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.

Start early!

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 Chase & Status, ft. MC Rage, Drax Project, Yoko Zuna, Ama Lou & Joe Kay, 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 Vince Staples, The Up Beats, The Cat Empire and so much more! 

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 50 incredible acts performing on three stages over two days, the New Years Eve lineup includes international superstar Action Bronson and Matt Corby, plus Kiwi favourites like The Black Seeds and Julia Deans.

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 2019 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 RodeoA summer highlight, the Wanaka Rodeo sparks up the heat 

Stick around for some outdoor activities! 

January 19: The Red Bull Defiance

January 26: The Big Easy and 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.