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Hilux New Zealand Rural Games


Sat 11 Mar 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sun 12 Mar 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm

Where: The Square, The Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: sam620

The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games are coming to Palmerston North! The two-day celebration of ‘sports that built the nation’ features exciting New Zealand and trans-Tasman championships for traditional sports including speed shearing and speed fencing against the clock, sheep dog trials, head-to-head wood chopping battles and the giant kilted warriors of the gut-busting Highland Games ‘heavy’ events.

Get stuck in and have a go yourself at fun events like gumboot throwing, wine barrel racing, speed hand milking, cowpat tossing and heaps more. Just turn up and you might end up a national champion!

Kids ‘n Country on both days is a series of fun events especially for children aged 12 and under. Warning: your kids will get messy (and love it!).

There are speciality stalls selling delicious local food and wine plus live entertainment and a few famous faces having a go themselves.

Don’t miss the spectacular ‘Running of the Wools’ in Feilding the day before the Games. This free event features hundreds of sheep herding through the town centre and coincides with the famous livestock sales and Feilding Farmers Market.

The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games are sponsored by Toyota, Fonterra, Husqvarna, Line 7, Mitre 10 and Norwood with major support from the New Zealand Racing Board and Simpson Grierson plus Palmerston North City Council and Manawatu District Council.

For a full programme and more information visit or follow the Games on social media.

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