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Winter Tango in Hanmer

2-4 August  2024

Welcome to the 8th Winter Tango in Hanmer

A truly winter wonderland experience

bringing tangueros together for the pleasure of social dancing 

under the snow clad Southern Alps in an Alpine Village.

3 days 4 milongas, including a breakfast milonga!

"no teaching, no performances …. just joyful dancing in celebration of the milonga"


Corner Amuri Avenue and Cheltenham Street, Hanmer Springs

We will start the weekend at Fire and Ice for dinner from 5- 8pm just in time to get to the milonga and dance our socks off!

37 Amuri Ave, Hanmer (opposite the entrance to the Hot Pools)

When you register for the festival please let ME know that you want to come to dinner with us.

WELCOME MILONGA                                                                                                    DJ TBA

Fri 2  August, 8pm - midnight , $40

A relaxed milonga to say WELCOME to Hanmer Springs.

Refreshments will be served through the evening, bring your most relaxed and happy selves and get ready to party! THEME TBA

AFTERNOON TEA MILONGA                                                                               DJ TBA

Sat 5 August, 11am - 3pm, $35

Brighten up the tea party with SPOTS! 

Have brunch at a local restaurant or cafe, then come and have cups of tea and cake and tango the afternoon way.  The hot pools beckon before the evening milonga.

TARTAN -UP MILONGA                                                                                           DJ TBA

Sat 5 August, 8pm - midnight, $55       

Arrive fully decked out in your finest Black and White gear head to toe!  Wintery Milonga treats await you as does a great night of dancing. Mulled yummies and treats will be served throughout the evening.

 BREAKFAST MILONGA                                                                                                DJ TBA

Sun 6 August, 10am - 1pm, $35

Yes you read it right - we are having a Breakfast Milonga!  Doors will open at 10am for a tasty breakfast of croissants, fruit, meat, cheese, plunger coffee and tea. 

If fancy coffee is what you need to get you going, pick one up at a local cafe and join us for brekkie in between tandas. THEME TBA



$150  for the whole weekend

Bank Account:


A Therkleson

11 5250 0186162-55

Please do not forget to type your last name and WTiH. 

PLEASE PAY CASH ON THE FIRST NIGHT OR INTERNET BANKING ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


1st preference given to those registering for the whole weekend and as a lead/follow couple.  All others put on a waitlist until partnered up. Role balancing will be seriously attempted so please invite your favourite dance partner!



Please register then pay in cash when you arrive to avoid pesky bank fees and non-arrival of funds.




Driving time from Christchurch and Kaikoura

1 1/2 hrs

Driving time from Greymouth

3 hrs

Driving time from Nelson

3 3/4 hrs




There are also two different shuttle companies that run between Christchurch & Hanmer Springs. The Hanmer Springs i-SITE Visitor Centre can assist you with bookings for these. You can call them on 0064 3 315 0020 or email info@visithurunui.co.nz

Here’s the facebook page in case you want to hook up with someone and get a lift from ChCh.



Hanmer Springs offers something for all budgets.  Freedom camping, Motels, Forest Cabins and also houses to rent (these can be very reasonable if you are coming with some friends) 

It is best to do your research and ring motels directly for the best deals.

Hanmer Holiday Homes


Start by checking here for some ideas:


www.booking.com has all the motel and hotel deals

The Hanmer Forest Camp has very reasonable rooms for $25 a night per person.  So there is something for everyone, a great place to stay if you want to push bike into town and stay in the country!




Hot Pools and massages


Walk up Conical Hill,  cycle, mini golf or normal golf!

Restaurants, cafes and great shopping


Ski, bungi jump, jet boat



If you cancel after paying we will refund the full amount less $10 handling fee.

If I cancel due to Covid-19 you will receive a full refund.



Search out your fake or real furs, hats and gloves and cuddle up in a warm tango embrace  in Hanmer Springs for a wonderfully fun weekend with other tango addicts. Feel free to ask any questions - I am just an email away.

Yours always in Tango


+64 (0) 27 238 0568



Deb Waltenberg - Christchurch - Fri night

Debs became a DJ from her love of tango music and dance, she is a regular DJ at the Casa Republica Milonga in Christchurch and has been a DJ for several overseas teachers and other tango events. Her passion for tango music grew from her trips to Buenos Aires both dancing and listening to the beauty of tango at the traditional milonga halls. As a tango dancer she likes to feel emotion on all levels, so when she DJs she loves to see the tango orchestras and singers work their magic on the dancers. "My preference is for the more traditional orchestras and of course I have my favourites but I'm very mindful of playing music for all tango dancers. For me when I DJ I try to take the dancers on a journey so I look forward to you joining me in Hanmer at the Fri night milonga where we can share the journey together."  

Maida Zanaboni - Auckland - Sat afternoon

"I arrived in NZ , from New York City, in December 2001 with my music collection. That was the beginning of my DJ journey here. Listening to and collecting music is my bliss. The dancers joy, when they are dancing to a track that they connect to is my joy. As a dancer myself, my personal taste goes into my choice of music. In all our travels, I always make it a point to return here with new and interesting tracks that I've heard from other DJ's, around the world. My aim is to keep the energy high and leaving the dancers wanting more."

Marian McGuire  - Christchurch - Sat night

Marian has been teaching at Floorspace Tango in Christchurch since 2004. She is the resident DJ of the weekly milonga and also DJ's one-off events both in Christchurch and further afield. Marian has made numerous trips to Argentina and the milongas of Buenos Aires colour her DJing style. She fuses this traditional foundation with the needs of the local scene, adapting her lists to keep dancers on the floor. A committed social dancer herself, Marian has a deep love of tango. As a teacher she concentrates on close embrace tango, with particular emphasis on how moves can be inventively adapted on the crowded floor using the music as inspiration.

Brendon Varcoe - Nelson - Sun  morning

Tango and the country of Argentina holds a special place in my heart. I am excited to be able to share my love and passion for tango through my dj'ing. Music is such a big part of my life. As well as playing and studying bandoneon in Buenos Aires, currently I am also studying a Masters degree in Orchestration so my love of the orchestra has given me a deep appreciation for both traditional tango orchestras as well as the many incredible modern tango orchestras. I have tremendous respect for the musicians of today who continue on the tradition of playing live in the milonga as well as those who have gone before. All music evokes emotion and tango music especially, from the dramatic to the playful, the romantic to the melancholic, the best music brings out the emotion in the dance and always when I prepare a playlist I am thinking with this in the forefront of my mind. So expect a playlist full of life, emotion, a little drama and hopefully some fun, because at the end of the day we all come together in this great dance to enjoy ourselves and the people around us."

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