Hororata Highland Games


Sat 5th Nov 2022

Hororata Domain
56 Hororata Road

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56 Hororata Road
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The Hororata Highland Games COVID come back!


Bagpipes, kilts and whisky are set to return to the Hororata Domain this summer with the 11th Hororata Highland Games set to take place Saturday 5th November 2022.

“After a year off the Clan Hororata is excited to welcome everyone back to our community as we celebrate all things Scottish, with a kiwi twist as always. The Clan has not remained idle have spent their time dreaming up new attractions for this iconic festival,” said Hororata Community Trust’s Cindy Driscoll.

“This year we will host an international lineup of heavy athletes coming from Australia, America, and Europe, both men and women.  The Oceania Heavyweight Championship has not been run since 2019 due to COVD so we are really looking forward to seeing the athletes battle it out for this again. In addition to our normal championships, we will also host the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship, normally held at Waipu Highland Games in January.”

Hororata hosts New Zealand’s biggest one day highland dancing competition with near 100 dancers taking part. Pipe Bands will travel from all over the South Island to compete in the first competition to be held in 18 months.

The Hororata Highland Games is a community-run festival with a focus on getting people off the sidelines and involved in the action. People of all ages can have a go at tossing a caber, Tug O’ War, new this year barrel rolling, or for the more fleet footed the Kilted Mile and the musically minded try a tune on the bagpipes.

Over 20 Scottish Clans gather in ‘St Andrews Square’ where people can connect with their Scottish roots, play traditional games and enjoy music from Wille MacArthur. Don’t miss the Haggis burgers and of course, get your Hororata Whisky specially bottled for the day.

With over 100 stalls, 500 competitors, 230 volunteers and 10,000 visitors the Hororata Highland Games is a vibrant cultural festival with all the attractions and activities would expect as well as some unexpected!

It is recommended visitors pre-purchase their tickets to avoid missing out as sales will close when the event capacity is reached.  Visit www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz for details.

What's On?

Watch - Enjoy the Spectacle

Discover - So much more

Compete - Competition events

  • A Hororata Community Trust Event - our community - your community.
  • We are a licensed event. No BYO alcohol, no glass.


Early bird discounted tickets are ON SALE NOW.

Certified Self Contained Motorcaravan Parking

We welcome Certified Self-Contained vehicles on site. 

Please note that there may be no gate sales for festival tickets if the event sells out prior. We strongly suggest you purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment - only festival ticket holders will be allowed to park in the event's motorcaravan parking location.

  • You are welcome to arrive between 12 pm – 8pm Friday 4th November.
  • You must depart by 5 pm Monday 7th of November at the latest.
  • Please enter through GATE C
  • Cost to park is $10.00 per van, per night.
  • You must be Certified Self-Contained to stay on site.
  • Dogs are permitted in the parking area but must be on a lead at all times (please clean up after them). Please note: Dogs are not able to be taken into the event.