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WASamba perform at the Auckland Airport Carnival

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.

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. atmosphere on the streets of Queenstown for the last day of the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival

“The final day of every Queenstown Winter Festival begins with the Macpac Skin to Summit at Coronet Peak and ends with the Auckland Airport Carnival taking over downtown Queenstown,” said Lisa Buckingham, Festival Director of the Queenstown Winter Festival.

"It’s fitting that we bookend this final day of the 2017 Queenstown Winter Festival celebrating our alpine playground and our community,” said Ms Buckingham.

The Macpac Skin to Summit saw 28 athletes ski up to the top of Coronet Peak using skins on the base of their skis.  David Cordery from Alexandra was the fastest competitor on the single loop course in 35.05minutes while Chris Forne was the fastest to complete a double loop course doing so in 39.57 minutes.

The Auckland Airport Carnival involves the closing of Beach Street to be filled with pop up restaurants and bars, community organisation fundraisers and two live entertainment stages featuring more than twenty acts.

Headlining the Festival Hub Main Stage is The Phoenix Foundation from Wellington and on the Beach Street Stage was Brentwood, the Arrowtown siblings who hit the big time making the finals of the Australian X Factor.

A new event to the Festival takes place during the Auckland Airport Carnival.  The Community Walking Parade saw more than 250 people including families and community organisations parading around the streets of Queenstown on dusk before reaching the Festival Hub on Earnslaw Park to perform for the gathered crowds.

Joining the Community Walking Parade the WASamba group from Western Australia. They have 44 members aged 8-87 who have come over to New Zealand at their own expense especially to attend the Queenstown Winter Festival.

ENDS 

Downloadable hi res images for media are available here

Public galleries with more downloadable hi res images for each event are here;

Fresh images will be uploaded hourly from 22 – 27 June 2017. Please check the metadata for detailed captions, photographer credits and waiver confirmation. Email [email protected] if any further information is required.

Raw video footage courtesy of Olympus is available for the 2017 Monteith’s Dog Derby and Macpac Mountain Bikes on Snow. Email [email protected] to request a Dropbox folder share.

Contact: Simone Flight
Media Relations Manager
Tel: 021 1656 218
[email protected]

The Queenstown Winter Festival celebrates the start of winter as only Queenstown can. From 22-25 June 2017 from lake front to mountain top Queenstown brims with locals and visitors, street parties, music, comedy, family fun and wintery themed madness. Visit www.winterfestival.co.nz and sign up to the Friends of Festival mailing list and follow