Things to do around Wanaka – Summerdaze events!

Date: 27th December 2011

Paper Plus Wanaka brings you Yoga at the Lakefront

Come and enjoy an outdoor yoga class with Stella Senior.

When: 7.30 am Wed 4 January, Mon 9 January and Wed 11 January
Where: On the lawn outside Ardmore Street cafe
Cost: Free of charge
Contact: Stella Senior, 021 065 5259

Kite making workshop – Wanaka

Get creative and design your own colourful kite under the guidance of a professional kite maker. Bring along your creation to the Summerdaze Grand Kite Display. The workshops are 90-minutes and numbers are limited, bookings recommended.

When: 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm Friday 6 January
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre
Cost: $5, materials provided
Contact: or 03 443 2700

The Summerdaze Grand Kite Display in association with Q92 More FM

Watch the spectacular display of dozens of kites swooping and swimming in the air, all sizes, shapes and formations from the world-renowned Peter Lynn Team. Bring your own kite and join in the fun.

When:from midday Saturday 7 January
Pembroke Park, Wanaka (wind permitting!)
Contact: or 03 443 2700

Wanaka Farmers and Gardeners Market

Fresh local foods from fab local foodies! Every Thursday is Market Day in Wanaka. Stop by the lakefront and enjoy the most beautiful farmers market in the world. Organic produce, free-range eggs, Merino lamb, breads, pastries, award-winning sausages, fruits, flowers, sauces, seedlings, sweets, treats and homestyle goodies.

When: Thursdays from 4:30pm
Where: Pembroke Park at the corner of Ardmore and Dungarvon Streets.
Cost: Free

Wanaka Teddy Bears’ Picnic in association with Q92-MORE FM

An entertaining event for the young ones with games, story-telling, a bouncy castle, face painting, singing and much more. Don’t forget your teddies and sun hats.

Wanaka Dinosaur Park
When: 11am – 1pm Saturday 28 January
Cost: Free, bring your picnic or bring some money to buy food/drink
Contact: or 03 443 2700

Tea Dance Wanaka

Come along to the Elmslie House Residential Home to enjoy an afternoon of pianist music, get the toes tapping or sing along. A light afternoon tea will be served, everyone is welcome!

Where: Elmslie House Residential Home, 81 Stone St, Wanaka
When: 2pm to 3pm Wednesday 25 January
Cost: Free
Contact: or 03 443 2700

Lake Wanaka Half

All the beauty of the legendary Challenge Wanaka course but at half the distance. The course follows the same spectacular route as Challenge Wanaka with a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run. For teams and individuals.

Where: Lake Wanaka and surrounds
When: 7.35am race start Saturday 21 January
Cost: Free to watch

Wanaka Craft Market

The Wanaka Sunday Craft Market features handmade arts and crafts direct from the artists. Pottery, paintings, wood, wool, carving and jewellery are just a few of the crafts available at Market Corner every Sunday over January.

Where: Pembroke Park, Market Corner
When: Sunday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 January from 10am
Cost: Free
Contact: Susan Manson phone 03 443 7906,

‘KAHU YOUTH’S little DAY OUT’ in association with The Edge

Little Day Out1Come on down for Wanaka’s very own little day out – A day full of fun and entertainment for young people and their families; brought to you by Kahu Youth.

There will be skate and BMX competitions on the skate park, DJs all day, awesome activities, bouncy castles, giant air bag, food stalls, face painting, ball games, competitions, spot prizes and much, much more.

When: 12:30pm – 5pm Sunday 29 January
Where: Pembroke Park
Cost: Free
Contact: 04 443 5880 or 0275 709268,

Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka

junior-swim-150For new and budding triathletes aged between 6 and 15, take on the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka. Different courses tailored for each age group, based around the lake and Pembroke Park. Heaps of fun for individuals and teams

Where: Pembroke Park, Wanaka
Registration from 8.30am Sunday 15 January, racing starts at 10.00am
$18 for an individual ($25 on day), $38 for a team ($48 on day)
: Challenge Wanaka, enter on-line at

Wanaka Holiday Gala sponsored by the Upper Clutha Presbyterian Parish

Wanaka Holiday GalaAn event for all the family. Stalls of homemade produce, cakes, preserves, pavlova & raspberries, barbecues, pies, sandwiches, sweets & treats, silent auctions & white elephant stalls. Sideshows, face painting, bouncy castle, rides, multiple activities and live entertainment.

When: 11:00am to 2pm Saturday 7 January
Wanaka Show Grounds, Corner of Aspiring Rd and McDougal St
Free entry
Tracey Mayhew 03 443 7887,

Cinema Paradiso Drive-in & Outdoor Movies

Wanaka’s legendary movie theatre moves outdoors presenting free outdoor and drive-in movies for the whole family to enjoy. Bring a blanket, bean bag or couch and enjoy an evening under the stars or tune into your car radio and enjoy the ol’ favourites.

Choose you sit outside on a bean bag or enjoy the comfort of the car.

Where: Wanaka Showgrounds, access from McDougall Street
When: on dark 9.30pm (ish) 7, 14, 27 and 28 January
Cost: Gold Coin Donation. Drinks & snacks available to purchase.
Contact: or 03 443 2700

Screenings are weather permitting.

Friday 7th: tbc
Saturday 14th: tbc
Friday 27th: tbc
Saturday 28th: tbc

New Year’s Eve Celebration – Wanaka

New Year's Eve FireworksJoin friends and family to celebrate the New Year with live music and a stunning firework display. Enjoy the sounds from locals The Station Agents and upbeat group Mercury Crowe from Wellington.

Where: Ardmore Street waterfront, Wanaka CBD
When: 8.30pm – 1.00 am Saturday 31 December
Contact: or 03 443 2700

Road Closures and Liquor bans:
Road Closures: Ardmore Street from Dungarvon Street to the Lakeside Road/Ardmore Street intersection. Helwick Street from Ardmore Street to Dunmore Street.
Period of Closure: 5.30 pm Saturday 31st December 2011 to 2.00 am Sunday 1st January 2012.
Extended Liquor Ban: From 06.00am on Monday 26th of December 2011 to 06.00am Thursday 5th January 2012 there will be a liquor ban enforced within the areas specified by the QLDC, including the following:

(i)The whole of the Lake Wanaka foreshore area from Sunrise Bay/ Edgewater to Penrith Park; and

(ii) The area from the foreshore to an outer boundary formed by and including the following streets and road reserves: Meadowstone Drive, Stone St, Golf Course Road, Macpherson St, State Highway 84, Ardmore St.

Licensed Premises
Closing times on New Year’s Eve will remain as usual unless the District Licensing Agency has granted the premises a Special License. Also note that to comply with the Sales of Liquor Act patrons must not leave licensed premises with glass receptacles and drinks.

Off License Sales
Licensees within the liquor ban area need to notify their customers that any liquor purchased from them must be immediately taken out of the liquor ban area without being opened.


Big Easy Mountain Bike and Mountain Marathon starts at the Snow Farm (1500m above sea level) rides over Mt Pisa (1900m) through Lake McKay Station finishing at the Albert Town Tavern (300m). Lil’ Easy family option also available.

Where: Pisa range
: Saturday 28th January
Cost: $85 Adult/$50 Junior or $90 full family (2 adults + kids)
Contact: 027 445 1091 – Ed,

Challenge Wanaka

The world’s most scenic iron distance triathlon. Thousands of spectators will watch the swim, bike and run sections, cheering on over 1,200 remarkable athletes on their 226km journey. Join the finish line party in the heart of Lake Wanaka with music and fireworks. Be a part of the action; cheer on the athletes or get involved as a volunteer

Lake Wanaka and surrounds
When: 6:30am race start Saturday 21 January
Cost: Free to watch

Tri NZ Contact Tri Series

Experience the excitement of cycling and running around downtown Wanaka after a dip in the Lake, as you are cheered on by the holiday crowds. For the kids a new event the 1:2:1; for beginners the 3:9:3; for the more experienced triathlete the Trophy Sprint and the Cup Sprint for the super-star elites. Participate in your event then cheer on local boy Tony Dodds as he looks to claim his first ever elite title in Wanaka.

Where: Lake Wanaka CBD
2.30pm start Friday 20 Januar
Contact: Triathlon New Zealand,

Radio Wanaka 5km Charity Fun Run/Walk

Dress up and get active during the Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival with an easy 5km run along the lakefront and through the spectacular Rippon Vineyard with proceeds going to the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust. Prizes for best fancy dress.

Where: Lake Wanaka foreshore, opposite the show grounds
Registration 5:30pm, run starts at 6:30pm Monday 16 January.
Cost: $10 for non-Challenge Wanaka athletes

The Frontrunner Sky Run & Outside Sports Sky Ride

southernmusterThe race is held on the Snow Farm’s cross country trails. There will be a 5km, 10km and half marathon run as well as a 21km and 30km mountain bike races for everyone to participate and have fun – also thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes to be won. What better way to start the New Year!!!

Snow Farm, Cardrona Valley
When: 3 January
Contact: Adrian Bailey 021 991 899 or

Wanaka Rodeo

rodeo-150Enjoy the best in rodeo action, good food and a great atmosphere. Great family day out.

Where: Wanaka Rodeo Club Grounds, SH6 (Lake Hawea – Albert Town Road) on the Hawea side of the Albert Town Bridge
When: January 2nd, 11am onwards

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