Queenstown Winter Festival

Covid-19 forces DQ cuts

TWO more Destination Queenstown staff have been made redundant. In a statement, DQ interim boss Ann Lockhart says it’s ‘‘with much regret’’ the board’s disestablished the international markets manager roles for both Asia and Western, held, respectively, by Ella Zhang...

Ready for a party

By HUGH COLLINS While Queenstown's missed out on its annual WinterFest for the first time in 46 years, its organisers are throwing a party anyway. The one-day party's being held on Earnslaw Park on Saturday, coinciding with the Queenstown Arts and...
Well before lockdown, one after another of Queenstown's most cherished events got wiped from the calendar, while countless weddings and conferences were either postponed or cancelled. PHILIP CHANDLER checks he state of the current industry with four of its practitioners  The events industry was...
By MATTHEW MCKEW and HUGH COLLINS Uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic's forced the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 2020 to be cancelled. The festival, in its 46th year, was to have been held between June 18 and 21, but it's the...

For Pete’s sake

Queenstown community stalwart Peter Doyle was not-so-rudely interrupted while drumming for the Arrow Miners Band last Sunday. To the huge surprise of Doyle, whose band had been entertaining the Queenstown Lions Club's seniors Christmas party, he was presented with the...

Destination change for Budd

Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd, who's departing to run Southland's regional development agency, says he isn't leaving unfinished business behind. The tourism promotion organisation was "humming and in great shape, significantly, with the team, but also with funding in...

Snowboxx postponed

A new event set to go head to head with Queenstown's Winter Festival has been scrapped this year. Snowboxx has announced it won't be running its inaugural New Zealand festival this year as planned, due to "scheduling conflicts'' in Queenstown. The...

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...
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