Wanaka Events

Wanaka Rodeo

Wanaka Rodeo

02 Jan 2020

The guys and gals of rodeo strut their stuff for the crowds, demonstrating the prowess and skill and sheer bravery it takes to get in the ring... barrel rolling, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, saddle bronc and bareback bronc. Check out this picture of our very own Wayne Enoka, opening the event with an amazing rendition of the NZ National Anthem

Red Bull Defiance

Red Bull Defiance

18 Jan 2020

If you can run, kayak, mountain bike and abseil then the Red Bull Defiance 2-day team event is for you.

Minaret Burn Mountain Bike Race

Minaret Burn Mountain Bike Race

18 Jan 2020

Set in the spectacular Wanaka high country, the Minaret Mountain Bike offers a once a year opportunity to ride in one of New Zealand’s most prestigious high country stations.

Skyline Traverse Run

Skyline Traverse Run

19 Jan 2020

The opportunity to run across one of New Zealand’s most spectacular skylines. Competitors will run through the breathtaking alpine landscape of Wanaka, taking them on a memorable journey around this amazing adventure playground.

The Ruby

The Ruby

25 Jan 2020

The greatest little swim race in the World From the Ruby 10 (marathon lake swimming is the next big thing) to the very competitive 3.8km Big Ruby swim, down to a 1.2km or 600m challenge and right down to the 200m Little Gem for the kids - these races are designed to offer a challenging but achievable event.

The Big Easy and 'Lil Easy Mountain Bike Challenges

The Big Easy and 'Lil Easy Mountain Bike Challenges

25 Jan 2020

The Big Easy Higher, longer and definitely faster 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.

Puzzling World Junior Challenge

Puzzling World Junior Challenge

14 Feb 2020

Join hundreds of budding triathletes, aged from 5 to 13 in the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never raced triathlon before. The Junior Challenge event provides a fun and safe opportunity for all children to challenge and compete individually against their peers in a fun and safe environment. By the way if you like the picture above of this event, the model is our very own wee Cory - aged 7 and giving it his all.

Challange Wanaka

Challange Wanaka

15 Feb 2020

One of the world’s toughest and most scenic long distance swim-bike-run triathlon courses, Challenge Wanaka is a favourite with local teams and international stars alike taking on the half or full ironman distance

Wanaka A&P Show

Wanaka A&P Show

13 Mar 2020 – 14 Mar 2020

Wanaka A&P Show – one of the South Island’s largest and most popular agricultural and pastoral shows set on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Bringing town and country together over two days and jam-packed with entertainment!

Motatapu

Motatapu

14 Mar 2020 – 15 Mar 2020

The iconic event has become a must-do for many elite athletes, everyday folk and even Olympians and this year a record breaking 4,000 plus competitors will run, walk, bike and hike their way through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular countryside.

Aspiring Conversations

Aspiring Conversations

03 Apr 2020 – 05 Apr 2020

Aspiring Conversations is a festival of ideas where key thinkers talk about subjects that are current, controversial and just downright interesting

Southern Lakes Half Marathon and 10km Run

Southern Lakes Half Marathon and 10km Run

04 Apr 2020

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

Warbirds over Wanaka

Warbirds over Wanaka

10 Apr 2020 – 12 Apr 2020

Now acclaimed as the largest Warbird Airshow in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the one event not to be missed.

Contact Epic

Contact Epic

18 Apr 2020

Once a year passionate mountain bikers descend upon Wanaka and Lake Hawea to test their skills, endurance and daring at the Contact Epic.

Contact Traverse

Contact Traverse

18 Apr 2020

An easy, grade 2 track, this is an ideal ride for the beginner or intermediate mountain biker. Experience the atmosphere and camaraderie of the Contact Epic in a more relaxed and fun way. Starting on the dam this ride loops all the way back, through a private dairy farm, into the Hawea Hotel Garden Bar.

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