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Whisky Appreciation Evening & Southland
Whisky Tasting Championship
7.30pm, Friday 29th March
Te Anau Lodge, Howden Street, Te Anau
9.30am – 4.30pm, Saturday 30th March
Te Anau Lodge, Howden Street, Te Anau
8pm – late, Saturday 30th March
Te Anau Club, Pop Andrew Drive.
Bring along your instruments and dancing shoes as we prepare to
party Ceilidh-style. There is no formal programme, this is a Celtic
jam session and a fun way to round off a great day out.
Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans
10am, Sunday 31st March
Lakeside Presbyterian Church,
Te Anau Terrace
Join the Te Anau Lakeside Presbyterian Church’s Easter
Service which will feature a unique blessing of the
tartans/clans. Wear your clan tartan and, if possible,
bring a piece for the blessing.
11.30am, Sunday 31st March
Te Anau Airport at Manapouri
A one-mile kilted dash the length of the runway.
Trophies on offer for the fastest home AND the
fastest home wearing a kilt! Plenty of other fun family
activities including a short “Pioneers of Fiordland”
theatrical performance, Easter egg hunt as well
as aviation displays including gliders. Food will be
available for sale.
The Te Anau Tartan Festival would like to pay a HUGE thank you to
the following businesses, organisations and individuals for their
wonderful support of this new event:
Learn about Scotland’s national drink and
the intricacies of tasting and nosing then test
your knowledge in the inaugural Southland
Whisky Tasting Championship. Ticket price
includes supper and haggis and all tasting
whiskies. A courtesy coach will be available at
the completion of the evening. Dress code is
formal, with highland attire encouraged.
Come along and test your mettle in our
“highland heavyweight” events. Caber
Tossing, Sheaf Tossing, Farmer’s Walk
and Rock Carry will determine the overall
“highland heavyweight champions”. Don’t be
put off by the name, these games are fun and
modified so anyone can take part. We even
have a special “highland heavyweight” section
for kids. There’s also highland dancing, piping
and drumming competitions and you won’t go
hungry with a wonderful array of food from a
sausage sizzle to full meals, including some
Scottish-themed goodies, served by from the
Kepler Lions Club’s “Kepler Keltic Kitchen”.
If you prefer to be a spectator rather than a
competitor, feel free to bring a picnic rug or
camp chair to sit back and take in the action.
Make sure you dress in tartan as there will
be a prize for the “Well Plaid” among you.
Business, clubs, teams and even just groups
of friends are encouraged to enter the tug o’
R18. Entry by ticket only. Tickets on sale from Te Anau Liquor Supply, Te Anau Club, Destination Fiordland or
Fiordland Advocate. Numbers for this event are strictly limited and there will be no door sales so get your
ticket now so you don’t miss out. Please note, car parking is provided via Aparima Drive; entry to the Te Anau
Lodge driveway is restricted to Lodge accommodation guests only.
Free entry to the grounds. Fun for the whole family. Competition entry fees are just $10 for adults, $6 for
juniors and $5 for children which gives you entry to all four “highland heavyweight” events. Please note,
car parking is provided via Aparima Drive; entry to the Te Anau Lodge driveway is restricted to Lodge
accommodation guests only.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of
Fiordland individuals, organisations and
businesses we have a staggering 45
challenge trophies to be won over the
weekend. Challenge trophies are held by
the winner for one year, engraved with the
year and their name and returned to be
challenged for the following year.
Will you be among our first winners?
Meridian, PGG Wrightson, Northern
Southland Transport, Ballance Agri-
Nutrients, Jucy Cruize Milford Sound,
McGregor Concrete, Southland District
Council, Te Anau Lodge, Fiordland
Advocate, Airscapade Affairs, Loch Sloy
Bed & Breakfast, Te Anau Kiwi Holiday
Park & Motels, Ray White Perpetual Real
Estate, Southern Lakes Helicopters,
Engineering Services Te Anau, Fiordland
Frontier Supplies, Fiordland Community
Pharmacy, Te Anau Club, Southern
Discoveries, Preston Russell Law, The
Ranch, Carran Scott Contracting, WHK,
Rotary Club of Fiordland, Jeff Shayler
Bricklayer, Fiordland House, Mobil
Te Anau, Subway Te Anau, Evans Freight,
Trimmers Hair Studio, Olive Tree Café,
Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park, Wapiti
Café & Bakery, Waimatuku Southern
Scenic Highland Pipe Band, Fiordland
Tours, Milford Helicopters Ltd, Fab
& Finesse, Rosco’s Milford Kayaks,
Destination Fiordland, Te Anau Kepler Lions
Club, Knobs Flat Accommodation, Te Anau
Auto Electrical, Moffitt Family, Matheson
Family, Te Anau Plumbing, Carpets &
Drapes Fiordland, Westpac Te Anau,
Te Anau School, BNZ Te Anau, Te Anau Signs,
Fiordland Athletic Club, Celtic Properties,
Russell Baker, Fiordland Players, Fiordland
Dance School, The Scottish Shop Dunedin,
Moët-Hennessy, Beam Global, Hancocks,
Lion, Lyndon Moffitt Building.
We're Turning Te Anau Tartan
A long pole or log is stood upright and hoisted by the competitor who
balances it vertically before running forward in an attempt to toss it in
such a way that it turns end over end with the upper end striking the
ground first. The end that was originally held by the athlete then hits
the ground in the 12 o’clock position measured relative to the direction
of the run. If successful, the athlete is said to have turned the caber.
Cabers vary in length, weight, taper, and balance, all of which affect the
degree of difficulty in making a successful toss. Competitors are judged
on how closely their throws approximate the ideal 12 o’clock toss on
an imaginary clock.
A bundle of straw, wrapped in a hessian bag (the sheaf), is tossed
vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar much like that used in
pole vaulting. Each athlete is allowed three attempts at each height.
Successful clearance of the height allows the athlete to advance into
the next round at a greater height. The competition is determined by
the highest successful toss with fewest misses being used to break tie
This endurance event requires a mix of speed and stamina.
Competitors must relocate a pile of 14 rocks of varying sizes, one at a
time, over a 20m distance. The fastest transfer of the pile wins.
There’s no stopwatch on this event, it just requires grit and
determination. Competitors must carry two full drench containers
around a 100m course without allowing either container to touch the
ground. The person who gets the farthest around the course wins.
Tattie & Spoon Race
Just for the juniors, this event replaces the Sheaf Tossing for our
youngest competitors. Each competitor gets a spoon and a potato. Put
the potato in the spoon and, holding the spoon in one hand, it’s a race
around a 100m course – whoever gets to the finish line fastest without
dropping their potato or touching it wins.
All Highland Heavyweight events are open to anyone but you must
attempt all four disciplines. Not everyone will be able to achieve
everything – it’s the having a go that counts.
Weight and length of the caber, weight and size of the drench
containers, weight of the sheaf and size of rocks and distance carried
will vary according to the various sections.
Sections are for children 12 years and under; Junior Men and Junior
Women (13-17 years); Senior Men and Senior Women (18 years +).
Te Anau Tartan Festival
Here’s how it’s done...
Te Anau Tartan
Hunt out your tartan and wear it with pride
over Easter weekend. We also want to see
businesses in the main street interpreting
the tartan theme through window displays,
costumes, specials or even menu items. If
you’re visiting town make sure you take the
time to check out the inventive and fun ways
our businesses are celebrating the Tartan
Festival. There are trophies to be won for the
“Well Plaid” individual at the highland
games and for the business with the
best adoption of the
Easter Weekend 2013
Sorry, no Eftpos available at Highland Games or Flying
Scotsmen events. Please remember to bring cash.
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