Do you love all things equine? Do you want to spend a couple of days learning more about
horses, taking part in competitions, and shopping for high-quality goods for riders and horses
alike? If your answer is yes to all that then you'd love Equifest, the country’s biggest and newest
equine festival. Here's everything you need to know about this groundbreaking event:
What is Equifest?
Considered as New Zealand's newest equine event, Equifest is a three-day festival that features
a wide array of activities that enthusiasts of all ages and riding levels will surely love.
When and where will the festival be held?
The fun runs from November 27th to the 29th, 2020, at the National Equestrian Centre (NEC) in
Taupo. Dubbed as the North Island's main equestrian hub, the NEC is a huge 90-acre property that
features top-of-the-line facilities and numerous arenas.
What can I expect during Equifest?
Equifest has everything you want in an equine festival and more! These three days are filled
with exciting activities like:
● Competitions - from polo to dressage and jumping, Equifest will feature various
competitions held in both indoor and outdoor arenas. Interested in joining? You can
check out more details on their website.
● Seminars and clinics - Equifest will bring together industry leaders and influencers to talk
about interesting topics such as horsemanship, equine nutrition, equine therapy, and
● Shopping - shop for you and your horses in Equifest's many booths and shopping areas.
The event will feature high-quality lifestyle products, supplements, and services in both
indoor and outdoor shopping locations. A marquee shopping area located near the
arenas will also be available for your comfort and convenience.
● Nightshows - the first two nights of the festival will be filled with entertainment, classes,
How Do I Get There?
You can use Google Maps and find your way to the National Equestrian Centre located at 114
Rapids Road, Rotokawa, Taupo. Public and disabled parking spaces are plenty in and around
Where Do I Stay During The Event?
Taupo is surrounded by many lovely resort towns, inns, and camp sites. You'll never run out of
accomodation choices and will also have the chance to explore the wonderful sights Taupo has
If you wish to be closer to the action, you can also camp right at the event venue itself. NEC has
some slots for public camping. Each slot costs $80 (good for 5 people) and comes with toilet
and shower facilities, as well as a communal kitchen that campers can use. These non-powered
camping spots are very limited, so make sure to book ahead.
Where can I buy tickets?
If you want full access to the event, you can purchase multi-day passes. Individual day or night
passes are also available for people who just want to attend a certain programmes.
Equifest is the equine event of the year!
From competitions to workshops to products, Equifest has everything you want and more.
Check out their website for more details.
Which Equifest event are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!