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November 2018

Gold ‘n’ Notes Hoedown

November 16, 2018 - November 18, 2018
Cromwell Racecourse, 57 Ripponvale Road
Cromwell, Central Otago 9383 New Zealand
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Central Otago's hugely popular country music festival is back for its 32nd year with a fantastic lineup of talent over three days at the Cromwell Racecourse. Country music lovers should prepare for hoarse voices, sore feet and late nights with a three-day festival coming to Cromwell. Cromwell’s Gold ’n Notes Hoedown is one of the biggest events on the country music calendar. A record crowd of 900 people attended the Gold 'n' Hoedown in 2017 with over 70 artists singing…

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Cromwell Festive Fête

November 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cromwell Racecourse, 57 Ripponvale Road
Cromwell, Central Otago 9383 New Zealand
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After a stunningly successful fifth event, the Festive Fete will be back again this November 25th (Sunday). Please note the change of date. We have been lucky enough to have secured the "Racing Glen" at the Cromwell Racecourse again. This charming spot is a beautiful park-like setting with lovely shaded trees and lawns. We will again have well over 120 stalls with a wide variety of products for sale, making it the perfect place to get all your Christmas shopping…

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December 2018

Holden Trade Club Saloon Speedweek Finale Presented by Valvoline PLUS V8 Modifieds

December 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway, Sandflat road
Cromwell, Otago New Zealand
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Blue car racing on sand race track

After five rounds in a week, for 24 of the country’s top saloon drivers – 8 from the NI and 16 from the SI – it all comes down to Saturday, December 8 at Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway. The final showdown of the Holden Trade Club Saloon Speedweek presented by Valvoline. If all goes to plan, four Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway ‘t’ drivers, Ivan Murdoch(7t),  Phil Burgess(15t), Graham Williamson(21t) and Barry Taylor(28t), will be at the…

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Holden Street Smart

December 14, 2018
Highlands, SH6 & Sandflat Road
Cromwell, New Zealand
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$49
Holden Street Smart Cars

Holden Street Smart is a world-class, cognitive-based driver programme that aims to positively influence the lives of young Kiwis across the country. The Programme has been developed with the involvement of world-renowned road safety expert, Peter Sheppard. In addition, passionate road safety advocate, Greg Murphy, is our Programme Ambassador. Offering a practical hands-on learning experience, Holden Street Smart is a programme that aims to add to, and compliment, the great work already undertaken by NZTA, NZ Police and others in…

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Two Action-Packed Days of Speedway

December 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway, Sandflat road
Cromwell, Otago New Zealand
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Buddy Kofoid with Amanda Smart, partner of NZ Sprintcar driver Daniel Anderson who has organised for Buddy to race in NZ.

Featuring Special Guest Sprintcar Driver: Just turned 17, Michael ‘Buddy’ Kofoid, the USA’s most talked-about Sprintcar Star Saturday, 29 December 2019 EVENT 1 Round 4 of the $100,000 2018/19 Hydraulink Sprintcar War of the Wings (Wow) comes to ‘Central Otago’s Fastest Family Show on Earth’. These 'winged demons of speedway' never fail to get spectator hearts thumping and adrenalin rushing. On the Wow, leaderboard Central Motor Speedway ‘t’ drivers are: 3rd Daniel Anderson (44t … 253), 5th Jayden Dodge (41t … 210),…

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January 2019

Cromwell Wine & Food Festival

January 5
Lake Dunstan Cromwell, Otago New Zealand + Google Map
$20

​​Relax and enjoy live entertainment from local musicians, great food and wine in a beautiful setting amongst historic stone buildings on the edge of Lake Dunstan.

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Cromwell Classic Car & Hot Rod Show

January 19
Alpha Street Reserve Cromwell, Otago New Zealand + Google Map

Based on previous years we will be expecting over 800 Classic Cars, Hot Rods and Bikes to be on display. There will also be food stalls, craft stalls, a licenced bar and more. 11am - 4pm at the Alpha Street Reserve Public Admission $5 Adults & ChildrenUnder 12 Free.

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Buddy’s Back, Club Champs & Burnout

January 19 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway, Sandflat road
Cromwell, Otago New Zealand
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After the Classic Car and Hot Rod Show what better way to end the day than getting along to Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway where gates open at 2pm and racing starts at 4pm. This meeting is also your big opportunity to see for yourself the USA 17-year-old sprintcar phenomenon Buddy Kofoid (USA8) who is in the country to compete on Central Otago clay for the Civil Construction 2019 NZ Sprintcar Title on Friday, Feb 1 and Sat, Feb…

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February 2019

Civil Construction 2019 NZ Sprintcar Title – Day 1

February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway, Sandflat road
Cromwell, Otago New Zealand
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It’s the ‘Attack of Winged Demons’ with some 39 sprintcars from all over NZ and at least one International about to descend on Heavy Trax Hire for the Civil Construction 2019 NZ Sprintcar Title on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, Feb 2. Two evenings of 160kph wheel-to-wheel combat for the honour and bragging rights of being 1NZ. Will this be the USA superstar 17-year-old Buddy Kofoid or one of too many to list home grown heroes like 2014-15 1NZ Jamie…

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Civil Construction 2019 NZ Sprintcar Title – Day 2

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway, Sandflat road
Cromwell, Otago New Zealand
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It’s the ‘Attack of Winged Demons’ with some 39 sprint cars from all over NZ and at least one International about to descend on Heavy Trax Hire for the Civil Construction 2019 NZ Sprintcar Title on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, Feb 2. Two evenings of 160kph wheel-to-wheel combat for the honour and bragging rights of being 1NZ. Will this be the USA superstar 17-year-old Buddy Kofoid or one of too many to list homegrown heroes like 2014-15 1NZ Jamie…

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River Range Music Festival

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - February 17 @ 2:00 am
Cromwell Racecourse, 57 Ripponvale Road
Cromwell, Central Otago 9383 New Zealand
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River Range Music Festival will be back on deck again - Partnering and bought to you by Panhead Brewery - February 16, 2019 at its regular location of the Cromwell Racecourse. The best little fest in the south has been evolving from humble beginnings 5 years a go, but has been evolving through the years with an outstanding brand and an even better selection of some of the South Island's best musicians and names like Die! Die! Die! & Concord…

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2019 Cromwell Street Sprints

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Central Otago Motorsport Club with the support of local businesses and volunteers is running the 2019 Cromwell Street Sprints. Last year saw the “king of the streets” Glen Frew who has won the previous 4 years in his modified Mitsubishi Evo 3 (500+hp) lose his title to a newcomer Josh Mitchell in his Subaru Impreza. Will Glen get back his title? Will Josh keep his “crown”?

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March 2019

River City Jazzmen

March 3 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Desert Heart Estate (Vineyard), 182B Felton Road
Bannockburn, New Zealand
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$25

In the best tradition of New Orleans and Chicago jazz the River City Jazzmen will, from the first half of the 20th Century, enrapture you with a rich repertoire of authentic standards. Winners of the latest Christchurch battle of the jazz bands, The River City Jazzmen pay homage to great instrumentalists such as Sidney Bechet & Louis Armstrong as well as the English Trad giants like Ball, Barber and Bilk. But just as easily they can change tack to swinging…

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Northburn 100 Ultra Mountain Events

March 16 - March 17

Provisional dates only : Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2019 ​A festival of extreme mountain endurance. The big one – 100miles, 8000m elevation gain and loss. For the serious nutters only. Also 100km and 50km – still crazy but more achievable.

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Daryl Ainsley Memorial Meeting

March 22 - March 23
Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway, Sandflat road
Cromwell, Otago New Zealand
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Close to 100 speedway cars, drivers and crews from all over the South Island are converging on Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway to pay tribute to immediate past-president Daryl Ainsley who in May last year was tragically taken far too soon. What could be more action-packed or eye-wateringly exciting than big fields of flame belching, snarling super saloons; low and wide saloons; ‘winged demon’ 900 horsepower sprintcars, Commodore powered six shooters (aka wingless sprintcars), crash, bang youth ministocks and…

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Mockingbird – a comedy about mental health

March 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Coronation Hall, 37 Hall Road
Bannockburn, New Zealand
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Based on the true stories of four generations of women and their devilish alter egos, Mockingbird is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of postnatal distress, which affects approximately one in seven women and many men every year. Written by Lisa Brickell and performed by her and musician/actor Siri Embla, Mockingbird follows a counsellor who is afraid of commitment and terrified of having children due to her family history of postnatal depression. Mockingbird is rich with personal anecdotes from Brickell’s own family and studied historical accounts of women admitted…

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April 2019

Highlands Festival of Speed

April 6 @ 8:00 am - April 7 @ 5:00 pm
Highlands, SH6 & Sandflat Road
Cromwell, New Zealand
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TWO DAYS OF SPECTACULAR CLASSIC RACING, SOME OF THE BEST TO BE SEEN IN NEW ZEALAND! The Highlands Festival of Speed returns – with an amazing selection of historic and classic vehicles battling it out on the world-class Highlands circuit.  The Festival of Speed is renowned as one of the most popular classic events in New Zealand for both competitors and spectators. It’s a weekend packed with some of the best modern classic racing you will see in New Zealand.…

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Greenway Festival

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Anderson Park, Cnr Barry Ave & Waenga
Cromwell, New Zealand
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Save the date for Sunday, 14 April, for the first-ever Cromwell and Districts Greenway Festival, held in the Anderson Park. The Greenway Festival, hosted by Connect Cromwell, is a free and fun celebration of community. Local community groups are invited to showcase their achievements on the day, and to also host a good, old-fashioned game or competition such as treasure hunts, egg-and-spoon races and gumboot tossing to add to the fun. The day will also officially launch the Community Led…

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$100 000 Hydraulink Sprintcar War of the Wings Final PLUS all classes racing

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway, Sandflat road
Cromwell, Otago New Zealand
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It's down to the wire for a blow-your-socks-off final of the $100,000 2018/19 Sprintcar Hydraulink War of the Wings. Defending Wow champ Jamie 'Duffman' Duff tops the leader board with 810 points. Nipping at his heels is 19-year-old ‘wunder kid’ Connor Rangi on 784 and don’t rule out Central Motor Speedway’s own Slammin’ Sammy O’Callaghan on 705. Gates open 2 pm. Racing starts 4 pm.  

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X Factor Cars & Otago Metals Demolition Derby and 2018/19 Sprintcar King of Cromwell

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway, Sandflat road
Cromwell, Otago New Zealand
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This last car running tournament is a huge crowd pleaser, especially for the young of years and young at heart. As for the drivers, they have a smashing time. Before the track becomes littered with body panels and auto parts there's proper, fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping, mud-kicking speedway entertainment with all classes racing.

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