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About Queenstown

Born as an 1860’s gold mining camp, 151 years later Queenstown has a compact and sophisticated downtown area tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Dwarfed by the surrounding mountains, there are amazing views from everywhere. There’s also a permanent buzz in the downtown area where you’ll find a lively café/bar scene and excellent shopping.

Queenstown in Winter

Blue skies, white slopes and spectacular views are hallmarks of the Queenstown winter.

Officially 1 June to 31 August - rug up, keep cosy.  Winter temperatures seldom reach more than 7°C or 8°C (44°F - 46°F) and can fall well below 0°C (32°F), and the ski season often lasts until early October.

An electric vibe sweeps over the town before each big snowfall in anticipation of fresh tracks and a winter wonderland. Skiers, snowboarders and alpine lovers are drawn to the region's six international standard ski areas, open from June, a spirited après ski culture and plenty of off-slope action.  

The breathtakingly beautiful snow areas cater to every level of skier or snowboarder.  Learners find dedicated areas and great instruction while the more advanced can hike to steep slopes and chutes and the passionate can find private powder runs with the help of a guide and helicopter...

Why choose Queenstown?

  • It’s easy – flights run direct from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as well as 15 direct flights into Queenstown from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne
  • It’s fun!  Six amazing ski fields all in close proximity to each other, combined with over 150 different activities to choose from.  You really can ski in the morning and enjoy a round of golf in the afternoon.
  • There’s plenty for the non-skiers.  Queenstown offers a winter wonderland experience for those who prefer to steer clear of the snow, with many activities, sightseeing and day trip options, combined with a range of international day spas, growing acclaim for food and wine and over 130 café’s restaurants and bars.
  • Pure choice – with Coronet Peak a 25 minute drive from Queenstown’s CBD, and the other mountain resorts in close proximity, there are endless accommodation options and fantastic restaurants for all tastes and budget

Alpine Playground

Escape to an exciting winter holiday in Queenstown, a snow lover’s paradise with several ski areas on the doorstep of our cosmopolitan resort town. Getting high in the mountains and experiencing the snow first hand is even more exhilarating. Together the ski fields offer a vast range of terrain suitable for all levels of skier or rider complemented by some of the best snow sports programmes in the world.

Relax or be exhilarated

Queenstown has it all. Thrill seekers can take their pick of adventure activities, most still in full swing during winter, while those seeking relaxation can chill out on the golf course, in a vineyard, at a luxury spa or in the many shops, galleries, bars and restaurants.

Activities in Queenstown are seemingly endless, and most run year-round, providing plenty of entertainment on and off the slopes. Non skiers can enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, or ice-climbing to same just a sample of the winter options.

Arrowtown is a delightful day trip, and from Glenorchy experience the tranquility of Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. 

 Click here for a great range of activities.

 Enjoy and see you at Winter Festival 2017!


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New sponsor for Queenstown Winter Festival a local hero

Real Journeys fires up for Queenstown Winter Festival‘s 2017 Friday Night Party & Fireworks

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One hundred days to go!

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.

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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.

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Doggy Day Care Festival Style

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

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American Express Opening Party and Fireworks lights up clear southern skies

MEDIA RELEASE: American Express Queenstown Winter Festival Opening Party lights up clear southern skies

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Picture Perfect Opening Day

Picture perfect opening day of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.