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New Zealand Scottish Events Calendar 2019/2020

Girls Highland Dancing

 What Scottish Events are happening near me?

Throughout the year a number of Highland Games, Ceilidhs, Pipe Band Competitions, and other Scottish cultural gatherings and events take place around New Zealand.

Some of these events have been running for decades (and, in some cases, hundreds of years) and are rich with history and tradition. 

This list acts as a guide to anyone interested in attending these events. If you need more information about any event in particular, please refer to the details provided in the website/contact box. 
NOTE: The ones where Scots in Spirit will be exhibiting are marked with an asterisk (*).

If you are organising an event, or know of one that you think we should list here, please don't hesitate to contact us on and let us know.    

We are currently working on some exciting new events for 2020 and while we cannot reveal them just yet, we can tell you that they may feature: Men in kilts; Whisky; Great Food; Music and more! Follow our Facebook page for up to date information and coverage of all events. 

 Event Calendar 






Hororata Highland Games

9 November 2019

Hororata Domain, Cantebury

Visit the Hororata Highland Games website for more details.

*Auckland Highland Games

23 November 2019

Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland

Click here for more information.

Christchurch Casino Day

7 December 2019

Victoria Square, Christchurch

Click here for more details.

*40th Jenny Mair Highland Square Day

14 December 2019

The Square, Palmerston North

Click here  for more details. 

*Waipu Highland Games

1 January 2020

Caledonian Park, Waipu

Visit the Waipu Highland Games website for more details

*156th Turakina Highland Games

25 January 2020

Turakina Domain, Turakina

Visit the Turakina Highland Games website for more details. 

Ashburton's Festival of Pipe Band Music

26 January 2020

Street March, then Medleys & Sets in the Domain.

Click here for more details

*27th Paeroa Highland Games and Tattoo

8 February 2020

Paeroa Domain, Paeroa

Visit the Paeroa Highland Games website for more details. 

Octagonal Day

15 February 2020

The Octagon, Dunedin

No other details found.

Pipes in the Park

15 February 2020

Waitangi Park, Wellington 

Click here for more details

Canterbury Centre Contest 

29 February 2020

Innovation Park, Templeton, Christchurch

Email for more details.

*Central North Island (CNI) Contest 

29 February 2020


Click here for more details

2020 NZ Pipe Band Championships

13-14 March 2020

Queens Park Cricket Grounds Invercargill

Click here for more details

*Easter Highland Games, Hawkes Bay

Easter 2020

10-12 April

Lindisfarne College, Hastings

Some details here