American Express® Invitational Ski Race
Where: Coronet Peak
Blink and you might miss it – these guys will make you feel like a sleepy tortoise coming down the slopes.
NZ’s finest blast it out down the Coronet course while a handful of celebs risk doing themselves serious damage racing against the clock.
Seniors Complimentary Luncheon
Where: Memorial Hall
Free (RSVP on 441-0125)
Another Festival tradition, Wakatipu High pupils and local law firm Mactodd join forces to serve a three-course lunch – and it’s all absolutely free if you’re a senior. Local performers entertain.
The Racket Mardi Gras
Where: Earnslaw Park & Downtown
Queenstown’s biggest street party has a real South American feel with a stage dedicated to those who know how to party.
Tahuna Breaks and Batucuda Sound Machine provide the rhythm on the main stage while fire dancers and stilt-walkers pump up the atmosphere at street level.
A real-life samba band will lead the parade, leaving you with your heart in your mouth and feet that won’t keep still.
Eat early from the yummy food stalls then get lost in the mayhem as the party continues into the night.
Alcohol is available from the Lions tent.
Lindauer Late Laughs
Where: Kawarau Falls Station Pavilion
If you’re missing big-city comedy clubs and don’t offend easily, this event is for you.
Ewen Gilmour, Irene Pink and Dai Henwood push the boundaries in a night to have you crying with laughter into the small hours.