The Insider's Guide to New Zealand
Hunterville to Levin events 2021
Himatangi Beach Big Dig, January. For more than 35 years, youngsters have been getting down on their hands and knees, combing through Himatangi Beach for donated prizes and a good cause — the Palmerston North Lifeguard Service. On Facebook. Rhythm in Bulls, Reserve Domain Road, Bulls, February. A free evening family concert featuring the best of local and invited talent. Pack a picnic or buy food there. On Facebook.
Waitārere Forest Run, Waitārere, mid-April. With courses from 5km to the full 42km, this autumn event is a destination occasion for runners and makes the most of the fantastic trails through the Waitārere Forest. greatforestevents.org
Big Dutch Day Out, Main Street, Foxton, last weekend in April. Celebrate all things Dutch at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom and De Molen in Foxton. Orange clothes are encouraged, with spot prizes for the best dressed. Dutch food, games, crafts and activities on offer. On Facebook.
The Mudder, Rangitīkei Farmstay, Marton, September. This endurance event is about muscles, mud and mental wellbeing — and is a heap of fun. The Mudder is run on a course that maximizes “the natural assets of a sheep and beef farm”, which means hills, fences, water, bogs, and plenty of obstacles. With 3km, 5km or 8km course options, The Mudder has something for everyone. Costumes encouraged. themudder.co.nz
Foxton Spring Fling, Main Street, Foxton, the Sunday of Labour Weekend, October. Foxton, in celebration of spring, comes alive with music, food, fair rides and stalls selling a huge range of goods. foxtonandthebeach.co.nz
Hunterville Huntaway Festival, Hunterville, the first Saturday after Labour Day. The only event of its kind in the North Island, this oh-so-very rural celebration now attracts up to 5000 visitors each year. A family day, filled with lots of entertainment, the main features are “shemozzles” — races for huntaway dogs and their shepherds of all ages. shemozzle.co.nz