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Welcome to the Queenstown Winter Festival!

We celebrated the start of winter in true Queenstown style. It all kicked off on Thursday 22nd of June 2017, and was followed by four days of fireworks, street parties, music, comedy, Apres Ski dining, mountain events,  family fun and a touch of madness. There was something for all ages.

Check out our photos and videos!

Dates for 2018 out soon!  Will be the weekend of 23/24 June 2018



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

I've been visiting @queenstownnz for the past 3 years. I've grown to love this part of the world more and more and in particular @cardronanz This photo was taken at the top of the mountain at a specific spot behind McDougall's Express and every time I've captured this moment in a different light. Standing there all the weight of the world is suddenly lifted off your shoulders, you feel like there is nothing else but what's in front of you, the freezing cold is no longer the focus on why you can't feel your hands or feet, everything just disappears and in that moment a surge of inspiration sparks and you find yourself again! #limeblumedia #iQueenstown #queenstownholidays #queenstownnz #queenstownlive #qtwinterfest #NewZealand #NZ #nzmustdo #travelnewzealand #winterstartshere #newzealandfinds #newzealandvacations #destinationnz #landscape_captures #lifeonourplanet #special_shots #instadaily #travelphotography #nikon #nikonlife #incredibledestinationz #ourplanetdaily #wanderlust #mountains #snow #starttheadventure #earthofficial #lovewhatido

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.

#Race a #mountainbike down a #ski run, that's crazy! @qtwinterfest @olympus_au #olympus #em1markii #olympusinspired #omdrevolution #mzuiko 300mm f4 @filmic_pro @theyoungkara @mountainflyvic #downhill

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.

Thank you to @dai_henwood NZ Comedian for stopping to have a photo with the team during his stay for the @qtwinterfest week #staytherees #winterstartshere #queenstownlive #nz #winter

Doggy Day Care Festival Style

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

Went for a walk in the hills above Frankton with the Queenstown Winter Meet. Not many people get to see this country as it is on private property. Cheers @queenstownnz for the opportunity. #nztramper

Hope everyone enjoyed the Queenstown Winter Festival! We were out making magic Sunday night on Beach Street! Hope you had a chance to stop by #magiccandyfactory #queenstown #qtwinterfest #queenstownlife #queenstownholiday

That's a wrap. Thanks so much to the team behind the scenes for an incredible Winter Festival. Fireworks, comedy, night skiing, day on the bay just to name a few ... there was something for everyone. And here we were enjoying the #WinterMeet with such a fabulous and inspiring group of social media influencers and a special shout out to @laurenepbath for her awesome presentation. A final thanks to #queenstownhighcountry for having us up to your BEAUTIFUL spot.