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Annual Events in Lake Wanaka

There’s something to look forward to year-round. From time-honoured music festivals to international race events to celebrations of art, culture and community, there’s an event to suit everyone – in fact, there’s usually more than one!

Every year Lake Wanaka is the destination of choice for a number of exciting, enticing and exceptional annual events. An unbeatable location, extraordinary teams of passionate organisers and volunteers, and the support from the entire community bring these events back over and over again.

Plan your year in advance and check out the annual events that make your must do!

Wanaka Rodeo
Wanaka Rodeo
Every January the cowboys and cowgirls strut their stuff in the ring...
Challenge Wanaka
Challenge Wanaka
Iron distance triathlon, plus half and can be done as a team as well.
Rippon Festival
Rippon Festival
Biennual open air music festival located at Rippon Vineyard - an iconic tribute to Kiwi music
Wanaka A&P Show
Wanaka A&P Show
The Agricultural and Pastoral Show brings together the very best of town and country.
Contact Epic
Contact Epic
The longest and most scenic mountain bike race in New Zealand
Festival of Colour
Festival of Colour
Six exciting days and nights of brilliant performances and inspiring exhibitions
Warbirds over Wanaka
Warbirds over Wanaka
The romance of aviation from the early 1900’s to present day comes to life
Wanaka Autumn Arts School
Wanaka Autumn Arts School
Diverse, creative and imaginative, the Arts School develops skills in all areas of the arts.
NZ Mountain Film Festival
NZ Mountain Film Festival
National and international filmmakers come together to showcase their films for 5 days
Winter Games
Winter Games
The best of the world’s elite winter sports athletes will compete in Lake Wanaka
Wanakafest
Wanakafest
Every spring the people of Wanaka get together to create a festival for everyone
Deans Bank 10 Hour Bike Race
Deans Bank 10 Hour Bike Race
Race the flowing 12 km single track flush with banks, berms, humps and hollows...
Merino Muster
Merino Muster
New Zealand's World Loppet cross country ski race

January: New Year Yacht Regatta,Wanaka Rodeo & The Big Easy Mountain Bike & Run

February: Challenge Wanaka & Rippon Music Festival (2016)

March: Wanaka A&P Show, Motutapu Mountain Bike & Running Events, Southern Lakes Half Marathon & Warbirds over Wanaka (2016)

April: Contact Epic Mountain Bike Race, Festival of Colour (2015) & Autumn Arts School

July: New Zealand Mountain Film Festival

August: Winter Games NZ, Merino Muster & Freeski Open NZ

September: Burton High Five

October: Aspiring Conversations, Wanakafest, Red Bull Defiance & Deans Bank 10 Hour Race

December: New Year Celebrations