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'Winter Starts Here' at the 2018 Queenstown Winter Festival!

Please contact Kylie Bulling - Marketing & Sponsorship Manager [email protected] with any queries for 2018.

If you’re interested in covering the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest celebration of winter, we can help you get the stories you need.

The 2018 Festival will run the weekend of Saturday 23/Sunday 24 June 2018 (official dates yet to be announced) and will celebrate 44 years of winter fun with four days of totally outrageous and uniquely Queenstown events. Whether you are looking to cover events, music, food and wine, community, culture, ski & snowboarding, or simply the fantastic atmosphere, we would like to know you are here and can offer help to make it as easy as possible for you to get the stories you need.

In the spirit of keeping things simple, our website has been designed to provide a comprehensive guide to the Festival and contains this dedicated media resource section with story angles, editorial and downloadable video and high resolution images.   

We're always available to help and we also work closely with Destination Queenstown and Tourism New Zealand's media experts.  Interviews, photo opportunities, images, media releases, and story angles, are what we do best, so please stay in touch.

To get started, please visit the following pages from 2017:


2017 QWF Highlights Video

Stories & Media Releases

  • Article

Festival through the eyes of Rach Stewart

Rach Stewart is a self-taught landscape, travel and adventure photographer based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, who experienced her first ever Queenstown Winter Festival. See her thoughts here:

  • Article

New look Festival delivers on expectations, planning for 2018 Festival begins

After a successful 2017 event, organisers of the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival have confirmed that the shortened format for 2017 was the right decision for the Festival’s long-term future.

  • Article

Countdown to Festival opening

The bright lights, fireworks and star attractions of the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival will shine even brighter on Queenstown and its annual winter celebrations coming straight after winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.

New sponsor for Queenstown Winter Festival a local hero

Media release 20 April 2017: Real Journeys fires up for Queenstown Winter Festival‘s 2017 Friday Night Party & Fireworks

One hundred days to go!

13 March 2017
One hundred days to go before the start of the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival, planning is well underway as the team behind the scenes is creating an action-packed programme for the new four-day format.

  • Article

Carnival atmosphere on the last day of the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival

For attendees trying to take in every last event in the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival before the end of the jam-packed four-day weekend of festivities the day started at dawn in the mountains and will end under a crisp and starry night in downtown Queenstown.