How to celebrate the New Year in Wanaka

Planning your summer holidays? Here’s a quick guide to some amazing events to help get you sorted.

Warm up!

Wanaka and nearby Lake Hawea are buzzing at this time of year - plus there's some awesome gigs to get your New Year’s started right. 

December 28:

Rhythm & Alps Warm Up Show - this year featuring Ghostface Killah, Sachi, Mellowdownz, Chruch &AP, Lee Mvthews this limited-capacity show at the Lake Hawea Hotel traditionally sells out every year -  so get in quick! 

December 29:

If you're lucky enough to be camping at Rhythm & Alps then you get to attend the massive campground party!

December 30:

Rhythm & Alps - The South Island’s biggest New Year’s party kicks off with 50 incredible acts performing on three stages over two days. With a lineup on the first day including Ladi 6, Sunshine SoundSystem, RL Grime, Shapeshifter, Mako Road and SO much more! 

Hot tip!: Wanaka Beer Fest is on December 7th if you can make it - It's a grat day out! 

New Years Eve

All around the region there are amazing ways to celebrate this NYE!

December 31:

Rhythm & Alps - The South Island’s biggest New Year’s party kicks off with incredible acts performing on three stages over two days, the New Years Eve lineup includes international superstar Wilkinson, Sama', Opio, Jon Hopkins and much much more!

iHeart Radio Top Paddock Festival - The South Islands largest country music and camping festival, show-casing national and international acts. held at the beautiful Lake Hawea.

Wanaka New Years Celebrations - Head to the Wanaka Lakefront and bring in 2020 with a great line-up of live music, entertainment and spectacular fireworks at midnight. A celebration for both locals and guests from around the world!

Let the party continue...

If you’re still up for it - there's plenty more to do around Wanaka in the New Year!

January 2: Wanaka Rodeo - A summer highlight, the Wanaka Rodeo sparks up the heat 

Stick around for some outdoor activities! 

January 18: The Big Easy 

January 25: The Ruby Swim 

Things worth remembering:

As we are in the South Island we suggest you bring an extra layer for your festival attire.
There is a 24hr liquor ban in Wanaka and Lake Hawea from 6am December 27th, to the 6am January 6th

Town is a touch busy at this time of year so it pays to be organised and to be careful on the roads. Ride your bike, walk or ride share!  There will be extra car parking in the local rugby grounds if you need it.

Look up Wastebusters Wanaka for cheap things you may need - dress ups, tents and more. You can also drop your items back off and recycle your rubbish too.