KOTAHITANGA (Log Haulage) Opotiki Rodeo


  • 28th December, 9.30 am
  • Adults: $20 (over 18yo)
  • Secondary Age Students: $10
  • Primary Age Children: $5
  • Pre School Age Children: Free
  • Families: $45 (up to 4)

For many, the East Cape, Bay of Plenty town of Opotiki is a great place to spend that hard earned summer vacation. The area has a vibrant and colourful history and is believed to have been at the vanguard of rough riding and buck jumping in New Zealand. In the modern era of rodeo, Opotiki is famous for its Christmas Rodeo and thanks to the support of hordes of vacationers and locals, is recognised as home of the “best crowd in the business”.

The weather is usually fine and sunny and the East Coast has much to offer visitors to the area. Great fishing, hunting, bush walks, white water rafting, jet boating, a variety of beaches, plenty of places to stay, and numerous other features are available in the Opotiki district. Plan your holiday around the Rodeo and enjoy the best weather in the country. For more information of what to do, where to stay or what to see in Opotiki take a look at www.opotikinz.com or contact the Visitor Information Centre, (07) 315 3031 infocentre@odc.govt.nz

The Rodeo grounds are situated at the Northern end of St John Street which is just off State Highways 2 and 35 – there will be direction signs on the day. There are plenty of food  booths on the ground, also there will be amusements for the children. The Rodeo committee will have worked hard to make sure that everything will go smoothly on the day. Working bees, sponsorship gathering, arranging the stock, organising entertainment, arranging food and drink outlets and more, all are part of the busy pre-rodeo schedule. Opotiki may be a small community but there is a great sense of commitment to providing the best Rodeo entertainment over the Christmas/New Year break.

We often have competitors from overseas and of course they come from both the North and South Islands, and again the Church family (well known in Rodeo circles) is usually well represented. Entries are usually around 150 competitors with most competing in more than 1 event.

The rodeo date for this year’s event is 28th December and all the fun begins at 9.30 am.

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