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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, 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
Winter Games
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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THE one and only car from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is on loan from Sir Peter Jackson and will be on display at Warbirds & Wheels Wanaka from 1 - 30 April.

A fabulous solo show of new paintings by Melbourne based painter Cristina Popovici.

The REPCO Race to the Sky presented by Highlands - The world’s longest gravel hill climb. This iconic kiwi event is back with two days of spectacular action and entertainment for the whole family.

A new downhill mountain biking event, the Cardrona Mega Avalanche, will take place at Cardrona on Sunday 19th April.

South American FIESTA

The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is an exciting biennial celebration of the arts.

Last of the Summer Sessions- Rippon Rendezvous

Add a little bit of spice to your winter cooking with a cajun cooking demo night at the med with Tanya and Cathrine. Learn a little about the history of Cajun cooking and have a fun evening.

Yoga Retreat at The Lookout Lodge

Workshops, Discussions, Debates and Showcases for those interested in a career within the NZ creative industries


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