Wanaka has so much to offer all year.

Throughout the year, Lake Wanaka sparkles with a series of spectacular events both fun and daring.

Wanaka Yacht Club Regatta - January 2nd -on the dazzling waters of the lake

Wanaka Rodeo - January 2nd - one of the best Rodeo events in the south Island

Southern Muster Half Marathon January -10km race up at the Snow Farm

Rippon Music Festival .- February - biennial Open-air rock festival at  Rippon Vineyard.

Upper Clutha Agricultural and Pastoral Show
- March - our agriculture show.

Motutapu Icebreaker - Autumn - a 51 km mountain bike and 42.2 km off road marathon from Arrowtown to Wanaka.

Warbirds over Wanaka - Easter -biennial Historic fighter planes take to the skies, flying in formation and somersaulting high above the heads of awe-struck onlookers.

Hill Climb Rally - Easter - attracts an elite group of international drivers


Festival of Colour - April - biennial event featuring an excellent programme of arts, dance, theatre and music.

Wanaka Autumn Arts Festival March an annual art school.

Merino Muster August - Cross country ski race


Snowboard and Skiing Competitions   July to October . International and National events

Wanakafest September - celebrate winter with 5 days of action packed fun.

Perfect Woman Competition - Labour Weekend A fun competition to find the “Perfect Woman”.

Hawea Picnic Races December A fun day at the races.

The Lake Wanaka Centre, a purpose built performance and convention venue has many exhibitions, cultural events and conferences all year.

For further details on any of these or other events, contact us.