West Coast Events

Everyone loves a good excuse to get dressed up, spend time with the family, eat some good food, get in shape or just have some fun. For what is considered a small region in terms of population, the West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand hosts some major internationally recognised events. Others are small but really unique and interesting. Why not come and experience a West Coast event yourself? And if you have a favourite costume, you might as well bring it.

Browse the list of West Coast events below for professional sporting and racing, music, family, festival, food, art and performance events and much more.

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Hokitika Tram

Hokitika Gold Rush 150 is a year long celebration commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Hokitika. There are many events planned to celebrate the birth of this fabulous local town.

24 Oct - 12 Dec

Greymouth Rodders1

Rod Run 2014 Open to all affiliated NZHRA members and clubs. ___________________________________________________________ For detailed information go to MORE INFO

26 Dec - 29 Dec

Interislander summer logo

Get on-track to experience a great Kiwi tradition: a day at the races! Come to Westport for a wonderful family day out. Full betting facilities, food and refreshments available.

26 Dec - 28 Dec

Jade Country
Kumara races 1

A Fantastic old-fashioned country horse race meeting. The main race, the Kumara Gold Nuggets boasts a real gold nugget as the prize. Bring friends and family, enjoy entertainment, food and fun.

mt man 3

New Zealand’s West Coast is the heart of the great outdoors and with the addition of The Mountain Man & Goat race only reinforces the region as an awesome destination for an adventure or 2.

Driftwood and Sand competition Hokitika

"Driftwood and Sand" for short, is a summer celebration of art on the Hokitika beach. Held annually in late January, participants are invited to express themselves using any beach materials.

26 Jan - 01 Feb

Lakes District
Lake Brunner Cycle Ride

Around Brunner is a 130km sealed circuit cycle ride taking you through some of the most stunning scenery the West Coast of New Zealand has to offer.

Speights Coast to Coast

The world’s best athletes congregate on Kumara beach for this premier multi-sport race. Participants cycle, run and kayak their way across the South Island to Sumner Beach in Christchurch.

13 Feb - 14 Feb

Westport Karamea
Buller Gorge Marathon

New Zealand's most scenic, certified marathon and half marathon. The course takes in the scenic Buller Gorge on its way to Westport, West Coast New Zealand.

Wild Foods Festival

A uniquely Kiwi food and wine experience, featuring the less common edibles from the region - huhu grub, venison tongue, and even wasp larvae ice cream! Lots of entertainment, music, dancing and more.

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