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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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NZ Mountain Film Festival – 2021

25 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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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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July 2021

Matariki – 2021

24 July @ 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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September 2021

Merino Muster – New Zealand’s X-Country Ski Marathon

4 September
Snow Farm Wanaka, New Zealand

The Merino Muster is New Zealand's XC ski marathon, held since 1995. Skied across the stunning Pisa Range ski area at Snow Farm, it draws participants ranging from professional athletes to family groups. It is also an ideal introduction to the WorldLoppet series. Choose your CHALLENGE! The Straggle Muster A 7 km loop contained within Snow Farm's main bowl area. This event is designed for young or novice skiers, and family groups. The event typically takes skiers between 30 to…

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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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