Event guide for the Catlins

Check out whats happening in the Catlins this summer. A wide range of events for the whole family.

27th December

  • Outdoor Bowls Day - Tokanui, Contact Yvonne Leith, (03) 2468 856
  • Kaka Point Big Dig & Sand Sculpturing, 12pm

28th December

  • Wood Chopping-Bushcraft Day, See the best woodchoppers in action. Tokanui Tavern.  11.00 am start. BBQ to follow. Denise Conlon, Ph (03) 2468 725
  • tokanuitavern@woosh.co.nz
  • Curio Bay Big Dig, Community fundraising event. Greta Buckingham, Ph (03) 2468 425

31st December

  • Kaka Point New Years Eve Family Beach Party, "Raging Bull" playing 8pm to 12.15am, Bonfire being lit at 9.45pm, Donation for the event would be appreciated
  • Papatowai Beach Carnival, An annual Beach Carnival with fun for all the family.
  • New Year's Eve Hoe Down, Locals and visitors get together to see in the New Year at Niagara Hall. Januaryice Broad - (03) 2469 566, Marylyn Hayes - (03) 2468 446

9th January

  • Catlins Heritage Tour, Catlins Heritage Tour taking in Tawanui and Ratanui with local commentary. Beginning at 1.30pm and lasting 2 - 3 hours. $20 per car, $10 per person on bus. Afternoon tea at museum included in price. Contact John Burgess 4158 293 or Finlay Abernethy (03) 415 8235.

14th January

  • Beach Market Day at Kaka Point, 10am- 2.30pm, Grass area beside the hall on The Esplanade, Stalls include - fresh produce, gourmet pies, pottery, artworks, plants, bonecarving, photographs ,jewelery, clothing crafts, mosaics and BBQ
    Contact Pauline Simpson (03) 412 8783

23th January

  • Clutha Country Summer Series - Tri Athlon, 1.30pm Start, Contact Tiny Carruthers 027 4367 174

21st-22th January

28th January

  • The Catlins Great Escape Coastal Walk, Coastal Walk from Nugget Point to Newhaven, contact Kim Dodds, (03) 415 8954, 027 533 7876, projects@catlins.org.nz

30th January

  • Robbie Burns Scottish Night Hoe Down - Niagara Hall, Look out the tartan and come and celebrate Robbie Burns birthday at Niagara Hall. 8pm.
    Enquiries Januaryice Broad - 03 2469 566 or Steven Hayes 2468 446
  • Kaka Point District Picnic,Wilsher Bay Domain - Midday, Donation at gate
    3 legged races, egg & spoon races, running races and many more, Judging of Spud Competition for KPSLSC

26th February

  • Papatowai Challenge, The Papatowai Challenge is a pre-season fun run and walk from a holiday home in the Catlins. It is signposted at the south end of Tahakopa River Bridge Papatowai. Runners must be 13 years & over. Papatowai is located approximately two hours from Dunedin and twenty-five minutes south of Owaka. The Southern Scenic Route is now fully sealed. The Papatowai Challenge is run over the measured distance of 15.5 km and is over a varied scenic course of well formed bush tracks, beach running and local roads. For more information contact Wayne Allen 03 454 4863, allens10@clear.net.nz

18th - 26th March

  • Edge of the World Mixed Media Art Exhibition - Waikawa Hall. Local and outside artists exhibit a vibrant range of works. Small door charge. 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily. For more details contact: Januaryice Broad - 03 2469 566 or Cala Paenga - 03 2468 434

18 March

  • Tokanui Big Rock Cougars - Progress Valley. A motorbike trail ride for keen motorbike enthusiasts. Contact Sarah McLean, Ph 03 2468 781

23th - 25th March

  • The Catlins Canter - Owaka. An annual two day horse trek hosted by the Owaka Lions Club. Warren Burgess, Owaka Lions Club, 03 415 8019