A trifecta of public events are expected to make this weekend
one of the busiest of the year for Wanaka.
First out of the gates is the two-day Wanaka A&P Show,
which begins today.
A pace or two behind is the Motatapu running and
mountain-biking event, which starts tomorrow morning.
And bringing up the rear is the two-day National Finals
Rodeo, which starts tomorrow night.
The A&P show usually attracts at least 25,000 people, the
Motatapu event has a record 4000 entries this year and
thousands of competitors and spectators are expected for the
first national rodeo event in Wanaka for 13 years.
Organisers of each event, however, point out there is no real
clash between the events, and there are even some synergies.
Runners and mountain bikers leave the Glendhu Bay area on
their 47km trek to Arrowtown tomorrow morning, giving them a
chance for a little relaxation at the show today.
And show spectators today could well be the rodeo spectators
The national rodeo event is being hosted by the Wanaka Rodeo
Club, which usually holds its annual club event on January 2.
Club president Lyal Cocks said there had been discussion
about the events calendar with show organisers, who were
happy to have both events on the same weekend.
They are scheduled not to run at the same time.
Mr Cocks said the Motatapu event brought many people to town,
but they mostly ended up in Arrowtown.
Having the three events on the same weekend was ''putting the
''But then again in some ways they sort of complement each
other, and most probably people stay longer in town.''
Show co-ordinator Jane Stalker said the rodeo was a
''It's certainly put a lot of pressure on the town and it
would probably be ideal if it was on a different weekend.
''That's not to be this year, but it will all work.''
She was unsure of how much of a spin-off the show would get
from the rodeo crowd.
The Motatapu event was bought by the Queenstown Trails Trust
last year and chief executive Mandy Kennedy said this year
was the 10th time it had been held in early March.
Because the weather always seemed more settled at this time
of year, Motatapu organisers were ''very comfortable'' with
their traditional date.
She expected about 10,000 people in Arrowtown to welcome home
competitors completing the Motatapu course.