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What’s on in Wanaka this Winter!

19th June – Mataraki 2021

Join the locals on the lake front for a community hangi, workshops and performances finished with an epic fireworks display at approx 6pm, Dinosaur Park.

25th June to 3rd July – NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival

Presenting a wide range of films, guest speakers, workshops and presentations from inspirational adventurers. Our films and books tell stories of adventure sports, foreign cultures, remote travel and environmental issues. The 9-day event is a celebration of adventurous sports and lifestyles presented for adventurers, film and book enthusiasts and armchair adventurers. Lake Wanaka Centre.

3rd July – Ladi6

Returning to Wanaka, Ladi6 presents the Alpha Sessions – live improvisation nights with her band, made up of long-term collaborators Brent Park-Tamati (Parks), Julien Dyne & Brandon Haru. Come ready to dance & hear new, unreleased music. Water Bar, Ardmore Street.

24th August – Winter Games 2021

Winter Games NZ is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest snow sports event. Traditionally it welcomes the world’s best skiers & snowboarders to compete but this year that can’t happen, so rather than let the event lapse Winter Games NZ will run Obsidian. Obsidian is an epic new mixed Team Challenge event for the Winter Games NZ 2020, set across New Zealand’s Southern Alps. 21 of New Zealand’s best freeski and snowboard athletes pitted against each other in four progressive events over a ten-day weather window. Each 9-person team will comprise a mix of 7 elite snow sport athletes and 2 world class videographers. Male and female, ski and snowboard, freeride and park athletes and will be led by a Team Captain. Cardrona Alpine Resort.

7th September – Snowboxx

Taking place in collaboration with Rhythm & Alps this September 7 – 14, the week-long slopeside party at Cardrona and Treble Cone will be soundtracked by an eclectic mix of electronic music. From house to hip hop, drum & bass to disco, Snowboxx NZ will be recreating the successful Snowboxx European extravaganza which takes place annually in Avoriaz, featuring an action-packed program of performances across a series of mountain-top stages.

11th September – Jossi Wells Invitational Big Air 2021

Expect to see the most progressive skiing & boarding, with all the latest tricks thrown down on what last year’s athletes dubbed the best jump in the world. This year Jossi is adding a skate comp at the Wanaka Skate Park. An awards presentation & party are scheduled for after the event. Cardrona Alpine Resort.

11th September – Merino Muster

From absolute beginners to the elite national team, competitors revel in the naturally sculpted back country of Snow Farm for both its stunning beauty and its challenging and exhilarating trails. For the more relaxed athlete there is the 7 km course around Merino Glen which most people manage on their first day of nordic skiing. The 21 km course travels around Merino Glen and then out around River Run and back on The Loop. For the experienced cross country skier there is the 42 km Marathon which covers the 21km course and then heads out through Hanging Valley and then back around the Loop for a second time.

For more information about any of these activities contact us here.