5 Reasons To Check Out TUKI Festival

On the second Saturday, of the second month, every second year, something magical happens at Glendhu Bay in Wanaka. Here’s why you need to check out TUKI festival

TUKI Festival at Glendhu Bay in Wanaka showcases some of the most astounding musical talent that New Zealand has to offer. With incredible local food, an array of beer, wine and spirits and even an Enchanted Forest, TUKI festival isn’t one to be missed. Here’s why.

The Line-Up

With a 100% Kiwi line-up, TUKI brings you an eclectic mix of classic musical acts (like legendary TrinityRoots, Anika Moa & The Chills) mixed up with hot up-and-comers like Sea Mouse & all girl-band Lola.



It's a family affair

TUKI prides itself on being a community, all ages event. Bring the kids along for the day and let them enjoy the music, the Forest and the Funzone! We also hear there may be a waterslide for those extra-adventurous!

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Local eats and beverages

TUKI will feature some local fare favourites, like Rhyme & Reason Brewery, Cardrona Distillery, B. Effect Brewery, New New New Beer, Maude Wines, Pegasus Bay winery, Ground Up Brewing, as well as Indian, pizza, street food, ice cream and coffee vendors.



TUKI takes extraordinary measures to take care of the land and people. In 2007, TUKI implemented a Waste Minimization Policy and partnered with Wanaka Wastebusters to move toward zero waste. The festival also works with the McRae family to protect the land on which the festival is held. For TUKI 2020 and beyond, the goal is to become climate positive.


TUKI is a not-for-profit and charitable organization. In fact, since the first festival over $125,000 has been donated to music education, youth, the arts and environment of the Wanaka community.

The place

TUKI takes place at Glendhu Bay with the most incredible backdrop of the lake and surrounding mountains.

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Stay at the Glendhu Bay Motor Camp or even grab a glamping spot with Explore Life.  Enjoy the place, the people and of course, the music. Te wahi te iwi te waiata

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Make it a Waitangi day weekend to remember at TUKI festival.


Photos courtesy TUKI Festival & ExploreLife