Rippon Events

The Chef's Table Winter Pop-up Restaurant is Back for 2022!


We are super excited to once again, open our wildly popular pop-up restaurant doors, for the winter season 2022!

The very talented chef and owner of Raspberry Creek, Sam and the Chef’s Table team will ensure you of a unique dining experience at the stunning venue Rippon Hall in Wanaka.

To book, please click here or ring the Chef's Table team directly on 021 374 844 or

We are open from Friday 1st of July to Sunday 28th of August. Tuesdays to Sundays from 4 pm. See you there!

Indigo Group Art Exhibition

The Rippon Hall is pleased to welcome back the Indigo Group for an art exhibition, currently on display.

The Indigo Group is an artist led, informal and fluid collaboration of nine artists who mount group exhibitions of their work. It presents a model of a group of artists with differing practices working together to curate their own shows so that a narrative may develop between the works.

All members live in Central Otago and a variety of responses to place can be seen in their work. These can range from emotional reflection on the landscape, flora and fauna, through environmental concerns and local history to sociological considerations of place. You can download additional information about the group here, and read through recent coverage in the Otago Daily Times here and here.

Their work covers a wide range of media including ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media.

The Rippon Hall will be open for wine tastings, art viewings and conversations by appointment from Friday-Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.  Tastings remain free of charge and appointments can be made via our online calendar.  Click here to see available times and book yourself in.

Large group (more than six people) and private tastings can be arranged and accommodated on request.  Please contact our team for more information:

Winter 2021 Edition of The Chef's Table, 1st July - 12th of September 2021

With Wanaka all dressed in her winter whites, the stoke levels are high for the return of The Chef's Table pop-up restaurant, back again for a 2021 winter residency from the 1st of July – 12th September. Open Wednesday - Sunday from 4:00 pm.

What better way to round off your day on the slopes than a roaring open fire, local beers and delicious Rippon wines, communal tables and sharing plates with locally sourced produce?⁣

Live Music on Sundays ⁣

Bookings are highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Private lunch/ meetings available on request.⁣

To Book:
021 206 0469⁣

New Baroque Generation Wanaka Concert, Monday 1st February 2021

The next generation of young New Zealand musicians will come together as touring ensemble, to present music by, Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli, Charpantier, and premier of Concerto Grosso by emerging composer Rakuto Kurano. Program includes Vivaldi's Double concerto for Violin and Cello.

Mark Menzies - violin
Tomas Hurnik – cello

Monday 1st February, 2021, 7:30 pm
Tickets available at Eventfinda

Cash sales at the door

4th Annual(ish) Rippon Ceilidh Dance Fundraiser, Saturday 3rd October 2020

Revellers in Wanaka and beyond are gearing up to paint the town tartan at the third Rippon Ceilidh Dance Fundraiser, a feast of music, dancing and conviviality celebrating all things Caledonian.

The dress code is easy at the colourful event which will take place on Saturday the 3rd of October at the beautiful lakeside winery venue of The Rippon Hall. It will be in aid of both Te Kakano and Kahu Youth.

The Ceilidh (pron. kay-lee) is a cornerstone of Scottish culture, originating from the Gaelic word for a Gathering or Party. It's a fun filled night of wild dancing, good music and great company which will resonate with New Zealanders of Scots heritage as well as holding out a welcoming hand to everyone.

Up to 200 people are expected to take part in dances such as The Dashing White Sergeant, the Eightsome Reel, The Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow to the music of one of South Island's top celtic bands, Hair of the Dog. Wanaka’s own Robert Glen will open up the evening to belt out some acoustic tunes from 5:30 pm.

Kilts and tartan will be welcome, but are not compulsory, nor is experience. All ages and skill levels are most welcome.

Scottish-themed delicacies - including mince and tatties, cullen skink soup and haggis for the more adventurous - will be once again supplied by Wanaka catering specialists Morsel – The Honest Food Company.

Tickets available at Cork Bar, The Rippon Hall and online at Eventfinda.

So, come along, support local and have a good old time.

Classical Jazz Quartet: Seasons of Summer, 31st October 2020

“Characterized by inspirational musicianship,” the Classical Jazz Quartet is back in Wanaka in a summer mood with a new cocktail of skillfully blended jazz infused classics!

For an evening of warmth, fun and great music, we have the irrepressible Barry Brinson on keys, Doug Brush, the master of drum kit colours, Michael Davis grooving down low on double bass, and the gorgeous rich tone of Cathy's violin.

CJQ begin their musical journey with the Baroque era re-imagined - Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor, J.S. Bach's Bouree, through CPE Bach's Solfeggietto, stop for a while to enjoy an African folk song and some jazz standards, to arrive at the greats of Gershwin (arr. Heifetz) - Summertime, A Woman is a Sometime Thing, Bess, You is My Woman Now, It Ain't Necessarily So and the ebullient Rhapsody in Blue.

With informative and engaging commentary by the performers, and a wonderful array of music, it's all set for an uplifting "feel good" evening ahead.

Each a recognized musician in their own field, the Classical Jazz Quartet revel in getting together, ignoring convention and freely cross the boundaries of music with conviction and delight. All have extensive NZ and international experience.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Rippon wine will be on sale so you can enjoy a pre-concert drink and enjoy the stunning views across the spacious lawns and vineyard to the lake and beyond.

Tickets price includes snacks
Adult: $45
Concession (senior, unwaged) $35
Student $20
Online at eventfinda
Available at the Gifted Design Store, 19 Helwick Street
Limited door sales available
Facebook event 

Supported by The Rippon Hall and the Upper Clutha Community Arts Council

Concerti Grossi - Southern Baroque Ensemble, 12th February 2020

The Rippon Hall is thrilled to once again host the Southern Baroque Ensemble, professional period-instrument specialists from New Zealand and abroad on Wednesday 12th February. This year they will be featuring world renowned harpsichord soloist, Edita Keglerova from the Czech Republic. The ensemble will be performing works by Handel, Corelli, Sammartini, Telemann, Vivaldi and included in the repertoire with Bach's Harpsichord Concerto.

Baroque music is a form of classical music from 17th century Europe. It is a time in musical history when melody accompanied by expressive harmony was developed; the form of music that is so common in modern times. This period produced rich and beautiful musical works by composers such as Bach, Vivaldi and Handel. Authentic interpretation of Baroque music on period instruments is unique in that instead of using steel strings as we do today, traditional gut strings are used which produce a more direct clear sound, but need the acoustical amplification of the venue; cathedrals and churches usually being ideal. Also the tuning was lower, which put less stress on the instrument itself and thus the sound coming from the instrument is more soothing to the human nervous system.

Edita Keglerova ? harpsichord (Czech Republic)
Szabolcs Illes ?baroque violin (Hungary)
Tomas Hurnik ? baroque cello (Christchurch NZ)
Jonathan Tanner ? baroque violin (Christchurch NZ)
Rakuto Kurano ? baroque viola (Christchurch NZ)

"Very precise moves, slow and sensuous or cautiously frivolous, but proudly elegant at all times."

"The five musicians managed a very impressive performance with remarkable tempi, unique in many ways for the individuality of single "voices'', particularly virtuoso input from Illes."

- Otago Daily Times

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? advanced tickets available via?eventfinda.?Advanced bookings recommended for preferential seating.

Classical Jazz Quartet Concert Poster

Classical Jazz Quartet Concert, 18th October

The Classical Jazz Quartet make a welcome return to Rippon Hall, bringing a timeless collection of classics and infusing them with toe tapping rhythms and jazzy harmonies.

Inspired by Jaques Loussier to blend their musical worlds, three jazz musicians and classical violinist?Cathy?Irons perform familiar and famous works by Bach, Vivaldi and Sarasate, interspersed with popular numbers such as Chaplin's "Smile" and Jacob Gade's "Jealousy."

With informative and engaging commentary, music chosen to make you smile and magnificent views of Lake Wanaka to the Southern Alps and beyond, it's all set for an enjoyable evening ahead. This event is proudly supported by The Rippon Hall, along with the Central Lakes Trust, and the Upper Clutha Arts Council.

Please join us Friday the 18th October, 2019

Doors open from 6:30 pm; Concert starts at 7:30 pm

Tickets available on?

Adult $45
Concession $35
Students $20

Limited door sales available (cash only).
Wine available to purchase.

The idea for the Classical Jazz Quartet began when?Cathy?and Barry were on the West Coast preparing for a Baroque Concert performance. Having a little time on their hands, they started to improvise on their carefully rehearsed repertoire, and have never looked back since. Now CJQ consists of four outstanding professional Christchurch-based musicians:?Cathy?Irons?(violin), Barry Brinson (piano), Michael Davis (bass) and Doug Brush (drums). Each a recognised musician in their own field, the four musicians revel in getting together, ignoring convention and freely cross the boundaries of music with conviction and delight. All have extensive NZ and international experience.

Art exhibition by Anna Gawn: ?Jerusalem: Inside the Walled City?

We are thrilled to have two diverse photography exhibitions by Anna Gawn showcased at The Rippon Hall now through to the end of April.

The primary exhibition features Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, bitterly fought over for centuries and a holy place of enormous significance for three religions. Jerusalem is a place where emotions are extreme: absolute intolerance, delirious joy, vitriolic hatred, profound devotion, corrosive depression and explosive violence.

Anna's husband David, was Head of Mission for UNTSO (United Nations Supervision Organisation). ?His job was to monitor the borders between Israel and its neighbours, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, and to do what he could to 'further the peace'. ?The UN mission was based in Jerusalem.

"I would frequently go into the old walled city of Jerusalem with my camera. I wasn?t thinking of an exhibition when I wandered those ancient streets, I just wanted to capture the residents in their own environment. ?The photos in the exhibition are people going about their day to day lives in an environment that most would find intolerable.?

Anna?s second exhibition features beautiful Italian frescoes.

All works available for purchase.

See Anna?s Work at The Rippon Hall, 11am to 5pm daily throughout March and April

Bach Oboe d'amore

Bach Oboe d'amore Concert, 20th February

The Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand began with Tomas Hurnik, a cellist who had moved from the Czech Republic to live in Christchurch New Zealand. His passion was Baroque music, but there was no existing Baroque Music scene on the South Island. Thus he began bringing musicians from Europe and other areas of New Zealand together to perform and tour New Zealand under the name Beautiful World of Baroque Music. His intention was always to offer the highest quality of Baroque music and educate amateurs and professionals alike in the art and beauty of authentic Baroque interpretation. This tradition has continued to this day with yearly concerts, workshops and tours.

This year the tour will be featuring Brandon Labadie on oboe d'amore from the USA, who will perform with the international string and harpsichord ensemble in authentic baroque style on period instruments. The Rippon Hall is proud to host this?unique programme featuring the ?oboe of love? performing beautiful music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel and others. Click here for additional information about the talented artists.

Wednesday 20th February 2019 | 7.30pm | The Rippon Hall, Wanaka

Advanced online ticket purchase via EventFind recommended - click here
Adult $45; Senior $35; Student $20; Child free*
*Children under 14 free, max one child per paying adult. Additional child $5.