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Have an event-ful time at Manawatū’s awesome events

HAVE AN EVENT-FUL TIME AT MANAWATŪ’S AWESOME EVENTS

Grab your diary and a pen – there’s always something on in Manawatū! Travel around the world without leaving the country at our incredible cultural celebrations, compete (or cheer from the sidelines) at one of the region’s sporting events, or take the fam along to commemorate one of Aotearoa’s significant holidays with the community.

GRAVEL AND TAR

January | Ashhurst

Around January each year, elite Kiwi and international cyclists take to the pavement (and the gravel!) for a 140km race in through beautiful Manawatu backcountry. The Pohangina Valley, Ruahine Ranges, and Ashhurst Village form the backdrop for a charming yet challenging course. 

ENZED SUPERSTOCK TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS

February | Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North

A premier event on the national and international speedway calendars, where fans travel from far and wide to attend this unique event with the most thrilling atmosphere. Get dressed up and join in the fun! Make sure you grab a ticket well in advance.

FESTIVAL OF CULTURES

February, Te Marae o Hine – The Square

Manawatū is a region bursting full of diversity, and each February we come together for a two-day showcase of our incredible cultures and communities. From a lantern parade to a World Food, Craft & Music Fair, it’s a fantastic fusion of cuisines, song and dance, games and more – and everyone’s invited!  

NEW ZEALAND RURAL GAMES

March | Te Marae o Hine – The Square 

Ever witnessed a speed tree climbing race? Fancy competing in a cowpat tossing contest? The much-loved Rural Games isn’t your typical tournament! Instead, athletes from across Aotearoa compete for titles in TIMBERSPORTS®, sheepdog trials, gumboot throwing, sheep shearing and more. Budding young farmers can get in on the action too, with haybale races and tug-o-war some of the events to keep Under 12’s active and entertained. Grab a bite and enjoy a slice of our rural heartland. 

Puanga Festival

Puanga Festival, Palmerston North

June | Central Energy Trust Arena

Celebrate the Māori New Year with whānau and friends here in Palmerston North. Get among fun festivities, waiata, kapa haka, food and music while learning about and celebrating Puanga!

A WINTER'S DAY OUT MARKET

July | Awapuni Racecourse

Round up the squad and head to A Winter's Day Out Market for a delightful day out. You’ll feel the festive spirit come alive with over 90 boutique stalls, a Nordic-inspired feasting hall and live local music. 

RURAL DAY

October | Manchester Square, Feilding

Flock to Feilding with the family for a country extravaganza that celebrates our region’s rural heritage. Join in on the action as thousands of locals and out-of-towners come together to see farm animals, a rural fashion parade, tractor and wagon rides, live entertainment, and the iconic farmer’s market. 

CROSS HILLS GARDENS COUNTRY FAIR

November | Cross Hills Gardens in Kimbolton

18 acres of gardens, 180 boutique stalls, and hundreds of beautiful rhododendrons – this is a market you won’t want to miss. Meander through Cross Hills Gardens and meet the talented artists, makers, and creators from Manawatū and further afield. Treat yourself or stock up on Christmas pressies as you soak up the live music, food outlets and charming countryside vibes. 

NEW YEAR’S EVE PALMY

December | Te Marae o Hine – The Square

Celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of a new one with a full-noise extravaganza. Tamariki can enjoy their own special 9pm countdown, as the evening builds up to the big finale at 12. A spectacular fireworks display tops off the night as the clock strikes midnight. 

Keep up with all events happening throughout the year, on our events page.

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