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, 14 Sep 2018
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Monday, 22 Oct 2018
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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Sunday, 21 Oct 2018
Alexandra Basin Winegrowers 10 Anniversary New Releases tasting. Sunday 21st October, 1 to 4 pm Oliver's Garden Clyde.
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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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Sunday, 21 Oct 2018
A specially designed 5 course dinner by award-winning Olivers head chef James Waite, with local wine matches by Yvonne Lorkin, an independent Wine Writer & founding member of the Wine Writers of NZ group.
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Sunday, 21 Oct 2018
The best way to spend a Sunday morning! The 3rd of every month! TrackLAPS breakfast, is a great way for car enthusiasts to come together, share a few yarns, a hearty breakfast and get out on our 4.1Km circuit!
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Thursday, 25 Oct 2018
Lead singer/songwriter from mythic, mongrel, country band The Eastern, Adam McGrath embarks on this solo tour with the same intensity, passion, love and humour that has earned his day band a place in the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders.
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Saturday, 27 Oct 2018
Alexandra Light Party is a COMPLETELY FREE Family event back for its 4th year! The light party is a nationwide initiative and the combined churches of Alexandra join together to provide this free positive event as an alternative to 'trick or treating' at Halloween.
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Saturday, 27 Oct 2018
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Sunday, 4 Nov 2018
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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Saturday, 27 Oct 2018
Come along to the first ever Cromwell Colour Run organised by the Cromwell College Student Council. Saturday 27 October at 11 am on the college field.
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Saturday, 27 Oct 2018
The Cromwell House & Garden Tour brought to you by Cromwell Rotary and St John.
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Wednesday, 31 Oct 2018
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Friday, 2 Nov 2018
A three day Buskers Festival (31st Oct - 2nd November) on the streets of Alexandra in conjunction with this years CO Reap Thyme Festival.
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Friday, 2 Nov 2018
A night of fun, food and fireworks. Set at the beautiful Cromwell Heritage Precinct there will be plenty of entertainment for young and old finishing off with a big bang over Lake Dunstan.
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Saturday, 3 Nov 2018
Blondie, Beer and BBQ at Wooing Tree Vineyard - Join us at our cellar door for some delicious BBQ from Truck Norris Texas BBQ and Marvel QT, local craft beer from Seahorse Brewery and Wooing Tree wines with music by Neil Chilton!
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Saturday, 3 Nov 2018
The Night 'n Day Rainbow Run is the most fun way to get active in Alexandra this spring! Run or walk the 3.4km or 5km course around Logan Park and prepare to become your own work of art as you pass through the five colour checkpoints.
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Thursday, 8 Nov 2018
Come and celebrate the launch of Lauraine Jacob's beautiful new book, Always Delicious. Join Lauraine, Fleur Sullivan and others in conversation at Olivers, as they discuss our regional specialty foods and wines, champion the local artisan producers - and more. Tickets strictly limited.
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Friday, 16 Nov 2018
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Sunday, 18 Nov 2018
Central Otago’s hugely popular country music festival is back for its 32nd year with a fantastic lineup of talent over three days at the Cromwell Racecourse. Country music lovers should prepare for hoarse voices, sore feet and late nights with a three-day festival coming to Cromwell. Cromwell’s Gold ’n Notes Hoedown is one of the biggest events on the country music calendar.
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Sunday, 18 Nov 2018
The best way to spend a Sunday morning! The 3rd of every month! TrackLAPS breakfast, is a great way for car enthusiasts to come together, share a few yarns, a hearty breakfast and get out on our 4.1Km circuit!
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Saturday, 24 Nov 2018
This prestigious Championship event is the first time the popular Endurance Series will be hosted in the stunning Central Otago venue is Highlands.
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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
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Sunday, 25 Nov 2018
Highlands is as committed to grass roots racing as it is to higher profile events and we are back, bigger and better for the 2018/2019 Highlands Sprint Series (HSS) season.
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Sunday, 25 Nov 2018
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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.
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Sunday, 16 Dec 2018
The best way to spend a Sunday morning! The 3rd of every month! TrackLAPS breakfast, is a great way for car enthusiasts to come together, share a few yarns, a hearty breakfast and get out on our 4.1Km circuit!
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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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Sunday, 30 Dec 2018
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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Sunday, 30 Dec 2018
A Super Smash cricket double header at Alexandra's Molyneux Park.
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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.
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Saturday, 5 Jan 2019
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, 5 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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Saturday, 12 Jan 2019
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Sunday, 13 Jan 2019
The championship that has produced several Formula One drivers of the past – as well as a multitude of successful Kiwi racers – revs up for the start of its five weekend international series at the fabulous Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell.
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Saturday, 19 Jan 2019
Based on previous years we will be expecting over 800 Classic Cars, Hot Rods and Bikes to be on display. There will also be food stalls, craft stalls, a licenced bar and more.
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