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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Friday, 4 Aug 2017
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.......
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Saturday, 12 Aug 2017
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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Saturday, 26 Aug 2017
An ultra marathon 100km event, plus 50km and 80km events through the Naseby Forest.
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Sunday, 27 Aug 2017
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.
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Saturday, 9 Sep 2017
Round 1 of the DH Southern Series based at Clyde Lookout Hill.
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Sunday, 10 Sep 2017
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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Saturday, 16 Sep 2017
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.
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Friday, 22 Sep 2017
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Monday, 25 Sep 2017
Plans for the 2017 Contact Alexandra Blossom Festival are underway as we look to build on the tremendous success of the 2016 event, where around 15,000 people enjoyed the celebrations. This historic 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.
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Friday, 22 Sep 2017
Supporters and spectators will cheer on competitors as they traverse the Manuherikia River and scrambled up the hillside to the Alexandra clock during the 2017 Round the Clock Race.
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Friday, 22 Sep 2017
It will all happen at the Linger and Die on the opening night of the 2017 Blossom Festival, when the popular Mardi Gras event will be held to mark the official start of the festival.
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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
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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.
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Sunday, 24 Sep 2017
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Monday, 25 Sep 2017
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, 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).
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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.
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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.
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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. Over $24 million dollars worth of cars on the circuit – The headline Category is Australian GT, with support from Radical Australia. 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.
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Saturday, 25 Nov 2017
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 and down to Bannockburn
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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’.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Saturday, 24 Feb 2018
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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.
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