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April 2017

Contact Epic

22 April 2017
Hawea Lake Front Lake Hawea, New Zealand

The Contact Epic is a mountain bike race around the beautiful Lake Hawea. There are a number of options to choose from, but rest assured either way you'll have a big day out and some spectacular views!

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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


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

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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June 2019

Cardrona Alpine Resort Ski Field

1 June - 20 October
Cardrona Ski Field Wanaka, New Zealand

Are you coming to Wanaka for some winter ski or snowboarding? Find out about Cardrona's opening dates first, or watch their latest video to see what's in store for your Wanaka ski trip...

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Treble Cone Ski Field Opens

27 June - 22 September
Treble Cone Ski Field Wanaka, New Zealand

Plan your Wanaka winter holiday around the opening dates of Treble Cone ski field if you're looking to spend some time up the mountain.

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October 2019

The Dunlop Builder’s Bike Wanaka 10hr

27 October

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

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