Author: Rippon Events

A Night Under the Spotlight...

Jenn Shelton Vocal Tuition presents ‘A Night Under the Spotlight,’ a concert series showcasing Wanaka’s talented vocalists for two evenings – Sunday, 10th December and Monday, 11th December, 2017.

Supported by R&K Yule Builders and Duncan Anderson Dental Surgeons Ltd, doors will open at 6:15 pm with the concerts kicking off at 7:00 pm each evening.  Tickets available for $15 at Sassy Pants. Cash bar and nibbles will be available. Come on out for a great evening (or two great evenings!) to support Wanaka’s emerging stars.

South Island Sourdough Tour with Nicola Galloway

Learn the magical art of sourdough bread making with cookbook author and food educator, Nicola Galloway.  We are thrilled to a be one of the stops on Nicola’s South Island Tour next month, hosting one of her sought-after workshops on Saturday, 18th November.

Using three simple ingredients – flour, water and salt – combined with basic technique and timing, the most flavoursome and nutritious bread can be created in your own kitchen. For many years Nicola has been preparing sourdough bread for her family and she has specifically designed her recipes to fit around a modern lifestyle. This traditional technique of bread making slowly ferments the flours and grains to improve their flavour, while also enhancing starch and gluten digestibility and nutrient availability.

In this demonstration-style workshop you will learn:

How to prepare and maintain a healthy sourdough starter – this is key to baking great bread

  • Overnight Rustic Sourdough Bread – Nicola will demonstrate preparing + shaping the dough
  • Recipe handouts + two bonus bread recipes using the Rustic Bread dough
  • Discussion on using sourdough starter in everyday cooking – crumpets, pastry, cakes & more
  • Where to source quality flour and grains for bread making
  • Delicious food samples + bring a jar to take home some starter to get you baking at home

Spaces are limited! Click here for details and registration info.

Scottish Ceilidh Charity Dance

Traditional Scottish dancing at it’s best with an evening of jovial knees up shindiggery! Do you know your “Siege of Ennis” from your “Walls of Limerick,” or your “Gay Gordons” from your “Stack of Barley?”

There’s nothing more fun or satisfying than a rollicking, foot stomping Ceilidh and we’re super excited to be hosting Tiny House Big Magic‘s event Saturday, 25th November, 2017 featuring live music by Celtic band Hair Of The Dog.

No experience necessary and all dances will be called by the Celtic Collective. With proceeds going to two very worthy local causes, Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust and Kahu Youth Trust, the evening promises to be be a good time whether you’re a first timer or a veteran.

$25 pre-sales – Tickets are available from Cinema Paradiso, the Rippon Cellar Door (11 am – 5 pm daily) and Cork Bar Wanaka or $30 on the door while they last!

Secure your tickets, visit the Facebook Event, and get ready to Strip the Willow!

Victoria Stevens Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Victoria Stevens Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

The Rippon family has an enduring connection with New Zealand art, and is delighted to provide a contemporary art space for the local community. Curator Robyn Bardas MFA brings a fresh eye and contemporary edge to this exhibition.

From 6th October until 12 December, 2017, The Rippon Hall is excited to bring you ‘Ninety’ from Wanaka local Victoria Stevens. The exhibition is a selection from Victoria’s Master of Fine Arts installation of ninety individual textiles representing each year her mother lived without her mother.

The works are predominantly hand stitched, and refer to domestic traditions and rituals which women bring to the human experience. On first viewing the works manifest as a family album; literally as an interpretation of all things pleasant, as in warmth and closeness to others, but closer inspection reveals a sadness, a story of loss along with a deeply unsettling sense of foreboding.

Read more at: Rippon_Artist_Statement_Victoria_Stevens

Don’t miss this fascinating exhibitions running 6th October – 12th December; 11 am – 5 pm daily at The Rippon Hall

Royal Overseas League Visit

rosl-nz-rippon-hall-venue-wanakaOn the 29th of November, and we’ll be taking a more classical turn when we host the ROSL NZ as part of their New Zealand tour.

The Royal Overseas League’s Director of Arts from London, Geoff Parkin, will be joined by leading chamber group the Dolmen Ensemble:  Som Howie on clarinet, Edward King on cello and Carson Becke on piano.

This is the first time that we have hosted a chamber orchestra at The Rippon Hall and we are delighted that the ROSL NZ has agreed to come to Wanaka as part of their nationwide tour. Please come and join us for what will be a truly exceptional and memorable evening under our timber eaves. Tickets are just $29 and can be purchased here.

Sounz Forza

The Rippon Hall will be ringing to the sound of more local artists, this time the musician taking part in Sounz Forza. As many of you will know, Lake Wanaka Sounz (LWS) has long supported local musicians and in recent years has run workshops with some of New Zealand’s leading artists who support, mentor and nurture Wanaka artists.


From 3pm on Sunday 13th November, join LWS and Sounz Forza Director and Dream Genie, Lynne Christie,  Danny and Martine from Arma Del Amor and the very talented young students who have taken part in the Sounz Forza programmes for 4 hours of live music. This is a free event; come up to support and marvel at the musical talent on offer in Wanaka.

No Science for Goodbye - Rippon Hall

No Science to Goodbye - an Annabel Wilson play

On Saturday the 12th, we are very excited to be hosting the first rehearsal of Annabel Wilson’s new play, “No Science to Goodbye” at The Rippon Hall at 4pm.


Annabel, while currently Wellington based, is a Wanaka local who was recently awarded the inaugural Australasian Association of Writing Program’s Emerging Writers Prize for her prose poem, Quire. Directed by Anna Shaw, “No Science to Goodbye” is very much a Wanaka story so when approached, we didn’t think twice about hosting it at The Rippon Hall.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children.  Please come along and support one of Wanaka’s brightest stars. Click here for tickets…

Pecha Kucha

We have Wanaka’s first Pecha Kucha Night on 11th November. A number of speakers from the fields of design, the arts and architecture will speak about their work following a 20 x 20 format: 20 images for them to discuss with 20 seconds per image. Short, snappy and utterly compelling. Tickets are $19 and can be bought here Food and drink will be available during the evening.


Wanaka Medieval Festival

Holy Family Catholic School will bring a slice of medieval life to Wanaka. The tranquil surrounds of the Rippon Hall will be transformed into a medieval village complete with artisan crafts, a knights’ encampment, roving musicians, peddlers and much more.


There are numerous free demonstrations and hands-on activities on offer, suitable for all ages. Archery, stone carving, wood turning, spinning and weaving, bread making, horsemanship displays and hobby horse jousting, trebuchet (catapult) firing, serfs’ relays, period dancing, costume making and calligraphy workshops, to name just a handful.

Medieval times inspire the fantasy and fiction we all love. Whether you are a re-enactment enthusiast or just want to enjoy a unique family experience come and be enthralled by the bravery of our knights in full armoured combat and captivated by the lilting tunes of plainchant and the skill of period puppeteers with life-sized marionettes. There is something for everyone.
To add to the atmosphere of the day we’d love if you could dress in period costume and join in the opening and closing processions. There is a King’s ransom to be won if you do! Starting at 11am till 4pm! Tickets here

Barnaby Weir & Friends

On 29th October, we are thrilled to have Barnaby Weir join us again at the Rippon Hall for an evening with Barnaby Weir and Friends.

Barnaby is no stranger to Rippon, having played here almost more than any other musician during the years of the Rippon Festival and, more recently, at The Rippon Hall with Anika Moa. Starting at 5pm with DJs before and after the main act, this will be five hours of live music not to be missed.


Tickets are available now for $55 Food will be available so come early and fill your boots with food, local beverages and outstanding music. More in on theFacebook page