The Alpha Challenge

December 11, 2021

Fancy a challenge that is more than just a running/biking race? Why not try the annual Alpha Challenge?

Run, carry things, tackle monkey bars, jump over walls, climb, crawl in mud and much more, across a 6km or 12km, 4-hour relay, and our mini Alpha kids race.

Check out for details and to enter.

There will be an after-party at Alchemy from 6pm


AA Mobile Licensing Unit in Town

December 13, 2021

The AA Mobile Licensing team will be in town at the Wanaka Hotel on Monday the 13th and Tuesday the 14th of December.

Business hours
Monday  8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday  8 am – 4 pm; lunch break 12:45 – 1:15 pm
Driver licences – applications & renewals
International Driving Permits (IDP)
Kiwi Access Card
Learner licence theory tests
Pay Road User Charges (RUC)
Renew AA Membership
Renew driver licences
Upgrade AA Membership – AA Plus
Vehicle licensing & registration

Hawea Indoor Christmas Market

December 12, 2021

A Christmas Market has been arranged to coincide with the Hawea Community Winter Wonderland Event.
Head to the Hawea Community Centre from 10 am, on December 12th, to discover and shop local artisans and their wares – Artwork, jewellery, honey, homemade shampoo, books, cards, knitted items, and more.

Women’s Social Rides

December 8, 2021
Join locals like you on this super social ride for the women of Bike Wanaka. ALL abilities and ages are welcome.
This time ladies will meet at the start of Deans Bank track at 5:30 pm.
How long can they make the train around Deans Bank? No one will be left behind, speedsters can go for it if you just can’t hold back.
We’ll all meet up at The Albie afterwards.
* Women’s social rides are the 1st Wednesday of the month – check Facebook events for next location.

Ever Wanted to Foster a Kitten?

Cat Rescue Wanaka is in desperate need of new foster homes and would love to hear from cat-lovers in our community who could open their homes to the cats and kittens that have started coming their way.  No experience is necessary, and all food and equipment are provided.

If you can’t foster but would still like to help, then please support their inaugural CRW Christmas Kitten Appeal. Because it’s not just the Christmas Season we’re in, it’s also the Kitten Season! Head along to the Give A Little website and donate to the CRW Christmas Kitten Appeal today.

All donations are gratefully received.  For more information visit or phone Rachel on 021 1029 130.

Christmas Eve Market

December 24, 2021

Wanaka Artisan Market is looking forward to celebrating all things local and handmade with their fabulous Christmas Eve Market on Pembroke Park – Friday 24th December from 10 am – 3 pm.

Join them for lots of festive fun and community spirit, and plenty of stalls for all your last-minute gifts.
Pottery, photography, natural soaps, jewellery, cakes, candles, fresh strawberries, and so much more.

Library Fine Amnesty

December 31, 2021

All fines will be waived for the month of December (excluding charges for DVDs, lost or damaged books).
As an extra drop of Christmas cheer, Wanaka Library staff are encouraging those who are able to give a little back by donating non-perishable food items, vouchers, and gifts for children and adults. All goods received will be passed to  Community Networks Wānaka for them to distribute to those in need.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the ‘shelve your fine’ amnesty. It’s been a tough year and instead of having to donate items to waive fines, They’re asking patrons to give what they can, if they can. Fines will be cleared in any case.

For more information on QLDC Libraries and the ‘shelve your fines’ amnesty please visit or drop by.


Wanaka Medical Social Triathlon

February 13, 2021

Wanaka Medical Centre and the Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka team are thrilled to be hosting the Wanaka Medical Social Triathlon, which everyone can participate in and gives people the opportunity to get fit for an achievable goal.

This social event consists of a 15-minute pool swim or 30-minutes Aquarobics or 30-minute Pilates at the Wanaka Recreation Centre, followed by a Coffee or Tea.
Then a non-competitive social ride from the Recreation Centre to Albert Town and along on a beautiful ride to the Watersports centre for a lunch kindly prepared by the Aspiring Rotary club, which is included in the entry fee. Then onto the final challenge a 2.5 km walk along the Waterfall Creek track and back to the finish, totalling 5km.

The event will be held on 13th February 2022 and open to over 23-year-olds. People can ride any type of bike they would like, including e-bikes. Entry fees have been kept as low as possible to encourage participation, costing $25 which includes a Keep Cup, a reusable drink bottle, coffee or tea, lunch, pool entry and water and fruit at the finish of the event.

For more information on how you can enter and the schedule of the day

Social Golf

Every Saturday 12 pm – 4 pm

Come and enjoy a friendly weekly competition.

Arrive 20 minutes prior and head to the pro shop if you are not a member.

Find out more at

Social Tennis

Every Monday & Friday 9 am – 12 pm

Wanaka Tennis Club has 7 courts and is a thriving tennis club that operates social sessions, and casual play is available for all players.

Check out their new website for information about social tennis, casual play and how to join.  >

Social tennis days are Monday 9-12, Friday 9-12, Saturday 1-4 and men’s tennis Thursday from 3 pm.  Coaching sessions are available.

Non-members can play for $10 for social sessions or a court can be booked for $20 per hour.


Winter Wonderland in Hawea

Every Day This Week
Take a walk through the magical forest to Santa’s workshops and see Santa’s helpers at work and play. Who knows you might even spot a fairy hiding among the trees.
General Tickets:    $5.00 Adults     $2.00 Children     $10.00 Family (up to 5 people)
A Christmas raffle will be available at the centre.
The North Pole is also open to groups upon request.
Contact Barb Mackenzie – or Elizabeth Horrell – 027 668 7555

Early Bird RIPE Tickets On Sale

March 19, 2022

Ripe is returning to Wānaka to celebrate the best wine and food from the finest growers and producers across Central Otago on Saturday 19 March 2022 (Otago anniversary weekend).

Early bird tickets are now available for the second consecutive Ripe festival, which was the brainchild of Wānaka local, and owner of Otago Event Planning, Nathan White.

Limited early bird and VIP tickets are available online, starting from $46, at

Watercolour Classes

Monday afternoons

Join Jo Jago at the Wanaka Arts Centre for a relaxed, weekly, Monday afternoon watercolour painting class (provided on a koha basis).

Feel free to join for just one afternoon or for as many afternoons as you like.

** PLEASE NOTE: Bookings via Eventbrite are ESSENTIALas the classes are limited to small numbers

LOCATION – Wanaka Arts Centre (behind the Library / Bullock Bar / Wanaka Hotel), 13 Brownston Street, Wanaka

Reading to Dogs

Every Monday and Wednesday (during term time)

Reading to Dogs aims to help children improve their literacy, self-confidence and self-esteem within a non-judgmental, relaxed and enjoyable environment.

Suitable for school-aged children, these sessions run 3.30 pm – 5 pm.

Book a 15-minute session with Linda and Hine, the wonderful reading to dog volunteers, at Wanaka Library on (03) 442 0410 or email

Crankworx Hits Wanaka

December 11, 2021

Crankworx has announced the addition of a Summer Series in New Zealand! This multi-stop mountain biking festival will see international and local riders explore the varied terrain of Central Otago, Queenstown and Wānaka!

The series will kick off on November 27 and run through December 12.  Along for the ride are locals, up-and-coming youngsters, and some of the best in the world mixing, mingling, and dropping in.

  • Locations:  
    • November 27-28: Matangi Station Mountain Bike Park, Alexandra
    • December 4: Skyline Queenstown
    • December 4-5: Queenstown
    • December 9: Cardrona Alpine Resort
    • December 11-12: Bike Glendhu, Wānaka  
  • Disciplines/events:  

Race categories will include Pro, Amateur and CWNEXT.

Visit to find out more.

Bike Wanaka Memberships Open

Bike Wānaka membership for the 2021/22 season is open.

Bike Wānaka has been in existence since the early ’90s and has a strong membership base and an active volunteer committee.

Membership fees are a major source of income for the club, enabling places like the Hāwea Bike Park to be developed. Members get access to great discounts, a newsletter with all of the latest information, and club days at the local parks.

The club’s priorities are:

  • Maintaining the existing track network and building new tracks
  • Holding a variety of events throughout the year
  • Ensuring Sticky Forest becomes a community asset
  • Access great discounts and deals for members
  • Advocacy for broader biking issues in Wanaka, such as an Active Transport Network
  • Development of riders and coaches in the region
  • Building strong relationships with other organisations – DOC, Lake Wanaka Tourism and Upper Clutha Tracks Trust.

Membership fees are $30 for an adult, $25 for youth and $50 for a family.

Sign up at

Calling all Artists and Crafters

Every 2nd Thursday

A new Arts and Crafts group meet fortnightly on Thursdays at the Lake Hawea Community Centre, from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.

The focus is on meeting other keen artists & crafters – and sharing skills.
Bring your project along and work with others while enjoying their input and sharing your expertise.

The cost is $5 to cover refreshments and other expenses.

Te Kakano Planting Drive and Nursery Sessions

Every Tuesday and Wednesday

Do you want to give back to nature and the local community, while learning about native plants? Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wānaka community-based native plant nursery that needs your help!

Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday 9 am – 12 if the weather is dry.

These sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild, and are guided by our Nursery Manager. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided for all our volunteers. Check out their website for driving directions and more info.

The planting season is now finished. 5,522 eco-sourced native plants were planted by the community in the Upper Clutha Basin. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported this great work!

Monthly Meet up for Older Citizens

Last Saturday of each month

Wanaka St John and Age Concern are running a monthly opportunity for older citizens to meet up for lunch, companionship and some entertainment.

On the last Saturday of the month at St John Rooms, 4 Link Way, from 11 am to 2.30 pm.

Attendees can expect morning tea then an activity like bingo, followed by some lunch and another activity – might be singing, painting or some such.

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house for a break and a chat with others. The Outreach therapy pets have often come along for some entertainment too.

If you would like to attend please get in touch with Dell Taylor at St John – 021 1115 940 or Marie Roxburgh at Age Concern – 03 448 7075

Lakes District Floral Art Club

4th Monday of each month

For those who appreciate the creativity of floral designs and wish to participate in learning more of this floral art form.

The club meets on the 4th Monday of the month, around midday. Locations vary throughout the Lakes District from Cromwell  to Queenstown and Wanaka .

For further information on their next club meeting contact Pamela McGeorge on 0272766461 or email .

Or find them on Facebook @ Lakes District Floral Art.

Wanaka Toastmasters

2nd & 4th Thursday of each month

Do you want to develop your public speaking skills?  Wanaka Toastmasters provide a supportive and positive learning environment to develop your communication and leadership skills.
Your growth and self-confidence will flow into all areas of your life.

New guests are welcome any time at St. John’s room, Link Way, 7.15 pm – 9 pm.

Call in to see what it’s all about or follow their Facebook page for further details.

Prime Timers

2nd and 4th Thursday of the month

UPDATE** Upper Clutha Senior Citizens – Prime Timers.  Your monthly outing to go shopping in Frankton has been postponed until Thursday 02 December.  The bus will leave the Wanaka showgrounds at 9.30 am and members if you have not already signed up, please contact Helen Millar to do so!  For any new membership enquiries please look at the group’s website:

New members are always welcome!


A great way for Wanaka’s older people to meet. Prime Timers is a community group that gets together each month, at 2 pm, at the Presbyterian Church Hall and travels around the Upper Clutha for a mystery trip and lunch on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Meetings in the Presbyterian Church Hall are welcoming, informative and often inspiring with a variety of local interesting speakers. Afternoon tea is provided and you can mix and mingle with your peers.

$20 for the year. Day trips are optional and are only $5 per trip,

Further information Helen Millar – 021 0431 054 or email


Free fundraising BBQ – Mitre 10 MEGA

Mitre 10 MEGA Wanaka has a great built-in community BBQ at their entrance, and a BBQ trailer, both available for fundraising purposes – free of charge.

If you are fundraising for your school, club or community group then contact them to reserve your spot – o3 443 MEGA(6342) or email

Community Networks

Are you aware of all the support and services on offer to the entire community at the Wanaka Community Hub?

  • Free legal advice with COMMUNITY LAW at the Wanaka Community Hub every month. Call Community Networks to make an appointment. 443 7799.
  • Call or text 1737 if you need someone to chat to, to support your mental health – totally free, totally confidential, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can talk about anything.
  • The New World Family 2 Family Foodbank Appeal has started. If you’d like to contribute to the Community Networks Foodbank, they are in particular need of canned veg, canned meat, lunchbox items, baby food, and pasta. Just pop into your local store, choose some items, and fill up a bag.
  • JP SERVICES are available at Community Networks every Tuesday from 1-2 pm and Friday from 10:30-11:30 am.  Please book your appointment by ringing Community Networks on 443 7799.
  • WHEELS TO DUNSTAN is our community “door to door” shuttle service to Dunstan Hospital,  Alexandra specialist appointments, and links with the St John Health Shuttle to Dunedin Hospital. For bookings, please call Community Networks on 443 7799.

Check out their website for everything from budgeting advice to assistance with government services.

Walk-ins welcome 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday. Community Networks is located at the Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street