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The Caroline Bay Rock and Hop

The Caroline Bay Rock and Hop

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  • Fri 15 Mar ’19, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Sat 16 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Sun 17 Mar ’19, 8:00am – 11:00am


Caroline Bay Park, Virtue Ave, Timaru


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The South Islands largest festival of its kind.

The Caroline Bay Rock and Hop is a Nostalgia festival with a 50's,60's theme. Featuring 1000 cars, caravans and motorbikes from all eras on show and cruising the South Canterbury region over the three days. The event kicks off with a vehicles meeting at Caroline Bay to cruise together to the picturesque town of Geraldine where there is entertainment galore.

They then return for the Main Streets cruise which takes the vehicles past the thousands of spectators through the main streets of Timaru, Pleasant Point finishing with a street party in Temuka. Those that wish to party can then join us back at Caroline Bay in the hall for a night of Art and Rock and Roll. We have the amazing "SBS Bank Wear Your Parts Awards" preview party, watch the show then Rock to band Th ART of Cheese until late.

The Saturday is the big Gala Day Show and Shine where all the vehicles are parked up for display and judging on the spectacular Caroline Bay. We have music, the Drama Queens will be rocking, a Best Dressed Competition, 100’s of Stalls, plenty of dancers, the SBS Bank Wear Your Parts Competition final, along with many other forms of entertainment.

We finish the day off with the prize giving winners parade and the draw for our lucky winners, with the main prize being $10,000 cash. Yes, we’re giving away $10,000. You need to be there with your ticket to win, don’t miss out it has to go.

The town then Rocks for the night with many Rock and Roll Parties including the famous "Rock Your Socks Off" party held in the bay hall, this year’s band is Candi and The Rockets. Tickets sell quickly so get in early or party at another great event around town.

Everyone can meet up again down at the Bay Hall in the morning for Breakfast before heading off on the final cruise which this year is going to Ashburton.

This is a Hospice South Canterbury Fundraiser, all money raised goes straight back to helping provide care for those in our region.

Vehicle entry to all cruises and the Show and Shine competition costs $35.

Party tickets are for sale for different prices and only the parties arranged by Hospice are for sale on our website, however we can certainly help you get tickets to other venues.

Public Entry to the Gala Day Show and Shine is a donation to our Hospice, please be generous as its all going to a great cause. We would love you to dress up in your best 50' 60's gear and join in the atmosphere, come along and celebrate with us.

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