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Events 

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 from 4:30 till 7:30pm. Out the front of Speights Ale House and the BNZ.

Happy Hour in Wanaka

10 Jul 15 - 30 Jun 16

Find out when the bars and cafes around Wanaka have their Happy Hour.

PUMP Mini Mountain

05 Sep 15

PUMP Mini Mountain creates a fun and progressive format for kids to come test their skills in Treble Cone's famous freeride terrain.

Learn2Drive Vintage Cars in a controlled environment on private land - all ages welcome. Kids - teens -ladies -gents, everyone welcome.

Come and meet The Game Chef, Angelo Giorgalli at Albert Town Tavern on Saturday 6th September at 12 noon for book signing and lunch! Only $25

Winter Games NZ Special Olympics

09 Sep 15 - 11 Sep 15

2015 sees the return of the quadrennial Special Olympic Winter Games to Cardrona Alpine Resort. Skiers and snowboarders compete in Super Giant Slalom, Giant Slalom and Slalom ski and snowboard.

Fortune Theatre presents this fast-paced comedy spoof of the classic Sherlock Holmes adventure.

The South Island Secondary Schools Champs is an inter-schools ski and snowboard competition for secondary schools throughout the South Island that have qualified from their regional champs.


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