Waipu in Tartan – 30 days of quirkiness, art, heritage, sport & more

The Waipu in Tartan programme for July 2016 is out now!

July will be an exciting month in this little Northland town with an eclectic mix of events scheduled, there is surely something to appeal to everyone.

A bit of history

This will be my first Waipu in Tartan where I’m actually aware of what the celebrations are all about, my excuse is that I’m a relative newbie to the area, unlike my predecessor here at breambay.co.nz (Rosemary Neave) who initiated the festival!  Click here for a run down on the history of Tartan Day and where Waipu in Tartan began.  This year I’m especially looking forward to a number of the events, not only for myself but also because they are family friendly and there is plenty for kids to enjoy too.


KicPipe-bandking off with the parade on “International Tartan Day”, Friday 1st July.  I’m going to enjoy watching my daughter march with the Primary School for the first time.  I’m not sure I have time to source a Sutherland, MacDonald, Forbes or Grant tartan for her before then, but I’m sure there will be a little bit of Scotland glowing inside her as she parades with the school through Waipu.


P1010608Saturday morning 2nd July with the kids is taken care of, we will wander down and watch the “People and Pets Parade”.  What kid doesn’t love to see animals dressed up!

While I’m the proud owner of a 3mm/4mm winter wetsuit I’m still non committal with regards to the Mid Winter Swim & Tartan Taniwha Competition that rounds out the month of celebrations on Saturday 30th July at Waipu Cove.

Creative Arts

I’m really looking forward to taking my 5 year old daughter along to one of the Art by the Sea workshops at the Waipu Cove Surf Club.  What a great way to start the school holidays.  There are workshops for children 4-8 years and 8-12 years available on Monday 11th July through to Thursday 14th July.DSC_8403 (1)

I’ll be attending my first Art’n Tartan Wearable Art Awards on the 23rd of July and I’m ready to be wowed by the show, the creations and the performances.


The Men in Kilts Rugby Challenge on Sat 16th July looks like it will be good value to watch.  Reading the run down of well known players who have moved in to politics and are fronting up for the Parliamentary team it doesn’t look like the Waipu boys will have it all their own way.

School Holiday Fun

Along with the Art by the Sea workshops in the first week of the school holidays, there is more school holiday fun to be had at the Northland Equestrian Petting Zoo and the Art and Cycle Big Village Treasure Hunt on Sun 17th July and Tues 19th July respectively.


$15 doesn’t seem like too much to pay to sample some of the limited release Mcleod’s brews on Thurs night 7th July.  Although its not just the beer that’s limited release…..only 20 tickets available so you’ll need to get in quick to take part in this evening of tasting.

I think I’ll leave the Haggis tasting at the Waipu Butchery for this year.  I have inadvertently tasted Haggis once before, I do have to admit it was quite pleasant…..in a pie that is.

The above is just a snapshot of what is happening in Waipu throughout July.  You can pick up a full programme at many of the shops along the main street or click here for a full list of the events.

Enjoy the celebrations!





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