2017 Waipu Highland Games

Waipu Highland Games
January 1 2017
Caledonian Park, main street Waipu
9.00 am through to Ceilidh at 7.00 pm in the Celtic Barn

$15 Adults

FREE for under 17 years

Each New Years Day thousands of people come to the Highland Games in Waipu to watch one of the world’s most interesting and daunting sports competitions.waipu highland games dancing

Scottish Highland Heavyweight events are the original extreme sports.  The feats performed by competitors in these disciplines would leave even the best Olympians in awe.

In fact in 2017 that claim will be put to the test with Olympic Shot Putter Jacko Gill to compete in the Heavyweight division of the Waipu Highland Games.

Caber-toss at the Waipu Highland Games22 lb Gaelic Hammers are thrown, 56 lb weights on short chains are thrown for both distance and height, 22 lb Rocks are thrown in the style of a shot put, 14 lb sheafs are tossed over a high bar using a pitch fork and of course the mighty Caber, up to 130 lbs and 18 feet long are turned; the crowds all the while cheering and encouraging ever greater feats of strength from the competitors.  

The events usually culminate with the Farmers Walk where competitors carry a 160 lb weight in each hand for as far as they can.

Many visitors come for the fun of the fair and to  pass the time on New Year’s Day after a hard night celebrating seeing in the New Year. Some come to take part in Tartan Fashion in the Park or to listen to some top class fiddlers strutting their stuff.

Balistic-blonds at at the Waipu Highland GamesThis year excitement will build around noon as again we have the stunning sight of the Ballistic Blondes Sky Diving Team landing in the main arena.

But  many come to see these behemoths of men and women compete to take out one of the very prestigious Highland Games Heavyweight titles. These are jealously guarded and competed for by participants from around the world.

Come to learn the history of the caber toss and why they toss a sheaf or walk miles with heavy weights. These hark back to times when Kings and Clan Chiefs assessed the agility, cunning and physical strength of their followers. These events require excellent timing, balance and technique and  look so much more impressive wearing a kilt!

Pipe band parades at the Waipu Highland GamesLast year I had a go at tossing a mini caber (a fence post) – great fun to have a go!

Also have a go at “Hurling the Haggis”!!

If you have never experienced this spectacle, then you need to visit the Waipu Highland Games on 1 January 2017. You will be in for a whole day of Scottish tradition, food, dancing and fun. Plan your summer holiday around this massive event.

But wait, there is more….

Click here for a full Program of the days activities.

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