Events

GREYMOUTH SUNDAY MARKET – Every Sunday in 2019

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Full of great local stalls including crafts, plants, flowers, honey, art, jewellery and smoked cheese. Located at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic from 10:00AM every Sunday. Either outside in the car park if the sun is shining or inside the courtyard when wet.

GOLD TRAIL MOUNTAIN BIKING – Saturday 8th February 2020

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Shantytown to Moana (Lake Brunner) by a route never done before.

Gold Trail is an amazing ride through the history of the West Coast and the Gold Trails that both our ancestors and many Chinese walked, in the search for their riches of the Gold of the West Coast.

You’ll start in the history created of Shantytown.

Until the Gold Trail Mountain Bike Ride there has never been a peloton of mountain bike rider’s ride down the Main Street of Shantytown. “This was a first” and why not be one of those in 2018?

If you’re a first time rider to an elite rider, then this is the bike ride for you. You’re going to see some of the untouched beauty of the West Coast of New Zealand. The beauty of the natural creeks, ferns, punga’s, the mighty rimu trees and natural flowing creeks coupled with the forestry roads with plenty of surprises.

If the start in Shantytown doesn’t get to you, then the beauty of Moana and Lake Brunner will as you cross the Arnold River via the swing bridge into Moana, then the Lake front, historic railway bridge as you head to the Moana Hotel. What a way to finish with a beer waiting for you!

This 40km mountain bike will touch every rider.

COAST TO COAST – Friday 7th – Saturday 8th February 2020

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Held every February the race starts on the West Coast, at Kumara beach and traverses the width of the South Island, crossing the main divide where competitors reach over 1000 meters above sea level, finishing on the
East Coast in Christchurch. 2015 saw the finish at the Pier on New Brighton beach for the first time. The brain child of previous Race Director Robin Judkins, the first official race was held on February 26 and 27 in 1983 with 79 competitors.
Today over 800 athletes line up to run, cycle and kayak across the South Island. 1987 saw “The Longest Day”, a one day ‘World Championship event introduced.
The Coast to Coast has become a rite of passage for multisport athletes from around the world with over 18,000 people having completed in the event in 33 years.

BULLER GORGE MARATHON – Saturday 8th February 2020

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New Zealand’s most scenic marathon course commences at Hawks Crag and heads up the gorge to a turning point near Berlin’s Hotel.
It then heads back down the scenic, undulating Buller Gorge Highway to a finish at Victoria Square, Westport.
The half-marathon is a one-way run starting near the Ohika-iti River Bridge and also finishes at Victoria Square.
Both full and half-marathon courses are certified.
Every kilometer is clearly marked.

GREYMOUTH ROTARY STREET FARE – date to be confirmed

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Join us for a Sunday evening snack in Greymouth on Sunday 17 February 2019.
Food stalls.
Craft stalls.
Live music.
Tables and chairs provided.
Loads of fun and eating.
Join us for a Sunday evening snack.

HOKITIKA WILDFOODS FESTIVAL – Saturday 7th March 2020

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With over 50 Stallholders it is fair to say every realm of Wildfoods will be explored and catered for those at the Festival, from the West Coast icons of Whitebait and Venison to the edible icons of Aotearoa and abroad from the river, sea, bush, plains and mountains all of your sense will be captivated at Cass Square.
From delicacy to disgusting, we have oyster to mountain oysters and everything in between.
The entertainment line up will continue to be released during December and January and will provide something for everyone from bouncy castles, face painting and balloons to locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists, so keep your eyes peeled for this.

AGFEST WEST COAST – GREYMOUTH,  Friday 27th – Saturday 28th March 2020

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Farmlands AgFest West Coast is happening on April 13th and 14th 2018 and is an event that recognizes the importance of the agricultural sector on the West Coast.

The purpose of the event is to give people in the rural sector the opportunity to showcase their business, to celebrate the agricultural industry and its significance to all businesses on and around the Coast.

Come along to Farmlands AgFest West Coast and you’ll experience every inch of farming in New Zealand; from the latest in dairy sheds to the best gumboots to wear in them. You’ll see the latest in farming vehicles and implements, stock care, health and safety, and much more.

Farmlands AgFest is an event for everyone NOT just the rural sector; and is now going into its 4th successful event. The phenomenal growth of AgFest in the past 8 years proves how much this event was needed in this region. Existing Exhibitors proudly recommend AgFest West Coast as their preferred event – taking the opportunity to enjoy West Coast’s hospitality, while they are on the West Coast. The fast growing success of AgFest is proof that your business HAS to be there….

AHAURA HUNTING AND FISHING COMPETITION – date to be confirmed

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The Ahaura Hunting & Fishing Competition is held every Easter Weekend, with a weigh-in and prize giving on the Easter Sunday, at Ahaura Domain.

AROUND BRUNNER CYCLE RIDE – Saturday 2nd May 2020

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2019 will see Around Brunner have a major change, with the Start and Finish being at Moana Hotel Lake Brunner.

This changes the race significantly and eliminates the traffic issues in central Greymouth and the old Taramakau Rail Bridge is no longer with a brand new bridge across the Taramakua which you won’t even notice as a bridge. This makes this iconic event a brand new race.

Both the Around Brunner 130km and Enduro 260km will be held.

This fantastic event is in its 13th year.

Around Brunner caters for all competitors from the Elite rider through to the Recreational Rider with age group categories throughout. We’ll even cater for those that want to ride their e-Bike in the event, as this keeps so many riders active. Riding an e-Bike means you’re non-competitive but still doing the event and eligible for spot prizes.

Around Brunner started as a 130km sealed circuit cycle ride taking you through some of the most stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer. In 2015 the Enduro, 2 laps of the traditional ride being 260km was introduced and in 2019 the change of the start/finish to Moana Lake Brunner.

The Teams event will still be held with the changeover at Kumara Domain.

Around Brunner will be Race 3 of the Series with Bays Cycle Challenge and Ride the Rakaia.

GREYMOUTH MOTORCYCLE STREET RACE – date to be confirmed

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In motorsport where speed defines everything, the Greymouth Motorcycle Street Race is one gnarly ride.

Each Labour Weekend a hardcore group of staunch and skillful riders descend upon the gritty streets of Greymouth on the South Island’s West Coast to give those same streets their all.

To ride for the guts and glory that is the Greymouth Motorcycle Street Race.

See for yourself the speed and skill of the riders as they push the limits of the circuit set in the heart of downtown Greymouth.

Stand within inches of the action on a circuit suited to spectators seeking in your face racing and have your hair blown back as engines roar, records tumble and legends are made.

So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a ticket and see you there.