With the days getting colder and shorter in the south, Queenstown is gearing up for an action-packed winter – kicking off with the 40th anniversay American Express Queenstown Winter Festival. Winter in Queenstown offers a full schedule of events, including adventure racing, the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest gay alpine celebration and of course the ski fields opening in June. Please find attached a list of key winter events spanning June to August 2014 for your interest and some images.
Ski field dates (subject to weather conditions):
Coronet Peak scheduled 7 June – 5 October
Remarkables scheduled 21 June – 28 September
Cardrona scheduled 20 June – 5 October
Treble Cone scheduled 26 June – 28 September
American Express Queenstown Winter Festival – 20-29 June
Visit Queenstown at the end of June and experience the electric atmosphere of the town’s annual American Express Queenstown Winter Festival as it celebrates its 40th anniversary! Tens of thousands of locals and visitors come together along the waterfront each year for the iconic opening night party and fireworks display to mark the start of New Zealand’s ten coolest days.
Winter Festival has grown into the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter celebration and is a true showcase of Queenstown’s unique culture and community, with street parades, fireworks, entertainment, live music, comedy, loads of family fun, and plenty of mountain mayhem. It attracts more than 45,000 people from around the world who come to celebrate the arrival of winter in true Queenstown style.
2014 Kiwi and Aussie Winemakers Tour – 24 June
Negociants NZ sells its portfolio of fine wines to licenced premises throughout the country. We are offering a fantastic opportunity to try over 100 stunning New Zealand and Australian wines.
NZ Mountain Film Festival – 10-11 July
The NZ Mountain Film Festival in Queenstown is a collection of the world’s best adventure films and speakers with amazing atmosphere and inspiring films. 2014 Keynote Speaker leading American female ice climber Kitty Calhoun, Tim Cope from Australia will talk on his film and 3 year adventure, On the Trail of Genghis Khan, Kieran McKay of NZ will talk on his caving exploits, ESR scientist Ellen Ashmore will talk on pesticide residues and our food and Dr Mike Joy (PhD) will talk on pollution in NZ’s waterways.
Peak to Peak – 26 July
Ski/Snowboard – mountain bike – kayak – run/walk – road bike all on the same day! Queenstown’s famous Peak to Peak that links the two ski mountains in Queenstown is the South Island’s biggest winter multisport event and attracts multisport competitors from around New Zealand. The hotly contested race is 44km long and competitors must ski, mountain bike, paddle, run, and road bike from the top of The Remarkables to the top of Coronet Peak. Competitors include individuals, veterans, mixed teams, corporate groups, and school teams.
Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival 2014 – 14-17 August
This event brings together winter alpine climbers from around New Zealand and overseas to advance and promote modern mixed and ice climbing.
Gay Ski Week – 30 August – 06 September
Hundreds of revellers come from around the world for Gay Ski Week, the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest gay alpine celebration. The week-long extravaganza features plenty of outrageous fun from gourmet dining, dancing, and cabaret shows to on-mountain action and adventure activities.
Queenstown Wedding Fair – 06 July
The fair is a collaboration of talented suppliers brought together to inspire and show case some of the best Queenstown has to offer. The Fair is a refreshing alternative to the traditional expo. Expect to find sort after enthusiastic exhibitors, crafters and creators that offer unique services and eye-catching displays as well as entertainment, food, wine and everything you need to know about weddings including hens, stags and before and after parties.
Other Winter Events
Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone ski areas also host various on and off-mountain events during winter. For event details refer to their websites:
Coronet Peak and The Remarkables – www.nzski.com
Cardrona Ski Field – www.cardrona.com
Treble Cone – www.treblecone.com
To view a full list of Queenstown’s events please visit www.QueenstownNZ.co.nz and click on the ‘Events’ tab.