Taihape Gumboot Day – a truly unique Kiwi experience

The famous gumboot in Taihape

New Zealand has a culture all of its own. It’s something we’re super proud of and rightfully so – there are so many things that make New Zealand special and one of those things our small communities found in cities, towns and villages from North to South. If you are lucky enough to be in the lower North Island at the beginning of March, there is something pretty unique taking place in the small town of Taihape – the annual Gumboot Day. This is quickly becoming a New Zealand icon when it comes to quirky events and every year the Taihape Gumboot Day grows in size.

What is the Taihape Gumboot Day all about?

It may sound a bit quirky but the Taihape Gumboot Day has been around for over 30 years! It all began in 1985 and since then, the event has gone from strength to strength. The festival is basically a celebration of the humble gumboot with the main attraction being the gumboot throwing competition in which competitors try to achieve a world record for the longest gumboot throw.

The gumboot throwing competition is the highlight of Taihape Gumboot Day
The gumboot throwing competition is the highlight of Taihape Gumboot Day

The event has become a hugely popular family event with plenty to keep everyone entertained. As well as the gumboot throwing competition, there are plenty of other competitions, events and activities taking place throughout the day which you can get involved with. This year’s line-up is looking packed with family-friendly activities and includes:

  • Gumboot throwing and North Island Championships
  • Egg throwing and catching
  • Gumboot plank racing, sack racing, 3-legged racing, egg and spoon racing and gumboot in a barrel
  • Human dog barking competition (we told you it was quirky!)
  • The Taihape Gumboot Gallop
  • The Great Taihape Rock Hunt
  • Taihape Dig (8 years and under)
  • Ronald McDonald
  • Art competition
  • Taihape Fire Brigade Display

As you can see, it’s an action packed schedule for the day with lots going on.

When and where is the Taihape Gumboot Day?

This year, Taihape Gumboot Day will be taking place on Saturday 4 March from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Taihape Memorial Park. The entry fee is gold coin donation and lots of the activities once you get there are FREE, making this a great day out for the whole family.

If you are anywhere near Taihape, make sure you head down to witness some of the action – it’s a real insight into small town New Zealand and visitors are always welcomed with open arms.

To find out more, visit the Taihape website.

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