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
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
It's a great time to share with the people and places of
Queenstown Lakes at their vibrant best.
More Event Infomation
MONDAY, JANUARY 2
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,
When: 11.30am Monday, January 2.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 3
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,
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6
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
or (03) 443-2700
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7
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!)
or (03) 443-2700
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
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
When: Thursdays from 4.30pm
Where: Pembroke Park at the corner of Ardmore and Dungarvon
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wanakafarmersmarket.org.nz
MONDAY, JANUARY 16
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
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
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.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
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
Where: Wanaka and surrounds
When: 6.30am race start, Saturday, January 21.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
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
Cost: Free. Bring your picnic or some money to buy
or (03) 443-2700.