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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Friday, 15 Feb 2019
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Friday, 14 Feb 2020
Local Food & Produce Market with stallholders who are passionate about their Products. Every Friday on Pioneer Park.
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Thursday, 15 Aug 2019
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Saturday, 24 Aug 2019
Wheeler's Luck is a fast-paced, laugh-a-minute, Kiwi-as show that offers everything and then some. Love, politics, and even semi-amateur horse racing – this is a show not to be missed!
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Monday, 19 Aug 2019
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Friday, 23 Aug 2019
Central Otago is celebrating National Poetry Day 2019 with a week of poetry based activities from the 19th - 23rd August 2019. "Take a Risk - Make a Poem" "Giant Community Poem" and much more at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery.
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Friday, 23 Aug 2019
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Saturday, 24 Aug 2019
A weekend of Ultra distance trail running. Events include 200km, 160km (100miles) 100km event, 80, 60 and 50km events through the Naseby Forest.
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Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019
Arts on Tour present: The Kugels - Klezmer music with The Kugels - wild, spirited and haunting.
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Thursday, 5 Sep 2019
Arts on Tour present: The Kugels - Klezmer music with The Kugels - wild, spirited and haunting.
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Friday, 6 Sep 2019
Arts on Tour present: The Kugels - Klezmer music with The Kugels - wild, spirited and haunting.
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Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
The Teviot Valley Tartan Time Committee along with T&G Pipfruit present the 3rd Teviot Valley Tartan Art Awards.
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Sunday, 15 Sep 2019
Do you love a good yarn? So do we! Join us for an afternoon of fibre and fun.
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Friday, 20 Sep 2019
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Monday, 28 Oct 2019
Local cafes, restaurants and cellar doors collectively produce a ‘Central Otago Regional Menu’ that will celebrates our place in four categories: Burger & Sandwich Challenge, Pie Challenge, Main Meal and Sweet/Dessert. Many of these dishes are matched with sensational local Central Otago wines, beers and juices.
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Friday, 27 Sep 2019
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Sunday, 29 Sep 2019
Celebrate the arrival of spring in Alexandra, Central Otago. This is NZ’s longest running festival with its Grand Procession – featuring decorated floats, princesses and a party in Pioneer Park. A new favourite is the Friday night Race Around the Clock and Mardi Gras.
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Friday, 27 Sep 2019
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Sunday, 29 Sep 2019
Cromwell is the destination for the 13th Spring Challenge, all women adventure race. Spring Challenge is one of the gems of New Zealand adventure racing, where teams of three women take part in the adventure that includes rafting, mountain biking, hiking and orienteering.
Date:
Sunday, 29 Sep 2019
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Friday, 8 Nov 2019
The Arts Gold Awards aims to seek and celebrate the finest artisans Central Otago and New Zealand has to offer.
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Sunday, 29 Sep 2019
Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping at the Cromwell Spring Market! The market will be full of beautiful craft stalls, local produce, and plenty of delicious food options to suit all tastes.
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Saturday, 19 Oct 2019
Roxburgh Pioneer Energy Brass presents: Celtic Fusion. A night of Celtic music featuring songs from the Coors, Toss the Feathers, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and much more.
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Saturday, 26 Oct 2019
Head down to the Cromwell Heritage Precinct for a night of live entertainment, street performers and a night market before the night lights up with an amazing fireworks display over Lake Dunstan.
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Sunday, 27 Oct 2019
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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Sunday, 27 Oct 2019
The Alexandra Basin Wine Growers will be holding the 11th Annual New Release Wine Tasting Event, inviting visitors to sample a large number of newly released wines. A unique way to experience a wide selection of wine produced in the Alexandra Basin.
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Saturday, 30 Nov 2019
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, 1 Dec 2019
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Friday, 6 Dec 2019
The Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race through NZ’s Southern Alps has proven to be a true pioneering race. All those who compete love the stunning scenery, the brutal nature of the challenge, and they leave heaping praise on this epic event through New Zealand’s pristine high country.
Date:
Sunday, 29 Dec 2019
Cromwell Cherry Festival is a festival of all things cherries and includes the NZ National Cherry Spitting Contest. The event is held in McNultys Garden, Cromwell Heritage Precinct.
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Monday, 30 Dec 2019
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’. Part of the Subway Cromwell Summer Series
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Thursday, 2 Jan 2020
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. Part of the - Subway Cromwell Summer Series
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Saturday, 4 Jan 2020
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. Part of the Subway Cromwell Summer Series
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Saturday, 8 Feb 2020
The Run the Ridge race course will take you through the McArthur Ridge Vineyard, participants will run through the vines and around the vineyard estate. 5, 10 and 21km courses. You will experience picturesque views of beautiful Central Otago.
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Friday, 14 Feb 2020
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Sunday, 16 Feb 2020
The Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race is a social event, catering for all levels of fitness and experience. Teams of four women take part in a short, medium or long course adventure in the great outdoors.
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