Wanaka Events

Merino Muster

Merino Muster

03 Sep 2022

The New Zealand High Country Ski Adventure.​ The Merino Muster promises a day you’ll never forget,catering for pure beginner cross country skiers to the elite national team skier.

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Alpha Challenge

Alpha Challenge

03 Dec 2022

Grab your friends and family and join us for an obstacle course race and social event in the stunning Dublin Bay, Wanaka. Be prepared for mud, climbing, carry’s, monkey bars and loads of fun

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Rhythm and Alps

Rhythm and Alps

29 Dec 2022 – 01 Jan 2023

R&A is a music and camping festival that runs over 3 nights from 29th Dec – 1st Jan. It is situated in the beautiful Cardrona Valley in the mighty Southern Alps of New Zealand.

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Wanaka Rodeo

Wanaka Rodeo

02 Jan 2023

The guys and gals of rodeo strut their stuff for the crowds, demonstrating the prowess and skill and sheer bravery it takes to get in the ring... barrel rolling, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, saddle bronc and bareback bronc. Check out this picture of our very own Wayne Enoka, opening the event with an amazing rendition of the NZ National Anthem

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Puzzling World Junior Challenge and Intermediate Challenge

Puzzling World Junior Challenge and Intermediate Challenge

16 Feb 2023 – 17 Feb 2023

Join hundreds of budding triathletes, aged from year 1 - year 8 in the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never raced triathlon before. The Junior Challenge event provides a fun and safe opportunity for all children to challenge and compete individually against their peers in a fun and safe environment. By the way if you like the picture above of this event, the model is our very own wee Cory - aged 7 and giving it his all.

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Challange Wanaka

Challange Wanaka

18 Feb 2023

One of the world’s toughest and most scenic long distance swim-bike-run triathlon courses, Challenge Wanaka is a favourite with local teams and international stars alike taking on the half or full ironman distance

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Macpac Motatapu

Macpac Motatapu

04 Mar 2023 – 04 Mar 2023

It’s a bucket-list off-road event with challenging yet achievable courses, which attracts close to 4000 participants a year. The Macpac Motatapu is a hugely enjoyable and social event, famous for its relaxed southern vibe and huge comradery.

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Wanaka A&P Show

Wanaka A&P Show

10 Mar 2023 – 11 Mar 2023

Wanaka A&P Show – one of the South Island’s largest and most popular agricultural and pastoral shows set on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Bringing town and country together over two days and jam-packed with entertainment!

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Festival of Colour

Festival of Colour

26 Mar 2023 – 02 Apr 2023

Six exciting days and nights of astounding performances and inspiring exhibitions set against the spectacular autumnal backdrop of the Southern Lakes.

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Contact Epic

Contact Epic

01 Apr 2023

Once a year passionate mountain bikers descend upon Wanaka and Lake Hawea to test their skills, endurance and daring at the Contact Epic.

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Contact Traverse

Contact Traverse

01 Apr 2023

An easy, grade 2 track, this is an ideal ride for the beginner or intermediate mountain biker. Experience the atmosphere and camaraderie of the Contact Epic in a more relaxed and fun way. Starting on the dam this ride loops all the way back, through a private dairy farm, into the Hawea Hotel Garden Bar.

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Warbirds over Wanaka

Warbirds over Wanaka

29 Mar 2024 – 31 Mar 2024

Now acclaimed as the largest Warbird Airshow in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the one event not to be missed.

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