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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 Wanaka 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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Happy Hour in Wanaka

10 Jul 15 - 30 Jun 16

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

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

YAMI Sounz Summit

14 May 16 - 15 May 16

YAMI: Youth and Adults in the Music Industry. A weekend of workshops, tutorials, seminars and showcases for everyone aged 10 to 110, aiming to inspire and help progress careers in the music industry!

Niu Sila

28 May 16 - 29 May 16

NZ Comedy. Live professional theatre at its best.

Cardrona Alpine Resort - opens for the season on 11th June to 9th Oct 2016

Opening day at Treble Cone Ski Area

The 2016 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival is a combination of events over the five days July 1st to 5th in NZ’s premier alpine village of Wanaka.

Merino Muster

03 Sep 16

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.

Paintings, embroidery, quilt making, creative fibre, sculpture, wood crafts, printmaking & photography.

The sixth annual 10 Hour event will be held on the purpose built 10km track which is situated on DOC land alongside the Clutha River at Deans Bank in Wanaka.


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