January 8, 2020

Community Networks

Event Date: September 28, 2020

  • Extended hours for the Foodbank. Would a food parcel help? – a food parcel might help ease the financial burden. Any of us can go through a rough patch when it’s hard to find enough to pay rent, the mortgage, or power bills. Please feel free to come into Community Networks (at the Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street)  to see how we can help.  You are also welcome to give us a call on 443 7799. We all need a helping hand at times. Extended hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 6pm and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 – 9am.
  • WHEELS TO DUNSTAN is a community “door to door” shuttle service available Monday to Friday to Dunstan Hospital or Alexandra specialist appointments, also linking with the St john Health Shuttle to Dunedin Hospital.  For bookings please call Community Networks on 443 7799.
  • JP SERVICES are available at Community Networks every Tuesday from 1-2pm and Friday from 10:30-11:30am.  Please book your appointment by ringing Community Networks on 443 7799

Community Networks – you one stop hub for social wellbeing services.

November 18, 2020

Community Networks Foodbank Drive

Event Date: November 20, 2020

Community Networks Wanaka wishes to advise the Food Bank Drive will not take place in December.

Instead, they’re hoping for donations of food placed in the baskets at supermarkets, or dropped off at the Community Hub. Cash donations are also appreciated and these can be added to your grocery bill at New World Three Parks, or by contacting Community Networks directly.

They thank people for their support and wish everyone a Happy Christmas.

June 10, 2020

Wanaka Library

Event Date: December 1, 2020

Regular events and children’s programming at Wanaka library during term time.

Bookings:  or phone 443 0410

Reading to Dogs – Monday & Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5pm.  For primary school aged children. Book in your 15 minute space by contacting the library.

Wriggle & Rhyme – Monday 10am at Hawea and Wanaka Tuesday 10:30am  Music and movement for 0-2 yrs

Lego Club – Tuesday 3.30pm  Lego Club for school aged children. Bookings required.

Storytime & Craft – Monday 10.30am Hawea and Wanaka Wednesday 10am. A fun & engaging storytelling session followed by easy crafts for little hands. For preschool children.

Social English Conversation Group – Thursday’s fortnightly from 5-6:30pm. Join in the conversation and practice your English and meet others on the same journey.

Time Capsule Project – Lockdown Stories
The Friends of the Wanaka Library are seeking participants for their Lockdown Stories Time Capsule Project.
Are you interested?
If you would like to share your lockdown experience come to Wānaka Library Thursday mornings from 9-10:30AM to be interviewed, no booking required.
All welcome.
For more information contact:


Shelve Your Fines at the Library 1st – 31st December 2020

If you’ve stacked up some overdue fines on your library account you can do good and pay off your fines with grocery items.   Each item will remove $5 of overdue fines from your account and will support Food For Love Wānaka.   Food items both fresh and non-perishable will be gratefully received, snacks, gluten free products, toiletries and treat foods.   Pop in to your local branch and Shelve Your Fines.

For more information: / 443 0410

Head to their website to find out lots of great information about all the libraries and what’s on offer, plus blogs for recommended reading. They’ve got new books coming into our libraries daily and digital services continue to be updated with new titles for you to enjoy anytime 24/7.

November 22, 2020

Santa’s Grotto

Event Date: December 1, 2020

The Upper Clutha Community Christmas Trust presents Santa’s Grotto at the Wanaka Community Hub, McDougall Street.

Everyone welcome! Come and visit Santa in his Magical Christmas Wonderland starting from Sunday 29th November

Santa will be at all opening times as follows:-

Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th  December – 4 – 5.30pm

Saturday 5th December 10am – 12pm and 2 – 4pm

Sunday 6th December – 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm


2020 has been a tough year by many so instead of an admission charge, the Grotto would like to ask for s small koha donation of whatever you can afford.


May 5, 2020

Wanaka Artisan Market

Event Date: December 3, 2020

Back at Bullock Creek on Thursday’s  from 2-6pm .  A great time to love Wanaka and support local
There will be measures in place to keep you safe, and still bring you the local produce, crafts, art & faces you know and love!

November 5, 2020

Kahu Youth – Youth Volunteer Awards

Event Date: December 3, 2020

6th annual Youth Awards to celebrate the awesome work done by the youth of the Upper Clutha District.

This years Award Ceremony is being organised by the Upper Clutha Youth Council and will be held at Rippon Hall.
Do you know a 10-18 year old that has gone out of their way to do good, volunteer or be a generally awesome person in the community? Then nominate them at
Skydive Wanaka have donated a Skydive and Base NZ and Paper Plus have very kindly part sponsored the prizes this year!

November 5, 2020

Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree

Event Date: December 4, 2020

The ‘Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree’ – a fun event for all the family. There will be entertainment from local schools and performers and just maybe…an appearance from Santa.
Entertainment starts at 6pm and the tree will be lit ‘around’ 8pm.
You are more than welcome to bring a family picnic but this is a zero waste event and ALL rubbish must be taken away with you.
Festive hats and jumpers encouraged!

November 24, 2020

Hawea Christmas Village

Event Date: December 4, 2020

Hawea is celebrating with a special Christmas Village and visit from Santa at the Lake Hawea Community Centre.

A village full of surprise and wonder to delight both young and old.

The village highlights include Dasher’s den, Vixen’s Air B n B, Comets Train Set, Santas’s station and many more.

Opening night Friday 4th December from 5 till 7pm. $10 adults inc nibbles, and the bar will be open.

Santa will be his new sleigh, with his reindeer for children’s photos on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 10 till noon and 2 till 4pm.

This display will also be open on Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th December 2.30 till 4.30pm, and available for groups on request.

Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children and $10 for a family.

Supported and sponsored by the Lake Hawea Community Centre.


December 1, 2020

Vetlife Wanaka Open Day

Event Date: December 4, 2020

Vetlife Wanaka are having an official opening on Friday the 4 December.

They would love the community of Wanaka to come and celebrate with them, so are hosting a Family Open Day.

Go along for the afternoon for a free sausage sizzle, clinic tours, a petting zoo, games, talks and more!

Free sausage sizzle: 12.30 – 1.30pm, Talks & tours: 1.30, 2.30, 3.30pm

Petting zoo

Meet the staff

Games & activities for kids


July 6, 2020

Wanaka Park Run

Event Date: December 5, 2020

Weekly free timed, 5km runs. Starting and finishing at Wanaka Station Park, briefing at 7:55am for a 8am start – join us for a walk, jog or run, followed by coffee at Edgewater.

See to register if you are new to parkrun.


November 30, 2020

Wanaka Library Events

Event Date: December 5, 2020

Craft Making for adults – Saturday 5th December 11am

Come along and try fabric printing, make fabric gift wrap, or a bring along a cotton bag or t-shirt & create a unique design.

Free to attend / all welcome


Book Launch – Saturday 5th December 3pm

Stories of a New Zealand Writer.

Local garden writer and enthusiast Pamela McGeorge has written about her journey to becoming a garden writer.  This fabulous collection of stories includes articles she wrote for gardening magazines The New Zealand Gardener, The Evening Post and Weekend Gardener.   Join Pamela for afternoon tea and a chat about her life in the garden.

Free to attend / all welcome / bookings appreciated. / 443 0410



November 29, 2020

Rabbit Night Shoot

Event Date: December 8, 2020

Wanaka Golf Club wish to advise that there will be a Rabbit Night Shoot taking place on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December, between 7.30 and 10.30pm.

Needless to say, please keep clear of the Wanaka Golf Course at this time.


December 2, 2020

Wanaka Volunteers Celebration

Event Date: December 9, 2020

Volunteers of the Upper Clutha! You are invited to join Volunteer South – Central Lakes at their end of year celebration.
Drinks, nibbles, thanks and puzzles galore thanks to Puzzling World Wanaka.
Huge thanks to Central Lakes Trust for their donation which has made this celebration possible.
Please RSVP via the ticket link to help with catering and contact tracing 🙂 All volunteers extremely welcome.

Wednesday December 9th at 5.30pm at Puzzling World

August 5, 2020

Alpha Challenge

Event Date: December 12, 2020

Save the Date – Alpha Challenge Event, December 12th at Dublin Bay.

A whole range of obstacle courses and challenges with some running thrown in! From rope climbs to monkey bars, bucket carry to walls, and a few surprises the Alpha Challenge won’t be short of entertainment. 10km, 5km and kids options.

Whether you are out to race, or there to hang out with friends for a challenge and some fun this event is for you.

Live music, food and drinks, tents for groups and corporates! Challenge, fun, friends and family!

Tickets on sale shortly – go to Alpha Challenge website  to register your interest as there are limited numbers.

All funds raised for Community Networks Wanaka.

November 24, 2020

Allenby Park Community Christmas Party

Event Date: December 13, 2020

Bring along your picnic and drinks, games, blanket and chair and meet your neighbours and extended community for some Christmas Cheer!

And bring a decoration for the community Christmas Tree

Sunday December 13th  4 till 7pm at Allenby Park.

November 25, 2020

Hawea Christmas in the Park

Event Date: December 13, 2020

Calling all Hawea friends, join the festivities for the Community Christmas in the Park.

Bring your own picnic and BYOB or buy food on site from one of the food trucks – Menlove Berries and Wanaka District Lions.

Bring your picnic, chairs and rugs and sports gear for the kids.

Santa will arrive at 6pm.


December 2, 2020

Christmas Hope Community Carols

Event Date: December 20, 2020

Come hear the Christmas story, sing carols old and new and enjoy some family fun.   Open to everyone so bring a friend and kick off the season remembering why we celebrate Christmas!

We will also be collecting koha/donations on the morning to raise funds for the Community Networks Food Bank to support its integral work not just at Christmas but all year round.

Wanaka New Life Church, 50 Reece Crescent on Sunday 20 December, 10am


November 25, 2020

Hawea Picnic Races

Event Date: December 28, 2020

Featuring both harness and thoroughbred racing as well as the always exciting saddle pace, this is a great day out for all the family. There will be ice creams and BBQ on the day or bring along your own picnic and enjoy !!!

There will also be a range of Classic Cars on display …

Where:  Hawea Domain, Domain Road, Hawea Flat
When:   Monday 28th December, starting about 10.00 am

The event has been described as a ‘good old-fashioned family day out’ – there is everything from sack races to egg and spoon races for kids. People can come and have a picnic, there’s barbecue food available, soft drinks, raffles. There’s something for everyone!!

November 8, 2020

Relay for Life

Event Date: March 21, 2021

Relay for Life – a community event which celebrates cancer survivors and remembers loved ones lost to cancer will return to Wanaka next year –  March 27th and 28th 2021.

Teams will set up camp around Pembroke Park and walk in relay style for 24 hours. The first Wanaka event in 2019 raised $73,000 for the Cancer Society.

To register your interest in participating email and remember to follow the Facebook event.