Hundreds head into lake for The Ruby

The Ruby swim event was held in Wanaka in picturesque conditions on Saturday morning, and saw hundreds of competitors of all ages take part. The feature swim, The Ruby, saw swimmers take off from Waterfall Creek and swim 2.5km around nearby Ruby Island and back to shore. It was won by local Rio Olympian Tony

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Show ticket sales go online

The Wanaka A&P Show has announced its ticketing system for the 2018 show has gone online. Event manager Jane Stalker said the change would cut  the queues at the gate on show days and make access easier. Showgoers can buy their tickets online through the Wanaka Show website www.wanakashow.co.nz. The show is on March 9

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Wanaka leads tourism growth

Tourism expenditure grew in every New Zealand region  during the year to October 2016 and Otago was one of the  fastest-growing regions —  led by Wanaka. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment data released yesterday revealed Otago was the  second-fastest-growing region in New Zealand, up 14% to $3.4 billion. The  fastest-growing region was Nelson, which

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Free quake survival course being held

A Wanaka outdoor survival company will run  a free earthquake survival course near Christchurch next weekend. New Age Primal, run by Ben Logan and Greg Emerson, will hold the  earthquake survival course at Bottle Lake Forest on December 10. Mr Logan said Christchurch had been chosen because of its central location, but he expected people

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Airshow seeks disposable caravans

Warbirds over Wanaka organisers are looking to the past for inspiration to help mark the airshow’s 30th  anniversary in style. Planning for the 2018 event  is  well under way with people already asking about ticket sales. General manager Ed Taylor said organisers wanted to bring back some of the most popular acts from past events,

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Puzzling World supreme

More than 40 years after a wooden maze was built 2km outside what was a small Central Otago town, Puzzling World has been recognised as Wanaka’s top business for 2016. Puzzling World won the supreme business award at the inaugural Ignite Chamber of Commerce Wanaka business awards at Rippon Hall last Friday night. In the

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Campsites fill faster this year

Space at camping grounds during Christmas and New Year in the Upper Clutha is being snapped up earlier as holidaymakers try to ensure they do not miss out. Camping grounds and holiday parks contacted by the Otago Daily Times all said demand for sites during the summer holiday period was exceeding that of previous years.

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Place to get together

The Wanaka Recreation Centre sits in the empty Three Parks subdivision in Wanaka. The $13.9million recreation centre, which  has two indoor courts, was opened in July,  almost 10 years after it was first discussed. The facility  incorporates a conference room for meetings. Artificial turf for hockey, tennis and netball is to be installed  before the

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