Presented by the team at Forsyth Barr Wanaka, Ripe – The Wanaka Wine and Food Festival returns to the shores of Lake Wanaka on Saturday March 23, 2024.

The event will be held at Glendhu Station, located within a 10 minute drive of Wanaka township and a stone’s throw away from one of New Zealand’s most beautiful campgrounds, Glendhu Bay Motor Camp. Attendees will get to enjoy the exceptional panoramic lake and mountain views of the majestic bay area while enjoying some premium wine and food supplied by Central Otago’s best producers.


General Info

The event is 100% CASHFREE, make sure you bring a credit/debit card for any purchases, all terminals will have paywave capability

Gates open at 11am and close at 6pm, last drinks will be served at 5pm

If there is an extreme weather event then we will postpone till Sunday March 24. If we can’t run on the Sunday, then the event will be cancelled. Note the word “extreme”! We will keep on singing in light rain.

Yes, Children 12 and under are free. Note the VIP area is R18 only

No, other than registered guide dogs

Sorry no, we are a smokefree event

Yes we have a specific disabled car park and entry gate. We also have disabled access toilets, please see map

What Can I Bring?



Travel To Ripe

As responsible hosts we want ot make sure everyone has a great time and gets home safely. If you are not staying at the Campground across the road, we recommend taking the handy bus service or carpooling with a designated sober driver. 

By Bus

Our good friends at Yello are our preferred operator and have put together a timetable to suit the event. All transport tickets are organised directly through them.
CLICK ON THE BUS ICON to take you to Yello's event transport booking page.

car ico

By Car

If you have a friendly designated sober driver then it is just a 10 minute drive from downtown Wanaka. Plenty of on-site parking is available.


Get the full ripe wanaka weekend experience

Glendhu bay campground

One of NZ’s premium campgrounds located directly across the road from the Wine Festival…how could you say no! The amazing campground staff have set aside a whole heap of site just for Ripe Attendees. Rumour has it, some of our food vendors will be taking their food trucks across to provide dinner by the lake….dreamy!

make a weekend of it

Being so close to Wanaka but just far enough away is one of the reasons this campground is so magical. Shoot in to town for breakfast then back out to relax in Wanaka locals favourite getaway.


Located a stones throw in the opposite direction to the campground is Glendhu Bike Park. A new mecca for mountain bikers, you have to ride it to understand how epic it is. With Velo cafe at the bottom of the bike park also being Ripe – The Wanaka Wine and Food festival vendors, it would be rude not to give it a go!

Re-usable plates at Ripe Festival


Ripe strives to lead the way in modelling Zero-Waste, Single Use free Events