Race Day, Kurow, 30 December 2015
The whole valley turns out for this annual Gallop South event with about 120 horses, an eight-race card and an occasion for holidaymakers to join the locals. Habitués hire small marquees and sit in the shade enjoying live music and fashion in the field and putting a little something on the tote.
Kurow Racecourse, gallopsouth.co.nz
The Kurow Festival, Main Street, 16 January. This 22-year-old event has a full calendar including a street market with 60 stalls from all over the lower South Island, a fishing contest and a bridge tournament (and there are those who line up year after year to play). Main Street, kurow.org.nz The Trust Aoraki Aviemore Classic, Labour weekend. For more than 25 years, this trailer yacht regatta has blown in boaties from all over New Zealand. The Aviemore Classic run is the largest freshwater yacht event in the country – don’t miss it on the Sunday.
Lake Aviemore, Waimate, timaruypbc.co.nz