Past Events

2018 Biodynamic Conference – Water & Light, 22-24 June

The Biodynamic Association of NZ’s conference is taking place in Central Otago this month with three days of workshops, discussions and even, weather permitting, a spot of star gazing and the Rippon Hall is proud to be hosting for the later part of the conference on the 23rd – 24th June.

While this may be wine country, there will be plenty to interest all biodynamic practitioners in the workshops and talks being held during the weekend. Even if you don’t regard yourself as a biodynamic practitioner yet, come along and learn how this exciting way of growing can be integrated into your own farms and gardens.

The conference is sponsored by Ceres Organics and the programme includes talks by leading biodynamic experts including a keynote presentation by Thea Maria Carlson from the United States and Ian Trousdell joining us by video conference from China.

For details visit the conference webpage.


An Evening of Food and Fun with Annabel Langbein Supporting Holy Family School, 9th May

The Rippon Hall is pleased to host ‘An Evening of Food and Fun with Annabel Langbein’ supporting Holy Family School

Come and meet Annabel at Rippon Hall, Rippon Vineyard, on Wednesday 9th May.

Each attendee will receive a glass of bubbles and dessert, whilst Annabel demonstrates a recipe from her new book.

Ticket price – General Admission : $45
Ticket price – VIP : $95

VIP tickets also receive a copy of Annabel’s new book, and a VIP meeting with Annabel (from 6.00pm).

What a great gift for Mother’s Day!

Tickets available from Paper Plus Wanaka, 03 4437532

General Admission tickets : $45
VIP tickets: $95
For further information and to purchase tickets, please phone Paper Plus Wanaka on 03 443 7532 or email wanaka@paperplus.co.nz.


Robin Brisker Artist Exhibition; Tuesday 3rd April from 5-7 pm at The Rippon Hall

Join us Tuesday, 3rd April from 5-7 pm at the Rippon Hall for an exhibition (with wine of course) featuring artist Robin Brisker.
Brisker was born in Chicago, attended 12 schools in 12 years, and has spent the last 18 years in New Zealand. His painting style spans from a strong Braque/ Picasso cubist influence to a whimsical feel of Calder and Klee. Kurt Schwitters was his collage inspiration.
 
His work has been collected by Miles Davis, Madonna, Jamie Wyeth, Amy Irving, and artist’s Dan Rizzie and Tony Fitzpatrick. Maybe you’ll be next? We’d love to see you out Tuesday to support this local talent as well as wish him a very happy birthday!
Admission is free, cash wine bar.

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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