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Welcome to the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival!

NZ’s Winter has started with one hell of a party for the last 43 years and this year the party is as fresh as the season’s first powder.

All the old favourites remain but this year there are some epic changes. This year the festival ‘host mountain’ is Cardrona Alpine Resort and the talent line-up is a celebration of NZ’s hottest music talent.  This will be the ultimate event to improve your Instagram feed for 2018.


Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th June 2018

It's all happening right NOW so check out our 2018 Programme here! Buy your tickets and enter our events now or just come check us out - we're all over town!



Want the chance to find special offers, chances to win and all the info you need to plan your 2018 festival experience? Jump on over to our mobile-friendly site here!



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2018 Events plus more . . .

Nadia Reid and Her Band at Sherwood

Kicking off our Winter Festival season of live music at Sherwood we invite you experience the evocative voice of Nadia Reid.

The Matariki Torchlight Procession

23 Jun
  • Event
  • Music
  • 23 June 2018

L.A.B./YOKO-ZUNA/LORD ECHO supported by Spark and Spotify

Taking New Zealand by storm we welcome this mighty line up to Queenstown supported by Spark and Spotify - and we cannot wait to party with you.

Monteith's Dog Derby

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

Comedy Night - Thursday

Queenstown loves a good laugh, so come in from the cold - We have a handful of tickets back on sale!!

23 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!

23 Jun

SKYCITY Ball - Viva le Cirque

The very popular SKYCITY Ball - Viva le Cirque takes you to a secret location and it’s going to be gloriously magnificent.

Festival Stories

Festival Programme Launch 2018

Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival announces a revamped look at the 2018 programme launch.

Accommodation Rockstars

Thank you to our Accommodation Partners for showing the love to Festival

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

Winter Sun Safety

Enjoy the winter and winter sports, but don’t forget to take care of your skin to avoid the damage the cold season and UV radiation can cause.