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.
PLAN YOUR FESTIVAL - FAQ
If you've never been to the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival there are a few things you need to know. There's the obvious stuff like what to bring, how to dress, how to plan your weekend, where to go, what events might suit you best and so on. But, the first thing you need to know is that you've never ever been to anything like this! Nowhere and no-one celebrates winter like Queenstown does.
Winter Festival has something for everyone. There are events for families, snow bunnies, or those just looking for some winter fun.
WHEN IT IS?
2019's festival dates are Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd June 2019 - YUS!
CAN I JUST COME ALONG?
YUP! You can easily enjoy Winter Fest for free - 4 days of free entertainment on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, around Queenstown and up at Cardrona Alpine Resort for you to enjoy.
CAN I JOIN IN?
YUP! We have load of participation events, all reflecting the essence of being a Queenstowner. Our pioneering nature in our Dog Derby and Dog Barking, our ability to laugh at ourselves by getting down to our undies and running about on the beach, polar plunges, dodgeball champs - there are loads of opportunities to get your mates together and join in. Sign up in the Event Rego part of the site and we’ll see you there.
HOW DO I BUY TICKETS FOR THE TICKETED EVENTS?
Head to the Event Rego and tickets section of the site and you’ll easily be able to click your way through to some brilliant events to enjoy. Our programme will be announced in April, so keep an eye on social channels till then.
HOW DO I KEEP UP TO DATE WITH INFO?
This website, our facebook page, our insta feed, and if you text WINTER to 332 you’ll get a brilliant mobile site to peruse.
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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Generally the weather is settled and a crisp +7-8 degree Celsius to 0 degree Celsius. However, in the mountains the weather can change dramatically in a few moments so it is best to be prepared for all situations. Average daily max temperature is 7.7 degrees Celsius.
Winter is a fantastic time to visit Queenstown, with crisp clean air and often clear blue skies with sunshine. So dress warm, pack your beanie and toss in your dancing shoes and something a little flash just in case you feel like glamming it up. Get prepared to brave the elements and embrace the buzz of winter, just one of the many reasons people come here!
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Getting here is easy no matter where you're coming from. Come by foot, bike, bus, pony, scooter, car or plane - we don't care - just get here!
Queenstown International Airport is located 10 kms from the town centre. Airport Shuttles and buses run regularly and there are a number of taxi companies to choose from. If limo’s are your thing we can sort you out with that too.
Approximate travel times by road to Queenstown.
- Christchurch 6 hours
- Dunedin 3.5 hours
- Invercargill 2.5 hours
Do keep in mind that at this time of year, winter driving conditions can apply, check with the AA for current road conditions and make sure you have some chains in your boot and a warm blanket in the car, just in case.
Tips for driving in the winter:
- Plan your trip, check the weather forecast and road conditions before you leave, and think about where you are going and what route you should take.
- The weather in this area during winter can be treacherous, with fog, ice and snow ready to booby trap these roads, so you will need to take extra care and drive to the conditions. You will have to drive slower than they normally would; it only takes a spilt second to lose control in wet and icy conditions.
- You should carry snow chains that they know how to use and fit and should also be aware of when they need to put them on.
Are you just a little bit independent and want to grab a rental car rather than rely on your mum to pick you up and drop you off? We recommend you get your wheels sorted from our friends at JUCY. They have got all sorts and sizes of cars, 4WD's and super-duper deals for the Festival and winter in general. They even have ski racks on top and chains in the boot - like your style JUCY! To check out the cars and the super duper deals click here to go to the JUCY home page.
Also for more information on this beautiful town of ours with things to do, places to go and activities to get stuck into visit Destination Queenstown.
HOW DO I GET AROUND WHEN I'M THERE?
Water Taxis – “Take the Lake”
Queenstown Water Taxis operate ever hour from Steamer Wharf Queenstown.
Just $10 per person each way. Booking are essential
You can use the Choice app to find and compare your transport choices in Queenstown. Choice is available in English, German, Japanese, and Mandarin – and can be used to find and book:
- Public Transport, Corporate Cabs, Green Cabs, Queenstown Taxis, Super Shuttles, Queenstown Water Taxis and Go Orange buses.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY?
We have a wide range of Queenstown Accommodation partners that support Festival - please check out the options and book your stay!
Where is Cardrona Alpine Resort?
Cardrona is the heart of the Southern Alps and a true alpine experience. Located halfway between Queenstown and Wanaka with views looking out over the Wakatipu Basin/Queenstown and down the Cardrona Valley towards Wanaka and Lake Hawea.
Cardrona is 58km ‘s from Queenstown and the drive time from Queenstown is one hour
Catch the Go Orange bus up with a special winter fest deal! Book here now
BYO does not apply to Festival events and central locations come under a clearly marked total liquor ban which covers all unlicensed areas of downtown Queenstown. Only beverages purchased from the official Winter Festival beverage tents on Earnslaw Park can be consumed in public areas on these nights. Please respect our local police – they are here to help.
Free Festival events are all family orientated so please remember the little ones. Make room for children to see the stage and do your best not to bump into them when you are leaping about.