WinterFest

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 HUGH COLLINS The organiser of Queenstown’s annual Winter Pride’s staggered he hasn’t received support from a ratepayer-funded tourism body. Martin King wrote to Destination Queenstown, City Hall and Queenstown’s Chamber of Commerce at the start of May in a bid...
With all but a few visitors having left town, Queenstown's tourism marketing agency's switched its focus to helping the resort's beleaguered businesses survive Covid-19. Destination Queenstown interim boss Ann Lockhart says it's now part of a ”response and recovery team”...
WinterFest 2019 promoted Queenstown to an online and social media audience of at least 119 million people, its outgoing director says. Early estimates indicate a 33 per cent increase in 'media reach' on last year for Destination Queenstown's flagship festival. In...
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...

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...
Laughs and Shanghai sophistication are lined up for this year's Queenstown Winter Festival. Comedy Night, on June 22, has drawn the big guns back, with comedic festival veterans Paul Ego, Jeremy Corbett, Dai Henwood and Justine Smith all confirmed. Mountain Scene can...

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...
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