19 - 22 October 2012

Labour Weekend in New Zealand this year will see major celebrations in the Queenstown district to commemorate not only the discovery of gold 150 years ago but just as importantly the centenary of the lake Wakatipu steamship ‘Earnslaw’. Arrowtown lies at the heart of these celebrations. This historical village has been chosen as the venue for the Pioneer Motoring Group’s Centenary Weekend. Only one and two cylinder vehicles at least 100 years of age are eligible to participate.

1899 Locomobile steam car
This 1899 Locomobile is one of two steamers which will take part in the Centenary Weekend 1 & 2 cylinder gathering.

The Weekend will start with a street display in The Avenue of Oaks alongside the Village Market and then head off around the picturesque country lanes of the Dalefield area where there will be stop offs at historical sites. Sunday will see more country motoring with some scenic highlights and a Country Fair visit. Monday is being devoted to Earnslaw activities. Social functions which include an evening lake cruise won’t be neglected either.

Enthusiasm is running high with an impressive number of vehicles coming from as far a field as Auckland. One driver is even flying over from Perth. Noteworthy appearances will include two Locomobile steam cars, some five pre 1905 motor vehicles and most pleasingly four new restorations. Several motorcycles and a handful of pennyfarthing cyclists will be joining in the fun.

Update 17 May 2012: Too late! The Arrowtown Weekend is now fully subscribed.