Events draw thousands to Queenstown


About 30,000 people are expected to descend on the Southern Lakes for a bumper weekend of events.

Tomorrow a capacity crowd of 15,000 people will flock to the Gibbston Summer Concert, featuring Heart, Three Dog Night and Foreigner. 

Almost the same numbers are expected over two days at the Highland Motorsport Park’s Festival of Speed in Cromwell.

Other events in the resort over the weekend include the sold-out 11th Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration, which began yesterday and will end tomorrow, attracting more than 200 people from across the world, and showcasing products by more than 40 Central Otago winemakers.

At Kelvin Heights, the Queenstown Golf Club will celebrate its centenary with golf matches today and tomorrow, before celebrations conclude on Sunday, with a mixed Canadian foursomes tournament, a barbecue dinner and prizegiving.

Greenstone Entertainment chief executive Amanda Calvert says Heart and Three Dog Night, who arrived in Queenstown on Wednesday, are impressed by the New Zealand scenery and the venues to date.

Foreigner will touch down today, having travelled to Australia earlier in the week for concerts in Sydney and Melbourne.

The forecast for . MetService was predicting a high of 23degC, with a few spots of rain and northeasterly winds.

Ms Calvert says free water would be available at the venue, along with some free sunscreen, but she recommended concert-goers take their own.

While food and refreshments were available, people were welcome to take picnics and non-alcoholic beverages.

The car park’s gates will open at 10am and the concert venue gates at 11am.

Entertainment would begin at 11.30am with Wakatipu High School band Love Lost Demons performing before Three Dog Night take to the stage at 1pm.

Foreigner will perform from 3pm, before Heart rounded out the entertainment from 5pm. 

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Otago Daily Times