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'Winter Starts Here' at the 2017 Queenstown Winter Festival!

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

The 2017 Festival runs from Thursday 22 - Sunday 25 June and celebrates 43 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:


In the meantime please contact Simone Flight - Media Relations Manager with any queries for 2017.

2016 QWF Highlights Video

Stories & Media Releases

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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.

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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.

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Shenanigans from lakefront to mountain top rule Day 3.

MEDIA RELEASE: Shenanigans from lakefront to mountain top rule the day at the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival 

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Artful dodgers, influencers, and fireworks at the Queenstown Winter Festival 2017

Artful dodgers, influencers, carnivorous competitors were just the prelude to thousands of party people watching the explosive fireworks and live music on a still Wakatipu evening at the end of the second day of the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival.