The Programme

The Programme


Highland Games - 9.15am-4pm, Saturday 15th April - Te Anau Primary School

Participants and spectators alike are encouraged to wear tartan. Entry to the venue is free, however donations are gratefully received.  Entry fees for highland games events are $5 for children, $6 for juniors and $10 for adults. Tug o’ war teams of 6, $10.  Programmes and themed merchandise will also be available to purchase.

The feature event of the festival, the Highland Games has been specially tailored into four main events (caber tossing, rock carrying, sheaf tossing and farmer’s walk), based on traditional highland games disciplines but modified for maximum fun and safety and to encourage as many people as possible to have a go.  There are sections for children (up to 12 years), juniors (13-17 years), senior men and women (18 years +) and veterans (60 years+). No prior experience is necessary. You must attempt all four disciplines (sheaf tossing will be substituted with tattie & spoon races for children under 8). Not everyone will be able to achieve everything – it’s the having a go that counts. The weight and size of the equipment used in events will differ according to the various sections.

There are also highland dancing, solo piping and solo drumming competitions, along with fun “all comers” events and many other activities around the field.

The Flying Scotsmen event is a mile-long four lap dash of the running track where participants will be encouraged to wear kilts and Braveheart-inspired face paint and claim the title of (and trophy for) the fastest Flying Scotsman. Great fun for both serious athletes and weekend joggers. Haven’t got a kilt? There’s a trophy for the fastest in civvies too!

There will be food stalls on site.

Entry information:

  • Highland Games: if you wish to test your strength at the Highland Games, please go to the registration desk on the day.  Entry fees for highland games events are $5 for children, $6 for juniors and $10 for adults. Tug o’ war teams of 6, $10. 
  • Highland Dancing, Piping and Drumming: to download the schedule and entry forms for the Highland Dancing, Piping and Drumming competitions please click here (976 KB PDF).  Piping and Dancing entries will be accepted on the day at $2 extra per event entered. All other events may be entered on the day at the advertised prices.  
  • Spectators: free, but a gold coin donation would be gratefully received!


Pipeworkz in Concert - 7.00pm, Friday 14th April - Te Anau Community Events Centre

Pipworkz is a concert which appeals to the young and old! Pipeworkz fuses a diverse range of musical styles and instruments to deliver a dramatic, exciting and totally unique musical experience. Doors open at 6.30pm. 2016 was a sellout so make sure you get your tickets early. Ticket prices are Adults $35, Children $15, Families $85 (2 adults & up to 3 children - additional children $10 each).

Highland Hoedown - 8.00pm, Saturday 15th April - Te Anau Club

This is a strictly social event held at the Te Anau Club on Saturday night (where bistro meals will also be available to purchase). Scottish musicians and dancers are encouraged to bring along their instruments and dancing shoes for a ceilidh­style night of fun and frivolity.
This year featuring Little Green Men!

No charge to attend but donations towards future Tartan festival activities would be gratefully received.

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