Spring Events



Maungati Musical Blossom Festival

A family day out with entertainment for children in amongst the flowering cherry trees.

Events include puppet shows, a lone piper, a variety of live music, pony rides, games, and local stalls.

P.  03 612 9809
143 Timaunga Road, Maungati

Waimate Spring Shears

For half a century the Waimate Shears NZ Spring Shearing Competition has attracted shearers and wool handlers to race the clock, and their mates.

Shearers from around New Zealand compete in events including the elite speed shear, machine and blade shearing, and wool handling.

Come along and cheer on these men and women who can shear a sheep and sort the wool in record time.

Waimate Showgrounds, SH82

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 50

This iconic event is New Zealand’s longest-running street race.

It features the best drifters, the fastest street races, the coolest rally cars, all in action in the centre of Waimate township, and out on the winding gravel roads in the countryside.

The event’s ongoing survival and success is thanks to a dedicated bunch of volunteers and petrol heads who are proud to continue the tradition of street racing events in Waimate.



An absolute treasure trove of books, games, magazines, plus a jumble sale. Run over five days the Bookarama is the main fundraising event for the Waimate Museum.

From adventure to zen, and from art to Zealandia, the bookarama is a feast for collectors, families, and readers of all ages.

Waimate Museum complex

Centrewood Fete and Garden Party

A wonderful day out in the established gardens of this historic venue, which surrounds the 110 year old French designed homestead.

Boutique stallholders come together to show off their wares. It's a great day for Christmas shopping, catching up with friends and family, sampling the local cuisine and being entertained by live music while you sit and relax or shop.

Centrewood Estate, Mill Rd, Waimate


South Canterbury A&P Show

Showcasing the very best of rural life. A great day out for everyone of all ages, and a chance get up close to the district’s best livestock, taste exceptional food and drink, and experience rural living at its most vibrant.

Classes include horses, ponies, sheep, alpaca, dog trials, cattle, donkeys and dairy goats. The home industries section displays the children’s and adult’s competition entries in arts, crafts, baking and floral. Plus the Waimate Highland Pipe Band, hotdogs, fairground rides, and trade exhibits.

Waimate Showgrounds, SH82