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Cabaret on Ruby: SOLD OUT


Sun 3 Feb 2013, 5:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Ruby Island, Ruby Island, Lake Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $200.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Lake Wanaka SouNZ

Bringing back the legendary 1920s Island Cabarets that have now reached folklore status within the region, 200 people get to experience the magic of a bygone era in the most perfect setting. Live music and boat trips are included in the ticket price, and all profits go to Ruby Island Trust.

Over 80 years ago, between 1928 and 1931, the infamous Ruby Island cabaret ran through the summertime, on Saturday nights. Locals still recall magical tales from their ancestors about these events. In a rare decision (Ruby Island is Crown Land), permission has been granted for Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc (Rippon Festival, Sounz Forza) to resurrect the cabaret.

Live ragtime, Dixieland and jazz tunes will fill the evening air thanks to the amazing Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band (Wellington) and the glorious Bella Kalolo. A piano is being helicoptered out in what looks like being a first for Ruby Island.

This will be a non-smoking event as the preservation of Ruby Island is paramount. If the event has to be cancelled (bad weather may mean boats can't run), tickets will be refunded in full.

Dressing up with a 1920s/1930s flavour is totally encouraged!

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