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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 - 20 January

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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March 2019

Wanaka A&P Show 2019

8 March - 9 March
Lake Front Wanaka, New Zealand

The Wanaka A&P Show is one of the largest South Island agricultural shows. If you're heading to Wanaka for a holiday, be sure to set aside some time to take the whole family to the Wanaka A&P Show - there is something for everyone!

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Motatapu Race – off-road multi-sport event

9 March
Glendu Bay

The Motatapu race offers adventours challenges for all. There is a triathlon, mountain bike race, an ultra marathon as well as a walk and running event. Start training today, and register to compete as soon as registration opens.

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April 2019

Festival of Colour – Arts Festival

2 April - 7 April

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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Southern Lakes Half Marathon & 10km Run 2019

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

The Southern Lakes Half Marathon and is an annual event starting just below the Cardrona Ski Field entrance and finishing at Pembroke Park in the middle of town.

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June 2019

Matariki 2019

8 June @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 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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NZ Mountain Film Festival

28 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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