Lisa Buckingham

Queenstown Winter Festival organisers will stick with a shortened format next year, with a new boss at the helm. Reducing the festival’s duration from 10 days to four this year proved the right decision, Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd says. Next...
Queenstown WinterFest's boss has given the shortened four-day event the thumbs up. Festival director Lisa Buckingham says: "I feel the four-day programme really worked. It has been an amazing atmosphere and the buzz around town has been good. "We have had...
For the first time, a special cultural opening ceremony will be held during Queenstown Winter Festival. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal all the details that were kept under wraps until today. The Wakatipu Waka Ama Club will paddle ashore in Queenstown...

Community thanks heroes

Fifty local unsung heroes are getting their own cruise at this year's Queenstown Winter Festival. Real Journeys is set to host a special 'Thank You Cruise' on the Earnslaw steamship during the opening night party on June 23. The hour-long cruise...
Eight Queenstown Winter Festival events have been cut in this year's shortened shindig. Mountain Scene can reveal the Drag Race, Street Parade, Mountain Mayhem, Comedy Debate, Downtown Day, Frisbee Golf Doubles Winter Wind Up, Golden Mile and Slopestyle have been...
Three months out from Queenstown's big winter celebration, WinterFest doesn't have a naming sponsor. American Express has pulled the pin after nine years – but will remain a "key" Queenstown Winter Festival sponsor. Fest boss Lisa Buckingham says it won't affect...
Fireworks will feature on the second day of this year's truncated Queenstown WinterFest. The 43rd Winter Festival – chopped from 10 days to four to "re-energise" it – runs from Thursday June 22 till Sunday June 25. Organisers will unveil most of...
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