Persistent rain, wind and cold temperatures took their toll
on Wanakafest events over the weekend.
While the weather was perfect for a polar plunge into Lake
Wanaka, it was less than ideal for the wine and food festival
on a sodden Pembroke Park.
Heavy rain on Saturday, meant the sound stage had to be moved
inside a marquee to allow Don McGlashan and other
entertainers to perform safely.
While children danced in the puddles and adults in warm
jackets enjoyed the entertainment and refreshments, the
numbers attending were down on previous years.
Wanakafest manager Laurel Morrison said gumboots were a
''But I was amazed by the turnout despite [the weather].''
Fresh snow on the hills and a cold northwesterly yesterday
did not stop hundreds of spectators lining the swift-flowing
Bullock Creek to watch the duck race and good crowds turning
out for the polar plunge, cardboard boat race and trolley
Most events were completed.
However, Wanakafest manager Laurel Morrison admitted her
choice would be to hold the event in February rather than