• Waimarino A&P Show – February

    Home to one of New Zealand’s oldest grandstands and with Mt Ruapehu as a stunning backdrop, the historic town of Raetihi hosts the Waimarino Agricultural & Pastoral show every February.

    The event features equestrian events (hack, pleasure, jumping as well as Showhunter Horse of the Year qualifiers), miniature horses, dairy, beef, highland cattle, sheep shearing & axemens competitions, plus entertainment for the whole family.

    Waimarino Rodeo – March

    The Waimarino Rodeo is held in Raetihi every March and is the oldest continuing running rodeo in New Zealand. This is also the last full programme Rodeo of the Rodeo circuit season and attracts top competitors from all around the country.

    Events include Bare Back, Bull Ride, Saddle Bronc, Rope & Tie, Barrel race, Steer wrestling, Team Roping, and steer and calf rides for the up and coming cowboys. With some great prize money up for grabs The Waimarino Rodeo is an exciting action packed weekend.

    Raetihi Gutbuster – April

    The first Raetihi Gutbuster was held in April 2011 and attracted a whopping 64 entrants or all ages, all fitness levels and all sorts of bikes… even a tandem! But its not a ride to be taken lightly. A 17km round trip on the Raetihi-Pipiriki Road to the Waipuna Road turnoff. All entrants are in for a prize and one of Patrick Turners famous pickled pork sandwiches.

    For more information contact Lucy Conway on 06 385 3123 or email

    Waimarino Art Awards – July

    The Waimarino Art awards are held in the Theatre Royal, Seddon Street, Raetihi for two weeks during July. Open to all artists who live between Levin and Hamilton, this event grows every year in scope, range and quality of entries.

    The first night is when the winners are announced, and artists get to meet the judges and have some social networking. The theatre will be open daily for viewing, usually from 11am – 5pm.

    Annual Waimarino Spring Show – September

    Presented by the Ohakune/Raetihi Garden Club at the Gospel Chapel Hall, Queen St, Raetihi.

    Admission is by a gold coin donation. Featuring raffles & wonderful display of spring flowers, everyone is welcome to attend and exhibit. For more information contact organiser Trish Smart on 06 385 3366

    Raetihi Ripper – November

    This unique 2 day trail ride through open farm land and forestry tracks is a fundraiser for the Raetihi Primary and other Raetihi community groups.

    Bring your bikes, tents family and mates. There is a campsite, toilets, showers, hot meals (breakfast lunch and dinner), a bar, Volcano Coffee mobile espresso van, DJ, bonfire and a MUDPIT!


    Raetihi Christmas Carnival – December

    This small town favourite grows every year. There’s the famous float parade, decorated bike competition, a bouncy castle and spinning jenny plus food and coffee stalls and arts and crafts lining the main street of Raetihi. This is a great, traditional family day out followed by Christmas carols in the park. Around 1000 spectators attend making it a fantastic event!

    If you are interested in having a stall email or phone Alison Hope on 06 385 4108