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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. Check out everything to do in Queenstown here.

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 2018!


iHeartRadio Day on the Bay showcases quintessentially Queenstown capers!

DAY THREE: Saturday 23 June 2017

Dogs, dodgeball and spectacular fireworks round off the second day of Festival festivities

Dogs, dodgeball and spectacular fireworks round off the second day of Festival festivities

Sensory feast sets the scene as 2018 Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off in style

Thousands brave the chill for a night of culture, music and action Lakeside torchlight parade greets Waka Ama in moving welcome ceremony Olympians Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott[]bring epic skills to city-centre at Rail Showdown

Accommodation Rockstars

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

Festival Programme Launch 2018

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

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.