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Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo

February 10th @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hauraki District Council Pipe Bands Contest

Commencing at 12 noon, 13 Pipe Bands from the Auckland, Taranaki and Central North Island centers normally compete.

The Bands will compete separately in their Grades in both the Sets and Medleys competitions.

Solo Piping

Commencing at 8.30am

The “O’Hagan Vision Care Paeroa” sponsored Solo Piping Competition will be held in conjunction with the Waikato Pipers Club.

This competition, for grades B, C, D and Novice will be the second part of a four competition series with the competitive best three scores going forward towards their final placings. Entry forms will be available from the Secretary or may be downloaded from the Entry Forms page.

This competition is held under the trees at the southern end of the Paeroa Domain adjacent to the Band Rotunda, and is a must for lovers of Scottish music.



  • Brian Switalla – Auckland
  • Mervyn Appleton – Auckland
  • Blair Hodson – Auckland
Grade Event No. Event
B B1 Piobaireachd
B B2 March Strathspey & Reel
C C1 Piobaireachd (own choice)
C C2 Strathspey & Reel
C C3 2/4 March (4 parts)
D D1 Piobaireachd (Ground plus one variation)
D D2 2/4 March (4 parts)
D D3 Strathspey & Reel
N N1 Piobaireachd (Ground)
N N2 March – 4 parts any time signature
N N3 Chanter (Any tune 2 parts)

Visit the Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo here for entry forms.

Only the 2021 entry forms and events were available at the time of this page being published

Events continue throughout the day (unless stated). During the day visit the Clans’ area to purchase Scottish souvenirs, check out your Genealogy, try Scottish food, and see the wonderful Highland cattle. Children’s entertainment is running throughout the day including Stilt Walkers, Mythical Creatures and the ever-popular Jiggle The Clown. Our new Highland Bar located next to the grandstand, with a great view of the main arena.

2021 programme listed below for example

Time Event and Location
9.00am onwards O’Hagan Vision Care Paeroa – Solo Piping Competition near Band Rotunda, eastern end of Domain.
9.00am onwards Highland Dancing Competition, western end of Domain by Fire Station.
9.00am onwards H.G Leach – Axemen’s Chopping Carnival, by Netball Courts.
9.00am Solo Drumming Competition, under trees near Band Rotunda.
9.00am Paeroa Lions – Junior (Kids) Highland Games, Western Side of the Domain.
9.30am onwards Directline Freight – Heavyweight Field Events, Main Arena. See the strong guys Toss the Caber and throw the big weights.
10.30am Clans March inside the domain led by Pipes & Drums of Thames Valley. Followed by the Opening Ceremony of the 27th Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo is to take place in front of the Grandstand. It will commence with the singing of the New Zealand the unofficial Scottish anthem “Flower of Scotland”.
11.00am – 4.00pm Various Performers including Patea Maori Club Variety Stage.
12 Noon onwards Hauraki District Council – Pipe Bands Contest, adjacent to Band rotunda. Hear and see top Pipe Bands competing in their Sets & Medleys.
4.00pm New! SteamPunk Tartan, Variety Stage
5.30pm Street March, New route for the Street March ending with all of the Bands marching all the way into the Domain and through the castle.
6.30 to 9.00pm Evening Tattoo – 2 1/2 hour family spectacular! This years special guests are the Patea Maori Club. We have 13 Pipe Bands taking part in this years Evening Tattoo, as well as the heaving weight event like the Caber Toss and Farmers Walk.


February 10th
9:00 am - 9:00 pm


Paeroa Highland Games
021 936 450
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Paeroa Domain
Paeroa, Waikato New Zealand
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021 936 450
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