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.

Kick it off

As New Year's events continue to be confirmed, we'll be sure to post up-to-date info here. So keep checking back! Here's what we know is on so far!

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 an all-Kiwi line-up taking over four stages for three days! 2020 sees Rhythm & Alps celebrate ten years as the premier summer festival of the South Island. And this year is the first line up for the New Years festival with 100% local artists.

Hot tip!: Wanaka Beer Fest is on December 5th if you can make it - It's a great day out! 

New Years Eve

All around the region there will be amazing ways to ring in the new year! We'll continue to update this post as we confirm events!

December 31:

Rhythm & Alps - Celebrate ten years with the South Island's premier summer festival, featuring Kiwi artists like Fat Freddy's Drop, Six60, Fairbrother and Ferby!


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!


Things worth remembering:

As we are in the South Island, so we suggest you bring an extra layer for your festival attire.

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.