Wanaka Events and Festivals
July to SeptemberNew Zealand Mountain Film Festival July. The festival features an impressive line up of international and New Zealand speakers.
National Snowboard and Skiing Competitions Throughout the winter from July to October.
Burton New Zealand Open August. Five days of world-class snowboarding.
Volkl New Zealand Free Ski Open The biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere attracts top athletes.
Merino Muster August. Cross country ski race. The race is usually held in August
Winter Games NZ Biennial. The biggest winter sports event outside the Winter Olympics, Winter Games NZ features over 800 of the world’s top athletes competing in 26 snow sports disciplines ranging from ski racing to curling, snowboarding to skating as well as a full adaptive skiing programme.
Mountain to Mountain September. Top of Treble Cone to the Snow Farm Lodge. 6 stages for teams or individuals. This event is for teams and individuals who Ski, Run, Mountain bike, Kayak and Road bike from the Treble Cone Ski field to the Snow Park in Cardrona Valley.
October Labour WeekendWanakafest Over 4 days: Thursday - Sunday.
Thursday Passion for Fashion
Friday Street Parade
Friday - Monday Wanaka Arts Society Exhibition
Saturday & Sunday Wine & Food festival; Pop up Markets; Music and heaps of other events
31 December New Years Eve CelebrationsArdmore Street waterfront 8.00pm – 1.00 am Free entry. Live music and a stunning fireworks display
January5 Jauary 2014 Wedding Expo Featuring weddings in Wanaka 10am - 4pm
Saturday 18 January 2014 Challenge Wanaka The worlds most scenic iron distance triathlon. 3.8 km lake swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run
1 February 2014 (Biennial)Rippon open air music festival in the most scenic venue: Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka. Capacity is 5000.
March7 - 8 March 2014 Upper Clutha Agricultural & Pastoral Show Two fabulous days of horse events, sheep, cattle, alpacas, wool exhibits, home-made crafts & creations. Over 350 trade exhibits and more than 15000 show visitors over the two days!
8 March 2014 The Motatapu Icebreaker 51 km mountain bike and 42 km off road marithon from Arrowtown to Wanaka
29 March 2014 Half Marathon and 10km run
April18 - 20 April 2014 Wanaka Arts Society Exhibition features exhibits from visual arts and the opportunity to purchase.
18 - 20 April 2014 Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow A biennial event. The largest air show in the souther hemisphere.
28 April - 2 May Wanaka Autumn Art School A week in the stunning autumn environs of Wanaka - an opportunity for learning and exchanging ideas and techniques as well as meeting a variety of people with diverse interests. Some international Tutors.
The Festival of Colour 2015 is the next biennial celebration of the arts. Six days and nights of performances and exhibitions set against the spectacular autumnal colours from nature.