What's On Southland & South Otago

What's On Southland & South Otago

What's On Southland & South Otago



  • Gore Classic Car Rally runs the first SUN of every month. Meeting at the Trout on Medway Street 10:45am for route instructions. Pub visit for lunch. All classic cars are welcome, entry is free. For more call Terry McNamara 021 070 6069. 


  • Longford Intermediate 50th Reunion (1972-2022) is being held the weekend 24-25 Feb 2023. Featuring a get-together at Croydon Lodge on Friday night, photos/afternoon tea/look through school on Sat afternoon, and dinner at Croydon Lodge Sat night. Registrations are now open and close THURS 15 DEC 2022. Please email reunion50@longford.school.nz. 


  • Gore’s 10th StoryWalk® is here! The new book is ‘Treasure Beyond Measure’ by Helen Griffiths who lives in New Plymouth. The colourful pictures and clever rhymes bring to life the wonderful array of animals encountered on this collective noun safari. Helen originally wrote a poem about conservation that she performed at WOMAD NZ in 2018 but it was so much appreciated she was encouraged to turn it into a picture book. ‘Treasure Beyond Measure’ was the result. If you would like to know more about her virtual author visits, audiobook etc. check out her website www.treasurebeyondmeasure.co.nz/. The activities to go with this StoryWalk® are:Search and find the tiny earth hidden on each picture of the book as you walk. Collect an activity page from the start of the StoryWalk® with a collective noun matching activity and an ‘I spy’ colouring in picture on the other side. If children/parents/education centres would like more activities to go with the book, they can purchase a whole 25 page+ pack for $10 from the above website. This story will be up until the start of December when we will switch to a Christmas story in time for the advent season.


  • Registrations open for the Clutha District Libraries Summer Reading Challenge. Designed to encourage and promote reading, this year’s theme is Bookopoly! Although the Summer Reading Challenge focused on encouraging children to continue to read over the school holidays, it had a variety of fun challenges for all ages and abilities. Challenges starting on 16 December. You can complete multiple reading challenge cards and for your efforts you can win prizes including swim and book vouchers. Big thanks to Inner Wheel NZ, Balclutha and the Rotary Club of Balclutha for their generous support. The books people can read can come from anywhere: home, school or library and the type of reading material is up to the individual. Participants will receive a board, start on the tile marked READ and work their way around the board, reading, listening and participating in the activities. People can register online at libraries.cluthadc.govt.nz, by phoning 03 418 1677, or in person at any Clutha District library.


  • Invercargill children and their whānau are being asked to help decorate the Invercargill Civic Christmas Trees using natural, found waterproof materials and to be in to win a family fun day prize pack. Invercargill City Council Manager Parks and Recreation Caroline Rain said “The elves have said that many of the Civic tree decorations had been broken or damaged and replacement decorations were being held up in transit.” Elves have a lot of sway with the global postal service but chose to focus on necessary equipment for crucial toy business, she said. Children have been asked to help by creating decorations to be hung on the Civic trees in Windsor, Bluff and South City, using environmentally-friendly materials. The large Civic tree usually in Wachner Place would this year stand proud at the Feldwick Gates, she said. “The elves have suggested children to explore their backyards, the beach and the city’s parks to find natural materials to turn into decorations, such as pinecone angels with leaves for wings or stars made from twigs and pressed flowers,” Rain said. Natural and waterproof materials are encouraged to protect the decorations from Southland’s wild weather as well as any peckish reindeer. “It’s a good opportunity to teach children all the ways we can protect the environment but also for families to get out and visit the trees throughout the city to find their children’s own special design.” Decorations can be dropped, along with an entry form, to the Invercargill Library, Splash Palace, the Civic Administration Building, He Waka Tuia, Bluff Service Centre or The Pantry before FRI 16 DEC. There will be prizes of a family adventure day for best individual decoration and best school, kindergarten or early childhood centre could win a behind-the scenes tour at Queens Park. The decorations will be placed on the trees and winners will be announced on TUES 20 DEC.


  • South City Street Party is back FRI 2 DEC from 6pm-9pm, across Elles Road and Martin Street, South City. Music, street food, local business specials, free family fun entertainment. A night for the community to come together. For more information contact South Alice or pop into the office at The Pod on Ness Street. 


  • The 141st Wyndham A&P Show is back SAT 3 DEC at the Wyndham Showgrounds from 10am. Don't miss the Kids Big Dig at 11:30am, the Miss Show Princess and Mr Muscle competitions 12:45pm, the Grand Parade at 2:30pm, and the Terrier Race straight after at 3pm. Entertainment through the day includes face painting, scavenger hunt, bouncy castle, amusement rides, and photos with Santa. Laura Koot from Real Country as special guest. 


  • An Open Day is being held at the new Matai Ridge subdivision on SAT 3 DEC, from 9am until 12-noon. The day will showcase the work on-site and thank the neighbours and community for their support. There will be a free BBQ and coffee cart. There will also be a couple of excavators and trucks parked up for anyone (young and old) keen to check out the big rides.  


  • Clutha Country Christmas Parade is back SAT 3 DEC 1pm-1:30pm through Balclutha CBD. Prize winners will be announced around 1:45pm at Elizabeth Street Plaza. The day incorporates the Xmas Market from 10am-2pm. Stall sites $30 each. To register or for more information contact Jean Proctor 027 318 5555 or email jean.proctor@cluthadc.govt.nz. 


  • The Thieves Alley Christmas Market in Bluff SAT 3 DEC may well be the perfect place to pick up those unique Christmas gifts. The market takes place between 10am and 2pm in the alley next to The Eagle Pub & Hotel at 134 Gore Street, a unique location for a unique market with a steampunk twist. If you are arriving from outside of Bluff just drive on down SH1 and keep an eye out for the steampunk trike advertising the market as your marker for the alley. Features will include wireworks, crafts, lots of handmade items, plants, honey, Thai food, coffee, hot dogs and plenty more. There will be plenty of stocking stuffers, just perfect for Christmas! The alley is also home to the infamous Badarse Rebel in his den, the studio where a giant dragon and other unique creations are shaped in flame and steel. The dragon will debut in the annual Bluff Santa Parade on Sunday 11 December. There will be examples of his work on display, as well as the work he and his artist partner Megan do together, and visitors to the market can order commissions from them. So come along, pick up some unusual Christmas gifts...buy something for yourself and meet some fun and inspiring people.... all while enjoying something to eat and drink. The market is outdoors and will be weather-dependant. Should there be a need for cancellation check out the Bluffy’s facebook page if you are a member or else check the Bluff Promotions FB page



  • A big weekend of motor racing is lined up for Teretonga Park in Invercargill SAT 3 and SUN 4 DEC. A mighty line up of classes presented by Downer will see the OSCA Super Saloons, Historic & Classic Saloons Pre 78, South Island Formula 1600’s, Historic Formula Fords, Pro 7/8 Saloons, NZ Six Saloons, Mini 7’s, Pre 65 Saloons and Noel McIntyre Drainage Club Saloons on an action-packed programme. The OSCA Super Saloons with their mix of big, noisy and extremely quick saloons will be popular as will the Historic & Classic Saloons Pre 78 cars with a real mix of machinery with a wide variety of Ford’s, from Mustangs to Capri’s, a Cortina, an Anglia and a Ford Escort plus Alfa’s, Fiat’s, a Triumph Dolomite Sprint, Datsun 120Y and a Vauxhall Viva GT. One point of interest will be the first appearance of 15-year-old Southland driver, Alex Crosbie, at his home circuit since late last season when he sealed third place in the South Island Formula 1600 Championship and second in his class. Since then, Crosbie has won the New Zealand Formula Ford title, tested a Toyota Racing Series car, taken the round win in the North Island Formula Ford Championship at the Supercar round at Pukekohe Park Raceway and spent time at the Ferrari Driver Academy in Kuala Lumpur as well as winning the prestigious Wigram Cup in Christchurch. He comes to his home circuit second overall and second in class in this season’s South Island Formula 1600 Championship so it is a great opportunity for Southlanders to catch another of their up-and- coming stars in action. Discounted tickets are available from Auto Centre, Tweed Street, Invercargill and E Hayes & Sons Dee Street, Invercargill while children 14 & under accompanied by an adult are free.


  • Telford Summer Market is on SUN 4 DEC at the equine arena, Gray road - Otanomomo. 11am-3pm. Over 50 artisan stalls including homewares, garden & lifestyle items. Burgers, baked potatoes, fresh bread, ice cream, pastries, candy floss, fried rice, steam buns, bbq, churros, chowder, dumplings, coffee and much more. Come for lunch and wander the stalls. For more call Deb Holgate 021 0444 859. 


  • Gore Christmas Market returns to the Gore Town and Country Club Stadium on SUN 4 DEC, 10am-4pm. All your Christmas shopping done under one roof. Jewellery, clothing, candles, fudge, handknitting, decorations, toys and more! Gold coin donation with all funds going to Gumboot Friday. Find them on Facebook. 


  • Christmas Elf Hunt is back at Patterson House and Gardens on SUN 4 DEC, 11am-3pm. 


  • Gore River Valley Lions are back with Toot for Tucker on WED 7 DEC. Supporting Salvation Army Food Bank. Please leave non-perishable items such as groceries and toiletries by your mailbox in Gore township by 6pm. Listen out for the toot! Items can also be left at SBS Bank on Main Street and The Ensign on Mersey Street. 


  • After a very successful first year, Toko A&P Society is back with Milton's Got Talent for 2022. Got talent and keen to perform on stage? Want to win $1000? Then they want you! Being held at the annual Toko A&P Show on SAT 10 DEC. For more and to nab an entry form contact Paul mcleodpj78@gmail.com or 027 364 6237 or hit up Tokomairiro A&P Society on Facebook. 


  • Ascot Park Christmas at the Races is back SAT 10 DEC at Ascot Park Raceway Invercargill. A sea of festive marquees fans out in front of you as glamorously dressed partygoers mingle in the Southland sun. Christmas at the Races is a destination event with people from all around New Zealand flocking south to see what the fuss is all about. Find more www.southlandracing.co.nz/christmas-races


  • International performer Steve Larkins is "Mercury Rising", a tribute to Freddie Mercury, at the Gore RSA on SAT 10 DEC. Dinner from 6pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm. 2-course buffet dinner and Show $65, Show only is just $30. Tickets from iTicket or the St James on Irk Street. 


  • The Gore District Youth Awards are back at the SBS St James on Irk Street SAT 10 DEC. An opportunity to celebrate what youth in the district has been achieving. Nominations across the 10 categories close WED 30 NOV. The night has a country theme. TV presenter Haydn Jones will be the MC. The evening has not been held since 2019. Tickets just $10 from the venue. 


  • Waimea Plains Railway Trust will have the Rogers K92 in steam for train ride days at Mandeville the weekend SAT 10 and SUN 11 DEC. The engine will pull a A294 carriage, the only operating carriage left of the 11 built. 


  • Christmas will officially arrive in Bluff SUN 11 DEC when the annual Bluff Santa Parade and Christmas In The Bluff Gala Day take place. The parade will start at the top end of Gore Street (SH1) at 1pm, making its way to the Oyster Festival site where the Gala Day awaits. Once the parade arrives at the Oyster Festival site a wonderful day of family entertainment, organised by the Christmas In The Bluff Committee, will provide something for everyone. The children will have plenty to occupy themselves with as they visit the star attraction, Santa Claus, as he meets the kids in the Santa Grotto for photos. There is plenty more with activities and games including mini jeeps, a bouncy castle, astroball, sumo wrestling and facepainting plus plenty of games as well. Many of the games are new for this year and have been designed with plenty of input from a youth perspective. There will be some free food offerings for the kids while there will other foods on sale including the local hot dog vendor and local coffee cart. The ever-popular Darcy Kerr will entertain on stage with live music while craft stalls will be on site to provide more opportunities to purchase those Christmas presents. Some stalls have eftpos but it is advised to bring cash. A chocolate wheel and a Decorated Christmas Wreath Competition, with an opportunity to vote for your favourite by gold coin donation, are also part of the fun. Admission is free as is much of the entertainment making it a truly family friendly day. Anyone wishing to be a part of the parade can contact the co-ordinator, Alison Patrick on 0273 509 686 or at apatrick333@gmail.com. Inquiries regarding the Gala Day or anyone that would like to be a part of the Gala Day can contact Debbie Fife on 03 212 6800 or mfife@xtra.co.nz while craft stall inquiries can be made to Gaye at 0274 630 708.


  • Gore Santa Parade and Christmas Carnival is on SUN 11 DEC, starting with the parade down Main Street at 12-noon. Spectators will have plenty of opportunity to see Santa, with lots of room to spread out on both sides of the street. The parade starts in Ordsall Street, then makes its way down Main Street, past McDonalds to the end of Fairfield Street, before lopping around and returning up Main Street on the opposite side. The Christmas Carnival in Gore Gardens will follow the parade. With lots of free children’s activities, live entertainment, and plenty of food trucks to choose from, it’s the perfect way to fill your Sunday afternoon. The carnival is on from 12:30pm to 3:00pm. Irwell Street will be closed to road users, between Fairfield and Ardwick streets, to provide pedestrian access between the gardens and Gore Main Reserve for the day.


  • Southland Loss and Grief Centre invite you to share in their Reflective Space, to remember those who have been lost. From MON 12 - FRI 16 DEC, 10am-4pm. All are welcome to meet at the Centre, 17 The Crescent Invercargill, as we meet in a quiet, reflective space to stop and remember our loved ones who have died. Donations appreciated. 


  • The final Winton Community Market of the year is on SAT 17 DEC with a Christmas theme. In the Presbyterian Church Hall, Winton. Market runs 10am-1pm. Stallholder bookings to the Church office or Mary on 236 9792 or cspoffice@xtra.co.nz. Bookings to be made monthly. 


  • The Invercargill Harness Racing Club’s Cup Day takes place on SAT 17 DEC and will feature the Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Cup, a Group 1 race with a stake of $100,000, the first time a Group 1 race has ever been held in Southland. Backing up the Cup will be a Group 3 race, the David Moss Trot with a stake of $30,000. Southern Harness Racing General Manager, Jason Broad, says “it will be a massive day of quality racing with some of the best fields seen in the south guaranteed.” Along with a superb programme of racing there will be some great entertainment and the opportunity to win some wonderful prizes. Ladies Fashion In The Field features some superb prizes and is supported by McLeay Jewellers, SuperValue Plaza and Craig Heyrick of Harcourts Real Estate. Every bet placed, win or lose over $10, will go in two draws to win… and win big. The first draw will be made prior to the Cup with tickets drawn from the barrels for each runner in the Cup. The ticket holder that draws the winner wins $1000 while second takes $300 and third $200. Another separate draw will be made to win a stay at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba courtesy of the resort while the Beach Road Holiday Park in Invercargill will put $1000 towards your travel. Race goers will also be entertained by incredibly popular fiddle player Hannah Beer throughout the day. The race meeting is a twilight event due to commence at 4pm, ideal for groups to celebrate Christmas even if they work on a Saturday. The club welcomes inquiries about marquees and tent sites.


  • Tapanui Christmas Races are being held at Gore Racecourse on SUN 18 DEC, gates open 11:30am. Tent packages available. Contact Jo at Gallop South for more. 


  • A Quiz Night is being held at Waikaia Hotel on WED 21 DEC, 7:30pm. Teams of 4, raffles and auctions. Please bring an item for the raffle table. Supporting Waikaia Forest Trails. 


  • Distinction Hotels Te Anau Tennis Invitational is on WED 28 - THURS 29 DEC. If you love your tennis served with a side of world-class scenery, the Distinction Hotels Te Anau Invitational has the ticket for you. Venture to Te Anau for one of New Zealand’s premier tennis events! Find more at www.teanautennis.co.nz


  • The 12th annual Kaka Point Market Day will be held on SUN 8 JAN at Port Molyneux School. They are on the lookout for interested stall holders. Cost per stall  is $30 for one site and $60 for a double site. As this is mainly an outdoor event it is recommended that all stall holders bring their own gazebo / marquee. They are on the coast and the weather can be unpredictable. Also asking all stall holders for a donation towards our chocolate wheel / raffles. These will be collected on the day. All food stalls will be at the back of the building in the car park, and you must bring your own generator. No power will be available from the venue. The venue will be open from 7.30am for a 10am start. This is a community fundraiser with proceeds going towards the refurbishment of the Kaka Point Playground. Car parking will be by way of a gold coin donation, and will be run by the Kaka Point Surf Club with proceeds going to them. There will be parking provided for all stall holders behind the venue. Please contact Christene for more 0211339973 or find the Kaka Point Surf Club on Facebook. 


  • Glenham Train Wreck Trail is back SAT 21 JAN 2023, registration from 9:30am. Come and enjoy our 'Trainwreck' trail - a mountain bike, run or walk event that shows off the views from Glenham and our historic railway tunnel. Registrations now open, visit www.glenhamtrainwreck.wixsite.com. Course 10km, Walk Run Bike 21km, Run Bike 43km Bike. E Bikes welcome. Complete in any Mountain Bike event & be into win a Mountain Bike thanks to MLT & CrossRoad Cycles. For more you can also contact Alec Smith 0272262720 or glenham.trainwreck.trail@gmail.com. 


  • Gore Garden Club is back with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at their 39th Show the Gore Town and Country Club the weekend FRI 17 - SAT 18 FEB 2023. Spend time with the "Bug Man" Ruud Kleinpaste who will be at the show. Public talk Friday evening, 7:30pm. 


  • The MLT Moonshine Trail returns to Dolamore Park on FEB 25 2023. The event offers something for everyone, from those who want to tackle some challenging terrain, to families who want to walk at their own pace. The trail boasts 7 events including mountainbike, e-bike and new addition the 2km family walk. For more and to register head to sporty.co.nz/moonshinetrail. 
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