Wanaka Events

Wanaka Rodeo

Wanaka Rodeo

02 Jan 2018

The Wanaka Rodeo has been running since 1963 and is held annually on 2nd January. ​ ​ This family friendly day is recognised as one of the best rodeo in the country and one of the most popular with rodeo competitors.

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Redbull Defiance

Redbull Defiance

20 Jan 2018 – 21 Jan 2018

Designed by Braden Currie, New Zealand’s foremost adventure and multisport racer, the course is designed to test competitors over two challenging days along side the worlds best multisport and endurance athletes.

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The Ruby - Wanaka Swim

The Ruby - Wanaka Swim

27 Jan 2018

Be part of Wanaka's premium swim event with distances for everyone.

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Tuki Festival

Tuki Festival

10 Feb 2018

Craft beers & ciders, Central Otago wines, stunning food, killer music, mountain & lake views with a shady forest - TUKI is Wanaka's one-day, two-stage festival.

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Challenge Wanaka

Challenge Wanaka

17 Feb 2018

Challenge Wanaka features one of the world’s toughest and most honest long distance triathlon courses set against the stunning alpine backdrop of Lake Wanaka

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Wanaka A&P Show

Wanaka A&P Show

09 Mar 2018 – 10 Mar 2018

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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Motatapu

Motatapu

10 Mar 2018

The iconic event has become a must-do for many elite athletes, everyday folk and even Olympians and this year a record breaking 4,000 plus competitors will run, walk, bike and hike their way through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular countryside.

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Southern Lakes Half Marathon and 10km Run

Southern Lakes Half Marathon and 10km Run

24 Mar 2018

The Southern Lakes Half Marathon and is an annual event starting just below the Cardrona Ski Field entrance and finishing at Pembroke Park in the middle of town

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Warbirds over Wanaka

Warbirds over Wanaka

30 Mar 2018 – 01 Apr 2018

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

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Aspiring Conversations

Aspiring Conversations

06 Apr 2018 – 08 Apr 2018

Aspiring Conversations is a festival of ideas where key thinkers talk about subjects that are current, controversial and just downright interesting

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Contact Epic

Contact Epic

14 Apr 2018

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

14 Apr 2018

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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NZ Mountain Film Festival

NZ Mountain Film Festival

28 Jun 2018 – 07 Jul 2018

National and international filmmakers come together to showcase their work in the highly acclaimed NZ Mountain Film Festival.

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Merino Muster

Merino Muster

01 Sep 2018

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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The Deans Bank 10 Hr

The Deans Bank 10 Hr

21 Oct 2018

The fourth annual 10 Hour event will be held on the purpose built 10km track which is situated on DOC land alongside the Clutha River at Deans Bank in Wanaka. The track is all single track and has been designed for bikers by bikers- so it’s fun to ride!

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Festival of Colour

Festival of Colour

02 Apr 2019 – 07 Apr 2019

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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