Agricultural and Pastoral Shows are held throughout New Zealand each year and are a chance for the farming community to compete with their prized stock, such as sheep, cattle, poultry, goats, etc.
Supported by the local community, each A & P Show also features popular competitions such as equestrian sports, dog trials, animal fancy dress contests and baking contests.
A & P Shows have a real carnival air about them and are a fun way for the family to spend a day in the country. Two popular Hurunui A & P Shows are held each year, the Cheviot A & P Show and the Hawarden A & P Show. Both offer visitors the opportunity to experience a traditional North Canterbury A & P Show.
The Waipara Valley Wine and Food Celebration is truly the main event for the Waipara Valley Wine region. Approximately 16 wineries are represented along with a fantastic selection of food stalls – something for everyone and another opportunity to enjoy a sunny day in the countryside.
Other local sporting and recreational events are held throughout the year, including popular mountain biking competitions, beach surf casting competitions and golf tournaments.