Have a go!

Get off the side-line at the Hororata Highland Games and Have A Go! There is something for everyone to try!

Have A Go Events

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Test your strength and athleticism in the Mitre 10 Mega Have A Go arena. Try out the  Toss a Caber, Lightweight Farmers Walk or take on the sandbag challenge. New this year is the Cerberus Strength Hercules Hold!


9.30 am- 3.30 pm at the Have A Go arena. Free entry!

Primary school-age children can Have A Go at the traditional Scottish Highland athletics including Caber Toss, Haggis Hurl, and Farmers Walk. Compete as a school team or Have A Go as an individual.

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Do you have the gall to take on the Legend? Then the Hororata Pie eating competition is for you.  Consume as many of the legendary Hororata Pies as you can in a set time to win. The Hororata Pie eating competition will take place at 1.15 pm on the Duncan Cotterill Stage; it is a great spectacle not to be missed.


Register by 12:30 pm at the Hororata Pie Cart


Consume as many Hororata Pies as you can in a set time to win. The competition will take place at 1:15 pm on the Duncan Cotterill stage.

Free entry!

To celebrate 100 years of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society we have had a dance especially choreographed for the Hororata Highland Games. Join us in the main arena at 12.30pm to dance the ‘Hororata Heavies’ reel. No experience necessary but please wear shoes to protect your toes!

You could visit the Scottish Country Dancing Association at 11.15am to have a practice!

Gather by the RED flag at the south end of the venue area (in front of vintage car display) at 12.15pm to take part.

Special thanks to Graeme Plank for choreographing and coordinating this dance! The dance will be videoed and sent around the globe.

Instructional video coming soon!

Archery is part of the fabric of Scottish history, being the main weapon for the great historic battles and an essential part of day to day life as a hunting tool. Today, Archery is known as a sport. However, many people have never had the chance to experience shooting with a bow and arrow.

At the Hororata Highland Games, you will have the chance to give Archery a go thanks to NEWZENGLAND. Get the bulls-eye in your sights and then let rip with your arrow and watch it as it torpedoes towards its target. Compete with your friends to see who is the best shot, or simply work on improving your own precision.

Even if you’ve never picked up a bow and arrow before, you’ll love this chance to try out one of the world’s oldest sports. Open to all ages. You will get expert instruction on how to use the bow safely and some tips on how to get a bulls-eye!


No registration required, just go to the Archery arena between 9.30am and 3.30pm to have a go.

Entry Fees:

$5.00 per 5 arrows.

Have you ever tried to make those drums go rat a tat tat? This is your chance to make plenty of noise!


Running all day near the pipe band arena

Free entry!

Ever tried target shooting in a fairground and wanted to have a go for real? Well, this is your chance. The Hororata Small Bore Rifle Club is opening the doors to their rifle range located right on the Hororata Domain. Have A Go for $10.00 or enter the Hororata Highland Games Small Bore Shooting competition for $15.00.


Open from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Hororata Rifle Club stall

Entry Fees

$10.00 to Have A Go

Enter the new team event – Barrel Roll. Team of 5 people, mixed ages allowed so families can compete together. 

You need strategy and technique for this!

1 team member will roll the barrel from the startline 50m then join the team to carry a caber on your shoulder through a slalom course. Fastest time wins!


Register on the day at the registration desk on the race track.


Teams of 5 competitors. Runs between 12.30 pm – and 2.30 pm.

Free entry!


Hororata Highland Games Medals


Kilted Mile


Best dressed lad n’ lassie


tug o’ war