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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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An exhibition of the largest private collection of lithographs and etchings by one of New Zealand's best artists - Grahame Sydney.

Wild Descent a multi-day kayak and stand up paddleboard expedition down the Clutha River.

The NZHGPA are holding their National Competition for Hang Gliding. Primarily based in the Wanaka basin, launch sites are Treble Cone, Mt Grand, long Gully and Coronet Peak. The choice made on the day

Handmade N.Z arts and craft market.

Cars over Coffee is a monthly event at Warbirds & Wheels where people who love cars come to talk and view private cars.

David McAtamney, baritone opera singer & farmer from the Maniatoto, Central Otago, has graciously offered to perform free of charge to support Rotary Wanaka in fundraising for Shelter Box NZ

The Wanaka Duathlon Series is a two race series that will be held on the foreshore of Lake Wanaka. There are distances for all ages and abilities.

Handmade N.Z arts and craft market.

Local legends and national treasures come together for this spoken word variety show


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