It’s time to gather the Clan for 11th Hororata Highland Games 5th November 2022, is going to be huge!

This will be one of the biggest Scottish gatherings in the Southern Hemisphere with 18 Pipe Bands from around the South Island, 29 New Zealand and International Heavy Athletes, 80 Highland Dancers, 25 Clans, 120 Stalls, 230 Volunteers and an expected crowd of 10,000 people!

Organisers, the Hororata Community Trust, have been blown away with the response to this year’s festival after missing it in 2021. “Our community just loves converting the Hororata Domain into the Scottish Highlands for a day and it is exciting to be coming back so strong,” said Cindy Driscoll, Event Manager.

“We have never had this many Pipe Bands enter; the massed bands march past at lunchtime is going to be powerful and moving. The field of heavy athletes, both men and women, is outstanding with competitors from Australia travelling to take on the Kiwis, it will be a clash of the Titans.”

At the Hororata Highland Games visitors don’t just spectate they can have a go at anything from tossing a caber, hurling a haggis, eating pies, Tug O’ War, running a Kilted Mile or donning tartan for the best dressed lad and lassie.

Cindy describes what to expect, “Once you get through the gates there is heaps of free activities to have a go at, no matter your age. Families often say it is the one event everyone can enjoy together, right from toddlers to grandparents, and those in between, including teenagers, can find loads to experience.

We also have musical performances, Scottish Country dancing and have a go bagpipes in amongst a huge range of quality market stalls along with over 30 food trucks. Don’t the opportunity to try miss the haggis burgers or black pudding.”

Discounted tickets for the Hororata Highland Games 5th November are for sale online now. There will be no gate sales this year. Kids under 16 years are free. Held in the Hororata Domain, 45 minutes inland from Christchurch. All profits from the event are invested back into the community.