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Events reflect the place they’re in and the people who live there. That means incredible backdrops, acres of smiles and inspired individuals following their passion.

Which might explain why Lake Wanaka hosts more great events than most, and why the big names keep coming back, like Challenge Wanaka, Warbirds Over Wanaka, Winter Games NZ, the Festival of Colour, New Zealand Mountain Film Festival, Wanakafest Food and Wine,  Contact Epic Bike race, the Upper Clutha A&P show, and the Wanaka Autumn Arts School.

Because every event needs a sense of occasion.    

Lake Wanaka Events. Occasionally. Always Perfect.

"We chose Lake Wanaka as it sits perfectly with our desire to deliver a truly world class event that inspires everyone involved. The area around Wanaka is breath-taking, even by New Zealand standards..." Warren Bates - GODZone 2015 Race Director

Challenge Wanaka
Challenge Wanaka
Iron distance triathlon, plus half and can be done as a team as well.
Warbirds over Wanaka
Warbirds over Wanaka
The romance of aviation from the early 1900’s to present day comes to life
Festival of Colour, Wanaka
Festival of Colour, Wanaka
Six exciting days and nights of brilliant performances and inspiring exhibitions
Winter Games NZ
Winter Games NZ
The best of the world’s elite winter sports athletes will compete in Lake Wanaka
Wanaka A&P Show
Wanaka A&P Show
The Agricultural and Pastoral Show brings together the very best of town and country.
Rippon Festival
Rippon Festival
Biennual open air music festival located at Rippon Vineyard - an iconic tribute to Kiwi music
Annual Events Calendar
Annual Events Calendar
See a full list of annual events in the Lake Wanaka region
Submit an Event
Submit an Event
Organising an event - then submit the details and a photo and we'll publish it on our events calendar

Lake Wanaka Events

See which events are happening shortly or search by category, location or month to find more events on in and around Lake Wanaka.


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Cardrona Alpine Resort - opens for the season on 13th June

Snow Farm Opens for the 2015 Season

20 Jun 15 - 10 Oct 15

Opening day at Snow Farm

Wanaka Winter Market

02 Jul 15 - 10 Oct 15

Every Thursday throughout Winter 4:30 till 7:30 First market Thursday 2 July - Out the front of Speights Ale House and BNZ

NZ Mountain Film Festival

03 Jul 15 - 11 Jul 15

The 2015 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival is a combination of events over the five days July 3rd to 7th in NZ’s premier alpine village of Wanaka.

Cardrona Kids' Cup

15 Jul 15

Scheduled during the School Holidays on Wednesday July 15, the Cardrona Kids’ Cup is a fun Slopestyle Event for 5-11 year olds that takes place in our smallest terrain park, Lil’ Bucks.

'A Pig in a Day' workshop

25 Jul 15 - 26 Jul 15

'A Pig in a Day' is the perfect course for food lovers- learn how to make sausages, salamis, dry and wet cured hams, prosciutto and more.

The North Face Freeski Open NZ

06 Aug 15 - 10 Aug 15

THE NORTH FACE FREESKI OPEN NZ is an AFP Slopestyle and Halfpipe Event which rivals that of the world’s biggest freeski events

Merino Muster

15 Aug 15

Merino Muster is the Snow Farm's headline event! This mass start event has something for everyone with novices lining up along side international elite athletes.

Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ 2015

21 Aug 15 - 30 Aug 15

One of the world’s top five winter sports events. Watch Olympic stars compete for glory and join the biggest party on southern snow with a full downtown festival programme - it's all free!

Masters ski racing has been hosted at Cardrona for 12 years.

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