Key Annual Events
The Waimakariri plays host to several large events each year. From muscle car shows, art exhibitions, winter and colour festivals to spectacular sporting events, there's always a reason to come and play in the Waimakariri!






  • Canterbury Rodeo 
  • Waikuku Sand Sculpture 
  • Muscle Car Madness (always last weekend in January) 


  • Interislander Summer Racing Festival 
  • Waitangi Day Celebrations in Kaiapoi 
  • WAI Art Exhibition 


  • Swannanoa Country Fair (first weekend in March) 
  • Kaiapoi Children's Day  (first weekend in March) 
  • Rakahuri Rage
  • Lions Ashley River Ramble 
  • Rangiora Festival of Colour
  • Kaiapoi Fun Run 
  • Kaiapoi River Carnival 


  • Eats n Beats Festival 
  • Oxford A & P Show (always Easter Saturday) 


  • Famous Annual Sefton Tug of War (third weekend in April)
  • North Canterbury Musical Society Show (usually runs for approx. 2 weeks from mid May) 


  • Oxford Observatory Opens
  • Bridge to Bridge (North) 


  • Kaiapoi Art Expo (mid July - ties in with Fire & Ice) 
  • Kids Fest (school holidays in July) 
  • Waimakariri Winter Festival (mid-end July. Ties in with Kaiapoi events also)
  • Fire & Ice Night Market (mid July) 


  • The Oxford Great Garage Sale Trail (first weekend) 
  • North Canterbury Wearable Arts 


  • North Loburn Half Marathon (first weekend) 
  • Oxford Country Classic 
  • Woodend Spring Flower Shop 
  • Muddy Good Run Rangiora
  • Pegasus Bay Art Show 


  • Spring into Oxford (second week in Oct) 
  • Soroptimist Craft Fair (mid Oct) 
  • Rangiora A & P Show (Sat - Labour weekend)
  • Waimakariri Light Party (Halloween 31st) 
  • Woodford Glen Speedway Fireworks Extravaganza 
  • Christmas Country Fete 


  • Ohoka Garden Tour & Fete 
  • USA Day Canterbury (first weekend) 
  • Rangiora Christmas Celebration Night (end Nov) 
  • PAK'nSAVE Triathlon Festival (end Nov) 



  • Kaiapoi Carnival & Santa Parade (first sat in Dec) 
  • Rangiora Santa Parade & Party in the Park (second Sun in Dec) 
  • Oxford Christmas Parade and Picnic (third Sun in Dec) 
  • Strawberry Fair
  • Christmas at the Races
  • Mandeville Craft Festival (first weekend in Dec) 
  • Sefton Harvest Market (Christmas Eve) 
  • Canterbury Half Marathon