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Annual Events

Central Otago, New Zealand is a natural arena for events, offering something for everyone, from motorcycle rallies 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 - it’s a world of difference, where even an event can seem like a holiday!

The following are some of the events held in Central Otago which attract national and international support. There are also a number of small local events throughout the year.

We also recommend visiting the Event Finder website and talking to the Central Otago Visitor Centres for additional events in the Central Otago region.

Cromwell Wine and Food Festival
NZ Cherry Spitting Championships
Highlands Festival of Speed
Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge
Lake Dunstan Triathlon & Duathlon


Rail Trail Duathlon


Northburn 100
Goldfields Cavalcade


Clyde Wine & Food Festival


Brass Monkey - Motorcycle Rally



Alexandra Blossom Festival


Wool On Creative Fashion Awards
Cromwell Half Marathon

Highlands 101
Alexandra Thyme Festival
Pub to Pub Gutbuster - Mountain Bike Race

Bannockburn Classic Mountain Bike Race
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