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Event Highlights Diary 2017/2018




Challenge Wanaka, Annual Roth Ironman Series, around third weekend in February. 17th February 2018.


Local and national event highlights include:

– Motatapu Endurance Race (10th March 2018).

– Upper Clutha A & P Show (9th and 10th March 2018). One of biggest trade and pastoral/agricultural shows in NZ.

– Highlands Motorsports

– Embroidery Workshop(3rd weekend in March).

– Warbirds and Wheels Over Wanaka (every second year), not to be missed by warplane/aviation/car lovers! (30th-31st March & 1st April 2018).


Autumn Arts School, mid- late April 2018 (TBA)

Southern Lakes Festival of Colour, first 10 days in April 2019. Based in Wanaka this is a five day biennial celebration and array of the arts, music, theatre and conversations performances, an amazing and uplifting cultural experience.

Easter- NZ Jet-sprinting Champs, Car racing, Art Exhibition

Contact Epic Hawea Bike Race, last Saturday April (TBC).

The Roar, deer/stag hunting/shooting.


Duckshooting starts  May.


 Treble Come-23rd June approx
 Cardrona  Skifield opens10th June 2017


Beginning in the first week in July, Events in Wanaka- early July NZ Mountain Film Festival, cutting edge cinematography, workshops, trade show, competitions-icon event.


World Heli-challenge extreme mountain event (TBC).

Merino Muster, Snow Farm, Mid-August 2017.

Mid-August Winter Mini Games 21st-30th August 2017 Wanaka, Queenstown, Central Otago, Dunedin, Ranfurly (lead-up series of events for Asia/Pacific Rim Olympic competitors).


Spring skiing- Australian School holidays 


Labour Weekend 2017, Public Holiday, long weekend, 20th-23rd October 2017.

Wanakafest. Not to be missed Spring festival.

Wanaka Art Society Exhibition and Bullock Bar/Canlive "The Speights Perfect Woman" competition (TBC).




Rhythm & Alps Music Festival/Concert, 30th and 31st December 2017 (Cardrona Valley).   Lineup TBC.

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