Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Big weekend for Wanaka with two major events

Big weekend for Wanaka with two major events

Wanaka is gearing up for a huge weekend next month with major events like the Wanaka A&P Show and the National Finals Rodeo being held on the same weekend.

The 77th annual Wanaka A&P Show, which takes place at the Wanaka Showgrounds on March 7-8, attracts about 30,000 to the popular event each year.

And the National Finals Rodeo, held at the Wanaka Rodeo Grounds on March 8-9, is expected to draw big crowds. It’s the first time in 13 years that the National Finals are being held in Wanaka.

This year’s Wanaka A&P Show boasts more than 400 trade exhibitors and will see about 400 competitors take part in traditional livestock and equestrian events.

“Participants and spectators come from all over New Zealand to attend the Wanaka A&P Show. Show weekend is one of the biggest weekends for Wanaka each year and thousands of people come to experience rural life in a tourist town setting,” Show Coordinator Jane Stalker says.

“It’s a fantastic event for the visitors but it’s also brilliant for the trade exhibitors, who do a huge amount of business over the two days.”

The National Finals Rodeo is the pinnacle event of the national rodeo circuit and a strong following should see more than 4000 people attend the two-day event. It’s being hosted by the Wanaka Rodeo Club and will be held at the new purpose-built arena in Albert Town for the first time.

“It’s great to be hosting this national event in Wanaka and as the Show winds down on Saturday afternoon, people are invited to come on out to the Rodeo Grounds and enjoy the first round of elite rodeo competition at our magnificent Isuzu Arena”, Wanaka Rodeo Club President Lyal Cocks says.

“It won’t be until completion of the competition on Sunday afternoon that the new champions of each of the eight events will be known, so people are encouraged to take advantage of the two day entry concession to see the winners emerge from all the thrills and spills of rodeo at its best.”

The Wanaka A&P Show and the National Finals Rodeo are great for the local economy and are an important part of the busy Wanaka events calendar, Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager James Helmore says.

“Set against the backdrop of pristine Lake Wanaka, the Wanaka A&P Show showcases our agricultural roots. It celebrates innovation, passion, people and the land and brings thousands to enjoy Wanaka every year. With the National Finals Rodeo being held over the same weekend, Wanaka will be the place to be! The weekend will provide an economic boost to the region and provide significant opportunities for local businesses,” Helmore says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news