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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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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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August 2020

Winter Games NZ – 2020

21 August - 5 September
Various Venues Wanaka, New Zealand
Free

The Winter Games New Zealand are one of the world’s top winter sports competitions and the only one in the southern hemisphere. They're also New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event.Free to watch, this is your chance to see the world’s best compete for glory in freeskiing, snowboarding, alpine ski racing, cross-country skiing and curling. Then enjoy our on-mountain WGNZ music festival featuring some of NZ’s top live bands and DJs. Join us for a uniquely Kiwi experience that athletes, coaches,…

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Merino Muster

29 August
Snow Farm Wanaka, New Zealand

THe Merino Muster The Merino Muster is New Zealand's XC ski marathon, held since 1995. Skied across the stunning Pisa Range ski area at Snow Farm, it draws participants ranging from professional athletes to family groups. It is also an ideal introduction to the WorldLoppet series. Choose your CHALLENGE! The Straggle Muster A 7 km loop contained within Snow Farm's main bowl area. This event is designed for young or novice skiers, and family groups. The event typically takes skiers…

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