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!
Lake Tekapo Sculpture Walk

Dec 1st 2023 - Jan 26th 2024: Lake Tekapo Sculpture Walk

A celebration of artistic inspiration and creativity, Tekapo’s village green will once again be home to a wide range of captivating sculptures scattered throughout the landscape.

Xmas in Tekapo

Dec 6th 2023: Christmas is coming to Tekapo!

Join us for Christmas shopping, festive fun, carols, live music, delicious food and more!
4pm – 7pm, Lake Tekapo Village

* Meet Father Christmas
* Enjoy live music with Brad Staley and Christmas Carols sung by the Tekapo School children
* Gypsy horse rides
* Children scavenger hunt!Indulge in delicious offerings at Night Food Market

Wicked Rogaines

Dec 16th/17th 2023: Australasian Rogaining Championships

Teams of 2-5 competitors travel entirely on foot, navigating by map and compass between checkpoints, with up to 24hrs to score as many points as they can. Also two non-championship rogaines planned.

Mackenzie Summer Sounds

Dec 31st 2023: Mackenzie Summer Sounds

On the banks of Lake Ruataniwha, Mackenzie Summer Sounds is hosting a plethora of New Zealand’s biggest names, including Stan Walker, the Jordan Luck band, and Cam Scott.

Mackenzie Golf Club

Jan 2nd 2024: Mackenzie Golf Club Tournament

Annual tournament with nine holes played at the Balmoral course and nine holes at the Cairns course.

Fantastic PRIZE table!

Twizel Salmon and Wine Festival

Feb 24th 2024: Twizel Salmon and Wine Festival

The 18th edition of the favourite day on the summer calendar returns to the shores of Lake Ruataniwha!

A festival for lovers of local salmon, delicious wine, exquisite food and refreshing beverages. Come and experience it for yourself and savour some taste of the best on offer in the Mackenzie District.

Mackenzie Highland Show

April 1st 2024: 126th Mackenzie Highland Show

The largest one day Show in New Zealand, held in Fairlie each Easter weekend.  A fun family day out with something for everyone, including Pipe bands, Highland dance, shearing competitions, dog trials, Scottish heavy events, equestrian events and more!

The Mackenzie Race

Apr 20th 2024: The Mackenzie Race

An 88km and 65km mountain bike journey around the stunning Lake Tekapo.  The Mackenzie is a great race for solo racers, as well as those who want to tackle the lake with some mates. Lots of fast riding, but also a bit of time to stop and admor where you are!

Tekapo Wellness Festival

May 2024: Tekapo Wellness Festival

Guest speakers, workshops and activities around key themes such as Nature, Food, Movement and Inspiration.

Matariki Mackenzie

July 2024: Matariki Mackenzie

Held each winter to celebrate the rising of Matariki under the cloak of the world’s largest gold dark sky reserve.  Join us for kai, culture and korero to reflect on the year that has passed, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.

Race Tekapo

Sep 21st 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!