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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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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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Festival of Colour – Arts Festival – 2023

26 March 2023 - 2 April 2023

The Festival of Colour is the flagship arts event for the region. With seven successful festivals under our belt, we are still fresh and stylish and punch well above our weight. We have established our track record with sell-out seasons of music, theatre and dance performances and deservedly known as the ‘best little arts festival in New Zealand’.

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April 2023

Wheels at Wanaka – 2023

7 April 2023 - 9 April 2023
Three Parks Wanaka, Sir Tim Wallis Drive, Three Parks, Ballantyne Rd, Wanaka 9382 Wanaka, New Zealand 9305

Wheels at Wanaka is a biennial event, it is a history-in-motion show which includes a vintage fair of steam, traction & stationary engines, tractors & farming heritage, cars, motorcycles and trucks - vintage, classics and exotics, earthmovers and heavy machinery. Buzzing with energy, Wheels at Wanaka is huge! There's nothing like it in Australasia.

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March 2024

Warbirds Over Wanaka – 2024

29 March 2024 - 1 April 2024
Wanaka Airport, Lloyd Dunn Ave, SH6
Wanaka, Otago 9305 New Zealand

Experience aviation history from the early 1900's at Warbirds Over Wanaka, an international airshow that's not to be missed!

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