It’s gonna be Nutz and a whole lot more…


It’s party time in Queenstown tomorrow when the resort hosts the spectacular opening ceremony for the inaugural New Zealand Winter Games.

There’ll be a fiesta of flags and fanfares as athletes, VIPs and celebrity guests join thousands of spectators for the action, which kicks off in Earnslaw Park at 1pm.

Here’s the full rundown of who’s doing what and where …

1pm-2.15pm: Earnslaw Park – live music from Mutz Nutz

2.45pm-3.55pm: Earnslaw Park – live music from The Cartel

4pm: Queenstown Bay – skydivers

4.10pm: Queenstown Bay – local kids carrying flags of competing nations arrive by jetboat to walk to the Earnslaw Park stage

4.15pm-4.50pm: Earnslaw Park – Powhiri welcome featuring athletes and VIP speeches, with Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand declaring the Winter Games officially open

4.50pm: Steamer Wharf – fire show plus live music from the GCs

5pm: Steamer Wharf – after-party starts

7pm-late: Steamer Wharf – live music from The Lynch Mob