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Events Calendar


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.

If you are organising an event, or know of one that you think should be on here, please don't hesitate to contact us on ryan@scotsinspirit.com and let us know.    


Event Date Location Website/Contact
City of Auckland Pipe Band Ceilidh 8 September 2018 Titirangi War Memorial Hall, Titirangi Click here for more details.
Scottish Clans Association Dinner 15 September 2018 The Quality Hotel, Parnell Click here for more details.
Papakura Pipe Band Whisky Tasting Evening 21 September 2018 Glengarry Wines Victoria Park, Auckland Click here for more details.
Sing Me a Song - the Robert Louise Stevenson Project 23 September 2018 Auckland Irish Club, Mt Albert Click here for more details.
Auckland Mini-Band Contest 6 October 2018 Murphy's Law Irish Bar, Drury  Click here for more details.
"The Groove is Not Trivial" - Movie Screening 14 October 2018 Bridgeway Theatre, Northcote
"The Groove is Not Trivial" - Movie Screening 16 October 2018 Celtic Barn, Waipu Click here for more information.
Contest at the Gardens 3 November 2018 Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton
Hororata Highland Games 10 November 2018 Hororata Domain, Cantebury Visit the Hororata Highland Games website for more details.
Auckland Highland Games 17 November 2018 Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland Click herefor more information.
Christchurch Casino Highland Square Day 1 December 2018 Ilam Homestead, Christchurch
Jenny Mair Highland Square Day 8 December 2018 The Square, Palmerston North Visit the Jenny Mair Highland Square Day website for more details. 
148th Waipu Highland Games 1 January 2019 Caledonian Park, Waipu Visit the Waipu Highland Games website for more details
155th Turakina Highland Games 26 January 2019 Turakina Domain, Turakina Visit the Turakina Highland Games website for more details. 
26th Paeroa Highland Games and Tattoo 9 February 2019 Paeroa Domain, Paeroa Visit the Paeroa Highland Games websitefor more details. 
Octagonal Day 16 February 2019 The Octagon, Dunedin
Canterbury Centre Contest (1) 9 March 2019 Innovation Park, Templeton, Christchurch Email kim.robertson@outlook.co.nz for more details.
Canterbury Centre Contest (2) 10 March 2019 Dean's Bush, Riccarton, Christchurch Email kim.robertson@outlook.co.nz for more details.
Central North Island Contest  16 March 2019 Rotorua

2019 NZ Pipe Band Championships

29-30 March 2019 Otago University Oval, Dunedin For details see here
Easter Highland Games, Hawkes Bay 20-21 April 2019 Lindisfarne College, Hastings See here for more details.