iHeartRadio Day on the Bay showcases quintessentially Queenstown capers!
DAY THREE: Saturday 23 June 2017
MEDIA ALERT: iHeartRadio Day on the Bay showcases quintessentially Queenstown capers!
- Large crowds gather to witness daring Heli-Bungy on Lake Wakatipu
- Hardy souls embrace the chill to participate in Festival traditions
- Families from around the world celebrate unique Queenstown hospitality alongside locals
Thousands lined Queenstown Bay today as families and friends of all ages and cultures celebrated the ingredients that make Queenstown an iconic destination, with traditional madcap antics set in front of a stunning backdrop.
Crowd favourite, Jucy Undy 500 had over 100 hardy participants this year, with Alex Adley taking out the Men’s race for the second time whilst the women’s race was hotly contested but taken out by Jasmine Simpson. The inaugural Go Orange Rafting Rampage was hit and Luke’s Ark became the first champions of the hilarious and vigorous contest.
It took him twenty years to repeat his previous helicopter jump, but today local adventure hero ‘Quinny’, stunned crowds lining the bay with a daring Heli-Bungy ove Lake Wakatipu landing in a ThunderJet. The stunt co-ordinated by the team at AJ Hackett, hasn’t been performed in Queenstown since 2012.
Meanwhile on land at the Festival Village in Earnslaw Park, families made the most of a full day of entertainment with Mitre10 Mega DIY Challenge and Funduro, craft markets and brilliant local artists performed on the Earnslaw to crowds enjoying warm drinks and wonderful music.
The third day of the Festival was blessed with blue skies, quality Kiwi music and smiling faces of all those who attended no matter what age or background. Superhero Second Line started a beachfront party to take revelers into the evening and Saturday night is delivering plenty of choice for the grown-ups featuring the annual SkyCity Ball and the Memorial Centre concert with LAB. Yoko Zuna and Lord Echo.
Festival Director, Rae Baker, was delighted with the turnout and diversity of the crowd, ‘iHeartRadio Day on the Bay has always been about bringing the unique adventurous and fun spirit of Queenstown to life. It was wonderful to see so many people of all ages and cultures take in the madness and talent over the course of the day.’
Tomorrow is the final day of the festival and host mountain Cardrona will once again come alive with Macpac Tour De Cardies and the adrenaline filled Macpac Mountain Bikes on Snow as well as a huge line-up of music talent featuring The Black Seeds, Killergrams and The Feelers give a sneak peek of their 25th anniversary tour.
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