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  • Lawn bowls is always a crowd pleaser
  • A great activity to get the ball rolling before a big night
  • Prove you’ve got the skills and technique
  • Kick off your shoes and you'll soon understand the hype!
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Bucks Barefoot Bowls + BBQ Wanaka

Destination: WANAKA

6 min
2+ Hrs

Lawn bowls is a sport that has traditionally been associated with napisan-white, grey-haired and questionably cheerful retirees. Have you ever wondered what keeps your Grandparents so busy down at the local club? Wicked Bucks has cracked the code, and it’s not just the tasty range of snacks and treats on offer. Kick off your shoes, grab a cold beer and get ready to discover your new favourite sport – Barefoot Bowls. 

Just like your Aunt Karen after her 3rd divorce, lawn bowls have undergone a complete transformation. The sport was once reserved for your Grandpa John and his mates but has now been overtaken by a bunch of shoeless, beer-sinking, 20-something-year-old larrikins. Forget everything you’ve ever thought, lawn bowls are the newest kid in town, and it’s cooler than you ever thought your grandparents could be. The perfectly manicured greens of Wanaka are the perfect place to test this new sport out too.

Heading down to the local club, strip off (just your shoes, please, you can save the rest of the strip tease for the end of the night) and get ready for some epic ball action with all the lads.

After splitting the group into teams of 3 to 4 players, you’ll go head-to-head against each other on the greens. The aim of the game is to keep your balls together – well, to get them as close to the jack as possible. The closer you get to the jack, the higher your score. And no, we aren’t referring to the unfortunately-named member of your group. A lawn bowls jack is the black ball in the middle of the greens, and it’s surprisingly hard to reach. The group with the highest score at the end of all the rounds is dubbed the winning team.

Whether you’re celebrating a win, attempting to drown your sorrows or just taking the piss out of the buck for his unco-skills, the clubhouse is the perfect place to retire for some post-game bevvies. It might not have the same vibe as your local footy or cricket club, but there is something so fun about drinking with old people.

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4.5 rating from Google Reviews

Such a good weekend. Went with a group of mates who all had a great time. The highlight was two gorgeous babes cooking us breakfast after the night out!! Definitely a must do!


- Asthon R

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