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March 2018

Warbirds over Wanaka

30 March @ 12:00 am - 1 April @ 12:00 am

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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May 2018


1 May

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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June 2018

Matariki 2018

15 June @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wanaka Lake Front

Date to be confirmed. Kahu Youth's Matariki celebrations see a huge community hangi, workshops and perfomances finished off with an awesome firework display every June.

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August 2018

Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ

25 August @ 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. Here's a short video teaser.

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September 2018

Merino Muster

3 September
Snow Farm Wanaka, New Zealand

Ski across the rolling and beautiful Mt Pisa range in Wanaka, on some of New Zealand's best cross country tracks at Snowfarm. This annual event is a must do on any cross country skier’s bucket list. There are four events on race day. Watch the video for more.

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Jossi Wells Invitational Big Air 2018

12 September @ 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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December 2018

Rhythm and Alps

30 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 2019

Wanaka Rodeo

2 January 2019 @ 12:00 am

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

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The Ruby Swim

26 January 2019 @ 12:00 am

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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The Big Easy 2019

26 January 2019 @ 8:00 am
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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