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February 2018

Tuki Festival 2018

10 February 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Glendu Bay

The shindig formerly known as Rippon Festival has moved up the road!.

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May 2018

YAMI

1 May 2018

YAMI is a weekend of music industry workshops, panels, and showcases in Wanaka for anyone aged from 10 to 110 years.

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August 2018

Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ

25 August 2018 @ 12:00 am

The Games are one of the world’s top five winter sports competitions and the only one in the southern hemisphere. They are also New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event.

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September 2018

Jossi Wells Invitational Big Air 2018

12 September 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cardrona Ski Field Wanaka, New Zealand

Expect to see the most progressive skiing & boarding, with all the latest tricks thrown down on what last year’s athletes dubbed the best jump in the world. This year Jossi is adding a skate comp at the Wanaka Skate Park. An awards presentation & party are scheduled for after the event. Next on: TBC September 2018

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January 2019

Red Bull Defiance

19 January 2019 - 20 January 2019

Red Bull Defiance is a new and unique race format that combines off road running, kayaking and mountain bike endurance disciplines, with the creative element of undisclosed special stages. Designed by Braden Currie, New Zealand’s foremost adventure and multisport racer, the course has been designed to test athletes over two challenging days, racing along side the worlds best multisport and endurance athletes. A two-person team race, the course will see athletes competing over 8 exclusive high country stations in the…

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April 2020

Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas

3 April 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5 April 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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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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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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April 2021

Festival of Colour – Arts Festival – 2021

12 April - 18 May

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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May 2021

Southern Lakes Half Marathon & 10km Run 2021

1 May @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cardrona Valley Wanaka, New Zealand

The Southern Lakes Half Marathon on Saturday, 1 May 2021 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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