Summer Events


Waimate Strawberry Fare

This colourful festival celebrates one of Waimate district’s claims to fame – the delicious berries that grow abundantly in our sunny climate.  Held on the second Saturday in December, the Strawberry Fare attracts crowds of around 14,000 for a day of free family entertainment at Seddon Square and Boland Park.

The event includes live music, 250 fantastic stalls, fabulous food, and thousands of punnets of berryfruit.

Strawberries have been grown in the Waimate District since 1880. In 1984 it was decided to celebrate the strawberry as a community event. 

Seddon Square and Boland Park

Waimate's Christmas in the Square

Waimate's Christmas in the Square, a great night out for all the family, live entertainment, pony rides, bouncy castles and other entertainment for the kids.

Culminating in an amazing fireworks display.

Seddon Square, Waimate.




Hook Beach Fishing Competition

Hosted by the Waimate Anglers Club this event has a family emphasis, with sections for children and adults.

Elephant fish, skate, shark and red cod will be amongst the catch. Line fishing only.

Registration from 8.30am. 9am – 3.00pm. Weigh in at 3.00pm with free sausage sizzle to follow. Camp sites available.

Contact:  Lyn 03 689 7951 or 027 206 7581
Hook Beach, signposted from SH1 north of Butlers Berry Farm


Waimate Christmas Parade

The Waimate Christmas Parade is back!

The Parade leaves at 11.00am from St Pat’s car park heading to Seddon Square where there will be numerous activities including bouncy castle, chocolate wheel, face painting, pony rides, fire engine rides, lolly scramble, food stalls, a fancy dress competition, a decorated bike competition and of course Santa Claus!

Contact: Mandy Tagney  03 689 8188 or 027 467 0064


Waimate Art Society Art & Craft Pop-up Gallery

Dip into the work of Waimate district’s creative visual artists at their pre-Christmas pop-up gallery.

The show will include work from traditional oils to abstract art, photography, fibre art, and ceramics. 

Contact: Vanessa Powell 03 689 2294
Cnr High and Shearman Streets


Waimate Caledonian Sports

27th - 29th January 2018, Victoria Park.
The longest-running event in Waimate district, the 143rd  Waimate Caledonian Sports day brings Scottish heritage alive in the heart of Waimate. Pipers can be heard and Scottish dancers fill the stage. Runners, cyclists and speed skaters participate throughout the day, along with piping competitions, and children's and senior athletics.

Waimate staged its first Highland Games in 1875. 

P.  03 6897514      M.  021 274 3324    


Waimate Scottish Society - Burns Night Concert

27th January 2018, Waimate High School Hall - Perry Hall

Born in 1759 to a farming family in the town of Alloway, Robert Burns aka Rabbie Burns has grown to become one of the country’s most iconic literary figures and Scotland’s most revered national poet.

Come and enjoy the entertainment and festivity that is on offer to celebrate his life.

Contact: Gavin Cain 03 689 7136     


Waimate Rodeo

18th February 2018, Waimate Showgrounds, SH82

Barrel racing, bucking broncos, cowgirls and cowboys and more are on show at this New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association event.

The rodeo attracts national and international competitors.

Contact: Lynne Hall  0274 370 802