Gumboot Day

Gumboot Monument at the entrance to Taihape

Gumboot Day is a native celebration of Taihape, New Zealand. It occurs the Tuesday[citation needed] after Easter, and has been a regular event since 1985. It is a celebration of all things to do with gumboots, and includes the famous gumboot throwing contest.

The aim of the festival is to break the world record for the longest gumboot throw. It is a family event, which includes a number of other competitions such as the best-dressed gumboot and ‘shoot the loop’ with gumboots. Gumboots can also be tossed skyward on any day of the year in the official Gumboot throwing lane[1] located in the 'Outback', just behind Taihape's main shopping centre.


In 2019, a mental health care fundraiser was held on Gumboot Day.[2]

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  1. ^ "Manawatu and Whanganui Region". Jasons Travel Media.
  2. ^ Webb-Liddall, Alice. "'Vulnerable and broken': Mike King's plea for mental health profiling to stop". Retrieved 7 October 2019.

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