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Scottish Highland Heavyweight events are the original ‘extreme sports’, leaving even the best Olympians in awe and are always one of the real attractions of any Highland Games.

We are renowned for having a highly competitive Heavy Weight championship field with competitors coming from all around New Zealand and off-shore to challenge themselves against the best, requiring excellent timing, balance and technique and looking so much more impressive wearing a kilt!

These Heavyweight events hark back to the times when Kings and Clan Chiefs assessed the agility, cunning and physical strength of their followers. 22lb Gaelic Hammers are thrown. 56lb weights on short chains are thrown for both distance and height. 22lb rocks are thrown as with a shot put. 14 lb sheaves are tossed high over a bar and of course, the mighty caber is tossed. Up to 130lbs and 18 feet long the caber has to be turned end to end in the toss, while the crowd cheers the competitor on. The Heavyweight event finish with the Farmers Walk where a 160lb weight is carried in each hand for as long as is possible.

How to Enter


All NZ Open Heavyweights can enter on the day please go to the heavyweights tent to register at 8.30am . If you would like to enter prior to the day please fill out the below form. 


2024 Entry Forms Coming Soon



Novice Heavyweights are Entry on the Day ONLY please go to the heavyweights tent at 8.30am to register.


Novice Heavyweights


Novice Heavyweights are open to anyone to enter, no experience is necessary. Although we suggest you are reasonably fit. Advice and guidance will be given on the day.


This is a mixed event with no weight restriction however you do need to be over 16 years of age to compete.  If you are under 18 years old you will require adult permission at registration.


This event is open to the first 20 people that register at the heavyweights tent.  Registration is open at 9.00am.


Registration is $20/person, and will include a tee shirt.  


Please note you will also be required to pay the $20 gate fee to get into the park. Under 17s are free to enter the park.


This Novice Heavyweights Event is a mixed competition.  Due to the limited time and resources we can not run a seperate male and female competition or a seperate junior and senior event. 


Points are taken throughout the day, therefore we will be offering a prize for not only the  highest points overall we will have a prize for the highest female points overall.


Enquiries or queries please email 

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