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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 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.

A pop-up exhibition of Shane Cotton works at the BG Artspace during the month of February

Handmade New Zealand Arts and Crafts direct from the creators. Feb 7th 14th 28th Mar 6th 20th 27th (Easter) Apr 17th 24th May 1st June 6th

Challenge Wanaka Junior Triathlon 19th February 2016

Challenge Wanaka is one of the world’s toughest and most honest long distance triathlons set against the stunning alpine backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

Set in the high country of the South Island, this is one of NZ's most iconic off road sporting events.

Set in the high country of the South Island, this is one of NZ's most iconic off road sporting events.

Set in the high country of the South Island, this is one of NZ's most iconic off road sporting events. A sell out every year, you must enter early!

Set in the high country of the South Island, this is one of NZ's most iconic off road sporting events.

Wanaka A&P Show

11 Mar 16

Where town meets country, the Wanaka A&P Show is the South Island's premier lifestyle event. When: March 11-12, 2016 Where: Wanaka Showgrounds, Ardmore Street


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