Te Anau Tartan Festival latest casualty in event cancellations

Members of the Waimutuku Southern Scenic Highland Pipe Band at the Te Anau Tartan Festival.

TE ANAU Tartan Festival has joined the list of event casualties when it was announced the Easter event would be cancelled.

The 2022 event had been scheduled to start on April 15. It would have been the eighth time the region had hosted the festival which they had hoped would throw the struggling tourist spot a lifeline.

Chairman Chris Watson said it was with heavy hearts the Te Anau Tartan Festival committee announced the cancellation. The group had been excited about the events planned and the number of people it would have brought to the town, as it had been suffering from a lack of tourists since the borders closed in 2020.

He had hoped festival guests would still come to the township for Easter, despite the cancellation.

“If you have booked accommodation, we would urge you to consider coming anyway, supporting our local operators, and exploring Fiordland and everything we have to offer,” Mr Watson said.

The committee had explored all possible options but could not find a way to make the event happen within the Covid-19 Red traffic light system.

Members were looking forward to offering the same, if not better, programme at next year’s festival, he said.

Full refunds will be given for competition entry fees and show tickets.