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All you need to know is below

Queenstown celebrates Matariki in an iconic Torchlight Hikoi (procession) through our streets. Please see event page for information.

Here is some handy info for you, please read up in advance:

  • Collection point for your Fire Torch is the Festival Village Info Hub, on the day of the Hikoi

  • Collections open at 4pm with the Hikoi starting at 4:45pm

  • Please see the map below for the Hikoi route

  • The route includes some uneven surfaces, please wear sensible footwear

  • You are not permitted to leave the Hikoi route with a Fire Torch.

  • Once you have registered and collected your torch - you cannot leave Earnslaw Park with your fire torch unless prompted by the festival team.  

  • If you want to bring your whanau to walk with you without Fire Torches, that is absolutely fine - the more the merrier.

  • Children aged 14 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult and you must be over 8 years old to hold a Fire Torch.

  • Due to our beautiful streets we must insist on people walking in pairs, 2x2

  • Please dress warmly, it will be cold and you will be outside for up to 2 hours or more

  • The torches are made from wax, and safety guards are supplied to protect your hands from any dripping wax. When windy the wax from the torches can be blown onto clothing. Whilst easily removable (top tip — an iron and brown paper) please dress appropriately and do not carry torches if wearing delicate fabrics.

  • Please always follow the direction of Winter Festival staff and volunteers

  • You are not permitted to leave the Hikoi route with your Fire Torch

  • The Hikoi will end on Marine Parade where you will walk onto the beach with your Fire Torch

  • If you would like to leave at this stage, you may extinguish your torch by the beach entrance

  • Please always follow all fire safety rules and procedures


Please note that Road closures will be in place, please ensure you allow yourself enough time to get to the event

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Please don’t leave the route with a live fire torch

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