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MEDIA ALERT: Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival cancels Sunday Mountain events due to extreme weather conditions compromising participant safety.

Due to heavy snow affecting visibility along with strong winds and a deteriorating forecast, the unfortunate decision has been made to cancel today’s Festival events at Cardrona Alpine Resort. This will affect Macpac Tour de Cardies and the Macpac Mountain bikes on snow events scheduled for this morning.

Event and mountain staff set the courses for the event late yesterday and were extremely disappointed to make the call this morning however competitor safety is our primary responsibility and we must act with that in mind.

Festival Director, Rae Baker has confirmed that a great deal of consideration was given to the decision and the festival will refund all entry fees.

For full ski and snow report, please check Cardrona’s website.

The QRC Hospo Race has also unfortunately been canceled today due to poor weather and safety concerns.



Daily Programme Sunday 243

All good things must come to an end - here we are with our last day of the 2018 Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival! The sun is trying to come out however rain may be upon us around lunchtime, so be sure to bring your wet weather gear, if you're heading into town. We have music from 12pm-4pm today, so you're gonna wanna stick around despite the pesky rain!


The downtown Festival Village at Earnslaw Park is open from 11am-4pm today! So come down and join us for a mulled wine before you head down to the Bathhouse Stage to catch some mega tunes from Shaka Loves You, The Feelers & The Black Seeds!


Don’t forget to use Orbus buses to get to town! Only $2 rides with a GoCard, and $5 per ride without. Please see the bus timetable here.

Orrr TAKE THE LAKE with Queenstown Water Taxis! Queenstown Water Taxis operate every hour from Steamer Wharf Queenstown and head to Hilton Hotel, which is just a short walk from central Frankton. Just $10 per person each way. Booking are essential – see timetable and book here.


Please be aware of the road conditions today, chains must be fitted if heading over the Crown Range. Please see more updates on the road here.


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Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival office:

[email protected] | +64 22 124 5344 

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.