Tekapo & Mackenzie

Events Calendar

There is always an event coming up in Tekapo or the wider Mackenzie area – from mountain biking events, kayaking competitions, ski slaloms, ice hockey tournaments or multi-sport races; to markets and musical performances.  An annual Matariki Mackenzie festival is held each winter to celebrate the start of the Māori New Year.

Tekapo Community Market

REGULAR: Tekapo Saturday Market

Regular local market in the village square, 9am – 1pm first Saturday of the month, and long weekends from September to April.

Art, crafts, local food, beverages and products.

Night Market

REGULAR: Tekapo Street Food Night Market

Every Wednesday 4pm – 7pm in the village square.

Showcasing Tekapo’s amazing ethnic diversity with delicious street food from around the world.
Come early, come hungry!

27 June - 28 Feb 2025: Mackenzie Region Photo Competition

Calling all photographers! You are invited to showcase the breathtaking beauty of the Mackenzie Region – from its crystal clear lakes to its rugged alpine mountains.

Participants are invited to submit their best images, with the 12 finalists’ images displayed on freestanding boards in the Lake Tekapo Domain during spring and summer.

Over $2,000 worth of prizes to be won!  See details & enter on the website below.

Roundhill Ski Area

Winter 2024: Roundhill Ski Area events

28 June: OPENING day!
3 Aug: Dual Slalom
10 Aug: Kids Day
17 Aug: KBS Memorial Giant Slalom
31 Aug/1 Sep: Dads Weekend
7 Sep: 80s Day

Mackenzie Marathon

July 20 2024: Mackenzie Half Marathon

A unique course that is usually not accessible any other time of the year, with a race for everyone: half marathon run or walk, 10 km ‘River Dip’ run or walk, 5.5 km ‘Flat Jack’ or the 2.5 km ‘Hole in one’ family-friendly event.

The Mackenzie Half Marathon is a community run event offering a great race environment and fun for everyone. All finishers will be presented with a beautiful medal and all funds raised go to the Fairlie Lions.



Sep 12 - 23 2024: SCOFF Food Festival

South Canterbury’s Outstanding Food Festival (SCOFF) is a multi-day festival, celebrating the regions outstanding food; the growers, producers and artisan creators, from the Pacific Ocean to Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Participating eateries will serve up a SCOFF special which must have a local ingredient as its key focus or at least two locally produced  ingredients incorporated into the dish.  Diners can win prizes during the festival, plus an ultimate SCOFF prize will be announced at the conclusion of the festival.

Book your SCOFF accommodation direct with us for a 5% discount – enter the code: SCOFF

Race Tekapo

Sep 21 2024: Race Tekapo

Race Tekapo is an exciting destination race located in the heart of Tekapo – unique courses, a great race environment and fun for all! All finishers will be presented with a beautiful medal and get to enjoy the legendary Mackenzie hospitality!

Book your Race Tekapo accommodation direct with us for a 10% discount – enter the code: racetekapo

Starlight Conference

Oct 20-23 2024: New Zealand Starlight Conference

Hosted by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand and the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve board, the conference will feature local and international experts across the range of disciplines involved in light at night and its effects.

The main theme is Dark Skies for All: a Call for Action! 

Merrell Summer Challenge

Jan 31 - Feb 2 2025: Summer Challenge

An exciting new adventure event for women, the Merrell Summer Challenge is designed to cater for the same ability level and adventurous women as the annual Spring Challenge.

Key differences are the season and where the Spring Challenge has rafting, the Summer Challenge will have kayaking and coasteering.

Fun, teamwork, exploration and adventure are the key elements the course design team have in mind when scheming up the event routes.  The inaugural event will be held in stunning Aoraki Mount Cook.

The Mackenzie Race

April 4/5 2025: The Mackenzie Race

88K / 65K of incredible scenery as you loop Lake Tekapo on two wheels over a mixture of sealed road, gravel road, farm tracks, river crossings.

Experience access to private high country stations for this day only.

Book your Mackenzie Race accommodation direct with us for a 5% discount – enter the code: mackrace