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Event Highlights Diary 2019/2020




Challenge Wanaka, Annual Triathlon Series, around third weekend in February. 16th February 2019.


Local and national event highlights include:

– Motatapu Endurance Race (8 & 9th March 2019).

– Upper Clutha A&P Show (8th and 9th March 2019), one of biggest trade and pastoral/agricultural shows in New Zealand.

– 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! (10, 11 & 12th April 2020).

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

Southern Lakes Festival of Colour, 3-7th 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- Wheels Over Wanaka- 19, 20 & 21st April 2019

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

The Roar, deer/stag hunting/shooting.


Duckshooting starts May.


Treble Come - Mid- late June approx.

Cardrona Skifield opens around 10th June


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 2019.

Mid-August Winter Mini Games 21st-30th August 2019 Wanaka, Queenstown, Central Otago, Dunedin, Ranfurly (lead-up series of events for Asia/Pacific Rim Olympic competitors).


Spring skiing- Australian School holidays.


Labour Weekend 2019, Public Holiday, long weekend, 26th-28th October 2019.

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




Rhythm & Alps Music Festival/Concert, 30th and 31st December 2019 (Cardrona Valley). Lineup TBC.