The sculptured shores of Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka, in the heart of New Zealand’s southern lakes region, is the gateway to Mount Aspiring national park and Te Wahipounamu world heritage area.

The resort town of Wanaka, on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka, has year-round outdoor adventures and indoor luxury.

During the long, hot summers, the braided rivers and lakes are alive with people enjoying water-based leisure sports including boating, trout fishing and water-skiing. The mountains offer extensive hiking tracks, mountaineering and rock climbing for outdoor enthusiasts.

In autumn, the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is a biennial celebration of the arts. The festival is based in Wanaka but also includes Queenstown, Luggate, Hawea, Cromwell and Glenorchy.

Sculpture in Central Otago, which is held on the shores of Lake Wanaka, is a biennial show of large outdoor works from 35 sculptors. The show runs for three months over autumn.

The sculpture trail winds 1.5km through the Rippon vineyard which with its lakeside alpine setting draped in autumn colours lays claim as one of the world’s most scenic wine destinations.

And, for art and wine connoisseurs, the sculpture trail offers the unique opportunity of exploring an internationally-acclaimed biodynamic vineyard while spending time amongst the inspiring work of some of New Zealand’s most prominent sculptors.

All the large scale outdoor exhibits are for sale, as well as a selection of smaller scale sculptures on show inside the venue.     

Wanaka winemaker Nick Mills of Rippon, a picturesque vineyard on the shores of Lake Wanaka, strongly believes in the long-term benefits of sustainable wine growing.

Rippon produces organic wines that follow biodynamic principles involving rendering the vines and wines as receptive as possible to their soils and surroundings.

Sculpture in Central Otago is operated by the Wanaka Arts Charitable Trust whose primary aim is to promote sculpture and fine art with particular emphasis on the Wanaka and Central Otago Region.

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