Wanaka Community Trust


The Wanaka Community Trust has been putting on annual events since 2005, making 2015 our 10th anniversary! The Wanakafest, our annual spring festival has been running since 2009 and is held dear to the hearts of our community. Previous to this the event ran in winter as ‘Snowfest’ from 2005. Our longest running event, the street parade has been running since 1986.

Our festival vision is unique, distinctly Queenstown Lakes and with no other events group in our region focusing on fostering community spirit and showcasing our regional strengths, we are unmatched by the variety of events we deliver.

The Wanaka Community Trust seeks to give Wanaka a festival that not only inspires and connects our community but also one which draws visitor crowds to our region.


The Wanaka Community Trust has a vision to enhance the well-being of the Wanaka Community, contribute to the local regions vibrancy and uniqueness and to foster community spirit, through the provision of events and community projects.


  • Wanaka Springs project: The addition to a Fresh water spring feature on the Wanaka lake front, free, clean spring water for everybody to enjoy
  • Over 10,000 to donated to Cancer Research.


  • Innovation
  • Identity
  • Community
  • Connectivity
  • Creativity
  • Education
  • Expression