The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

Chal­lenge Wanaka Triathlon Fes­ti­val, 18-21 Fe­bru­ary. They call it the world’s tough­est and most hon­est long-dis­tance course. It won World’s Most Scenic Triathlon (Ath­lete’s Choice) at the 2015 Triathlon Busi­ness In­ter­na­tional Awards, USA. Sweat and scenery.

(03) 443 2700, chal­

Wanakafest. An­nual spring com­mu­nity fes­ti­val: a cock­tail of lo­cal fash­ion, food, wine, mu­sic and sport­ing events. Con­tact for date.

War­birds Over Wanaka, 25-28 March. When Sir Tim Wal­lis kicked off this in­ter­na­tional air­show in 1988 it at­tracted 14,000 peo­ple.

The 2014 show wooed 48,239. Clas­sic air­craft and mod­ern jets plus py­rotech­nics, aer­o­bat­ics and team for­ma­tions equal lots of sky­ward wow. (03) 443 8619, war­birdsover­

Au­tumn Art School, 18-22 April. Flex your cre­ative mus­cles with classes in pho­tog­ra­phy, writ­ing, sculp­ture, book mak­ing, paint­ing, draw­ing and the like. (03) 443 1810, au­tum­ Wanaka Sled Dog Fes­ti­val, Au­gust. A rare op­por­tu­nity for mush­ers from through­out New Zealand to get out on the snow with their sleds and skis. It’s ap­par­ently a rather noisy af­fair due to the ex­citable na­ture of the four-legged rac­ers. (03) 443 7542, snow­

Merino Muster, 20 Au­gust, Snow Farm, Cardrona Val­ley. A cross­coun­try ski ad­ven­ture to thrill be­gin­ners and elites on Snow Farm’s back coun­try. (03) 428 4268, meri­no­

NZ Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val, 1-8 July.

The globe’s film-mak­ers show­case their wares. Rec­og­nized as one of the world’s pre­mier moun­tain film fes­ti­val events.

(03) 443 1609, moun­tain­

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