Arts & Heritage Holidays in Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka was formed by nature’s creativity in full spate and harnessed by men and women of steel and determination. And the marks those upheavals left are still plain to see, everywhere.
Maori history is always passed on through legend and the lore of Lake Wanaka has all the classic ingredients of great story-telling.
And where the Maori coveted greenstone, Europeans were relentless in their quest for gold. An agrarian tradition transformed grasslands into beef production and the high country into an alpine wool generator and meanwhile generations of wild-country bushmen created a legendary folk culture from their foraging and trapping. Celebrating the land and past is still a strong Wanaka institution.
Music events like the reggae of Rippon and Rhythm and Alps are high on the South Island agenda, as are arts draw cards Festival of Colour and Autumn Arts School.
Celebrate Lake Wanaka
The People. The Land. The Traditions