The Raetihi Gut Buster –  Each year on Easter Sunday

The Raetihi Gutbuster is a challenging and fun event that takes place Easter Sunday on the fully sealed Raetihi – Pipiriki road. 18, 25 or 50km bike ride, or 18km run. Family friendly, the Start/Finish is on the lawn outside the Waimarino Museum where a fun market atmosphere welcomes riders and entertains spectators with Cake stalls, BBQ, Espresso coffee and good music. Come along and test your hill riding legs, have a few laughs & work off some Easter eggs. For more information contact Lucy Conway on 06 385 3123, email

The Raetihi Country Markets – 3rd Saturday of each month

Raetihi's Regular Country Market

Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month

Raetihi Country Market has been going for 10 years now as a regular community event. Held on the 3rd Saturday in each month at The Centre, 18 Seddon St, Raetihi it’s a great place to meet your friends and partake of the excellent Volcano coffee, cake, fudge and other local produce. There are art and crafts such as soap, skincare, paintings and tiles.

Stock up your garden from the selection on hand from our plants expert Carinas native nursery, both native and perennial, shrubs and trees;  and get some reading for the weekend.   To book a stall or any queries please contact Lucy Conway 06 385 3123
Our winter markets are a particular feature – well worth a visit! Market dates for 2018:

April 18th, May 16th, June 20th, July 18th, August 15th, September 19th, October 20th, November 17st

Waimarino A&P Show – Each February

Home to one of New Zealand’s oldest grandstands and with Mt Ruapehu as a stunning backdrop, the historic town of Raetihi will hosts the Waimarino Agricultural & Pastoral show in February.
The event features equestrian (hack, pleasure, jumping as well as Showhunter Horse of the Year qualifiers), miniature horses, dairy, beef, highland cattle, sheep shearing & axemens competitions, plus entertainment for the whole family.

Waimarino Rodeo – every March

The Waimarino Rodeo is held in Raetihi every March and is the oldest continuing running rodeo in New Zealand. This is also the last full programme Rodeo of the Rodeo circuit season and attracts top competitors from all around the country.
Events include Bare Back, Bull Ride, Saddle Bronc, Rope & Tie, Barrel race, Steer wrestling, Team Roping, and steer and calf rides for the up and coming cowboys. With some great prize money up for grabs The Waimarino Rodeo is an exciting action packed weekend.

Waimarino Art Awards – each July

The Waimarino Art awards are held in the Theatre Royal, Seddon Street, Raetihi for two weeks during July. Open to all artists who live between Levin and Hamilton, this event grows every year in scope, range and quality of entries.
The first night is when the winners are announced, and artists get to meet the judges and have some social networking. The theatre will be open daily for viewing, usually from 11am – 5pm.
For more information phone the organizer Trish Smart on 06 385 3366 or email

Annual Waimarino Spring Show – In conjunction with the September Raetihi Country Market

Presented by the Ohakune/Raetihi Garden Club at the Royal Theatre on Seddon Street in Raetihi.
Admission is by a gold coin donation. Featuring raffles & a wonderful display of spring flowers, everyone is welcome to attend and exhibit.  For more information contact organiser Trish Smart on 06 385 3366

Raetihi Ripper – November

This unique 2 day trail ride through open farm land and forestry tracks is a fundraiser for the Raetihi Primary and other Raetihi community groups.
Bring your bikes, tents family and mates. There is a campsite, toilets, showers, hot meals (breakfast lunch and dinner), a bar, Volcano Coffee mobile espresso van, DJ, bonfire and a MUDPIT!

Raetihi Christmas Carnival – December

Click here to download a stall form for 2018: Christmas stall form 2018

This small town favourite grows every year. There’s the famous float parade, decorated bike competition, a bouncy castle and spinning jenny plus food and coffee stalls and arts and crafts lining the main street of Raetihi. This is a great, traditional family day out followed by Christmas carols in the park. Around 1000 spectators attend making it a fantastic event! If you are interested in having a stall email or phone Lucy Conway on 06 385 3123