January 6, 2021

Swim Run Series

Event Date: January 22, 2021

Swim Run Series 2021 is back for the summer, hosted by TriWanaka
Venue: Wanaka Watersports Facility – Swim lane
Friday  22nd and 29th January and 5th February 2021
Small kids 200m swim/1km run
Adult/Youth Short course 400m swim/3km run
Adult/Youth Long course 800m swim/5km run
All entries will be cash on the day, registration from 5pm.
Start time 6pm for all races
Bring your wetsuits, togs, running shoes, enthusiasm and a picnic rug for what will be another great summer of swimming and running.

July 6, 2020

Wanaka Park Run

Event Date: January 23, 2021

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.


January 6, 2021

River City Jazzmen

Event Date: January 23, 2021

Christchurch’s River City Jazzmen can be summed up in one word: ‘authentic’. The repertoire is faithful to classic Dixieland. The line-up, now in its tenth year, follows the New Orleans’ model, with six skilled and inventive soloists.

This toe-tapping band from Christchurch is recognised as the best authentic Dixieland band in the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear something special.

Lake Wanaka Centre on Saturday 23rd January at 7.30pm

Cash sales at Gifted Design Store,19 Helwick Street, Wanaka. Adults $35; School pupils free.

Also available on

January 11, 2021

Hawea Community Association AGM

Event Date: January 23, 2021

The Hawea Community Association is an organisation representing residents who are committed to preserving and enhancing the facilities and environment of the area for the benefit of all. Financial membership is only $20 per household per year.

The next HCA public meeting is Saturday 23rd January between 9.00 am – 12.00 noon at Lake Hawea Community Centre.

There is a  Zoom link available for up to 100 people to join on the day if you can’t make it, or are struggling to get out of your pyjamas!

For more information on the Zoom oink or to become a member please contact Chair Cherilyn Walthew



January 12, 2021

Fundraising for Community Networks

Event Date: January 23, 2021

Fundraiser for Community networks organised by Ripe wine and food festival. An evening dining experience at Lipsky & Sons – a 4 course dinner paired with Cloudy Bay wines. Saturday January 23rd at 7pm, $120 per person


All profits from ticket sales go to Community Networks foodbank

January 14, 2021

The Big Easy

Event Date: January 23, 2021

The Big Easy mountain biking and trail running event is on this Saturday. Go to for all the details.

Mountain bike race right over the top of Pisa – starts at the Snow Farm and finishes in Luggate so more downhill than uphill. 44kms of riding fun.

Plus the Ultra Easy 100km and Big Easy Mountain Marathon mountain trail runs.

Online entries close Wednesday January 20th. More information at or search them or Facebook.

January 20, 2021

Skateboarding – free drop in session

Event Date: January 23, 2021

Ever wanted to try skateboarding?

Rad Skate School is holding free drop in sessions where equipment and coaching is available to use.

They are passionate about skateboarding! It’s a worldwide sport that’s now in the Olympics.  Skateboarding is big on community and being inclusive and individualistic, while also being a challenging sport that builds confidence, focus and perseverance.

No need to book, just turn up! Skateboards, helmets and pads provided.

6 sessions – Saturdays and Sunday January 23rd and 24th, January 30th and 31st, March 13th and 14th

10am – 2pm  at Northlake

Thanks to @sportotago and Mitre 10 Wanaka for their support.


January 12, 2021

Reading for Dogs – Wanaka Library

Event Date: January 25, 2021

This programme is available throughout Summer at Wānaka Library, Monday afternoons by appointment only.
If you would like to book your child in for one of these FREE 15 minute sessions please contact  them 443 0410  or

January 12, 2021

Free fundraising BBQ – Mitre 10 MEGA

Event Date: January 25, 2021

Mitre 10 MEGA Wanaka has a brand new community BBQ 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

January 20, 2021

Line Dancing – Hawea Community Centre

Event Date: January 27, 2021

Lots of fun and no experience necessary – just torn up.

Line Dancing at the Hawea Community Centre 4.30pm every Wednesday.

Just $5 for an hour of fun

May 5, 2020

Wanaka Artisan Market

Event Date: January 28, 2021

Local • Fresh • Handmade
Local produce, craft and food every week next to Bullock Creek and Speights Ale House Wanaka. Thursday’s  from 3-6pm and alongside the Wanaka Craft Market Sundays 10-2pm in Pembroke Park


December 29, 2020

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

Event Date: January 30, 2021

Collect your bread tags and they are reused to make beautiful whale tail earrings by Christchurch designer and environmentalist Michael Fox. You can buy the earrings at and a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Breadtags for Wheelchairs charity. This is then used to fund wheelchairs for those in need in South Africa.

 See for more info and like us on Facebook

You can drop off breadtags at Radio Wanaka, 9 Cliff Wilson St between 9 and 3 weekdays. Please sort by colour beforehand.

January 10, 2021

The Ruby

Event Date: January 30, 2021

The Ruby celebrates the art and pleasure of open water swimming in a pristine alpine lake around Ruby Island.

The Ruby series of open water swims incorporate distances from 10km down to 200m. There are two marathon length swims at 10k & 5km; an iron distance at 3.8km; the centerpiece event around the island itself at 2.5km and then 1.2kms to the island and back and 600m to the island and a lift back in a boat. Plus our 200m event for those simply wanting to be a part of the day.
Each event is more than just a race. It’s about taking in and enjoying everything the water and surroundings, above and below the line, has to offer.
Water temperature in January will be approx 16/17° degrees but it could be on the low side at 15° or on the plus side up to 19° degrees. Its variable as nature dictates.
All the swims start and finish at Waterfall Creek

January 19, 2021

Wheels at Wanaka – Volunteers

Event Date: January 30, 2021

Fancy a front-row seat at New Zealand’s biggest all-vehicle show, for free?

Wheels at Wanaka is recruiting volunteers in a range of roles – man the gates, drive vintage tractors, set up the parade ground or pack down the party – roles to suit all availabilities and skill levels.

You’ll get lunch, a free two-day event pass and plenty of feel-good community spirit. Join the team for a few hours or days from 31st March to 5th April.

Learn more and register today at


January 21, 2021

Vision Boarding at Wanaka Library

Event Date: January 30, 2021

Wānaka Library is hosting a FREE vision board workshop lead by Angie Howard from Conscious Serenity.

Learn how to focus on your goals by bringing them to life with a physical interpretation.  Vision boards are a fun, creative and motivating way to connect emotionally with your goals.

Join us and have a go at setting your goals for 2021 with a vision board.

Saturday 30th January 10:30am

Free to Attend – Registration required / (03) 443 0410

January 8, 2020

Community Networks

Event Date: January 31, 2021

  • The Foodbank requires a few items to keep it topped up – coffee, biscuits, crackers, pasta sauces, spreads, children’s lunchbox snacks. Please drop off donations to Community Networks at the Community Hub, 34 McDougall St, Wanaka. Thank you 😊
  • 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.

January 14, 2021

Mt Iron Fire Risk Update

Event Date: February 2, 2021

If you’re interested in an update and overview of the fire risk to Mt Iron and how this is being managed, come along to the Wanaka Rec Centre from 6.00pm – 8.00pm on Tuesday 2 February.
Members of Fire Emergency NZ, QLDC and Emergency Management Otago will be in attendance, discussing respective roles, response plans and risk mitigation for the area.
All community members are welcome to come along and chat with those attending.

January 20, 2021

Hawea Town vs Country Challenge

Event Date: February 6, 2021

Annual Town Vs Country Waitangi day Challenge coming to Hawea on Saturday February 6th. Lots of fun for all the family. ‘Town’ is the Lake Hawea township and ‘Country’ is Hawea Flat.

Friday 5th February – Town v Country Quiz – 7.30 pm at the Lake Hawea Community Centre

Saturday 6th February – Town v Country Challenge Day

In most years “Country” have won the Quiz, so  “Townies” are called  to get their teams organised to mount a spirited challenge.

The profits from this year’s event will be shared between the Hawea Flat School sports fund and the Hawea community gardens fund.

On Saturday 6th February, following the sports competitions during the day, the “Town v Country Challenge” will commence at the Hawea Flat School grounds at 4.00 pm. This will include all of the favourite games – spud gun challenge, egg cup relay, tugs o’ war, children’s races, and lolly scramble.

Remember “Town” wear BLUE and “Country” wear RED.

January 6, 2021

Bike Glendhu Enduro

Event Date: March 20, 2021

Details to follow but save the date for the first ever Glenduro!!

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.

January 6, 2021

Ripe Wanaka Wine and Food Festival

Event Date: March 21, 2021

Central Otago’s acclaimed wine and food will take centre stage in Wānaka in March with the launch of Ripe, a new festival for the region. To be held at Corbridge Estate on Otago Anniversary Weekend – March 21st 2021.

Tickets and more information at