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

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.

Westport Karamea
Old Ghost Rd

The course will cover 30kms and be a four stage race starting from the Ghost Lake Hut and finishing at the Lyell. For now we are keeping the timed sections under wraps ............

Reefton Gold

Gala day with a rural focus incorporating a large horse event, chopping, shearing, pets, craft, food, photography and family entertainment.

A wonderful day out with your friends while viewing 8 very varied delightful gardens in Hokitika, Woodstock, Arthurstown and Kaniere areas.

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.

West Coast

Celebrate cancer survivors & Remember loved ones lost to cancer Fight back by raising awareness & funds to support the work of Cancer Society.

14 Feb - 15 Feb

Reefton Gold
Rodeo Reefton

The Reefton Rodeo is #15 on the AA Regional Must Do list, it gets bigger and better every year. A fabulous spectator sport - and a great day out!

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