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History of Hawea Flat

Wanaka Sun column by Barbara Chinn - Upper Clutha Historical Records Society Hawea Flat was originally the main settlement in the area.  It was sited at the northern end of the road from Cromwell, and, before bridges were built, gave access to...... Read More

12 - 18 Oct 2017 | Edition 839

Click to read the Wanaka Sun online   Enlarge screen by double-clicking on the page  View all earlier editions of the Wanaka Sun here ... Read More

Police praise actions of lost tourists

Central Otago Police are praising the actions of a group of overseas tourists who became stuck overnight following a 4WD trip up Old Man Range, near Alexandra.  The three occupants of the vehicle had been following tracks outlined in a book of...... Read More

Wanaka Crimeline | Wanaka Police - 11 October 2017

  By Senior Constable Darren Cranfield Welcome to the longer days of daylight saving, for those who forgot to replace their smoke alarm batteries write yourself a note now.   A vehicle rolled on the Luggate Highway after getting into...... Read More

Central Otago: Half price locals’ weekend

Otago and Southland residents are set to benefit from cut-price tourist attractions across the region. Central Otago i-SITEs, Tourism Central Otago and Central Otago operators have teamed up to offer local people a whole weekend of discounts, with up...... Read More

Grebe Diary 2017 (No3) by John Darby

Grebes are remarkably beautiful birds, but it is not just their beauty that attracts attention. They have a wide repertoire of visual and vocal signals, (well, less on the vocal than the visual) and it is their courtship behaviour that attracts most...... Read More

Wanaka connection to Catalonia conflict

You may have been watching the news on our television screens in New Zealand about the clashes between police and Catalan residents as they tried to exercise their rights to vote and thinking ‘What has that got to do with us in little old New...... Read More

Grab Your Grandparents!

Activities fans old and young are invited to Wanaka Recreation Centre next Wednesday (October 11) to take part in a range of sports and games. Grab Your Grandparents will offer activities like table tennis, badminton and walking netball and Penny Batchelor,...... Read More

Local author’s new book conveys message of courage

A Wanaka-based author is releasing his eighth book on Monday, complete with a new take on an old story. Scott Tulloch, who has also illustrated 25 books, has now written The Ugly Kiwi, which uses the national bird as part of a new story based on...... Read More

Wanaka’s Ironman Hawaii-bound

A Wanaka resident has achieved his dream and qualified for his first Ironman event. Stephen Brown will compete in the 2017 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii next week after clinching a spot in the 35-39-year-olds category. After eight years of...... Read More