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April 2020

Southern Lakes Half Marathon & 10km Run 2020

4 April 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cardrona Valley Wanaka, New Zealand

The Southern Lakes Half Marathon on Saturday, 4 April 2020 is an annual event starting just below the Cardrona Ski Field entrance and finishing at Pembroke Park in the middle of town. The half marathon course goes down the Cardrona Valley starting from just below the Cardorna Ski Field entrance (parking will be in adjacent field) finishing on Pembroke Park in the middle of town. The 10km course also starts on Cardrona Valley Rd with a straight run home to…

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June 2020

Matariki – 2020

20 June 2020 @ 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 Festival

26 June 2020 - 28 June 2020
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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Cardrona Alpine Resort – Ski Field – Opens

26 June 2020 - 18 October 2020
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

27 June 2020 - 22 September 2020
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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August 2020

Winter Games NZ – 2020

21 August 2020 - 5 September 2020
Various Venues Wanaka, New Zealand
Free

The Winter Games New Zealand are one of the world’s top winter sports competitions and the only one in the southern hemisphere. They're also New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event.Free to watch, this is your chance to see the world’s best compete for glory in freeskiing, snowboarding, alpine ski racing, cross-country skiing and curling. Then enjoy our on-mountain WGNZ music festival featuring some of NZ’s top live bands and DJs. Join us for a uniquely Kiwi experience that athletes, coaches,…

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Merino Muster

29 August 2020
Snow Farm Wanaka, New Zealand

THe Merino Muster 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…

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October 2020

Art Exhibition & Sale

23 October 2020 - 26 October 2020
The Lake Wanaka Centre, 80 Ardmore Street
Wanaka, Otago 9305 New Zealand

This Labour Weekend art exhibition is packed with local contemporary art for sale, live music, an art auction, gift shop and artist discussions. Not to be missed! The Lake Wanaka Centre will be filled with contemporary local art for sale over the Labour Weekend 2020. The special section theme for this event is 'Pacifica'. Sculptures, jewellery, paintings, prints, woodwork, creative fibre and more will be on display during this 3-day event. The opening night will feature live music, drinks and…

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December 2020

Rhythm and Alps – 2020

29 December 2020 - 31 December 2020
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 2021

Wanaka Rodeo – 2021

2 January
Wanaka Rodeo Club Wanaka, New Zealand

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

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