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June 2021

Cardrona Alpine Resort – Ski Field – Opens

12 June - 17 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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Treble Cone – Ski Field – Opens

26 June - 26 September
Treble Cone Ski Field Wanaka, New Zealand

Plan your Wanaka winter holiday around the opening dates of Treble Cone ski field if you're looking to spend some time up the mountain.

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October 2021

Deans Bank – Bike Wanaka 10hr

24 October

10th year of DEANS BANK!!!! Bike Wānaka heralds the start of the bike season this Labour Weekend with the 10 Hour at Deans Bank. Race on the purpose built 11kmish loop track in a team of up to 5, race it solo or if you fancy a sleep in, ride the solo 5 hour race.

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December 2021

Rhythm and Alps – 2021

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 2022

Wanaka Rodeo – 2022

2 January 2022
Wanaka Rodeo Club Wanaka, New Zealand

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

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The Big Easy – “Highest Mountain Marathon in New Zealand”

22 January 2022
Cardrona Valley Wanaka, New Zealand

But it's not all downhill, with a reasonably hard climb at Sally's Pinch and some quite challenging rutty and rocky downhill bits but the views are more than worth it and the sense of accomplishment at the end will make it all worthwhile.  

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The Ruby Swim – 2022

29 January 2022 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lake Wanaka Wanaka, New Zealand

Swim in the pristine waters of Lake Wanaka during the Ruby Swim race. There are multiple distances and always a fun get together afterwards.

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February 2022

Challenge Wanaka – 2022

19 February 2022
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 2022

Motatapu Race – off-road multi-sport event – 2022

5 March 2022
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 – 2022

11 March 2022 - 12 March 2022
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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