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Inaugural Ignite Wanaka Business Awards finalists announced

More than 50 businesses from around Wanaka entered the awards, exceeding the independent judging panel’s expectations. Finalists are – Outstanding in Infrastructure/Trades supported by Ray White Wanaka: Aquasystems Australasia, Dunlop Builders, Optum Plumbing & Energy Solutions, Wanaka Flooring Xtra. Outstanding in Professional Services supported by Queenstown Airport Corporation: Eliska Lewis Architects, Eyes on Ardmore, NZ Fine Touring Group, Print It …

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360 New Zealand partners with Flightcontroller on South Island exclusive aerial imagery

A Queenstown and Wanaka-based digital media company has become one of a select few South Island aerial imagery businesses recently qualified to provide the highest level of services to clients across New Zealand. 360 New Zealand Ltd is excited to announce a new partnership with Flightcontroller Ltd, a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) recognised company which holds the necessary approvals to …

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Kiwi Ski Racers Dominate US Nationals

With only two weeks to go until the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup finals, NZ ski racers Adam Hall (Wanaka) and Corey Peters (New Plymouth) are at the top of their game. Adam won five from five races at the US Nationals and IPC Alpine Skiing speed races held in Aspen last week and Corey won four of his five races.

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Wanaka’s Jossi Wells Wins X Games Gold

With the field stacked with the current who’s who of freeski slopestyle including three-time X Games gold medallist Nick Goepper (USA) and Olympic gold medallist Joss Christensen (USA) nothing short of perfection would impress the judges. Mother Nature would add to the challenge. 35cm of snow falling on the slopestyle course overnight would slow competitors’ speed and make it difficult …

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Queenstown and Wanaka Ski Racers Compete for Trofeo Borrufa

Trofeu Borrufa is an international junior ski competition for children in U14 and U16 age categories, which is held annually in Andorra. Each year approximately 30 countries compete in this prestigious racing event. Each participating country can field a team of up to 10 racers. Andorra, as host nation and neighbouring Spain and France are allowed to send two teams. …

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Final countdown to South Island’s biggest New Year’s party

The final countdown is on for the South Island’s biggest New Year’s party, Rhythm & Alps (R&A). Organisers of the renowned music festival, which celebrates its fifth year running, are anticipating another successful event as party-goers gather at Robrosa Station in Wanaka’s iconic Cardrona Valley on December 30. Headliners for R&A 2015 include Kiwi rock superstars Shihad and award-winning British …

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Countdown is on for New Year’s music festival Rhythm and Alps

The fifth annual two-day music festival, held in the scenic Cardrona Valley between Wanaka and Queenstown on December 30-31, is attracting party-goers from across the Tasman, with strong ticket sales from Australia. “This year we’re expecting music lovers of all ages from around New Zealand and beyond to descend on Robrosa Station in the Cardrona Valley for what’s going to …

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Climate March & Paddle

Thousands of events around the world were organised last week, calling for climate justice and an end to carbon pollution. The little town of Wanaka produced a whopping 320 plus supporters of all ages who happily took time out of their Sunday. They walked, juggled and two even paddled a kayak along the lakefront to the infamous Wanaka tree. Wanaka …

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Jetpack Flight Display at Warbirds over Wanaka

This announcement is the first in a series of public flight displays in which the company will demonstrate the world’s first practical personal jetpack, with potential usage spanning search and rescue, military, recreational and commercial applications. Martin Aircraft is working on a global flight demonstration program and is currently in discussions with a number of Civil Aviation Authorities/Federal Agencies and …

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Upper Clutha Primary and Intermediate Schools Championships

The event is organised by the Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club. 32 teams competed in the Ski and Snowboard Giant Slalom and Gravity Cross races with the 121 students representing Mount Aspiring College and Alexandra Primary, Clyde Primary, Goldfields Primary, Cromwell Primary, Hawea Flat and Wanaka Primary Schools. Teams could have up to four members and the three best combined …

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Wanaka identity Sir Tim Wallis named as patron of planned Wanaka watersports facility

Wanaka identity and aviation entrepreneur Sir Tim Wallis has become patron of the Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust. The Trust is planning to build a community facility for non-motorised watersports – including rowing, kayaking, swimming and recreational beach users – on the shore of Lake Wanaka in Roys Bay Reserve. Sir Tim became a Foundation Club member of the proposed facility …

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Thank F*@# it’s Friday with Janina Kuzma

ANNABEL WILSON hangs out in The Wax Room with freeskier Janina Kuzma on the eve of the Winter Games 2015 and discovers what’s ON her mind and what’s in her ski pants pocket. Then we tell you what’s ON in the 443 and beyond this weekend. What’s happening in your world at the moment? The Winter Games are about to kick …

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Free screenings and 48-hour competition for Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Adventure Film Festival presented by GoPro

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 Adventure Film Festival presented by GoPro has a fresh image this year, with an entirely free week-long event hosting creative and outstanding true-life international and New Zealand adventure films, in the Queenstown and Wanaka Games Villages. Winter Games NZ Festival Manager Malcolm Blakey said the support from GoPro has made it possible to …

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Challenge Wanaka to host New Zealand Ultra Distance Triathlon National Championships

Challenge Wanaka announced today it has been awarded National Championship status by Triathlon New Zealand and will host the 2016 New Zealand Ultra Distance Championships at its 10th anniversary event on 20 February. Internationally renowned as the world’s most scenic long distance triathlon, Challenge Wanaka will now also provide New Zealanders with the opportunity to become overall and age group …

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Central Otago and Southern Lakes schools weigh in with support for Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ is spearheading a diverse programme aimed at involving school students in this year’s event, being staged in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby, and there has been widespread take up from almost 20 schools in the region. Schools Project Manager Jo Guest said there has been an excellent response across the board following on from a successful …

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Dame Trelise Cooper to visit Wanaka for fashion show fundraiser

New Zealand fashion identity Dame Trelise Cooper is to hold a fashion show in Wanaka for the first time as a fundraiser for the town’s planned hospice. Wanaka boutique women’s fashion store Escape Clothing and the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust are organising the inaugural Theatre of Fashion event featuring Trelise Cooper, with tickets going on sale this Friday (July 17, …

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Leading Kiwi artist Melissa Sharplin plans fresh work at her new base in Wanaka

Prominent New Zealand artist Melissa Sharplin has moved her studio to Wanaka’s historic Cardrona Valley, with fresh motivation for a major exhibition after a two-year hiatus. Sharplin, 35, recently opened her own gallery and studio work space at the historic Cardrona School House, next to the Cardrona Hotel. She has recently produced a small series of delicate watercolour and graphite …

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Jim Hickey Commentating at Next Year's Warbirds over Wanaka

Warbird pilot and former TVNZ weatherman Jim Hickey can’t wait to get back behind the microphone at next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. Jim has been named to lead the Bose Commentary Team alongside Grant Stewart and Craig ‘Ferg’ Ferguson. Jim first attended the iconic Wanaka event in 1996. Two years later he joined the commentary team and stayed …

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Re-Establishment film review at the NZ Mountain Film Festival

A highlight of this year’s NZ Mountain Film Festival was the premiere of Re-Establishment: a punchy and poetic gaze into local athlete Sam Lee‘s return to skiing after a knee injury. Co-directed by Sam and filmmaker Lachlan Humphreys, the observational documentary follows Sam for one  year – from injury then rehabilitation, to his first day back on the slopes and re-entry …

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Wanaka A&P Shown nominated for Best Established Community Event Award

The Wanaka A&P Show has been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious annual New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Event Awards. The popular Show, which attracts 35,000 people over two days every March, is a finalist in the Best Established Community Event category, the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals (NZAEP) announced today. Other finalists for this category are …

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Opening Weekend for 2015 Winter Season

Both Cardrona and Coronet Peak opened their doors for the first days of the season this past weekend, and while the weather put a few hurdles in the path on Saturday, Sunday was a stunner! Team 360 managed to get up Cardrona for a run on the Saturday before the wind picked up a little too much and the lifts …

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Audience survey ranks 2015 Festival of Colour the best ever

A detailed survey following April’s Southern Lakes Festival of Colour has revealed the seven-day celebration of art, music, theatre and conversation was judged the best ever by its audience. The online questionnaire asked ticket buyers to rate each performance they attended and polled responses on topics including previous attendance, value for money and their impressions of venue staff. Shows voted …

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Wanaka in 360 Degrees from Above

Here at 360 we like shooting 360 degree imagery (surprise surprise). And we recently upgraded our drone to a pretty flash and extremely stable model with a retracting landing gear. Put those two things together and we can now create 360 degree aerial panoramas! This is our first aerial virtual tour, shot yesterday over Wanaka (look out for the drone …

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Wanaka A&P Show contributes almost $10.9 million to local economy

The 2015 Wanaka A&P Show brought almost $10.9 million worth of direct economic benefits to the area, an independent study has found. The report, prepared by Opinions Market Research Ltd, reveals that the total expenditure by trade exhibitors, volunteers, spectators and competitors over the two-day event in March was an estimated $10,864,638.97. No economic multipliers have been applied. Of this, …

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Full steam ahead for Rhythm and Alps 2015 with early bird ticket sales this week

Organisers of iconic Wanaka New Year’s international music festival Rhythm and Alps are planning another strong event for 2015 after making business decisions to commit to the Queenstown Lakes District. Early bird tickets go on sale this Friday via www.rhythmandalps.co.nz and Rhythm and Alps owner Alex Turnbull expects the price of $129 will generate strong advance sales for the popular …

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New trail-ride fundraiser gets thumbs up

An inaugural high-country trail-ride raising funds for Montessori Children’s House Wanaka and Wanaka Primary School has been a big success with over 550 riders taking part despite rain showers. Trail-bike enthusiasts from as far away as Bluff and Christchurch converged on Lindis Peaks, Deep Creek and Long Gully Stations near Tarras on ANZAC Sunday (26 April) to explore 66km of …

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Wanaka goes wild for Arma Del Amor

Dozens of Wanaka residents have been waiting for months to see the local band Arma Del Amor perform their new album, which was supported by many through a recent Kickstarter campaign. This past Saturday saw Arma Del Amor perform a late night show at the Crystal Palace tent in Wanaka as part of the 2015 Festival of Colour. With nine …

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Big ideas and big bands take centre stage on sold out Sunday

Audiences made the most of a rainy Sunday at the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour with twin debates on the pull of wilderness and the push against generational inequality, a rising star of the Kiwi music scene plus two large ensemble concerts. Aspiring Conversations turned to inspiring conservation with the first panel discussion Walking and Wilderness. Documentary-maker Craig Potton, botanist …

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Musical and literary variations infuse festival's Saturday programme

The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour entered its final weekend in typically varied style with an entertaining discussion around popular literature and a musical programme to delight both classical devotees and fans of modern pop. The Somewhat Crazy Worlds of Simsion and Buist was today’s session in the Aspiring Conversations mini ‘festival of ideas’. Australian writers Graeme Simsion and Anne …

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Festival of Colour: Café

On the third day of the Festival of Colour, 360 went to check out the play Café, performed in the live environment of Federal Diner. This third and final chapter of the site-specific series, that Festival of Colour have featured over the past three events, is a one hour play performed in front of a smaller audience, all cosy and …

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Day three of Festival of Colour delves inside both the creative and wandering mind

The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour opened audiences’ minds to the creative energies behind musical composition and performance today as well as the sometimes wayward processes of their own brains. In Behind the Curtain and Inside the Notes, composer Claire Cowan and NZTrio worked together in front of a Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace audience to bring Claire’s new work …

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Festival of Colour 2015: The Ballard of Backbone Joe

Excited people filled the car park outside the Luggate Hall on Wednesday night. The historic hall was filled to capacity in anticipation for the hour of entertainment from The Suitcase Royal. Backbone Joe is a bare-knuckle fighter in outback Australia, who fights in the local abattoir for the neighborhood’s butcher and promoter Messy Dimes Dan. After being summoned by a mysterious …

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Festival of Colour kicks in with caffeine-fuelled first day

The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour opened its seven-day programme of theatre, visual art, dance, conversation and music today with a double shot of coffee culture. In CAFÉ, the latest work by Site Specific Theatre, veteran owner John thinks the spike in his venue’s popularity is down to his experience in creating the perfect vibe for his customers but onsite …

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Cardrona Bike Park Ready to Reopen for Easter

With additional trail construction and maintenance now underway for the re-opening of the Cardrona Bike Park on April 4th, a new downhill mountain biking event: The Cardrona Mega Avalanche has been confirmed to take place on April 19th. Cardrona and Highlands Motorsport Park are collaborating to bring mountain bike racing into the motorsport arena of the Repco Race to the …

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Warbirds Over Wanaka Calls for Amphibian Aircraft

A spectacular mass landing of amphibious aircraft on Lake Wanaka is being planned as part of next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. Organisers were keen to hear from any owners of these aircraft that would like to be part of what is believed to be a first for New Zealand, general manager Ed Taylor said. The display is being …

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Huge turnout for 2015 Wanaka A&P Show

An estimated 35,000 people have attended this year’s Wanaka A&P Show, with organisers thrilled with the return of large crowds and some record entry numbers. The 78th annual two-day Show, which concluded today, is one of Wanaka’s biggest events and home of the famous national Golden Lamb Awards (aka The Glammies). An economic impact report on the Show is being …

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Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event challenging but rewarding given inclement weather conditions

Athletes competing in last weekend’s iconic Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event near Queenstown (March 7, 2015) embraced the elements in what was one of the event’s most challenging course conditions. With heavy rain the morning of the race, the course was muddier and wetter than previous years, which appealed to many competitors citing “the challenging and brutal course” a great personal …

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Relative unknown beats former national champ in 2015 Motatapu Speights Mountain Bike Race

Former elite rider Mike Crawford has won the Motatapu Speight’s Mountain Bike men’s title today after passing race leader James Williamson – who was on foot – 300m from the finish line, while national women’s champion Kate Fluker retained her top position. Former national road cycling champion Williamson, 25, from Alexandra, led the 47km-long race from the 10km mark but …

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The eleventh annual Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event

The eleventh annual Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event roared into action yesterday (Saturday March 7, 2015) with 4,567 registered competitors taking to the backcountry with enthusiasm, vigour and excitement. Despite a wet start to proceedings, competitors embraced the challenging conditions, which were unusually cold and wet. Motatapu race day – usually the first Saturday in March – is typically warm and …

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Vidaraid Finishes in Second Place at Godzone 2015, Wanaka

Spanish and Brazilian team Vidaraid placed second in the GODZone Adventure race today in Wanaka. Team members Barbara Bomfin, Urtzi Iglesias, Jon Ander Arambalza, and Marco Amselem spoke highly of the AR World Series race and said New Zealand was an incredible country, and they loved being at GODZone. “It was the toughest race we have done and harder than …

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World Champion Adventure Racers Win Godzone 2015 in Wanaka

Three time defending champions and current AR World Champs team Seagate, have taken out the GODZone adventure race for the fourth time in Lake Wanaka this afternoon. Nathan Fa’avae, Sophie Hart, Chris Forne and Stu Lynch crossed the finish line at the Wanaka showground’s just after 4.30pm attracting a large crowd of enthusiastic well wishers. The team raced ahead of …

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Entertainment galore at the 2015 Wanaka A&P Show

This year’s Wanaka A&P Show is gearing up to be another hugely popular event, with an extensive lineup of entertainment planned for all ages. The Wanaka Show, held on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March 2015, will for the first time host a wood-chopping competition by the Southland Otago Axemen. Their display of speed and strength is bound to impress …

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Iconic Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event smashes records with highest number of entries in race history

The iconic Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event, held annually in Queenstown and Wanaka, roars into action next weekend (Saturday March 7) boasting the highest number of competitors in the event’s eleven year history. The mammoth event has gained iconic status in Australasia and is known as THE bucket-list off-road event for both elite athletes and weekend warriors. Traversing the Motatapu, Soho …

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McNeice and Crawford extend Challenge Wanaka dominance on perfect day

Dylan McNeice and Gina Crawford win Challenge Wanaka for the their third and sixth time respectively[/caption] today extended their phenomenal record at Challenge Wanaka by scoring their third and sixth victories respectively at what is regarded as the world’s most scenic long distance triathlon. McNeice became the first man to three-peat at the iconic race set amongst New Zealand’s stunning …

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Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016 Tickets on Sale

A new luxury one day ticket plus a price freeze on pre-purchased General Admission tickets are two features of the ticket offerings for the 2016 Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. Tickets for the world-renowned event go on sale next week (Monday, February 16th) via the WOW website www.warbirdsoverwanaka.co.nz or through TicketDirect www.ticketdirect.co.nz “We are very pleased to be able to …

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Festival of Colour announces world premieres as tenth anniversary programme launched

The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour today revealed a packed seven-day programme featuring an exciting mix of theatre, visual art, dance, conversation and music from New Zealand and around the world. Expanded to include the Anzac Day public holiday, this year’s event runs from Tuesday 21 to Monday 27 April in Wanaka, Queenstown and Central Otago and marks the tenth …

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Call for volunteers to help at the Wanaka A&P Show

Organisers of this year’s Wanaka Show are calling for volunteers to help during the popular two-day agricultural and pastoral event next month. And people who give up their time for free get to attend an inspirational talk by well-known Marlborough farmer and speaker Doug Avery, who’ll discuss the topic of resilience in farming and in life in general at a …

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Challenge Wanaka takes out international triathlon award

Challenge Wanaka long distance triathlon in New Zealand’s South Island has taken out the Triathletes’ Choice Award for the World’s Most Scenic Race at this year’s Triathlon Business International Awards in Los Angeles yesterday. Part of the global Challenge Family series of triathlons, Challenge Wanaka is based in New Zealand’s southern alps with a course surrounded by the Te Wahipounamu …

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Catalina back at Warbirds Over Wanaka

New Zealand’s only airworthy Catalina Flying Boat is set to make a triumphant return from major refurbishment work at next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. ZK-PBY has been a favourite at Wanaka for a number of years, especially when she lands on the lake, but was missing in 2014 because of extensive work to repair the wings and fuselage …

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Challenge Wanaka on track for record field

New Zealand’s largest annual triathlon festival, Challenge Wanaka, is once again set for a record field of both amateur and world-class professional athletes when the start gun goes off on 22 February With two weeks of entries remaining, numbers have already surpassed 2014 levels over the full (226km) and half (113km) distance events in both individual and relay team entries. …

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Gig Alert: The Funk Hunters at R&A

At Rhythm and Alps last year, the ON girls (and boy) developed what can only be classed as a mega-crush on The Funk Hunters. This infatuation saw us inventing new dance moves to their infectious selection of mindfully mashed up beats the first time we heard them, then following their tour like groupies. We caught them at Summerlands, then chased …

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Airshow Safety at Warbirds Over Wanaka

Major General (retired) Des Barker had a distinguished career in the South African Air Force over 40 years, clocking up 6,500 flying hours on 45 different military types, mostly fast jets. A world renowned expert on airshow safety, he will be speaking in Wanaka in the New Year. From South Africa, he is the author of the book ‘Zero Error …

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#GigatownWanaka unlocks The Cell for business growth

Wanaka is set to establish itself as a business innovation hub and a magnet for global entrepreneurs with the opening of a new incubator-style facility in the centre of town. Called ‘The Cell’, the new facility will open in the old police station on Helwick Street next month managed by the team behind Wanaka’s entry in the national Gigatown ultra-fast …

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The inaugural Red Bull Defiance a success!

Red Bull New Zealand’s first ever involvement with a multisport / adventure race event happened this past weekend in Wanaka. The inaugural Red Bull Defiance went off with a bang and local athletes were led the charge. After two brutal days, racing 153km over some of most grueling terrain Wanaka has to offer, it was the local pairing of Braden …

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First annual Aspiring Conversations festival the talk of the town

Aspiring Conversations, the annual festival of ideas held in Wanaka and Queenstown last weekend, attracted more than 2,000 ticket buyers to hear leading thinkers, speakers and writers from New Zealand, the US and Europe. Sponsored by global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company it was the first time that Aspiring Conversations has been held separately from the Southern Lakes Festival …

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New Zealand’s troubled waters debated at Aspiring Conversations

Competing demands on the country’s water resources caused a heated debate on the final morning of Aspiring Conversations, the annual festival of ideas taking place in Wanaka and Queenstown this weekend. The panel of Tahu Potiki, a director of the Institute for Environmental and Science Research and of Ngai Tahu Tourism, joined economist Rod Oram and former president of Federated …

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ON the beat: Tim Finn at Aspiring Conversations

As part of Wanaka’s annual Festival of Colour, Aspiring Conversations saw Wanaka inspired about a vast array of topics, educated on everything from the power of Chinese capitalism to New Zealand’s growing inequality issue. Most notable, however, was Tim Finn’s performance last Saturday evening. Beginning at 7.30pm in the Lake Wanaka Centre, the former Spit Enz member graced his audience with soulful words about …

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Kirsty Gunn @ Aspiring Conversations

360 popped down to Edgewater to check out one of the Aspiring Conversation events yesterday, presented by Kirsty Gunn. Kirsty Gunn, originally from Scotland she grew up in New Zealand. She shared with the listeners the connection between New Zealand and Scotland, as she higlighed the importance of story telling and what she’s learned from it. After reading a passage …

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Review: How to run the world @ Aspiring ConversatiONs

In case you hadn’t noticed, the global economy is no longer centred in Tokyo or New York or Singapore or London. It’s somewhere in the cloud. The ‘How to run the world’ session this morning at Aspiring Conversations was everything this festival of ideas is about: engaging speakers up to their ears in qualifications, a topic that is very ‘now’, fascinating facts and …

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Five questiONS with historian Damien Fenton

‘You may not be interested in war but war is interested you’ – Leo Tolstoy Some say we live in historic times, but don’t we always? Dr Damien Fenton is a senior historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in Wellington, and his book ‘New Zealand and the First World War, 1914-1919′, which is illustrates 50 key episodes from our …

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Aspiring Conversations sessions sell out as Ngai Tahu representative joins water panel debate

Strong interest in a range of literary, economic and political speakers at Aspiring Conversations, the new annual festival of ideas coming to Wanaka and Queenstown this weekend, has seen its headline sessions sell out. Political economist and terrorism finance expert, Loretta Napoleoni’s session Money makes the world go round is sold out in Wanaka on Friday evening with just a …

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In cONversation with Charlotte Grimshaw

    Charlotte Grimshaw is one of our favourite New Zealand writers and the literati agree – she has won both the Montana Medal for fiction and the Montana Prize for Reviewer of the Year. She’s got range, writing novels, short stories, reviews and columns, and she’s known both for her beguiling characters and intricate plotting (her novel Foreign City jumps between London …

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ON the Beat: Hot in the country

It’s official. Country is hot. Exhibit A: Caitlyn Shadbolt on X Factor Australia last week coutryfying, and electrifying, Lady Gaga’s ‘You and I’, causing the judges to jump up and down like screeching fangirls and invent a new term: country swag. Exhibit B: The crossover success of street-style it girls Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. (Remember ‘The Climb’? Before she …

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Warbirds over Wanaka's Economic Impact on the Region

A new independent report has reaffirmed the major economic impact on the region of the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. An Economic Impact and Market Research Report following this year’s event puts the overall economic impact at $21.6 million, a 16% increase on the last Airshow to be surveyed in 2010. The report has also confirmed the event remains popular …

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Everything Zen at MINI Burton High Fives

The 3rd annual Burton High Fives presented by MINI kicked off on Monday, September 15 as 60 of the world’s top snowboarders descended upon Wanaka for an epic week of on and off-snow competition and shenanigans. The good times commenced with some wild Antipodean outdoor challenges at Oxbow Adventures hideaway followed by the MINI Off-Road racing in the heart of the Cardrona Valley. Next, the …

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#GigatownWanaka thrilled to make the Gigatown competition finals

Wanaka is buzzing with excitement at the prospect of becoming New Zealand’s first Gigatown, after being confirmed as a finalist in the Chorus competition yesterday. Wanaka, with a population of about 6000, has led the way for the majority of the social media-driven competition, which began in October last year. Today, the top five towns – Wanaka, Dunedin, Gisborne, Nelson …

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The People's Bread, Wanaka

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting The People’s Bread for some toast and tea over in Wanaka. The sun hadn’t peeped out of the clouds yet and I was settled warm and cozy in Ruth and Jeremy’s abode slurping tea and saying yes yes yes to toast, butter and jam. The fire was on, we got cracking. I was …

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Modern life, literature and legends feature in Aspiring Conversations programme

The full programme for Aspiring Conversations, the new annual festival of ideas held in Wanaka and Queenstown, launched this evening includes a member of President Obama’s Global Development Council, an expert on China’s economy and Isis/Islamic State, the present and a former New Zealand poet laureate and singer-songwriting legend, Tim Finn. Sponsored by global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company …

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Adventures in gastro-art @ Bistro Gentil

We went along to Bistro Gentil last weekend (how we wish we could always start our stories with that phrase – Bistro, on t’aime) for the launch of the month-long exhibition of the works of Rangi Kipa. Already known as one of Wanaka’s best spaces both to view original art, including works by Zhu Wei, Paul Dibble and Shane Cotton, …

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Thank F*** it’s Friday with snow diva Jo Guest

ANNABEL WILSON joined Jo Guest of Mission WOW as she led a troupe of backcountry trekkers into the mountains on a quest to share skills and ideas at Cardrona recently. Here’s the skinny from Jo on leftovers and other life lessons. Then we tell you WHAT’S ON this week in Wanaka and beyond. What’s happening in the world of Jo Guest at the …

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Warbirds Over Wanaka a Finalist in NZAEP Awards

One of New Zealand’s largest and longest running events has been named as a finalist in the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Awards. Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow has been named as a finalist in the ‘Best New Zealand Owned Major Event’ category alongside five other finalists including the Audi Quattro Winter Games, Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge and …

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New 25m indoor public swimming pool and land for affordable housing key features of proposed Northlake Wanaka development

A 25m indoor public swimming pool, land allocated for affordable housing, a childcare centre, convenience retail stores and sports facilities will be key features of a new housing development in Wanaka – dependent on Queenstown Lakes District Council approving a plan change later this week. Hearing Commissioners for ‘Northlake Plan Change 45’ have recommended the re-zoning of 219 hectares of …

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Aspiring Conversations launched as annual festival of ideas

The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour has announced that Aspiring Conversations, its hugely popular literary, philosophical and political debate sessions, will become an annual festival of ideas from this year. It is the first time that Aspiring Conversations has been held separately from the main Festival of Colour. The inaugural event takes place in Wanaka and Queenstown from Friday 10th …

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Upper Clutha A&P Society gives $60,000 to two Wanaka organisations

Two important Wanaka community causes are better off thanks to generous donations from the Upper Clutha A&P Society. The Society, which organises the popular annual Wanaka A&P Show, is giving $50,000 to the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust and $10,000 to social services provider Community Networks Wanaka. Each donation has been split over two years – the Hospice Trust receives $25,000 …

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Bright ideas spreading after inaugural TEDxWanaka

A capacity audience left The Rippon Hall on Saturday buzzing with ideas after the first ever TEDxWanaka. The event, which took place on a perfect winter solstice, could mark a turning point for many in more ways than one after an enlightening programme of seven speakers plus entertainment and local food and wine. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, …

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Wanaka tourism identity takes up new role

Wanaka tourism stalwart Jools Hall has been selected to lead a popular education initiative designed to improve the resort town’s visitor experience. Hall joins Queenstown Resort College’s team of facilitators to deliver Wanaka Ambassador – a QRC initiative that provides useful and interesting information on Wanaka’s history, culture and offerings to local residents and businesses. Participants take a one-off, three-hour …

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Snow in May, They Say…

Never stays? Unfortunately so! Yesterday’s snowfall was much like the usual snow-in-May teaser, we get every year in Queenstown and Wanaka. But a glorious teaser it was! With snow down to lake level and clear early-morning skies, it was prime shooting conditions for us at 360. We got out before the sun showed it’s face and tip-toed our way up …

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New pricing for real estate panoramas and virtual tours

After a long process of updating our virtual tour technologies, we’re pleased to announce our new real estate panoramas and virtual tour packages… As a viewer of our virtual tours, you have complete control of where you look, providing an element of interactivity simply not possible in still images and video. We published an example of our most recent work, …

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Major backing ensures green light for Festival of Colour

The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour has announced that Aurora Energy will again be the gold sponsor for next year’s six-day celebration of the arts after renewing its agreement from 2013. With grant funding also in place from Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust, Creative New Zealand and Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), plus support for the recently launched local …

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Video: Wanaka Watersports Facility animation

Following on from yesterday’s media release about the planned Wanaka Watersports Facility, we thought our audience here at 360qw would like to see the animation video of the facility for themselves… – Animation created by Animation Research Limited 360 were in attendance at last night’s “Foundation Club” launch, where attendees were appealed to donate towards the initial $25,000 required for …

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Lake lovers urged to show their support for Wanaka watersports facility

A charitable trust planning a community watersports facility for Wanaka’s lakefront is calling on locals to get behind their cause. The Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust wants lake swimmers, kayakers, rowers, triathletes, multisport athletes, stand-up paddle boarders and other non-motorised watersports enthusiasts to support the provision of a multi-purpose building in Roys Bay Reserve in the Draft Wanaka Lakefront Reserves Management …

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First ever TEDxWanaka event to be held in June

With TED talks now watched by millions on the Internet, the growing phenomenon of idea-based conferences has captured people’s curiosity around the world. Now the first ever TEDxWanaka date has been set. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, …

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360 panorama from Warbirds grand stand seating

With huge events on both sides of the hill this past week, the team here at 360 have been rather busy behind the lenses. Warbirds over Wanaka had another successful year, with an audience of around 50,000 across the 3 days. And the weather certainly turned it on for the final day of the event, making shooting much more pleasurable. …

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Warbirds over Wanaka wrap-up

MEDIA RELEASE The success of the inaugural #GigatownWanaka Jet racing at the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow will likely see the event return to the next airshow in March 2016, organisers have said. The high-speed racing thrilled crowds of around 50,000 people on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as an invitational US team challenged three Kiwi pilots around a course marked by …

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Warbirds Warm-up

Yesterday afternoon, on Good Friday, Wanaka locals and visitors were treated to a free flying display on the lake front to commemorate World War One. The “dog fight”, as it was known back in the 40s, was re-enacted by six vintage aircraft sporting allied and enemy colours, moving through basic routines with occasional smoke to mimic a plane being hit …

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Wakeboarding in Wanaka!

Isn’t Autumn amazing?! Typically calm and sunny days, still nice and warm, beautiful colours in the trees… and water like glass! It really is the perfect time of year for waterskiing and wakeboarding in Wanaka, and on all the lakes in the Queenstown/Wanaka area for that matter.

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Season Passes in Queenstown and Wanaka for Winter 2014

It’s officially the first day of Autumn down here in our stunning little corner of the world. That means winter is getting closer and it’s time to make a decision around which season pass combination you’re going to purchase this year. Early-bird season pass pricing closes this month! For those from overseas, planning to head to the Southern Lakes area …

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Visiting Top 25 Chinese Company is a Win-Win for Wanaka

When eighty plus sales agents of one of China’s leading companies descended upon Wanaka the consensus was ‘WIN-WIN!’ As part of the ‘Midea Innovation Cooperation Win-Win 2014 MDV Elite Conference,’ incentive tour, Jeff Lin, owner of Asian International Group, chose Wanaka. “Midea is one of China’s largest electronics company. They were looking for something special to reward their top sales …

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Pros line up for Challenge Wanaka

With entries closing at midnight tomorrow (Saturday), Challenge Wanaka has already attracted an exceptional line up of pro athletes ready to tackle one of the world’s toughest iron distance triathlons. The start list for the eighth annual event includes last year’s champions, Dylan McNeice and Gina Crawford (both originally from Christchurch and partly resident in Wanaka) alongside multiple adventure racing …

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Challenge Wanaka launches volunteer drive with free training

Challenge Wanaka has launched a campaign to recruit hundreds of volunteers needed for its annual triathlon festival between 15-18 January by offering free training in first aid and traffic management. Registration for the Reservations and Accommodation Wanaka Volunteer Crew is underway with many long-time supporters already signed up again for the 2014 event. Hundreds more roles still need to be …

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#GigatownWanaka does disc golf!

In case you didn’t know it already, the Southern Lakes area is all about the outdoors. Pretty much anything involving nature and exercise. From skiing and snowboarding in winter, to mountain biking, road biking and all manor of water sports in the summer. Here at 360qw we’re creating a panorama series for the #GigatownWanaka promotion. Last week we shot one …

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#GigatownWanaka, keep it going folks!

In case you haven’t seen it already (unlikely, but you never know which jungle someone may have just emerged from), Chorus, New Zealand’s largest telecommunications infrastructure company, have been running a social media marketing campaign to award NZ’s first “gigatown”. It’s a massive community effort and Wanaka is currently sitting in third place. The winner will be the first town …

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Muddy fun at the Wanaka Urban Downhill 2013

A star event in the annual Wanakafest celebrations, Saturday saw 88 fearless riders take on a brand new course in the 2013 Wanaka Urban Downhill mountain bike race, right here in the Southern Lakes. Battling the worst that course designers and Mother Nature could throw at them, guys and girls of all ages got down and dirty on a track …

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A weekend in the Southern Lakes

For many, a weekend in the Southern Lakes is often jam packed with adventure and adrenaline. There’s just so many options to choose from, with almost every kind of outdoor activity you can think of. You name it; paragluiding, golf, mountain biking, clay pigeon shooting, river surfing, the list is endless. For us at 360qw, weekend’s are pretty much like …

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Lake Wanaka wins TripAdvisor Travelers Choice 2013 Award

Tripadvisor.com, the world’s largest travel website, has listed Lake Wanaka as a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2013 award winning top destination in New Zealand. The Travelers’ Choice 2013 Awards for Top Destinations are based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. One of six South Island destinations and only four that are not major cities, Lake Wanaka is recommended …

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Build-up to winter pano series so far

Over the past two months we’ve been illustrating the changing of the seasons from Autumn to Winter with our Build-up to Winter Pano Series. Today it’s officially the start of winter (although rather mild) and it’s only a week till the first ski resort opens – Coronet Peak on the 8th. We’ll continue our series throughout June as the different …

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Lake Wanaka operators launch new packages for winter 2013

Lake Wanaka, the largest ski region in New Zealand and the largest heli ski area in world outside North America, is all set for an awesome winter season with world-class terrain for all abilities, new resort facilities, new packages and a single pass transferable across all skifields. The region has already enjoyed cold temperatures and Autumn snowfalls that have created …

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Full moon shoot at Rippon Vineyard

With a full moon and perfectly clear skies, yesterday presented the perfect evening to pull the mountain bikes out and head round to Rippon Vineyard for a night time pano shoot. During the day Rippon is always a tranquil place to spend a few hours, with its calming surroundings and fantastic views over Lake Wanaka. At night, this is magnified …

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Nadia Reed and Luckless live at Federal Diner

Wanaka in the off-season can seem a little like a ghost town, locals preferring the cosy warmth of their fire rather than bracing the chilly autumnal evenings. Last night you could have been fooled into thinking that we were in the middle of the ski season; that is if you were one of the lucky ones at Federal Diner. Folk …

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Queenstown and Wanaka Mountain Bike Report 25th April 2013

And that’s a wrap… the last MTB report for the season! Fat Tyre will be back in September, along with other MTB sources, to keep the weekly Queenstown and Wanaka mountain bike reporting goodness flowing. In the meantime, here’s the final report for the ’12/13 season…. We’ve been caught out in the rain twice this week at Fat Tyre – …

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Wanaka painted red with the festival of colour

The fifth biennial Festival of Colour came to a close last night with the eclectic beats of the Electric Wire Hustle Family in the Crystal Palace, Wanaka. The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is a celebration of the arts – from music, theatre and art through to dance, inspirational speakers and nature itself – taking place in April when the …

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Adam Page at the Festival of Colour

Right now Wanaka and Queenstown are right in the heart of their annual autumn festival; the Festival of Colour. Last night we at 360qw were fortunate enough to witness the awe-inspiring musical talents of Adam Page. Adam is a critically acclaimed, loop-pedal, multi-Instrumentalist, hailing from across the ditch in Adelaide but now living in Wellington. His performances are so innovative …

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Wanaka Skate Park: a skate park with a view

Who doesn’t love a skate park with a view? Wanaka skate park certainly has one… Here at 360queenstown-wanaka, we thought it time to start featuring the local skate parks and bike jump parks. Check out the virtual tour of Wanaka Skate Park here, and watch out for more virtual tours coming out soon.

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New locations in Wanaka

A number of new locations in Wanaka have been added to 360queenstown-wanaka these past few days. Local businesses Print It! and Wanaka Alpine Lodge have both signed up for our free plan, while in the meantime we’ve been out shooting panoramas and virtual tours for a whole load of locations of interest in both Queenstown and Wanaka. Here’s a wee …

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Wanaka sunset panorama

This sunset panorama is the first in our “build-up to winter pano series”, visually showing the changing conditions as the nights get longer and the snow begins to fall. The concept is to shoot approximately one pano each week, but focusing on when there is a change in the conditions, from the first snowfall on the peaks to the opening …

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Taking on the mighty Motatapu

Every year thousands of athletes of all abilities come to Wanaka to take on one of the five unique Motatapu off-road events. All the events start in Glendu Bay, Wanaka, and traverse through the Motatapu Valley and three beautiful, high-country stations along the way, ending up in Arrowtown. The five events consist of a triathlon and a multisport tri, the …

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Challenge Wanaka hits town for 7th year running

Over 1500 athletes from 21 countries represented this years line up for Challenge Wanaka (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run) and Lake Wanaka Half (1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21.1km bike) competition despite the rather windy conditions. Challenge Wanaka is one of the biggest events on the calendar for the town, athletes can compete as individuals or as teams in either …

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A hike up Rob Roy Glacier

It was the perfect weather to do a road trip from Queenstown to walk up to the Rob Roy Glacier. From Queenstown to Wanaka the drive is 45 minutes to an hour, then about another hour drive up the majestic Matukituki Valley to Raspberry Flat car park. A 10km walk through the sheep, over the swing bridge and up the …

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360qw Wanaka Launch

This past Tuesday evening we hosted the first of two launch parties for 360queenstown-wanaka. Held at Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort, the night was a productive and encouraging beginning for 360qw. We spent a good few weeks preparing for this, creating a number of different visuals including lots of “little worlds” (like this one here to the right) – a spherical …

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Wanakas Bike-crazy Weekend

The Urban Downhill and Dean’s Bank 10 hour Endurance race This year’s Wanaka Fest brought both the sunshine and bike fever to town, with over 500 mountain bikers congregating for the Urban Downhill on Saturday and the Dean’s Bank 10 hour Endurance Race on Sunday. 88 daring riders took part in the Urban Downhill; a fast paced gravity defying course …

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