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Salmon & Wine Festival

On a Saturday in summer each year (usually in February), Twizels Lake Ruataniwha Rowing Complex transforms into the best wine and food festival in the region. Showcasing cuisine, wine and craft beer from throughout the region and beyond.

Maadi Cup – Rowing Regatta

The Maadi Cup is the prize for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Boys under 18 Rowing Eights.  More colloquially it is the name given to the NZ Secondary Schools Rowing Regatta at which the Maadi Cup is raced.  The Regatta is the largest school sports event in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 2100 rowers from 125 Secondary schools.  The Regatta is held annually in late March, alternating between the countries two main rowing venues: Lake Karapiro near Cambridge (odd years), and Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel (even years).
The top prizes at the Regatta are the Maadi Cup, Springbok Shield, Levin Jubilee Cup, Dawn Cup and Star Trophy.

Hops & Hooves

Here is your chance to sample the finest of craft beers and wine, along with mouth-watering food gathered from in and around the Mackenzie High Country, as well as some speciality provides invited from further afield. Live music and interactive seminars throughout the night will also feature. So book your flights and accommodation and we’ll see you in Twizel.
The top prizes at the Regatta are the Maadi Cup, Springbok Shield, Levin Jubilee Cup, Dawn Cup and Star Trophy.

Hard Labour Weekend

The Twizel Hard Labour weekend is a multisport event over two days each year with individual kayak, mountain bike and trail running events, and the Hard Labourer multisport race combining all three.
The event started back in 1985 when a half marathon was started as a fundraiser for kids sport. It has morphed through a number of different events at different sites to what there is today. Competitors can enter individual events or for the really keen, complete all three events and become a Hard Labourer.
The weekend still has its focus on fundraising for local kids sports teams (snow sports, rugby, netball and rowing) as well as community groups such as St John, Kindy and the Twizel Early Learning Centre.
Saturday – Kayak:
Saturday – Dusky Trail Mountain bike:
Mini Dusky Race for kids
Sunday – Pyramid Run:
Mini Pyramid Race for kids

Please Note that as the dates for these Events change annually we will update this site with accurate dates as they become available.  These are just a sample of the Events held in Twizel please click on the link to check out the Twizel Information website for more details

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