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Running of the Wools, Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, Queenstown

Running of the Wools

You'd be baaaarmy to miss this. Midday Friday 6th February 2015, witness a forgotten side of Queenstown’s history as more than 300 merino sheep will run through the streets of Queenstown to kick off inaugural Hilux New Zealand Rural Games over the Waitangi holiday weekend. Planned as a dramatic celebration of the region’s farming heritage, this spectacular has not been seen in Queenstown for decades, and is a must see for the holiday weekend. 

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The merino sheep will leave pens in the Athol Street carpark and run over the Ballarat Street bridge by the Village Green. They then turn right onto Camp Street before turning left into Beach Street and running all the way down to finish at the end of Beach Street next to Earnslaw Park, highlighting the merino’s continued importance to New Zealand’s rural economy.

The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games feature several national championships for sports including speed shearing, sheep dog trials, speed fencing, gumboot throwing and coal shovelling as well as four Highland Games ‘heavy’ events and the Trans-Tasman ANZAXE Wood Chopping Championship.

Entertainment on both days is provided by the Topp Twins who also open a live concert on the Saturday evening headlined by local country pop sensation, Jody Direen, featuring James Reid from The Feelers.

Tickets for the two-day Games and Concert are now sale via Ticket Direct.

Support New Zealand Heritage and wear merino, find a great selection of styles and performance from Icebreaker online and instore at Outside Sports Queenstown, Wanaka, Te-Anau and TouchLab.


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