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.

September 22, 2020

Poetry Slam – Regional Final

Event Date: September 28, 2020

The second of three heats. Qualifiers from this event will then compete at the regional final at the Across the Bridge Festival on October 7 in Bannockburn.

The winner of the final will represent our region at the NZ Poetry Slam finals in Christchurch.
Sign ups start from 6:30pm, and the action begins at 7pm. Get there on time to sign up as places will be limited.

Slam has a particular format that is replicated all over the world. Poems must be less than three minutes long and no costumes and props are allowed. Bring along three poems and give us your best.
All welcome to compete, all welcome to watch!

Rhyme & Reason Brewery – Monday 28th September 7pm

September 23, 2020

Wanaka Library School Holiday Programme

Event Date: September 28, 2020

School holiday activities on the theme of “Inspired by Nature.” Bring the outdoors inside with nature inspired crafts at your local libraries. Find and  respectfully gather bits of the earths beautiful bounty and bring in your nature items to use in crafts.


Monday 28th September (Leaves) and 5th October (Sticks)  : 10.30am – 11.30am

Tuesday 29th September  (Leaves) and 6th October (Rocks) :10.30am – 11.30am

Wednesday 30th September and 7th October: 10.00am – 11.00am  This will be a pre-school session for under 5 years

Thursday 1st and 8th October: 3.00pm – 4.30 pm Craft table which will be open to all ages.


Monday 28th September (Nature Crafts) 10.30am – 11.00am

Monday 5th October (Nature Crafts) 10.30am – 11.00am

Children are encouraged to bring in their own supply of leaves, small sticks, flowers.  More information is available on the website.

Free to attend but bookings essential.


September 21, 2020

NCEA Resilience Coaching: Workshop for year 11 – 13 students

Event Date: September 29, 2020

2020 has been a year of unexpected change and challenge. It has been tough on many, including those about to sit their NCEA exams.

This is a unique opportunity to gain study skills, tools, tips and strategies for NCEA, University, Polytech and beyond, as lifelong learners. Resilience is a key component to success in life.

This fun, interactive day of coaching being held in the 1st week of the holidays, provides the ideal package to set you up for future study. Tuesday 29th Sept 10am to 4pm

Check the MAC school newsletter for full details. Registration is essential. This is followed by an open evening seminar for parents at 7 to 8.30pm. Rm 8 MAC

May 5, 2020

Wanaka Artisan Market

Event Date: October 1, 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!

September 27, 2020

Wanaka Golf Course

Event Date: October 1, 2020

Wanaka Golf Course is closed today (Monday 28th Sept) due to snow.

The ‘Coring’ which was to take place this week on the front 9 side of the course has been postponed to next week, so all 18 holes will be open to golfers this week.

August 17, 2020

Rotary Book Sale

Event Date: October 2, 2020

The Rotary Club of Wanaka annual book sale is on 2-4 October at the Lake Wanaka Centre.

Awesome selection of pre-loved fiction, non fiction and children books. Thousands of books.

All funds raised to support local community causes.

July 6, 2020

Wanaka Park Run – New summer time

Event Date: October 3, 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.


September 22, 2020

Interactive Biochar Workshop

Event Date: October 3, 2020

Grow Wānaka is hosting an interactive biochar workshop at their new garden site, Outlet Road, on the way to the Outlet Holiday Park. There will be signage to show the way.
Ben Elms (Dr. Compost) and Sam from Black Moa Biochar will be leading the workshop, sharing their expertise on the process of creating biochar and the amazing benefits for your soil.

This is also a great opportunity to meet the Grow Wānaka crew and find out what this community garden initiative is all about.

Koha appreciated & Morning tea included.  BYO – Lunch and gardening gloves.

All welcome to attend. Please forward any queries to Colin at or 0226147733

Saturday 3rd October – 9am to 3pm   Outlet Road (on the way to the Outlet Holiday Park)

September 24, 2020

Across the Bridge Bannockburn

Event Date: October 6, 2020

Great news!  Across the Bridge Arts Festival, now in its 9th year,  and is full steam ahead for 6-11 October.

Highlights this year include the director of the Festival of Colour, Philip Tremewan, chairing The Big Conversation, discussing a very topical issue Tourism – Tipping Point?  Philip’s panellists will be Wanaka’s Meg Taylor, journalist and researcher Max Rashbrooke and travel writer Sarah Bennett.

Another highlight will be ‘Writers and Wine, sponsored by Two Paddocks Winery.   Kate de Goldi will facilitate pannellists Fiona Farrell, Sue Wootton and Wanaka’s own Annabel Wilson as our guest writers.

A very popular feature every year is the Artists of Bannockburn art exhibition in the Cairnmuir Woolshed, and two concerts are on the programme – for jazz lovers there is the Royal New Zealand Air Force Jazz Trio, and with piano and voice there is New Zealand’s best Rowena Simpson and Douglas Mews, in a chamber music concert titled “Songs my grandmother taught me’.

There are two great workshops in the lead-up to the festival, one on drawing and one on photography, a Poetry Slam lead by Wanaka’s Liz Breslin and Laura Williamson, a wine masterclass by Valli Wines, and wait! – there’s lots more!

For details and bookings go to

September 23, 2020

Quiz Night

Event Date: October 7, 2020

Come and have some fun with a group of friends and feel good about raising money for local youth. Wanaka Upper Clutha Lions Club Quiz night at the Bullock Bar.

Teams of 6 people $5 per person. Raffles sponsored by Mitre 10

7pm registration for a 7.30pm start

All funds raised go to Local Youth such as Mt Aspiring College Leadership Scholarships and MINT charitable Trust.

Phone/text Lorraine for more info 0274 737813

September 23, 2020

Produce A Patch

Event Date: October 9, 2020

The Wanaka A & P Show has a new competition – Produce A Patch. It’s a new veggie growing competition open to local families, avid green thumbs, or new veggie growers.

Veggie patches can be up to 3 square metres, in ground or raised. It will need to be full of healthy plants and may include flowers. You can enter one of two classes: family or open.

The A & P show will run workshops throughout the competition helping you grow the ultimate veggie garden .

Enter Produce A Patch online now at

September 17, 2020

Hawea Community Association AGM

Event Date: October 10, 2020

Hawea Community Association AGM and Public Meeting will be held on Saturday the 10th of October from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Lake Hawea Community Centre on Myra Street.
Doors will open at 8:30am. Tea and coffee available.
Elected members from QLDC and the Wanaka Community Board will be present and may be in a position to contribute to discussions.
Inquiries to
All welcome.
Please support the work of the HCA by signing up for an annual household membership of just $20.
The committee is also looking for a Secretary, so that they can vastly improve their communication channels! If you can help and can commit to attending meetings on the third Tuesday of the month, they’d love to hear from you. Job-sharing is definitely an option! 😉
The position is voluntary however, an honorarium is available for the role of Secretary. Please email for further details.

September 23, 2020

Rainbow Run

Event Date: October 10, 2020

Sport Otago’s, Night n Day’s, Rainbow Run returns to Wanaka, 10 October, 11am, at the Upper Clutha Rugby Grounds.

This family friendly event is the ideal way to celebrate a return to level 1.

Numbers are limited so go to the Sport Otago website to secure your tickets. Any profits from this event go to ‘Sporting Chance’ which helps disadvantaged children into sport.

September 23, 2020

Paralympians Speak in Wanaka

Event Date: October 10, 2020

Paralympians, Holly Robinson and Caitlin Dore will be speaking at the Water Sports Facility, 10 October from 4.30pm.

Holly and Caitlin will be joined by other para athletes who will tell their story and then answer questions.

The first session, 4.30 to 5pm is for primary school children, an adult will be required to stay with them. The 5.15 to 5.45pm session is for secondary school children, where parents are  welcome. These sessions are free but numbers are limited so bookings are essential. To book or for more information, email

Come along and discover what makes a Paralympian Tick.

September 24, 2020

Bike Glendhu

Event Date: October 10, 2020

Bike Glendhu has opened up free entries for riders to take part in the inaugural Duel Slalom for the the opening of the Toogood Trails dual slalom course.

Postponed  – Now on  Saturday the 10th of October at Bike Glendhu, it will be an afternoon of Dual Slalom racing, food, and fun.

Racing is free but spaces are limited – so get in quick.

‘If you just want to check things out entry is free.   There will be $5 van shuttles running from the culvert, with all proceeds going towards planting more native trees’.

For more information or to enter visit

September 25, 2020

Athletics New Zealand Community Road Show

Event Date: October 10, 2020

Athletics New Zealand community road show comes to Wanaka, 10 October from 10am to 4pm.

This is a workshop for coaches, parents and teacher from across Central Otago.

Athletic New Zealand accredited coaches will cover; Get Set Go, Run Jump Throw and level 1 clinics on sprint, jump and throw.

The venue is Wanaka Recreation Centre. For more information contact Mariah on

September 25, 2020

Aspiring Athletes Open Day

Event Date: October 11, 2020

On Sunday, 11 October, it’s Aspiring Athletes Open Day, 10am to 12noon.

Upper Clutha’s aspiring athletes from 5 years and up are invited to come along, give it a go and see what athletics is all about.

The venue is Wanaka Recreation Centre and there is no charge.

For more information contact Mariah on

June 10, 2020

Wanaka Library

Event Date: October 12, 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.

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.

September 23, 2020

Death Cafe

Event Date: October 12, 2020

Join Su Hoskin and Liz Maluschnig as they offer a space for open, respectful, confidential conversations about death & dying – this week a special focus on the EOLC bill.

Monday October 12th 12:30 – 2pm at the Cinema Paradiso café area. Please join our group on for more information and to sign up.
This is a free event sponsored by the Canlive Trust.

September 20, 2020

Upper Clutha Sports Community Trust AGM

Event Date: October 14, 2020

  Please come along and meet the current Trustees, learn about their activities over the past year and share in their strategic direction for 2021 and beyond.

Would you like to help shape the direction of the Trust’s activities and projects?

Join their small, friendly group of like-minded Trustees and help contribute to sport and recreation in our community.

Expressions of interest and/or apologies to :  Diana Schikker, Secretary,

Wednesday 14th October 2020 at the Wanaka Recreation Centre – 7.00pm -8.00pm  


September 1, 2020

Repair Revolution

Event Date: October 18, 2020

Wastebusters are running a series of repair events as part of their ‘Repair Revolution’ and they’re looking for fixers and volunteers of all kinds!

If you, or anyone you know, enjoys repairing things and sharing your know-how, they invite you to join them as a volunteer fixer.  Your repair skills in fixing household items such as computers, electronics, small appliances, furniture, clothes, jewellery, books, bikes, instruments, skis and more, are all welcome.

If you’re interested, please complete this form and they will be in touch: Volunteer expression of interest form

If you have questions you can email or there is more information on the Wastebusters website.

Sunday 18 October at Lake Hawea Community Centre.

September 22, 2020

Wanaka Arts Society – Labour Weekend Exhibition

Event Date: October 22, 2020

2020 Labour Weekend Exhibition at the Lake Wanaka Centre opens with the awards night on Thursday 22nd October at 5pm with drinks, canapes, live music and an art auction. Tickets $20 at Eventfinda

Exhibition open Friday 23rd to Monday 26th October from 9am daily.

Don’t miss this fabulous showcase of local artistic talent and there will be a live portrait sitting by Stephen Martyn Welch on the Saturday afternoon.

August 10, 2020

Deans Bank 10 hour Race

Event Date: October 25, 2020

For the 9th year running, Bike Wanaka heralds the start of the bike season this Labour Weekend with the 10 Hour at Deans Bank! Proudly supported by Dunlop Builders. Race on the purpose built 11kmish loop track in a team of up to 5, race it solo or if you fancy a sleep in, ride the solo 5 hour race. Entries now open at .

And Dunlop Builders are once again putting out the challenge to put down the pie and put your foot to the pedal and enter a team made up of local tradies in the Golden Pedal Tradies Challenge as part of the Bike Wanaka 10 Hour race.

Register your team here – and then let Dunlop know your team name.

August 3, 2020

Wanaka House & Garden Tour

Event Date: November 14, 2020

Fundraiser House Tour for the Wanaka Community Hub, which promises to be a spectacular weekend, visiting exquisite houses and some truly magnificent gardens – most of which have never been opened to the public before!

The theme for the weekend is the “Story of the Basin” with wonderful houses showcasing architectural evolvement over the years, and some spectacular garden properties with large park gardens featuring as well as smaller, gorgeously cultivated residential gardens.

Tickets are for the two day self-drive Tour. Tickets include entry and use of the Wanaka Community Hub, entry wristband to allow you entry into all houses and gardens, maps, stalls, art exhibitions. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend!

Tickets are $90 per person.  BUY TICKETS HERE:

** All proceeds from the Wanaka House and Garden Tour will go towards the Wanaka Community Hub Charitable Trust **

Hosted and organised by Aspiring Rotary and Wanaka Community Hub.

September 9, 2020

Brick Show – Lake Hawea

Event Date: November 14, 2020

Brick Show for Lego fans in Central Otago.

The biggest show to be held in this area of the world! Schools have been informed so it is time for the kids to start building for the Brick Show competitions!

Lego displays, Lego playpit, Kids model display competition and much much more.

Make a date – November 14th and 15th 10am until 5pm at the Lake Hawea Community Centre

$5 per person or $10 per family

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.