It’s nearly that time of year again for Winter Games NZ 2019 (formerly known as the Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ). Held from the 23 August to the 7 September 2019, the Winter Games are an awesome excuse to get yourself down to Queenstown. What awaits is some of the best winter sport action in the Southern Hemisphere and the chance to get yourself involved too.

What are the Winter Games NZ?

For those of you who don’t know about the Winter Games NZ, where have you been??! Seriously though, the Winter Games are an opportunity to see the world’s best winter athletes in action on the slopes and ice rinks of the Southern Alps.

WInter Games NZ - Frees Ski Slopestyle Christopher Laker - Hannah Johnston Getty Images
(Source: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

In total there are 26 events taking place across 6 venues during the 17 days of the games. What’s even better is that most of the events, aside from a few ice hockey matches, are free making it super easy on the pocket.

This year represents the 7th anniversary of the Winter Games and will welcome Winter Olympic, Paralympic and X Games stars from all over the world for two weeks of winter games fun.

The sports schedule includes a wide range of sporting activities for you to enjoy where you can see the best of the very best competing in the likes of:

  • Alpine skiing
  • Curling
  • Freeskiing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Freeride
  • Ice Hockey

The Winter Games are pretty unique. Whilst the ski and snowboard community has a reputation for being laid back, New Zealand takes this to a whole new level and the competitors, coaches, judges and spectators love it. If you have never been to watch winter sport at the highest level, a trip to Queenstown is a must so get planning your visit now.

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What are the highlights?

With such an awesome lineup planned for this year’s event, it’s pretty tricky to pick out the highlights. If you really want to see the best of the best, we recommend sticking around for the final few days where you can catch the following:

  • FIS Freeski World Cup Halfpipe Qualifiers and Finals
  • Trans-Tasman Ice Hockey Challenge

If you are more into the Alpine Skiing and Cross Country, then the events near the start of the schedule might tickle your fancy. This includes the Night Parallel Slalom, FIS ANC Alpine Super G and the FIS ANC Freeski Slopestyle Qualifiers. Also during the first week, if you’d like to see something a little bit different then you can check out a bit of Curling – the quaintest of all the winter sports.

There are heaps of other events taking place though so the best thing to do is check out the full schedule and make a plan from there.

WInter Games NZ - Christopher Laker - Hannah Johnston Getty Images
(Source: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Getting there and away

Queenstown is going to be pretty chocca for the whole games so finding accommodation may be a struggle but there are options out of the city within easy driving distance. There is also plenty going on over in Wanaka so you have a few options. If you are flying into Queenstown and need to pick up a car, check out our Queenstown specials at the moment or alternatively if you are making the drive down from Christchurch, we have some great deals on from that branch too.

However you get there, if you love your winter sports, we can’t recommend enough getting yourself on down to Queenstown this weekend. It’s going to be a cracker.

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