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Real Journeys announced as Queenstown Winter Festival Title Partner

Queenstown, New Zealand (19 October 2017)
Leading tourism company Real Journeys has today been announced as the Queenstown Winter Festival’s new title partner.

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I've been visiting @queenstownnz for the past 3 years. I've grown to love this part of the world more and more and in particular @cardronanz This photo was taken at the top of the mountain at a specific spot behind McDougall's Express and every time I've captured this moment in a different light. Standing there all the weight of the world is suddenly lifted off your shoulders, you feel like there is nothing else but what's in front of you, the freezing cold is no longer the focus on why you can't feel your hands or feet, everything just disappears and in that moment a surge of inspiration sparks and you find yourself again! #limeblumedia #iQueenstown #queenstownholidays #queenstownnz #queenstownlive #qtwinterfest #NewZealand #NZ #nzmustdo #travelnewzealand #winterstartshere #newzealandfinds #newzealandvacations #destinationnz #landscape_captures #lifeonourplanet #special_shots #instadaily #travelphotography #nikon #nikonlife #incredibledestinationz #ourplanetdaily #wanderlust #mountains #snow #starttheadventure #earthofficial #lovewhatido

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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:

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#Race a #mountainbike down a #ski run, that's crazy! @qtwinterfest @olympus_au #olympus #em1markii #olympusinspired #omdrevolution #mzuiko 300mm f4 @filmic_pro @theyoungkara @mountainflyvic #downhill

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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.

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Thank you to @dai_henwood NZ Comedian for stopping to have a photo with the team during his stay for the @qtwinterfest week #staytherees #winterstartshere #queenstownlive #nz #winter

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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.

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Went for a walk in the hills above Frankton with the Queenstown Winter Meet. Not many people get to see this country as it is on private property. Cheers @queenstownnz for the opportunity. #nztramper

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

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Hope everyone enjoyed the Queenstown Winter Festival! We were out making magic Sunday night on Beach Street! Hope you had a chance to stop by #magiccandyfactory #queenstown #qtwinterfest #queenstownlife #queenstownholiday

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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That's a wrap. Thanks so much to the team behind the scenes for an incredible Winter Festival. Fireworks, comedy, night skiing, day on the bay just to name a few ... there was something for everyone. And here we were enjoying the #WinterMeet with such a fabulous and inspiring group of social media influencers and a special shout out to @laurenepbath for her awesome presentation. A final thanks to #queenstownhighcountry for having us up to your BEAUTIFUL spot.

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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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The @qtwinterfest #carnival was such a fun family event! It had everyone dancing on the streets! Here's a #bts shot of Josh getting amongst the @codpbnz as they marched through town. Getting the shots with our @cametv #optimus #gimbal and @sonyalpha #sonya7rii setup. . . . #queenstown #kiwipics #video #newzealand #nz #production #rentme #camera #lens #steadycam #zeiss #filmmaking #filmmaker #filmgear #videogear #videography #cinematography #otago #queenstownnz

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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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Strength. It comes not through exercising power over other people, or even our circumstances. But in knowing ourselves & being able to hold our centre. It's mastery of Self and it starts with awareness. Who am I? What am I being called to do? Often turning inward brings us face to face with fear. That's where strength starts - in being with the fear. Facing the fear. Knowing the fear. Loving the fear. Turn inward, for all you require lies there. And know that whatever you find inside, you have the strength to face it. And you are never, ever alone. There is always someone there, willing to hold you while you face what must be faced. This is the work we do, together, on retreat and in Immersions. This is how we discover that we are far stronger & more powerful than we ever dreamed. Join us. Link in bio. Leggings @niyama_sports Photo Credit @calumnhockey #ayjinspo

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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.

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Such a beautiful weekend here in Queenstown... Winter is now in full swing, with some fresh snow and the snow makers are puking out the man made stuff the fields are looking good. It was nice kicking it all off with @qtwinterfest in @queenstownnz where we enjoyed an instameet with @olympus_au traveling up to @nzhighcountry . . Queenstown. New Zealand Canon 5dii . . . . . #queenstown #queenstownlive #QTWINTERFEST #olympus_au #olympusinspired #queenstownhighcountry #mountainslovers #landscape_captures #newzealandgram #newzealandfinds #newzealandguide #newzealandnatural #kiwipics #kiwi_photos #gottalovenz #nzmustdo #destinationnz #purenewzealand #purenz #jw_snapshots #visualsjw #ig_worldclub #livehereqt #mountainview #ig_newzealand #beboundless #exploremore #wanderlust

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Fresh snow and a special cultural welcome on the first day.

While the Queenstown Winter Festival is usually known for its wintery madcap events, a new special cultural welcome stole some limelight on the opening day. “We achieved all that we had hoped for with today’s opening events,” said Lisa Buckingham, Queenstown Winter Festival Director.

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Prize #WinterStartsHere #CoronetPeak

Festival Tips - it's business time.

Queenstown Winter Festival is our annual celebration of the start of winter, when the community welcomes visitors to share their annual letting off of steam before the busy snow season. Get the most out of four days that attract an estimated 45,000 domestic and international visitors to town.

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Fireworks & TSS Earnslaw #WinterStartsHere #QTWinterFest

2017 Queenstown Winter Festival Dates Announced

Queenstown, New Zealand (27 July, 2016) – The dates for Queenstown’s new four-day Queenstown Winter Festival have been confirmed for 22 to 25 June 2017.

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Was treated to a stunner of a sunset on my last night in Queenstown! . . . #destinationnz #queenstown #qtwinterfest #winter #nzmustdo #nzvacations #newzealandpics #newzealand #purenewzealand #natureinNZ #mountains #nz #newzealandnatural #newzealandguide #sunset #lake #beautiful #landscape #landscape_lovers #adventure

Doggy Day Care Festival Style

MEDIA RELEASE: Doggy Day Care at the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

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Ladies night ️ #qtwinterfest #winterfest #winterball #queenstown #newzealand

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American Express Opening Party and Fireworks lights up clear southern skies

MEDIA RELEASE: American Express Queenstown Winter Festival Opening Party lights up clear southern skies

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Winterfest fireworks.

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Picture Perfect Opening Day

Picture perfect opening day of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.

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And #qtwinterfest is over! What a fantastic, and very cold, 4 days of winter celebrations! Thank you to the @qtwinterfest team! Bring on next year! #eriksfishandchips #WinterStartsHere

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Pirates, Birdmen and Undies on Display

MEDIA RELEASE 16 June 2016: Pirates, Birdmen and Undies on Display at the iHeart Radio Day on the Bay

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Of course #goorangenz won the #qtwinterfest rafting race at the weekend! Shotover Jet and Dart River Jet were not even close! Mhahaha

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#pogmahonesirishpub #queenstown #qtwinterfest #newzealand #withmylove #familyvacay #suchfun #mulledwine #meetandgreet #micbombo

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Beautiful sunset over Lake Wakatipu during the Queenstown winter festival #remax_queenstown #realestate #qtwinterfest #winterstartshere #queenstownlive #newzealandvacations #newzealand #queenstownnz purenewzealand #nzmustdo #100percebtnz #mountains #adventuretime #lakewakatipu #remax #queenstown #wonderful_places #sunset #realty

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Winterfest '17. Best seats in the house with my best mate ️

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Our boy Levi nailing 2nd place in the Jet Sprints for the @iheartradio day in the bay this @qtwinterfest! Congrats @skipperscanyonjet - we'll see you next year!

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street scenes #queenstown #qtwinterfest

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reason no. 537 to love NZ @brentwoodduo #qtwinterfest #queenstownlive #queenstown #nz

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Had a great day @ #qtwinterfest doing henna for a whole bunch of lovely people. So nice to meet all those that came by ️#winterstartshere

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Glorious day, as the lady of the lake returns.

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T H E P R O P O S A L #sowasthatayes #newzealand #southisland #winter #qtwinterfest #overthetophelicoptertours #nicholashaywoodjewellery #shesahottie #snow #engagement #wedding #fiance #winter #southisland #newzealand #views #snow #picoftheday #iphonography #bru #lordoftherings #lotr #adventure #kiwi #travel #wanderlust #nz #queenstownholidays #queenstown #engaged #proposal

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Lantern making @qtwinterfest today! #qtwinterfest #winterstartshere #volunteering #nz

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Nanook of the north took an #atomicroady to #qtwinterfest. A new bike would be helpful for the return home #atomiccoffeeroasters

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NZ Kiwi kids musicians rocking the @qtwinterfest #qtwinterfest #kiwikidsmusic #makinglittlepeoplehappy

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Green anoraks, red SG's, 4 degrees, sound check time! #qtwinterfest

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Represented for the USA at the @qtwinterfest Jucy Undie 5 Hundy and took home 3rd place 🥉!!! . Oh yeah, and it was about 39*F (4*C) outside !!! . . . . . . . . . #queenstownwinterfestival #jucy #jucyworld #iheartradio #adrenaline #sports #travel #travelblogger #newzealand #explore #exploremore #wanderlust #nature #natgeotravel #tramping #trekking #wheelsup #yolo #nomads #obstaclecourse #polarbear #obstaclerace #queenstown #racing

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20170623 Queenstown Winter Festival Firework! #winterstartshere #qtwinterfest#queenstownwinterfestival#queenstown#otago#lakewakatipu#tssearnslaw#firework#realjourney#awesome#biggestfestival#newzealand#nz

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#nailingit. on many levels. #menatwork #mitre10diy #toolbox #queenstown #qtwinterfest

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Cocktails on ice • • • • • #queenstown #qt #icebar #winterfest #queenstownwinterfest #qtwinterfest #newzealand #nz #cocktails #queenstownicebar #friends #birthdayweekend #birthdaytrip #icebarqueenstown #belowzero @queenstownnz @queenstown_new_zealand

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Today I got to run & ride around in high-viz at several epic @qtwinterfest events across two mountains in the adventure capital of the world with epic people & a delicious E-M5 II on loan from @olympus_au. It was basically the best

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Ethan doing us proud in the Jet Boat sprints this afternoon. Congratulations @skipperscanyonjet on the win, until next year.... #bigyellows #kjetqueenstown

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The most perfect sunset after the @olympus_au instameet as part of @qtwinterfest - had a wonderful day listening to the inspiring @laurenepbath share her knowledge. Met some great people! Feeling fired up! #winterstartshere #queenstownhighcountry

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What a day to spend on the bay!

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Awesome morning on the lake watching the Day On The Bay @qtwinterfest . Well done Kev and @skipperscanyonjet for taking it out again. #qtwinterfest #queenstownlive #queenstownnz #jetboat

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Esther on the case at Day on the Bay @momentaddictphotography #qtwinterfest #winterstartshere

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Rib eating comp capacity met #winterstartshere #qtwinterfest #coalfirequeenstown

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Great views & great company - great reasons for an #instameet!

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Fireworks! #QTWinterfest

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Enjoying Winter Festival fireworks from Azur Lodge. An amazing show thank you @qtwinterfest . . #queenstown #winterfestival #fireworks #azurlodge #qtwinterfest #theprefferedlife #beautiful #thatview #centralotago #winterholiday #newzealandluxurylodges #skiseason #snowboarding #snow #celebrate #nz #adventure #nature #scenery #luxurylife #purenewzealand #otago #travel #travelling #mustdo #lakewakatipu #luxuryhoneymoon #luxuryhotel #luxurytravel

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And The Great Coalfire Rib Eating Race is over! It was everything we all hoped for, messy and messy! Congratulations to our 1st Place Winner, Jeremy Wynyard! That pint and rack of ribs was no match for you! #QTWinterFest #WinterStartsHere #ribfest #smokeandfire

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Secret location #1 for the @qtwinterfest Winter Meet. Awesome to see some of our clients up here! @millbrookresort #SPR

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@qtwinterfest @olympusau @queenstownnz @nzhighcountry @queenstown @shotoverjet @winterstartshere #qtwinterfest #olympusau #queenstownnz #nzhighcountry #queenstown #shotoverjet #winterstartshere #winterstartshere @queenstownlive #olympusinspired #queenstownhighcountry #queenstownlive #winterstartshere #olympus_au

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Honoured to have had Paula Bennett choose to take the Water Taxi's into Queenstown this @qtwinterfest! ️ . . . #queenstown #nz #newzealand #watertaxi #lakewakatipu #hilton #politician #politics #destinationqueenstown #queenstownholidays #nzmustdo #travel

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Going into the weekend in @queenstownnz like... #qtwinterfest #therewillbeabsolutescenes #staytuned

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Bobsled stunt crew. #qtwinterfest #winterstartshere #coronetpeak @breakfaston1 @brodiejeankane #olympusbobsledrace

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Eeek! I feel so inspired, happy, stoked, grateful & 100.000 other positive feelings! There's nothing like the feeling of a brand new camera & an amazing, event packed day at #Queenstown Winterfest to try it out. @olympus_au has given me one of their cameras, the OM-D E-M5 ii, perfect for everyone who loves to travel & go on adventures. I shot this photo on creative mode, uploaded it wirelessly to my phone, edited it & boom! Here it is! How do you like it? #olympusinspired