Our Events

Our Events are a way to share our little piece of paradise, a way to bring some awesomeness & Aroha in different celebrations.. from rides through our district to a celebration of the humble gumboot, from festivals to community gatherings & a day dedicated to the huntaway Dog.

Search our events, see what's happening and come experience the joy of our communities.

Suzuki Extreme 4x4 Challenge

16th May, 2021

10 of NZ's best 4x4 trucks battle it out over 10 custom-built courses. Steep climbs & drop-offs, mud bogs, walls of death, speed course, and much more. Filmed for TV3's CRC Motorsport Show. Spectators welcome.

Bike the Boulders 2021

27th March, 2021

2021 will be our inaugural “Bike the Boulders” event. It will involve approximately 29kms of mountain biking across some of Manawatū’s most scenic farmland with amazing views of the Ruahine Ranges,

Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngarahoe. The ride begins in Rangiwahia and covers farmland onto Mangarere Road. From there cyclists will traverse around to the famous Whitecliff Papa Boulders right on the edge of the Rangitīkei River. A great event to look forward to following a very disappointing 2020.

The Mudder

September, 2021

This is a must attend filthy fun event, hosted by Kylie and Andrew Steward and held on their property about 10 minutes from Marton.

So what makes The Mudder unique? If you ask the entrants from previous years they will all tell you different things but one thing they all agree on is that this course is up there with the best. This is no flat, dawdle around some obstacle course on the edge of suburbia. The rugged hill country of the southern Rangitikei makes for plenty of lung burning and calf aching even before you throw in the obstacles. The course is designed to use the natural assets of the working sheep and beef farm it is hosted on. Many of the obstacles are based on natural springs that see guaranteed mud all year round. There is a dam with a floating island to crawl over, a 100 year old tree with roots straight out of a Hobbit scene and plenty of dams, bogs, and hills. Throw in some man made obstacles and you have a course that guarantees fun, laughter and a great day out.

Shemmozzle

30th October, 2021

This iconic event features the 23rd annual "Shepherds' Shemozzle" - a grueling race for Shepherds and their Huntaway dogs - along with many other competitions, events, activities and entertainment for all ages. A fun day not to be missed!

Marton Market Day

27th November, 2021

Marton Market Day is Rangitikei’s largest event and the most vibrant day in the district's calendar. Market Day takes over the town with over 250 stalls and great entertainment - all day long.

Marton Market Day is the very best place for all your Christmas shopping with something on offer to suit everyone.

A huge variety of stalls, including garden art, quality children’s toys and clothes, furniture, jewelry, pottery, food, plants, makeup, body products - and even the pets are catered for. Entertainment will have you laughing, singing, and joining in the dance.

Be sure to put it in your calendar so you don't forget to join us. Come along, bring your friends and family and make a day of it. Looking forward to having you join us in Marton.

Marton Country Music Festival

14th January, 2022

The Marton Country Music festival takes over Marton each year on the 3rd weekend of January. The Marton Country Music Festival Team led by John de Burgh is a group of like-minded people, who have a vision for a gathering of country music enthusiasts to share a weekend listening to and enjoying country music.

The Festival is now quite a huge event it now is. Over the last 16 years, it has become an event that is looked forward to by artists and the public alike.

Turakina Highland Games

January, 2022

New Zealand's oldest festival of sports, music & dance.

First held in 1864, the Turakina Highland Games is New Zealand's oldest festival of sports, music, and dance. We'd love to see you at this family fun day.

Marton Harvest Festival

27th August, 2022

The Marton Harvest Festival is a day to let your hair down, picnic with friends and family, enjoy the music and celebrate the harvest season in true country fashion.

In addition to the usual festival activities, there will pumpkin competitions including giant pumpkins, decorated pumpkins, and of course a pumpkin pie competition. There will also be pumpkin bowling so be sure to get involved.
Marton is the home of Malteurop, a global leader in barley malting for beer, so if you are a homebrewer make sure to get your entry into our very competitive homebrew competition.

With over 160 quality stalls with everything from pickles and jams, paintings & pots, garden ornaments to jewelry, food, and pot plants you will find all the gifts you need for the family and treats you want for yourself.
With live music throughout the day, the ambiance of the festival will be a positive toe-tapping and knee raising event.

Pedals for Pleasure

27th March, 2022

Come join us for a ride... be it a fun flat-ish 18km, a or slightly longer 42km, or go hard with the challenging 80km.

Supporters can enjoy the day at the icon Marton Harvest Festival with loads of quality stalls, food, a beer tent, and live entertainment. Marton town turns it on with loads of local support in spot prizes including Wards Furniture major spot prize of a LAZYBOY chair!