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West Coast Wine Challenge
The Greymouth Gourmet and Guzzlers’ Group (4G’s) presents the eighth West Coast wine challenge at Shantytown October 17th at 2pm.

Teams of four compete for a beautiful pounamu trophy carved by master carver and 4G’s member Ian Boustridge, as well as for various viniferous prizes. Best costumed, best expression of the theme, best team name, most audacious, the prizes go on and on. This year’s theme is “Down… but not out!” – go for it!

A white flight, a bunch of reds, mystery wines and unusual West Coast challenges make up the day, rounded off with dinner and entertainment in the evening. Set in the bush at Shantytown, the West Coast Wine Challenge is a unique way of joining with other wine tasters and enthusiasts for a great day.

Teams of four are the norm, with an entry fee of $300, covering dinner, entertainment and an array of interesting wine.  Partners can come to after-challenge function for $40.00 dinner and entertainment.

For full details or an entry form contact Ross Bishop at

Paparoa Coast Surf-Fest
September sees the Paparoa Coast Surf-Fest

This is a 100% mobile surfing event chasing the waves from Fox River to Rapahoe - the Punakaiki Coast Line, West Coast, NZ and set for 12 and 13 September.

This event is being run in conjunction with the A Day at the Beach Festival and besides great surf there will also be beach cleanup, tree planting, fun for the kids with treasure hunts, sandcastle building, and music and film shows in the evenings.

Breakers is offering some special rates for the weekend so you can stay and play. Email and mention the Surf-Fest for rate information.

Check out the Paparoa Coast Surf-Fest website for more information.

A Day at the Beach
From September 1st to the 24th 2009, an action-packed lineup of inspirational events is unfolding along one of the most iconic coastlines in the world - the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island.

The Festival brings together a fine assortment of entertainment, education, adventure, and engages in powerful positive action for the environment.

The Festival unfolds through a sequence of exciting events called Beach Days & Wild Nights - imagine arts, live music, local food, beach cleanups, native tree planting, competitions, film screenings and more. The events are linked in sequence by a small group of passionate young New Zealanders who are doing a massive 350km walk along the coastline - from Karamea in the north, to Franz Josef in the south. But you don't have to be an extreme adventurer to get amongst the excitement!  Check out the website for details on how you can participate A Day at the Beach

Wild Food Festival
Held each year in Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand the Hokitika Wildfoods festival is an extravaganza of gourmet bushtucker, based on The West Coast's natural food sources. The emphasis is on novel, tasty and healthy wildfood.

As well as the food and drink experience there will be continuous entertainment all afternoon.

Held in March.  Click on link above to check website for details.

Round Brunner Road Cycle Race
Around Brunner is a 130 km sealed circuit cycle ride taking you through some
of the most stunning scenery the West Coast of New Zealand has to offer.

It all starts where the mighty Grey River heads out to sea in Greymouth after its journey through the Southern Alps.  From here it heads back towards the mountains before turning and travelling through the stunning scenery of Lake Poerua, Rotomanu and Moana - nestled between the spectacular Southern Alps and Lake Brunner.  Climbing out of Moana, cyclists follow an undulating and winding course through Arnold Valley to Stillwater. A flat ride beside the banks of the Grey River takes cyclists back to Greymouth.

Cyclists can enter as individuals, as two person teams doing half the course each or ride it on a tandem. Three individuals can also combine their times just like a professional team to record a combined team time as well as their individual time.

Mark your diary now for 18th April 2009.  Click on link above to check website for details.

Greymouth Motorcycle Street Race
Round the streets motorcycle racing featuring BEARS, Post Classic, Formula 1, Buckets, Classics, Formula 2, Formula 3 and Super Motard. On wet or fine and undercover viewing with restaurants and bars all open.

Further information is available from Greymouth I-Site Ph 03 768-5101. This is a fundraiser event for local clubs and charities held in October.

Wild Coasters Bike Ride
The WildCoaster is a 109km road cycle from Greymouth to Westport looking out at the imposing Tasman Sea.

Experience one of the most dramatic seascapes you'll find anywhere as you cycle along the 'Coast Road'.  The West of the Alps from Greymouth to Westport were voted one of the top 10 tourist drives in the whole world by both Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.

The course can be completed as a solo rider or team up with a mate and changeover at Punakaiki.

Click on link above to check website for details.

Buller Marathon
New Zealand's most scenic marathon course commences at Hawkes Crag on the Buller Gorge and heads up the gorge to a turning point near Berlins Hotel. Then back down the scenic, undulating Buller Gorge Highway to a finish at Victoria Square, Westport.

The half marathon is a one-way run starting near the Ohika-iti River Bridge and also finishing at Victoria Square. Both full and half marathon courses are certified. Every kilometre is clearly marked.

Held in February each year.  Click on link above to check website for details.

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