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June 2022

Cardrona Alpine Resort – Ski Field – Opens

11 June - 16 October
Cardrona Ski Field Wanaka, New Zealand

Are you coming to Wanaka for some winter ski or snowboarding? Find out about Cardrona's opening dates first, or watch their latest video to see what's in store for your Wanaka ski trip...

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Mount Difficulty Ascent – Cromwell

11 June

The Mount Difficulty Ascent in Cromwell on Saturday, 11 June 2022 is an extreme marathon or half marathon and is usually run alongside the Rustic Run and Walk, an easier event held on the same day. This is an adventure run, meaning you can't run all of this course. The ups are really UP! You'll be hands on knees, puffing just to walk, at times you will be using your hands to help you scramble up some dirty, rocky slopes,…

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Matariki – 2022

18 June @ 4:00 pm
Wanaka Lake Front

Matariki is the Maori New Year and represents a time of renewal, a time to begin preparations for new crops as the days begin to grow longer. It’s a time of sharing, casting away of old problems and moving ahead with a fresh outlook. It is often celebrated with a feast. This is a great free (koha is asked for the hangi) family event to warm up a cold winter night.

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NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival – 2022

24 June - 3 July
Various Venues Wanaka, New Zealand

Be sure to book your tickets for the NZ Mountain Film Festival this year - there is a great selection of films to choose from. Here's a short video to give you an idea of what's to come...

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October 2022

Challenge Wanaka Multi – 2022

29 October

Challenge Wanaka Multi returns on Saturday, 29 October 2022, featuring a kayak on the Matukituki River, a mountain bike and a trail run. The event will cater for individuals, 2 and 3 person teams and tandem teams. Tandem kayaks will be available for hire. Individual kayakers and the lead kayaker in the tandem teams will need a Grade 2 kayaking certificate.⁠ Distances/Events 25K Kayak + 43K MTB + 14K trail run

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December 2022

Rhythm and Alps – 2022

29 December - 31 December
Cardrona Valley Wanaka, New Zealand

Are you a music lover and festival goer? You'll need to visit Wanaka during Rhythm and Alps music festival - it's a blast.

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January 2023

Wanaka Rodeo – 2023

2 January 2023
Wanaka Rodeo Club Wanaka, New Zealand

Be sure to dress for the occasion when you join the Wanaka Rodeo!

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February 2023

Challenge Wanaka – 2023

18 February 2023
Glendu Bay

Challenge Wanaka is an annual sporting event, held during the beautiful Wanaka Summers. The triathlon festival will utilise tranquil Glendhu Bay for the swim leg, which has far less prevailing wind than the previous course. The road from Glendhu Bay to the bottom of Treble Cone Ski Field will be lapped, making for a safe and secure road ride without the dangers of traffic. The breath-taking Bike Glendhu Bike Park will host the run-up its scenic and pristine tracks. And…

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March 2023

Motatapu Race – off-road multi-sport event – 2023

4 March 2023
Glendu Bay

The iconic Motatapu returns in 2022 on 5th March with four iconic races, the 47km Mountain Bike Race, 15km Miners Trail, 42km Marathon and 52.5km Ultra Run. Held on one epic day, it is your one chance a year to experience the breathtaking high country terrain and traverse the Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations between Wanaka and Queenstown. It’s a bucket-list off-road event with challenging yet achievable courses, which attracts close to 4000 participants a year. The Motatapu is a…

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Wanaka A&P Show – 2023

10 March 2023 - 11 March 2023
Lake Front Wanaka, New Zealand

The Wanaka A&P Show is one of the largest South Island agricultural shows. If you're heading to Wanaka for a holiday, be sure to set aside some time to take the whole family to the Wanaka A&P Show - there is something for everyone!

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