Old and new machinery alike was celebrated and enjoyed by those who went along to the Rotorua Tractor and Machinery Club's working day.

The club's annual working day was held on Sunday at an Oturoa Rd farm.

It featured working displays of farming machinery from 100 years ago up to the present day.

Rotorua Tractor and Machinery Club president Eric Cullen says they normally have about 1000 to 1200 people come and go throughout the day.


"People drive past, see something happening and just roll in."

People had travelled from Tauranga, Te Awamutu and the Waikato to be involved in the day, he says.

He says the working day encompasses everything, including sheep shearing, stock cars, ploughing, a bouncy castle for children, a swap meet and Clydesdale horses doing ploughing.

Eric says there were also a few classic cars at the event, and this year was the first time there had been music.

"It's great to see old gear being restored and reused... and the young ones don't realise how this all started out.

"You can see the difference between the old and new machinery."

A range of tractors and machinery are on show. Photo / Stephen Parker
A range of tractors and machinery are on show. Photo / Stephen Parker

Eric says the Rotorua Tractor and Machinery Club is also trying to attract new members, especially younger people.

He says the club has meetings once a month and organises a few tractor treks, along with the annual working day.


Rotorua's Glen Lennane says he decided to take his two sons along to the annual working day to get them involved and as something fun for them to do on a Sunday.

He says they had arrived at the event early and had been enjoying all of the old machinery.

"This is our second time here... I would probably come back too, because every time you come back there's something different.

Dylan Lennane, 9, says he enjoyed watching the cars driving, and Matt Lennane, 11, says it was cool getting to take a spin in one of the cars and go pretty fast.