
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Friday, 13 Nov 2015
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Sunday, 15 Nov 2015
A weekend of full on high adrenaline action with big name drivers in high performance race cars all converging on New Zealand’s most sensational international standard race facility.
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Saturday, 28 Nov 2015
The 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. 11am start from Garston Hotel.
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Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015
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:
Saturday, 2 Jan 2016
09:30
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. 9.30am start at McNulty Inlet.
Date:
Sunday, 10 Jan 2016
09:00
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:
Saturday, 30 Jan 2016
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Sunday, 31 Jan 2016
A mighty trans-Tasman battle is set to take place at Highlands Motorsport Park, when the hugely popular ENZED Central Muscle Cars take on the stars of the Australian Touring Car masters at the ENZED Highlands Festival of Speed.
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Saturday, 30 Jan 2016
The River Range Music Festival (formally Bannockburn Music Fest) is returning for it's third year on January 30th 2016. A one day, free festival set in Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand.
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