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, challenge-wanaka.com
Wanakafest. Annual spring community festival: a cocktail of local fashion, food, wine, music and sporting events. Contact wanakafest.co.nz 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, warbirdsoverwanaka.com
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, autumnartschool.net.nz 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, snowfarmnz.com
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, merinomuster.com
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, mountainfilm.net.nz