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Welcome to the Queenstown Winter Festival!

Come celebrate the start of winter in true Queenstown style. It all kicks off Thursday 22nd of June, and is followed by four days of fireworks, street parties, music, comedy, Apres Ski dining, mountain events,  family fun and a touch of madness. There’s something for all ages. 

Thursday 22 - Sunday 25 June 2017

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Galleries 2017


22 Jun

Monteith's Dog Derby

The Dog Derby is one of the longest-standing events on the Winter Festival calendar

23 Jun

Real Journeys Thank You Cruise

The TSS Earnslaw will host a Thank You Cruise that will culminate with sitting pole position on the lakefront to watch the fireworks!

24 Jun

PechaKucha Night Queenstown vol 7 presented by Macpac

20 slides: 20 seconds. Don't miss the very popular Macpac PechaKucha event.

24 Jun

iHeartRadio Day on the Bay

What a day on the bay! Come down for the hilarity and craziness of the iHeartRadio Day on the Bay!

24 Jun

Mitre 10 Mega Raft Race

It’ll be “Ahoy Matey” as a collection of rogue Pirates and Buccaneers take to the lake in their handmade vessels - get your entry in!

25 Jun

Auckland Airport Carnival

The Auckland Airport Carnival is the Winter Festival finale and is all about celebrating Queenstown and the diverse communities that live here.


Festival Tips - it's business time.

Queenstown Winter Festival is our annual celebration of the start of winter, when the community welcomes visitors to share their annual letting off of steam before the busy snow season. Get the most out of four days that attract an estimated 45,000 domestic and international visitors to town.

New sponsor for Queenstown Winter Festival a local hero

Media release 20 April 2017: Real Journeys fires up for Queenstown Winter Festival‘s 2017 Friday Night Party & Fireworks

Eeek! I feel so inspired, happy, stoked, grateful & 100.000 other positive feelings! There's nothing like the feeling of a brand new camera & an amazing, event packed day at Queenstown Winterfest to try it out. @olympus_au has given me one of their cameras, the OM-D E-M5 ii, perfect for everyone who loves to travel & go on adventures. I shot this photo on creative mode, uploaded it wirelessly to my phone, edited it & boom! Here it is! How do you like it? #olympusinspired

One hundred days to go!

13 March 2017
One hundred days to go before the start of the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival, planning is well underway as the team behind the scenes is creating an action-packed programme for the new four-day format.

Had a lovely wee sing on @thehitsnz with @callumandp this morning. We'll be live on @breakfaston1 from 8.30am tomorrow for @qtwinterfest! Be watching to hear our brand new single - 'Forever' out everywhere on 12 July!! • • • • #qtwinterfest #winterstartshere #winter #breakfast #single #newmusic #comingsoon #queenstown #excited #music #ginger #redhair #best #bestoftheday #picoftheday #photo #tv #interview #travel #adventure #tourist #tourism #forever #original #nz #nzmusic #melbourne #melbournemusic #xfactorau

2017 Queenstown Winter Festival Dates Announced

Queenstown, New Zealand (27 July, 2016) – The dates for Queenstown’s new four-day Queenstown Winter Festival have been confirmed for 22 to 25 June 2017.

So stoked to be running around @qtwinterfest! Excited for tonight's Winter Feast with @the_popupchef_

Doggy Day Care Festival Style

MEDIA RELEASE: Doggy Day Care at the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

OMG we are so lucky! Got back to our room to find all this! Jucy cruise vouchers, lift passes, wild thyme lunch vouchers, American Express scarf & bag! We are being spoilt! Plus champagne & chocolates on arrival, this trip is insane! #qtwinterfest #macpac #donthidefromwinter #wowzas #isthisreallife

It's all happening. #pug #dog #fashion #queenstown #qtwinterfest #winter#newzealand

Action shot from the @qtwinterfest QRC Hospo Race! Congratulations to the @mercurequeenstown for taking out the top prize #qrclife #queenstownlive #qtwinterfest