The Queenstown Winter Festival has been running in Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand since 1975.


Welcome to the Queenstown Winter Festival


The 2017 Queenstown Winter Festival is set to be the biggest and best yet!

Winter Starts Here!

Fun at the Queenstown Winter Festival

Set in and around Queenstown, in the stunning Southern Lakes region on New Zealand's South Island, the Winter Festival is the perfect way to experience winter in NZ.

2017 will be the 43rd year of this amazing party! The Festival celebrates the beginning of winter with a jam packed 4 day programme featuring some hilarious, possibly outrageous and definitely unique Queenstown events.

There is plenty to get excited about as the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party, the Queenstown Winter Festival gets into it from Thursday 22nd June to Sunday the 25th June 2017.

Fun on the mountain at the Slopestyle Invitational

The Festival gets underway in style on Thursday 22nd June with the long running Dog Derby and continues on Friday 23rd June with the spectacular Real Journeys Friday Night Party and Fireworks. Live music, mulled wine, and plenty of laughs are all part of this fun filled extravaganza.

Come and experience this stunning part of New Zealand. With so much to see and do, there is something for everyone, and fun times are a certainty.

The Remarkables Mountain range and Lake Wakatipu form the perfect backdrop for 4 days of excitement.

Imagine sitting by the lake and watching an awesome fireworks display. Or hit the ice at the in town ice rink.

You can download a PDF copy of the day by day programme by clicking here.

Fun at the DB Export Dog Barking

Sample Queenstown's incredible range of eateries, loaded with local and international produce. Watch the street parades, or select from a great mix of internationally acclaimed performers and home-grown acts including comedians, jazz, DJ's and lots more.

Have a game of frisbee golf, watch the ice hockey, or laugh at the antics at the dog barking competition.

Put your dancing shoes on for the SKYCITY Ball, release your inner child at the Old Mout Dodgeball Championships, or be a part of the JUCY Undy 500!

Sign up for the Hits 90.4 Birdman challenge and launch yourself off the wharf into the icy waters of Lake Wakatipu (or, just sit and watch as others do it)!

Up on the mountain you can catch loads of winter action with ski races, Macpac Mountain Bikes on Snow, night skiing, mountain mayhem, the Monteith's Dog Derby, the Macpac Skin to Summit, and superb entertainment.

With so much to choose from, everyone is sure to be in party mode.

Queenstown Winter Festival Fireworks American Express Opening Party

Since first being staged in 1975 by Queenstowner’s who thought the arrival of snow was a ‘great excuse for a party’, the Festival has evolved to forge a unique identity as New Zealand’s premier celebration of all things winter.

Now an iconic event cemented on New Zealand’s calendar, it attracts tens of thousands of party seekers and injects a whopping $50 million back into the local economy.

And I can tell you from personal experience that the Festival is a wonderful, fun event, that adds to the allure of Queenstown as a great holiday destination.

Known as New Zealand's "Adventure Capital", Queenstown is a place where you can be as "mild" or as "wild" as you want. With an almost endless variety of activities, a huge range of accommodation, and over 100 bars and restaurants, Queenstown really is a holiday heaven.

Click on the following link to learn more about the huge variety of year round Queenstown activities.

Click on the following link to to find out more about the Festival.

Or, why not include your Winter Festival visit in a skiing or snowboarding holiday.

Come and join us.

The Winter Festival parade

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