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FREE ENTRY for 2016 Games!

The second annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games takes place in Queenstown next Waitangi weekend (Sat 6th - Sun 7th Feb) and entry won't cost you a cent.

Two days of ‘sports that built the nation’ and live entertainment on the Recreation Ground plus the Running of the Wools - more than 400 merino sheep herding through downtown Queenstown - will be completely free to watch.

We've been able to waive ticket prices thanks to the generous support of our patrons and event partners including major sponsors Toyota, Fonterra, Line 7, Ngai Tahu Farming, Jetstar and Husqvarna which has increased its support from the inaugural Games.

The Running of the Wools is once again supported by our friends at clothing and gift retailer, Global Culture.

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Read on for more news and we'll see you in Queenstown next Feb!
    

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IN MEMORIAM - NEIL GRAHAM
Neil Graham, seen here being invested as an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013, was our founding patron. Known fondly as ‘Grumpy’, Neil was the co-founder of Mainfreight and a huge supporter of many charities. He passed away last week and will be sorely missed.
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GUMBOOT CHAMPS v THE WORLD
Ka pai to the 'Kiwi Black Boots' just back from representing New Zealand at the World Boot Throwing Championships in Italy, thanks to support from Skellerup. Dunedin's Mairead Fox and Olympic decathlete Brent Newdick won national titles at Hilux NZ Rural Games 2015 and whilst they didn't get on the podium in Italy, Brent broke the NZ record with 48.65m. Huge congrats to the whole NZ Gumboot Day team.
EX-ALL BLACKS STILL HAVE IT
Former ABs Justin Marshall and Jeff Wilson may be busy in London covering the Rugby World Cup but - more importantly - they remain NZ Egg Throwing and Catching champions after winning the title at the inaugural Games. Relishing their rare status as underdogs when faced with 'crack' eggsperts from our national baseball, softball and athletics teams, the duo took the honours with a new national record of 61.7 metres!
PIG & WHISTLE: OUR OFFICIAL PUB
We're delighted to announce that Queenstown's Pig & Whistle is our official pub for the 2016 Games. Located in the heart of town, it offers 17 different tap beers from NZ and around the world, delicious pub meals at affordable prices, live music Fri-Sun and the sunniest deck in Queenstown overlooking Horne Creek. It’s also a great place to watch Rugby World Cup games on the big screen. Find out more on their website.
HORORATA HIGHLAND GAMES
The big fellas will be back in Queenstown next Feb for our 'heavies' event but in the meantime don't miss the Hororata Highland Games near Christchurch on Sat 7th Nov. Best described as a traditional Scottish Highland Games with a Kiwi twist, the competitions are at the heart of this event and the Games are the only event in the South Island that offers all the traditional Scottish competitions. For more details click here.
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Image credits: Paul Green, Dan Childs & Neco Wieringa.

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