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The Caroline Bay Rock and Hop is organised by a volunteer committee on behalf of The Hospice South Canterbury and is a show for all cars, caravans and motorbikes from modern to vintage, from classic to muscle, from Japanese to English. Along with the show there is a nostalgia theme that celebrates the best of the '50s, '60s & 70s'. Everyone is encouraged to dress for the era to make the most of this special event. Hospice South Canterbury had two aims when it launched the event in 2017, one as a fundraiser and two to benefit the local economy by bringing people to the district.

The Rock and Hop will be on every third weekend in March, the next event is 13, 14, 15 and 16th March 2025

The Rock and Hop is held in the lovely town of Timaru in South Canterbury, based at the “Jewel in the Crown”, Caroline Bay.

If you have a vehicle and want to take part in all of the cruises and the Show and Shine competition the cost is $50 per car or caravan and $40 per motorbike. Entry to the Gala Day is by donation to our local Hospice for the general public. This event costs a lot to put on so please be generous to our Hospice.

Yes – any car with a point of difference can register to come to the Caroline Bay Rock and Hop. Entry is by registration only at a cost of $40. Space is limited and vehicle sites usually sell out so we don't recommend waiting to register on the day. All funds raised from this event go directly to Hospice South Canterbury.

We will only have registrations on the day if we do not sell out beforehand. In the past registrations have sold out by February so we don't recommend waiting until the day of the event.

Car, caravan and motorbike entrants need to register and pay an entry fee BEFORE they can enter the Rock and Hop. This can be done via the website www.carolinebayrockandhop.co.nz or can be done through contacting Hospice South Canterbury on 03 687 7670

Yes on all open roads.

If you would like to apply for a stall at the Gala Day Market then send Jill an email at support@hospicesc.org.nz.

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Yes, you must either print off your ticket that was emailed
to you at time of purchase or make ticket available for viewing on your telephone or tablet. Each ticket has a unique QR code and needs to be scanned to identify you as attending the event.

We are sorry but there will be a No Refunds Policy (exception below). You are welcome to swap/trade your tickets with someone else, however we do need the details of the new owner to enable us to get them through the entrance. COVID REFUND POLICY Covid-19: We will offer full refunds to all car registrants, ticket buyers and stallholders should the 2022 Caroline Bay Rock and Hop be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Our intention is to give as much notice as possible about this. It is also our intention to either hold the whole event, or not hold it at all.

Such a huge event requires many volunteers, and we are always looking for more. If you would like to become part of the team that makes this incredible event worthwhile please call Ange on 03 687 7677.