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2019 Snowsports Events

Wanaka is the preferred venue for some of the best winter snowsports events held in New Zealand.

One of the world’s top 25 ski towns, Wanaka is home to a number of international ski and snowboard events that bring some of the big names in snow riding to town. Seeing these riders in action can be a highlight of your time in the Southern Alps.

With events currently including the NZ Winter Games and the Josi Wells Invitational Big Air, Release Wanaka can build an unforgettable travel and accommodation experience around your visit to Wanaka to watch the world’s best competing in our backyard.

THE WINTER GAMES NZ:  Aug- Sept 2019

The Winter Games NZ are one of the world’s top winter sports competitions and the only one in the southern hemisphere. They're also New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event.

Free to watch, this is your chance to see the world’s best compete for glory in freeskiing, snowboarding, alpine ski racing, cross-country skiing and curling. Then enjoy the on-mountain WGNZ music festival featuring some of NZ’s top live bands and DJs.

Join this uniquely Kiwi experience that athletes, coaches, judges and spectators all rave about. The relaxed atmosphere, friendly people, sporting action and music festival – it’s going to be the biggest party on southern snow…



Josi Wells, undoubtley one of NZ's most recognised snow riders invites international progressive skiing & boarding athletes to this annual event. 

2018 athletes dubbed this the best jump event in the world!

This year Jossi is adding a skate comp at the Wanaka Skate Park with an awards presentation & party scheduled for after the event.



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.

The Merino Muster is an event for lovers of snow and excitement and is one of winters most fulfilling experiences.

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