Queenstown Winter Festival

Fizzing over WinterFest

Winter Festival director Rae Baker's over the moon at feedback she's got since the event finished last Sunday. "It seems a bit of positive change has reinvigorated people's investment in festival." Baker – who only started her role eight months ago...

Feeling better than ever

Queenstowners will be the first to hear new music live from Kiwi rock icons The Feelers when they roll into town next weekend. The band is preparing to start their 25th anniversary tour in Queenstown at this year's Winter Festival,...

Dog fight

Resort skifield operator NZSki is dirty at losing the long-running dog derby to rival Cardrona skifield at June's Queenstown Winter Festival. Boss Paul Anderson says Coronet Peak is the event's natural home, and is not ruling out the company holding...
A major resort tourism company's signed a six-figure deal to become the main sponsor of Queenstown Winter Festival. Real Journeys is the first Queenstown-based naming sponsor in the celebration's 43-year history. The company, which owns and operates the iconic steamship TSS...
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...
Phoenix Foundation’s Samuel Scott says they’ve “never been that popular”. In saying that, Scott — who sings, plays guitar and bangs keys for the band — reckons it hasn’t been a bad thing for the Wellington band. “That’s kind of worked...
Queenstown's top ice hockey team expect a home-turf bounce as they shrug off their first league loss of the season. SkyCity Stampede take on Auckland's Botany Swarm this weekend in what promises to be two hard-nosed games. Coach Adam Blanchette says they're...
It's better to give than to receive, it's said. One of Queenstown's most prolific givers, however, is receiving special recognition for her philanthropy today. Baskets of Blessing coordinator Tam Schurmann discusses her charity with Philip Chandler Imagine how you'd feel receiving a basket of...

Home coming

Brentwood are coming home for the Queenstown Winter Festival. Siblings Isla (pictured left) and Finley Brentwood, originally from Arrowtown, will star at the festival's Auckland Airport Carnival along with Wellington's The Phoenix Foundation on June 25. The Melbourne-based duo shot to fame...

Vivacious volunteer

A local veteran volunteer is back for his fourth helping of Queenstown Winter Festival. Lee Gray got his first taste of volunteering for the festival in 2012. He says it's the people he works with that keep him coming back for...
Social media influencers are back for round two at this year's Queenstown Winter Festival. Aussie social media royalty Lauren Bath and Garry Norris are fronting up in the flesh at the Olympus Queenstown Winter Meet event. Both the former chefs-turned-social media...
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