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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 is hosting a celebration of the life of great NZ explorer, Charlie Douglas, during Queen's Birthday Weekend in June.

04 Jun - 06 Jun

Jade Country

A fun 3 week competition where participants create art using at least 75% recycled content. Includes an art piece and a fashion challenge. The fashion challenge includes 3 categories -

24 Jun - 28 Jul

A muddy mud challenge through some entertaining and demanding natural obstacles, and a few others that are not so natural, that On Yer Bike Mike has so kindly set up for us.


Every spring on the West Coast the spawning native trout rush from the ocean back into the West Coast river systems.

01 Sep - 15 Nov

Westport Karamea

The Westport Whitebait Festival is a not for profit, family friendly, community event being held Friday 21st October 2016 5pm - 9pm

Labour Weekend 2016 will see the 27th running of the Greymouth Motorcycle Street Race, Sunday 23rd Oct 2016.

Brown trout fishing

West Coasts premier Trout fishing contest attracting both individuals, teams and families.

The Seddon Weekend 25-28 Nove 2016 Commemorating NZ's longest serving Prime Minister and his West coast Experiences

25 Nov - 28 Nov

Shop local and get rewarded. Make a purchase in any outlet displaying the 25 Days of Christmas flyer and you're in to WIN!!

30 Nov - 24 Dec

The annual Christmas parade is always a good day out. Join our community in celebrating the festive season. Starts in the centre of town at 11am.

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