The world's premier shearing and wool handling championship takes place in Masterton, home of Golden Shears since 1961.

The Golden Shears logo has become an internationally recognised trademark that symbolises both quality and excellence in the skilful art of shearing and wool handling. The three days of competitions  encompass novice, junior, intermediate, senior and open shearing  along with novice, junior, senior and open wool handling plus singles & pairs wool pressing as well as the coveted triathlon award.From the dreams and inspirations of a few enthusiastic young farmers many years ago, the greatest shearing competition in the world was born.


Shearing has progressed from being a physically demanding and arduous farm task to being recognised as an elite sporting pursuit with an outcome that contributes to the economic wellbeing of New Zealand.


From 1985 wool handling competitions have become an integral part of shearing events throughout the country. In fact one could say wool handling is the biggest growth industry on the New Zealand shearing circuit.


If one wants to see “muscles in motion” then the Wool pressing Championships deliver this, and more!

It ‘s common knowledge that one of the most demanding physical activities in the wool shed operation is that of the pressers.


3 days of non stop-action and entertainment, The Golden Shears is the pinnacle of International Shearing and Wool Handling competitions.

The enthralling Open Final is a heart stopping tightrope walk of speed and quality.

6 men pitted against each other with 20 sheep each, as the entire stadium watches on the edge of their seats and 70,000 people around the world watch the live broadcast to see who will be crowned with the most prestigious shearing title in the world.

Our coverage of the event via our own Golden Shears TV is unsurpassed by any shearing competition in the World, but you can't beat the excitement of being there to witness history being made and to soak up the lanolin infused atmosphere as the sweat drips off competitors brows.

Don't miss out, reserve your tickets today.

Do you have what it takes.

Working your way up through the grades to eventually make it to a Golden Shears Open Grand Final is the dream of every New Zealander working in the wool industry.

Increasingly, competitors from around the world are travelling to New Zealand to take on the countries best and attempt to lift the title.

Do you have what it takes to go up against the best in the world in your class and take out a Golden Shears title.

Entering is easy and you can now complete your entry online. 

Reserve your tickets today

 NZ vs AUS shearing final

Tickets for the evening finals sell out quickly so reserve your's today to ensure you don't miss out on the action.

For the ultimate in value, buy an all access season pass that gets you into all day and night events including the Grand Finals.

Schools can contact us for information on our school access program.

Reserve your tickets on Eventfinda now.

When you can't make it to the action.

Golden Shears TV is the worlds best live shearing and wool handling broadcast. While it will never be the same as being there in person, it's an awesome way for supporters around the world to get up close to the action. Initially provided as a way for friends and family of competitors back home to follow along, Golden Shears TV is now the most watched shearing spectacle in the world with more than 70,000 viewers watching the action.

Subscribe to the Golden Shears TV YouTube channel to stay up to date with all the latest live broadcasts or check out our programme.