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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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October 2019

The Dunlop Builder’s Bike Wanaka 10hr

27 October 2019

Mountain bike as an individual or as a team in the The Dunlop Builder’s Bike Wanaka 10hr race.

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January 2020

The Big Easy 2020

25 January
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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April 2020

Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas

3 April @ 8:00 am - 5 April @ 5:00 pm
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Southern Lakes Half Marathon & 10km Run 2020

4 April @ 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 @ 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 - 28 June
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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