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In 2017, Queenstown Winter Festival will once again support local charities in their fundraising efforts, and would love you to support them as well. 

Coastguard Queenstown are being supported by Mitre 10 Mega with a Raft Race at the iHeartRadio Day on the Bay, Saturday 24 June. 

NRG Queenstown (Next Rotary Generation) are fundraising on behalf of Happiness House and Coastguard Queenstown by holding NRG Duck Race down Horne Creek as part of the Auckland Airport Carnival on Sunday 25 June.

Kingsview High School will be selling glow sticks at the Real Journeys Friday Night Party and Fireworks to enhance the experience, so look out for them, they will be hard to miss! 

Please also support community group food vendors by purchasing delicious offerings of the food stalls at the Real Journeys Friday Night Party and Fireworks and the Auckland Airport Carnival.


Coastguard Queenstown was started in 2007 in response to requests for the development of a well trained and professionally organised service to replace the adhoc system which called around looking for an available boat.

A small but enthusiastic group formed and began fundraising and training to be ready for the delivery of their Coastguard Rescue Vessel in March 2008.

Queenstown now has a team of 28 volunteer crew members, all of whom are passionate about the job and spend many hours training to be ready to respond 24/7.


Happiness House is a community based non profit organisation that provides services to the Wakatipu District. Established in 1991 and registered with the Charities Commission (number cc11023).  It is a drop-in centre, open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, providing a safe, warm, non judgmental, confidential and caring environment. 83% of the people that live in the Wakatipu have moved here from somewhere else leaving behind family support.  Add to that the high cost of living, low wages and social isolation that comes from being far from family, the Wakatipu can be a challenging place to live.  Happiness House is there for these people and for those affected by other life events or unforeseen circumstances.

The Happiness House philosophy is to assist those in needs by encouraging them to make healthy and empowering life choices. Happiness House relies on the generosity of funding groups, local businesses and individuals to continue to provide this service. Happiness House provides crisis intervention, resolution and general social support for families and individuals in the Wakatipu area encompassing Queenstown, Arrowtown, Kingston and Glenorchy.