Vehicles & Entertainment

Three Days of Classic Motoring and Showing, and entertainment open to all vehicle types. If it moves we want you to show it!!

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Friday "Go Geraldine Cruise"

Leaving Caroline Bay from 11am on Friday the 16th March 2018, Join us for a leisurley cruise to the picturesque town of Geraldine.
(included in vehicle registration cost)

The friendly folk of Geraldine are thrilled to welcome the 2018 Rock and Hop participants to their beautiful part of the world for the Friday Cruise.  Geraldine, nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps, enjoys a warm micro climate and has been billed by the Lonely Planet Guide as the “loveliest town in New Zealand” so make sure you get there to soak up everything the town has to offer.

Following your scenic countryside drive you will arrive in town to a dedicated parking area close to the centre of the town, where you can picnic with your vehicle or enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the many delicious cafes. 

Then take a wander along the tree-lined streets to browse the boutiques specialising in everything from giftware to crafts, fashion and quality homewares.  The town is renowned for its art scene and boasts a number of galleries or you can choose to visit an artist in their studio.

On ‘Cruising Friday’ there will be live music on the Village Green, Geraldine Auto Restorations will open their doors so you can catch a sneak peak of recent restorations and their hall of fame plus the highly acclaimed Vintage Car and Machinery Museum is a must-visit attraction while you are in town.

A riverside walk or a stroll through Talbot Forest, an ancient podocarp remnant overlooking the town, is a great way to round off your time in this gem of town.  Watch out for plenty more fun when you arrive the Friday Cruise!

Friday Night "Main Street Cruise"

Leaving Caroline Bay at 6pm Friday 16th March 2018
(Included in vehicle registration cost).

Join us for a cruise of our local main streets.  Starting from the bay cruise up and down the main street of Timaru, then out to Pleasant Point and from there to Temuka.  Enjoy the waving crowds and the beautiful countryside as you take a short tour of our district.  , this was a highlight for many last year with the enthusiastic crowds lining the streets. 

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 Friday Night "Cocktails and Canapes"  SBS Bank Wearable Parts Awards Preview

Evening. Tickets $25.00pp

(Open to the public and Registered participants, bookings essential)

Attend our preview of the SBS Bank wearable parts “Cocktails and Canapes” happening in the Caroline Bay Hall.  Come along and get a close up look at the amazing designer outfits while enjoying canapes and a selection of cocktails we have on offer for you to purchase.  On this night you will also get to vote for the Wearable Parts outfit of your choice in our people’s choice voting.  The SBS wearable Parts Awards prize giving will still be announced at the show on Saturday.  Tickets are non-refundable and are strictly limited so get yours quickly.

Register your outfit here  :

Wearable Parts Awards

ALSO Happening Friday Night in South Canterbury.

The lovely township of Temuka are putting on a night for fun and entertainment at their camping ground, vehicle can park up, they will have food stalls and a band for you to sit back and enjoy.

Timaru Town and Country Club Rock and Roll section will have Che Orton playing with a band where you can Rock and Roll all night long

RSA Rock and Roll Club will have The C Bay band playing Rock and Roll, come along for a night of fun and dance.

More information on these events to come.

These events are run by our local community to support the Rock and Hop but are not organised by Hospice South Canterbury. 


(included in vehicle registration cost)

Saturday is the big Rock and Hop Gala day. Along with the cars on display at Caroline Bay there will be a Rock and Roll extravaganza with displays, funky stalls, a bar and competitions for best dressed etc, the prizegiving for the Wearable Parts and of course the Vehicle prizegiving.

Best Dressed

 Saturday Show Judging Classes are:

  • Participants Choice
  • Peoples Choice
  • Best Caravan
  • Best Motorbike
  • Best Hot Rod
  • Best Japanese
  • Best English
  • Best European
  • Best USA
  • Best Australian
  • Best Muscle Car
  • Best Vintage Car Pre 1940
  • Best Caravan – Car Combo
  • Best Under Hood
  • Best Paint 

Judging starts at 10.00am

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 Saturday Night: Rock your Socks Off" $40pp

(Open to the public and Registered participants, bookings essential)

Come party the night away at the Caroline Bay Hall. We have a night of Rock and Roll fun, dance, drink and be merry to the fantastic Rock and Roll Band SHALOW. Come along and let your hair down in style. We also have a marquee off the side of the hall with heating and music for all of you who would like to catch up but don't want to dance.

 AlSO happening on Saturday Night

If your not one of the lucky “Rock Your Socks Off” ticket holders don’t despair Saturday night is St Paddys night, there will be plenty to see and do in Timaru.  Take a wander into town and enjoy a meal at one of our fabulous restaurants, or its St Paddys night so pop into one of our local bars and enjoy a Guinness and a chat with our friendly locals

Timaru Town and Country Club Rock & Roll Section have Dee May and the Saints Playing upstairs in their function centre

RSA Rock and roll Club have the C Band Playing where you can dance from 7.30 to 11.30

These events are run by our local community to support the Rock and Hop but are not organised by Hospice South Canterbury. 

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Sunday "Bacon and Eggs on the bay"

(Open to the public and Registered participants, bookings essential)

Enjoy a scrumptious buffet breakfast before you go on your way either on our Sunday Cruise or on your way home.  Meet up again at the Marquee on the bay for bacon, eggs and a coffee and of course a chat.  

Sunday Cruise

(included in vehicle registration cost)

Join us back on Caroline Bay to say your good buys until next year.  We have a cruise heading via lovely Waimate to Oamaru if you are fee to join us.

Early bird registration

We are limiting the number of cars so don't be disappointed. Get in early with your registration.  Book your "Cocktails and Canapes" and  "Rock Your Socks Off" tickets at the same time, you don't want to miss out on either


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