Summer Daze Events in Wanaka

Whoever you are, wherever you're from, come January, everyone's a local in the Queenstown Lakes District!

Thanks to the Summerdaze festival, local businesses and groups work together with the council to make it one of the most vibrant districts in New Zealand, helping everyone know how it feels to be part of the community.

Whether you like your summer chock-full of arts, sport, cultural or plain recreational memories, the diverse programme means nobody's left out when it comes to fun in the sun.

And in this, the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the district the fabulous blend of traditional features and brand-new events all over the district is brighter than ever.

It's a great time to share with the people and places of Queenstown Lakes at their vibrant best.


More Event Infomation 

Wanaka Rodeo: Enjoy the best in rodeo action, good food and a great atmosphere. Great family day out.
Where: Wanaka Rodeo Club Grounds, Albert Town Reserve, Wanaka.
When: 11.30am Monday, January 2.

The Southern Muster Frontrunner Sky Run & Outside Sports Sky Ride: The races are held on the Snow Farm's cross-country trails. There will be 5km, 10km and half-marathon runs as well as one- and six-hour mountain bike challenges for everyone to participate in and have fun - also thousands of dollars worth of prizes to be won.
Where: Snow Farm, Cardrona Valley
When: Tuesday, January 3
Contact: Adrian Bailey (021) 991-899,, 

Kite-making workshop: Get creative and design your own colourful kite under the guidance of a professional kite maker. Bring along your creation to the Summerdaze Grand Kite Display. The workshops run for 90 minutes and numbers are limited, bookings recommended.
When: 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre
Cost: $5, materials provided
Contact: or (03) 443-2700

The Summerdaze Grand Kite Display in association with Q92 More FM: Watch the spectacular display of dozens of kites swooping and swimming in the air, all sizes, shapes and formations from the world-renowned Peter Lynn Team. Bring your own kite and join in the fun.
When:from midday Saturday, January 7
Where: Pembroke Park, Wanaka (wind permitting!)
Cost: Free
Contact: or (03) 443-2700

Wanaka Farmers and Gardeners Market: Fresh local foods from fab local foodies! Every Thursday is Market Day in Wanaka. Stop by the lakefront and enjoy the most beautiful farmers market in the world. Organic produce, free-range eggs, merino lamb, breads, pastries, award-winning sausages,
fruits, flowers, sauces, seedlings, sweets, treats and home-style goodies.
When: Thursdays from 4.30pm
Where: Pembroke Park at the corner of Ardmore and Dungarvon streets.

Radio Wanaka 5km Charity Fun Run/Walk: Dress up and get active during the Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival with an easy 5km run along the lakefront and through the spectacular Rippon Vineyard, with proceeds going to the Upper Clutha Children's Medical Trust. Prizes for best fancy dress.
Where: Lake Wanaka foreshore, opposite the showgrounds.
When: 6.30pm Monday, January 16
Cost: $10

Tri NZ Contact Tri Series: Experience the excitement of cycling and running around downtown Wanaka after a dip in the lake, as you are cheered on by the holiday crowds. For the kids there is a new event, the 1:2:1; for beginners the 3:9:3; for the more experienced triathlete the Trophy Sprint and the Cup Sprint for the superstar elites. Participate in your event then cheer on local boy Tony Dodds as he looks to claim his first elite title in Wanaka.
Where: Lake Wanaka CBD.
When: 2.30pm Friday, January 20.

Challenge Wanaka: The world's most scenic iron distance triathlon. Thousands of spectators will watch the swim, bike and run sections, cheering on over 1200 remarkable athletes on their 226km journey. Join the finish-line party in the heart of Wanaka with music and fireworks. Be a part of the action; cheer on the athletes or get involved as a volunteer.
Where: Wanaka and surrounds
When: 6.30am race start, Saturday, January 21.

Wanaka Teddy Bears' Picnic in association with Q92-More FM. An entertaining event for the young ones with games, story-telling, a bouncy castle, face-painting, singing and much more. Don't forget your teddies and sunhats.
Where: Wanaka Dinosaur Park
When: 11am-1pm
Cost: Free. Bring your picnic or some money to buy food/drink
Contact: or (03) 443-2700.