The Queenstown Winter Festival has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 but the organisers fully expect to be back in 2021. In the meantime, you can check out all the highlights from the 2019 event below!

20 June to 23 June 2019

Image of the Opening Party fireworks at the American Express Queenstown WInter Festival
Opening Party fireworks. Credit: Queenstown Winter Festival

The Queenstown Winter Festival is back for another year and it promises to be another epic weekend. This year, this celebration of all that is great about Queenstown celebrates its 45th anniversary and whilst some things have come a long way since the very first event back in 1975 – many of the things that made that first event so great are still around today.

Last year saw over 45,000 people descend on Queenstown and this year promises to deliver once again. The Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival is a celebration of the start of the winter season and is a great way to get things kicked off – we can’t wait to welcome thousands of customers through our doors this winter – ready to enjoy some blue sky days on the slopes – let’s kick things off in style at the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival!

Here are just a few of the things you can get involved with:

Family Favourites

Superhero Sunday Session, 10am – 5pm – Sunday 23 June

Image of two young kids on the ice rink at the Audi Quattro Winter Games in Queenstown
Children enjoying the ice rink at the Queenstown Winter Festival. Credit: Queenstown Winter Festival

Dress up as your favourite hero and take to the skates in the Superhero Sunday Session at the Queenstown Ice Arena. There’ll be spot prizes and giveaways and entry (for those costumed) to win a season pass to the Queenstown Ice Arena! A great one for the family to enjoy.

Macpac Treasure Traverse – Daily, 12pm-9pm – Info Hub

Back for another year, this perennial favourite is a massive hit with the young ones attending the Queenstown Winter Festival. Pick up your treasure map and away you go! Find all the hidden treasures located around Queenstown and when you submit your completed map, you will go in a draw for a chance to win some awesome Macpac goodies.

Queenstown Rotary Club Duck Race, 3pm-4pm – Sunday 23 June

Who doesn’t love a good duck race? Cheer on your favourite duck as they zoom down the river through the Village Green and hopefully you pick out a winner!


Trinity Roots & Lad16 – Thursday 20 June, 6.00pm – Bath House Stage

Image of Two ladies dressed up in white ball gowns for the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival Ball
Two ladies dressed up in white ball gowns for the Queenstown Winter Festival Ball. Credit: Queenstown Winter Festival

Live music has always been a big part of the Queenstown Winter Festival and this year they have an awesome opening act. Trinity Roots & Lad16 will be kicking off this year’s Winter Fest with their classic kiwi sounds – one you definitely don’t want to miss!

Audiology Presents a Night of Drum and Bass ft Flowidus – Saturday 22 June, 8pm-1am – Memorial Centre

NZ’s premium drum and bass brand makes its way into beautiful Queenstown with a one-off show featuring Dnb superstars from across the ditch. Flowidus have had a run of sold out NZ shows since blowing up on George FM in 2018, and you’ll be one of the first to hear their brand new EP at this event!

Get Stuck In!

Winter Fest Snow Tubing – Friday 21 June 12pm-4pm, Cardrona Alpine Resort

With so many events to choose from, sometimes it’s good to take a bit of a time out and do something just for fun – that thing at this year’s Winter Fest is Snow Tubing! This free event is available for anyone to give it a whirl so whilst your up at the mountain resort, make sure you get involved!

SKYCITY Ball Presents Studio 54– Saturday 22 June, 7.00pm (Secret location)

Studio 54 re-opens its doors and invites you into New York City, 1977. Leave your inhibitions at home and head on a journey back in time to an era that allowed your individuality to dazzle through the power of disco. This year’s Winter Fest Ball sounds like an absolute epic and it’s definitely the hottest ticket in town (they sold out in just over 7 hours!) – if you do have a ticket, you’re in for a treat.

Mountain activities

Macpac Mountain Bikes on Snow – Sunday 23 June, Cardrona Alpine Resort

Macpac Mountain Bikes on Snow at the Queenstown Winter Festival. Photo credit: Queenstown Winter Festival
Macpac Mountain Bikes on Snow at the Queenstown Winter Festival. Photo credit: Queenstown Winter Festival

Mountain biking is tough at the best of times. Uneven terrain, rocks, trees…lots of obstacles that get in your way. Add in some snow to the equation and you have all the ingredients for some mountain mayhem! This is an awesome event for those seeking an adrenaline rush. There are also some amazing prizes up for grabs from Macpac so this is a great event to enter whilst you’re down at the Winter Festival.

Winter Fest Tug O’ War on Skis – Friday 21 June, Cardrona Alpine Resort

This event is a bit of a throwback to the early days of the Queenstown Winter Festival and will see teams competing in a battle of balance and brawn for ultimate bragging rights – Tug O’ War is tough at the best of times but skis are going to make this a must watch event!

Best of the Rest

Comedy Night – Friday 21 June, 7pm-11pm, Queenstown Memorial Centre

Image of The crowd having a laugh at one of the comedy night at the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival
The crowd having a laugh at one of the comedy night. Credit: Queenstown Winter Festival

Nothing keeps you warmer in winter than a good ol’ belly-aching laugh, and there’ll be plenty of those this year at the Comedy Night. There’s a fantastic line-up of comedians confirmed including Jeremy Corbett, Hayley Sproull, Dai Henwood and Paul Ego. It’s one of the most popular events so don’t miss out!

Silent Disco Dancing Tour – Daily, 11am-12pm

If you have never experienced the magic of a silent disco, Winter Fest is bringing you that opportunity in 2019! The Silent Disco Dancing Tour will be hitting the streets of Queenstown 3 times a day throughout the festival. Leave your inhibitions behind and dance your way through the streets of Queenstown!

Once again, the Winter Festival promises to be an absolute cracker and if you haven’t made plans already, we highly recommend you get yourself down to Queenstown for this awesome event and get involved in some festive fun!

To find out more, visit the official website.

See you there!

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