Autumn Events


Annual Salmon Run

March 24 2018, 10am start

Starting at the bridge at Te Maiharoa Rd, just west of State highway 1 at Glenavy (will be signposted).  Hundreds of little orange-coloured plastic fish race in the Waikakahi Stream, and the first one ‘caught’ at the end, before the stream meets the Waitaki nets the winner $500.

There’s heaps of spot prizes, a sausage sizzle, and guaranteed smiles! You can buy your tickets at Loot Jewellers, or just turn up on the day.

Fundraiser for Glenavy School Library upgrade.

Enquiries phone Chris Paul 03 689 2273.

March Hare Motorcycle Rally

March 2nd - 4th 2018.

Regarded as one of the best motorcycle rallies in the Southern Hemisphere, and rated for its friendliness and hospitality, the  Waimate March Hare is a social rally with thousands of bikes - and bikers - on display.

Events include the tug of war, bike show, tattoo competitions, and live music.

Contact: Graeme Lane  03 689 4885
Waimate Showgrounds, SH82

Edwardian Heritage Weekend

March 9 - 11, 2018

The theme for 2018 is Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud. Details TBA.

This enthusiastic group promotes the district’s Edwardian Heritage and advocates for preservation of the area’s Edwardian architecture and places.

Contact: Elizabeth Niven   03 689 7864
Contact: Jenny Kitchen   03 689 9070

Maize Maze

FearNZ is the biggest horror Charity company in New Zealand every February and March we run the maize maze in Studholme. Our R16 horror nights are the only events of their kind in the South Island. Bring a torch and find your way through the maze where all your nightmares come true!

Our day maze is a great way for families to experience farm life and get some excerise. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fresh air.

Have a great time while helping a charity - changes every year.

Contact: Rory Foley  027 7477 263


The Whitehorse Big Easy

The Whitehorse Big Easy returns in 2018!  It's an event for all ages and capabilities, making it a great day out for all the family.

We have three separate events: Bike, Run/Walk and our team event the "Whitehorse Challenge". We also have 1.5km bike or run events for younger children.

The Whitehorse Challenge is a bike//run event where teams raise money for charity, and then compete against each other to win the coveted trophy!

Waimate Dog Trials

The Waimate Dog Trial Club has run its much-loved rural event for over a century in Waimate District. Farmers and their border collies and huntaways pit their skills against the cunning sheep and vie for prizes for getting the sheep yarded in the best time.

The hillsides are steep, and the variables are many - weather, fences, and temperament all play their part.

The club trials, dinner and social are a big event on the rural calendar.

Waimate Dog Trial Club
Elephant Hill Road
Contact: Lucy Cameron (secretary) 03 689 3882



Pest Quest Hunting Competition

This popular event run by the Waimate Shooters Club brings hunters and hunting families of all ages together in a quest for pesky pests that threaten our native bush, and our farmland pastures.

In 2017 more than 1000 wallabies, 100 possums and 60 pigs were shot over the weekend.

Pigs, rabbits, hares, and ferrets were also lined up for the weigh in.