The Hororata Highland Games was created in 2011 following the Canterbury earthquakes, which devastated some key community facilities in the Hororata district.
The community decided to take charge of its future by creating this family friendly event, which has grown into a permanent fixture in the Scottish Competition calendar.
In early November each year, over 300 competitors from throughout New Zealand and overseas compete in Highland Dancing, Piping and Drumming, Tug O’ War, Highland Spin (a fleece to garment challenge), Small Bore Shooting, Amateur Scottish heavy athletics (men’s and women’s) and the Oceania Heavyweight Championship (professional Scottish heavy athletics). There are also ‘Have A Go’ events for all ages.
The event has attracted 6,000 to 9,000 visitors every year. There are over 100 stalls, a children’s fairground, music entertainment, Scottish country dancing and the Taste of Scotland offering a range of Scottish themed food and wine.
Visitors can discover their Scottish ancestry in Clan Lane, although you don't have to be Scottish to enjoy this spectacle!
The Chieftain’s Welcoming Ceremony is a unique blend of Scottish and Kiwi culture, while the Massed Bands closing ceremony is a fitting end to the day.
The event engages 200 volunteers, many of whom are local.
The Lake Coleridge area, which is part of the wider Hororata district, is usually represented among stall holders.