The Square, Palmerston North
14 – 15 March 2020
At the heart of the Games are a series of traditional sports attracting top competitors from throughout New Zealand and Australia. You can expect to see several national and world champions battling for the prestigious New Zealand Rural Games titles.
We’ll also be hosting the STIHL Timbersports Championship, Harness Racing Gearing Up Championship and the Southern Hemisphere Highlander Champion.
Kids ‘n Country features a host of fun events over both days to keep under 12s active and entertained. And there are some great spot prizes.
As well as the competitive element, the Games will feature a fun-packed festival programme with delicious local food offerings and heaps of fun Fonterra Have a Go events like olive stone spitting, gumboot throwing and cowpat tossing!
The Games are managed by the non-profit NZ Rural Games Trust established in 2014 – CC50438 . The Board Chair is Margaret Kouvelis and the Board is made up of Athol Stephens, James Stewart, Richard Lange, Steve Hollander and Brendan Bourke.