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
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 Art Society Annual Exhibition
Invited guest artists join our talented local painters, craftspeople and potters in a vibrant celebration of the visual arts.
Corner High and Shearman Streets
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.