January 27, 2021

Wanaka Library

Wriggle & Rhyme Wanaka
Every Tuesday  10:30am. Music and Movement for babies 0-2yrs.

Wriggle & Rhyme Hāwea
Every Monday  10am. Music and movement for babies 0-2yrs.

Lego Club Wānaka
Every Tuesday & Thursday afternoon 3:30pm.  Lego club for school aged children and is free range.

 Preschool Storytime Wānaka
Every Wednesday morning  10am.  Stories and crafts for the under 5’s

Reading to Dogs Programme Wānaka
Every Monday & Wednesday afternoon from 3.30pm.  Book a 15 minute session with Linda and Hine our wonderful reading to dog volunteers.  Suitable for school aged children.


May 13, 2021

10 Weeks Cold Cheeks

New challenge running for 10 weeks between May 3rd and July 9: Season 1 of 10 Weeks Cold Cheeks.

Not just a jump but a 3 minute plunge in the lake, every weekday around 7:15am for 10 weeks! This challenge will take everyone who fancies a dip out of their comfort zone and, whether a community of dippers join or it’s a solitary soak each morning, the aim is to learn about self discipline, cold exposure and the health benefits that come with cold cheeks – all whilst raising some much needed funds for Wanaka Cat Rescue.

Tom Finden will be getting in by the wharf on the lake front so, if you feel you want to learn a little more about what you’re capable of, come join in or make a donation to Cat Rescue Wanaka via the Givealittle page


June 8, 2021

School Swimming

Local schools are at Wanaka Rec Centre for their learn to swim and water safety programmes from 14 – 25 June, which means there will be limited access to the learners pool between 9am and 2pm weekdays except Thursday and Fridays when half the pool will be free.

There is a timetable available on the website showing which lanes are booked and which are free for public swimming every day at

Your patience and understanding is appreciated as the children learn these vital life skills.

January 8, 2020

Community Networks

Free legal advice. COMMUNITY LAW are at the Wanaka Community Hub every month. Call Community Networks to make an appointment. 443 7799.

Struggle got real? Call or text 1737 if you need someone to chat to – 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 1-2pm and Friday from 10:30-11:30am.  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.

February 25, 2021

Wanaka Toastmasters

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. Meetings are every 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at St. John’s room, Link Way, 7.15 – 9pm.

Call in to see what it’s all about.  You can keep up to date with meetings on their Facebook Page @WanakaToastmasters.


May 25, 2021

Monthly Meet up for Older Citizens

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, Link Way from 11am to 2.30pm.

Morning tea then an activity like bingo. Then some lunch and another activity – might be singing, painting or some such. 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

July 6, 2020

Wanaka Park Run

Weekly free timed, 5km runs, every Saturday. Starting and finishing at Wanaka Station Park, briefing at 8:55am for a 9am start – join us for a walk, jog or run, followed by coffee at Edgewater.

See to register if you are new to parkrun.


June 14, 2021

Mid Winter Christmas Dinner

The venue will be warm, the company will be friendly, the food will be delicious and the entertainment will be great !!!

Saturday 26th June at 7pm at Lake Hawea Community Centre
$20 per adult or $45 per family

Get your family and / or friends to come along, or organise an ‘outing’ for your group or street. If you are new and not part of any community group, then just come along and  meet new friends. Hawea prides itself in being a very friendly and inclusive community.

There will be entertainment for the children. As the dinner is being catered for, please book your spot by Monday 21st June at the latest.

Please RSVP to or text your details to 027 393 5322.
Please state your name and how many people (adults / children) are in your group.

June 21, 2021

Earring Making Workshop with Team Green

Wānaka library have teamed up with Team Green from Mount Aspiring College to bring you a FREE upcycled earring workshop.  Team Green will guide you through the steps to design and make your very own unique pair of upcycled earrings from bicycle inner tubes.  You will be amazed at the beautiful creations you can make for yourself or a friend.

Saturday 26th June, 11am – 1PM @ Wānaka Library

FREE to attend / bookings essential.  or call 03 443 0410

June 21, 2021

Hot and Cold Composting Workshop

Find out how easy it is to build a 3-bay compost system using wooden pallets and learn how to make a hot compost pile with Dr Compost.
Dr Compost, aka Ben Elms, has been gardening and composting locally for over 20 years. In this workshop he’ll cover composting ingredients (carbon/nitrogen), cold composting, food scraps, garden materials, bokashi, worms and leaf mould. Bring gloves if you’d like to get involved.
It is an outdoor event held at Grow Wānaka, so dress very warmly and bring a camp chair. Feel free to bring any surplus composting materials.
Grow Wānaka is a new community garden on Outlet Road, diverting food scraps from landfill and using them to build healthy soil and grow nutritious kai.
Saturday 26th June at 10am.  Space is limited so don’t forget to register for your free ticket to attend the workshop. Tickets at Humanatix.

April 7, 2021

Wellbeing Project Ukulele Class

Join teacher Gilly Pugh on how to play the ukulele. No need to own one with 7 ukuleles on hand to use. Relaxed and social classes are open to everyone.

Every Monday at the Wanaka Community Hub between 2 and 3pm.

Free of charge thanks to funding from Central Lakes Trust and Upper Clutha Community Arts Council.

For further information contact Vicki –

April 20, 2021

Lakes District Floral Art Club

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 and locations very through the lakes district , being Cromwell ,Queenstown and Wanaka .

For further information please contact Pamela McGeorge by phone 0272766461 or email . The club also has a Facebook page for your  viewing .

June 10, 2021

COOTS – Fibre and Textiles Exhibition

Most people know COOTS as a kind of bird. But they are also a group of fibre artists from diverse areas of Central Otago in New Zealand, who work Outside The Square.

Started almost twenty years ago, the membership has evolved over time but the enthusiasm for creating is as strong as ever and the group continues to produce work that is imaginative and enormously varied.

Members are continually seeking new ways of using fabric and fibre, and it is often the combination of techniques which make the group’s work so intriguing. It includes wall hangings of painted, stitched fabric; hand-dyed scarves of luxurious silk; stitched and machine-pieced quilts; felted paintings; books covered in richly hued fabric.

A varied group of artists, they have strong opinions, who love to experiment and to exchange and explore ideas with fabric, fibre, paper and dye.

COOTS are holding an exhibition at the Wanaka Community Hub until June 28 and includes imaginative felt work, abstract images of Wanaka, and creative patchwork, all the work of six members of COOTs, three of whom live in Wanaka .

Come to admire, be intrigued and be amazed at the skill of the women of our area.

June 8, 2021

Line Dancing

Hawea Community Centre every Tuesday 1 – 2 pm

$5 entry to cover hall hire. All welcome.

June 8, 2021

Wanaka Food & Produce Market

Come rain, shine or inversion Wanaka Food & Produce Market continues through winter every Wednesday from 11.00am-2.00pm.

Head to the Wānaka Recreation Centre car park to browse the fresh fruit and veg and delicious treats.

Seasonal produce, gourmet food, deli products and more. Grab some lunch and buy from stallholders who are passionate about what they produce.

June 21, 2021

Precious Beginnings

A FREE to attend postpartum programme – ‘Precious Beginnings’ will be offered to parents of a new baby.  This programme is designed for parents of a new baby 12 weeks and younger.

Precious Beginnings will be held over 10 weeks and consists of 10 sessions. Going forward this programme will be running on a termly basis.

The aim of Precious beginnings is to

  • Help parents to feel more connected to their baby
  • Gain confidence in their parenting intuition.
  • Connect with other parents who are in the same season of life
  • Explore a range of parenting and postpartum topics.
  • Learn from local expert guest speakers
  • Provide a place where parent and baby will experience a supportive and welcoming environment.

Enrolments are currently being accepted in 2021 for Term 3 and Term 4.  For more information and enrolment details please email

December 29, 2020

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

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.

June 22, 2021

Wanaka Community Hub – Call for Artists

Calling all local artists. Exhibit your work in the Wanaka Community Hub.

With constant foot traffic coming through the Hub this is the perfect place to exhibit and sell your art, with no commission taken.

$10/week + GST for a 12 week cycle and a 1 metre hanging space to display.

The next exhibition cycle begins August 1st


January 12, 2021

Free fundraising BBQ – Mitre 10 MEGA

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

June 2, 2021

Hikuwai 4 hour race

With the imminent threat of inversion and another inevitably cold, dark winter in the depths of the south…….a beautiful beacon of hope burns brightly on the horizon……..that’s right people……..Welcome to the Hikuwai 4 Hour Race!

Mountain bike and cyclocross race through the Hikuwai trail network, starting at the Lake Outlet Camp Ground. The event is open to all ages with both team and solo categories. Juniors 12-17 (teams only); Open 18+; Masters 40+. Plus a kids lapped event suitable for 4 to 11 year olds.

The event is a fundraiser for the club and all proceeds will go towards building and maintaining trails and cycling advocacy in the Wanaka community.

Saturday July 3rd starts at 10am, registration from 8.30am.

Tickets $40 and kids free – register and buy tickets at My Gameday App 


June 23, 2021

Lake Hawea Polar Plunge

Support your local community and come on down to the Lake Hawea jetty for some quality entertainment! MC Slater, music, hot food and spa available.
All jumpers and supporters are welcome.
– Gold coin entry. Register on the day
– Polar Plunge jumpers under 12 years will need to wear a lifejacket and be accompanied by a caregiver/parent.
– If you decide to jump in a costume there will be a prize for best individual costume
– $10 entry. Register here
– Nominate someone from your group/business to jump
– Great way to advertise your group/business with logos and websites advertised once registered
– Prize for best group/business costume
Follow their FAcebook event for updates and more information.
Sunday July 4th at 12pm at Lake Hawea jetty

June 12, 2021

Flagons and Foxtrots

Senior Mount Aspiring College Box Theatre proudly presents Flagons and Foxtrots by Alison Quigan and Ross Gumbley on Monday 5 July and Tuesday 6 July at 7.30pm at the Lake Wanaka Centre.

A rollicking conedys set in the dance hall era of the 1960’s .This play is an immensely entertaining evening out for mature audiences from 15+. The audience is encouraged to don their own 1960’s dance attire and join Sid, Archie and the team in a night of laugh out loud frivolity and entertainment complete with traditional supper. Join the crew for a nostalgic romp down memory lane.

Students are not only acting in this performance they are fully in charge of lighting, set design, costume, makeup and stage management as they complete Level 1-3 credits for the Events and Entertainment Technologies course. The skills gained are industry-based and develop high level technical and practical skills for this ever growing professional industry. It is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase the full realm of their learning programs.

Tickets at Eventfinda from June 21st. Adults $25 and students $10.

June 12, 2021

Performing Arts Week – Mount Aspiring College

Mount Aspiring College Arts Department is excited to announce that it will be presenting “Tupu” from 5 – 9 July at the Lake Wanaka Centre. This is a fabulous opportunity for the school and wider community to see a range of curriculum-based Visual Arts, Drama, Music, and Maori Performing Arts presented by the Cultural and Arts students of the College.

The celebration will begin with senior Box Theatre Drama students presenting Flagons and Foxtrots, a rollicking comic play that celebrates the frivolity and fun of New Zealand dance halls in the 1960’s. The Lake Wanaka Centre foyer will showcase installations, moving and still images by a range of Visual Arts students to enjoy viewing throughout the week.

Tuesday will see the coming together of Kapa Haka students from the local schools in the area workshopping and building further performance skills. They will share performances with the community in the afternoon.

Midweek there will be a one-act comic Year 10 Drama performance ‘Drop Dead Juliet” as well as a showing of the Otago regional winning Showquest performance.

The week will end with the much loved MAC-Stock over two nights celebrating the dedication and skill of the music students.

Tickets for senior events will be available online at Eventfinda. There will also be door sales as required. Some events will have door sales only.

February 2, 2021

Prime Timers

A great way for Wanaka’s older people to meet. Prime Timers is a community group which gets together on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2pm 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


May 31, 2021

‘Infinite Energy Light Up Winter event’

The ‘Infinite Energy Light Up Winter Event’ is to be held in the Cromwell Mall on the 10 July, 2021.

This Family event will include live music (featuring Ord Road), fire dancers, roaming street performers as well as a vibrant night market offering delicious food and tasty treats, homemade goodies, crafts, and more.

Free entertainment for the kids in the Cromwell Library Craft Cave.

The highlight is a mass lantern release that lights up the sky.

Gold Coin Donation


March 15, 2021

Winter Indoor Market – Hawea Community Centre

Doors open to the public at 9:30am until 12:00pm noon. FREE entry.
July 11th – Food & Drink – brewing, cider, beer, wine, bread, honey, olive oil, pickles, saffron, pasta, dips, spreads, etc. (No hot food)
August 8th – Home Living & Garden – Furniture, do-up chairs, retro tables, old iron beds, working home appliances, shovel, garden forks, hedge clippers, electric blower, weed eater, plants, seedlings etc.
Table price is only $10. To book a table email
Hawea Community Centre, Myra Street

June 17, 2021

Shortland Street – The Musical

Fine Thyme Theatre Company presents “Shortland Street – The Musical“.

The characters from Ferndale are ready to sing and dance their way back into your heart in this year’s production of ‘Shortland Street –The Musical’. Filled with scandal, intrigue, and plenty of cliffhangers, this is one show you can’t afford to miss!

Cromwell College Auditorium – 16th to 24th July

Tickets at Humanitix

May 11, 2021

Rotary Book Sale

The Rotary Club of Wanaka book sale is happening  16 to 18 July at the Lake Wanaka Centre.

If you have books you’d like to donate they can be dropped at Mitre 10 Mega during opening hours.

June 15, 2021

Raw Comedy Quest Regional Competition

Raw Comedy Quest is a nationwide competition for amateur comedians which has been going for approximately 20 years, and recently expanded into the Lower South Island.

Held across the region with 9 shows across 5 cities/towns, with Wānaka hosting a heat at Fitzpatrick’s on July 21st and one of the semi-finals at the Rhyme and Reason Brewery on August 7th. The regional final this year will be in Queenstown, at the Memorial Centre, so the competition is extremely accessible for people in this area to watch and/or enter. The winner (last year this was Queenstown’s Maggie Rogers) gets direct entry into the national finals in Auckland, with travel costs covered.

The competition is aimed at people trying comedy for the first time and is a great opportunity for people to do so without feeling out of their depth (a good chunk of the performers will be in the same position).  They’re doing an informal workshop for new performers in Cromwell this weekend and would happily do more if there’s demand.

More information, registrations and tickets at


June 16, 2021

Gitbox Rebellion

Gitbox: Pidgin for the group’s chosen instrument, the steel-string acoustic guitar.
Rebellion: A subversion of the orthodoxy in the guitar’s native jazz/blues/rock tradition.

Unashamedly analog, Gitbox Rebellion is an innovative and exciting 8-piece guitar ensemble, playing original music composed by and for the group. Orchestral & atmospheric, composed and chaotic, the music spans and defies the genres of jazz, rock, folk and chamber music. They play their onw original compositions as well as a few much loved guitar hero covers, such as ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ and ‘Guitar Boogie’.

Gitbox has to be heard live to fully appreciate the acoustic guitar and the differences each player brings to the instrument.

Tickets from OCD Cafe at the Wanaka Medical Centre and Hawea Store & Kitchen and door sales. All cash only. $25 adults and $10 school students.

Cash bar will be open.

Come and enjoy some terrific music in the warm and comfy surrounds of the Lake Hawea Community Centre – Wednesday August 18th at 7pm.

June 1, 2021

Festival of Sport and Recreation – Save the Date

The Upper Clutha Sports Community is excited to be hosting the seventh annual Festival of Sport and Recreation in October 2021 at the Wanaka Recreation Centre.

This year there will be much more on offer with the festival stretching over an entire weekend! This weekend of festivities is designed to entertain, inform, promote and celebrate the range of sport, recreational AND cultural activities that you can find on offer within our amazing community!! The 2021 Festival of Sport and Recreation will include:

  • Speaker Evening and Celebrity Breakfast to inspire and engage our sporting community with informative and interesting stories and advice from sporting greats.
  • Sport , Recreation & Cultural Expo promoting community sporting clubs and associated businesses, members of the arts & culture sector and local sporting influencers.
  • Sporting Event/s offering opportunity for families, friends and athletes of all abilities and ages to come together and participate in an event designed by local organisers.
  • The KidsZone FREE indoor/outdoor fun activities for the young and rowdy, including bouncy castle, sporting experiences , e-games and face painting and more.

Thank you to everyone who has shown support over the years and to those who continue to do so as we continue to bring our community together.

Festival of Sport and Recreation – Friday 15th  –  Sunday 17th October 2021 – SAVE THE DATES!!!