Edendale Crank Up

Edendale, Southland

Sat 28th - Sun 29 Jan 2023

Salford Street

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Edendale Primary School Salford Street
New Zealand

Children’s eyes widen in amazement as hulking mechanical beasts rumble past them.

The high-pitched shrill of a traction engine whistle breaks the air.

Welcome to Crank Up.

Each January the historic Southland town of Edendale is transformed for a weekend as one of New Zealand’s biggest annual vintage machinery events roars into action.

Next event date: 28 - 29 January 2023

Keen to learn more: www.edendalevmc.co.nz

Edendale Crank Up Video

The Edendale dairy factory opened in the early 1880s - and the town is now home to one of the biggest milk processing plants in the world - but it’s Crank Up that really gets Edendale’s wheels spinning. It’s a rite of passage for southern families, and enthusiasts from near and far, with more than 7000 people drawn to the two-day event each year.

The festival-feel rolls into action on Friday night with a main street parade ushering in the weekend’s festivities. The Crank Up site transforms into a vast tapestry of hundreds of lovingly restored vintage machines, food and craft stalls, children's entertainments, vintage cars and all manner of other vintage finery.

Labours of love are proudly displayed. Machines that have been passed down generations, part of family and community memories. The machinery that broke in a lot of pastoral land in New Zealand. These aren’t just pieces of machinery - each has a story to tell. Each has value and sentiment to their owners. Rich stories are shared.

There’s a Grand Parade, towing events, helicopter rides, music, lawnmower racing, steampunk and even a dog agility display. Military firefight re-enactments, police and fire brigade displays and tractor pulls keep the young ones transfixed.

Across the way, a Lanz Bulldog tractor chugs by. Significant anniversaries are celebrated with feature displays of tractors and cars, one year it might be Massey Fergusons, another a century of Citroens.

Quirky categories add a curiosity factor - such as Japanese cars from pre-1990. A 1987 Mitzi Sigma with more than 400k on the clock gleams in the warm January Southland sun. It’s relatable stuff. Things that were common but are becoming rare. The sense of nostalgia is intoxicating. Childhood memories are rekindled.

Legions of wide-eyed spectators reminisce about times long gone - while others cast curious glances at the technology of yesteryear. Shearers wield hand shears or a pedal-powered shearing machine delight onlookers.

There’s nothing static about Crank Up - something is happening all the time. Crowds might be eyeing up the action in the main ring, then hear the chugging, hissing and whirring of a traction engine spluttering into life nearby, and off they go to see what’s happening.

The curiously satisfying aroma of smoky steam fills the air. A few characters from the West Coast bring their tractors over the alps. Farm tourists travel from overseas to pay homage. Others just happen to be passing through on the day. What a thing to stumble upon.

Lots of people come both days. Happiness and joy abound.

Certified Self Contained Motorcaravan Parking

Crank up and park up!

Non-powered sites

Location: Edendale Primary School Grounds, Salford Street, Edendale

Enquires: 027 330 3058

Website: www.edendalevmc.co.nz

Utilities and services:

  • Portaloos
  • Water from a hose
  • Fees: $5