Past Events

17th Century Baroque Dance in Period Costume with Mareike Greb of Germany at Rippon Hall - 12th February, 2018

The Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand is excited to announce its forthcoming South Island Concert Tour and The Rippon Hall is thrilled to be one of the stops along the way on Monday, 12th February, 2018.

Baroque Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand presents an enchanting concert with music by Vivaldi, Corelli and Telemann featuring Baroque period dance specialist, Mareike Greb from Germany, in full period costume.

Music will be performed by Baroque specialists from both New Zealand and Europe on period instruments.

The music ensemble will be led by Szabolcs Illes from Hungary.

Doors open from 6:30 pm; music starts at 7:30 pm. Come early to enjoy a wine, some nibbles and great company. Following the concert there will be a rare opportunity to meet the artists over a glass of wine.

Tickets also available at the door – cash only. Children under 14 free, max one child per paying adult.

More info at www.baroquemusic.co.nz and advanced tickets available via eventfinda. Advanced bookings recommended for preferential seating.


Rippon Sunday Summer Sessions

Live Music. Brews by Ground Up. Eats by FDT. Wines by Rippon. Fun for you.

For one Sunday in January, February and March Rippon is opening our doors for a local appreciation day. Come on out to enjoy a day in the sun while listening to some amazing musicians.

The boys from Ground Up Brewing will be on hand pouring their delicious beers and Rippon wines will be available by the bottle and the glass to enjoy onsite, as well as our Cellar Door tasting experience if you’re not sure which one to try. The FDT Food truck will be ready with flamin’ good food when you feel peckish.

Bring a bean bag or a blanket. Bring your family and friends. Bring your dog (on a lead with pooh bags). Bring a board game. Bring your smiles and bring your sunscreen.

Please don’t bring your own food or your own alcohol – we will have plenty of food, fun and refreshments for all. Cash and eftpos will be available.

11 am – 5 pm

Musical Line-Up:

21st January

Evan North
Connor Moore
Phoebe James

11th February
Gabrielle Faeth Peckham
Evan North
Evie Simonsohn

4th March
Jade Howe
Robert Glenn


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!


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


A Labour-Free Afternoon at Rippon

An afternoon of community fun, live music, vineyard tours, good food, wine and vibes.

This Labour-Day Monday join us at Rippon for an afternoon of  community fun with:

  • Music from Robert Glen & DJ Kim Tomlin,
  • Lawn games,
  • Dumplings by TiriTiri Kitchen,
  • Vineyard tours,
  • A compost and biodynamics session,
  • Kids horse rides,
  • Local Food Wanaka seed-swap and a
  • Rippon Bar (NO BYO)

Free entry- just bring a picnic, your family and friends, sunscreen and smiles- and we’ll see you there!

1-5pm at The Rippon Hall

Labour Day Afternoon at Rippon