Official Charity

Challenge Wanaka is proud to announce its official charity this year as Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust

Te Kakano is a Wanaka community-based native nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin.

These plants are used for habitat restoration, which you will see on your beautiful run course. With your donation, Te Kakano can work with more local groups, schools & organisations to promote connecting people with their land.  If you are able to support of this charity it would be greatly appreciated, you can make a donation during the entry process – more details below.

Challenge Wanaka sponsorship – Penrith Wetland planting

Donate and support a habitat restoration project. Buy a tree (or more), and the Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust (and its amazing team of volunteers) will plant it for you!

The Challenge Wanaka run course goes past the Penrith Wetlands where you can enjoy the fruits of our labour.

A restoration project started there in 2012 to improve the habitat for native fauna and flora. This is an ongoing project and more planting is needed. That’s why we need your help!

You might be traveling from far away for the event, so by helping us to plant more trees, you can offset your carbon footprint too. And if you live locally, we always need a hand with our projects.

To find out more about Te Kakano please visit their website –

Charity Donations

Thank you to the Lake Wanaka community for all its support

Each year, Challenge Wanaka makes donations to local causes as part of its volunteer programme. It’s our way of saying thank you to the Lake Wanaka community for all its support. In 2021 we were delighted to give back to our official charity Te Kakano as well as supporting the following groups Aspiring Rotary, Coast Guard, Wanaka Ukeleles and planting native trees for Glendhu Station.

Below are some of the organisations that have benefited from Challenge Wanaka (click the links to find out more):

Huge thanks to everyone for your support over the years.