Did we mention the fun is free?


The southern hemisphere’s biggest winter party includes plenty of free fun downtown as well as on the mountain.

On every day of Winter Festival, you’ll find something that costs you nothing – or next to nothing with a gold coin donation to the local Bruce Grant Youth Trust charity.

Grab a programme and start planning.


Festival Parade

A colourful parade of vehicles, people and floats enliven Queenstown’s streets in this festival family favourite.

Queenstown businesses, community groups and festival sponsors dedicate time and energy to create this great spectacle – so join in and support their efforts.

The Festival Parade starts at 11am this year, giving you time to head to the Events Centre for the soccer clash between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory at 2.30pm.

When: Saturday, June 27, 11am
Where: Downtown Queenstown and Earnslaw Park


 Pulse Fitness 70s Retro Aerobics 

Drag out the lycra and get yourself down to Earnslaw Park for a groovy aerobics session.

Think Jane Fonda, throw in some Richard Simmons, then give it some Queenstown flair and you’ve got a Sunday morning kick-start in aerobic heaven.

When: Sunday, June 28, 9am
Where: Earnslaw Park
Gold coin donation

Pulse Body Jam in the Park

Grab some friends, bring some attitude and dance like there’s no tomorrow.

When: Sunday, June 28, 5.30pm
Where: Earnslaw Park
Gold coin donation


Jack’s Point Jazz Brunch

Drive out to Jack’s Point for a lazy Sunday brunch set to jazz tunes from the Frank Gibson Trio.

Jack’s Point, between the Remarkables range and Lake Wakatipu, is Queenstown’s newest residential golfing resort.

Jack’s Point Clubhouse – a contemporary yet rustic on-site restaurant with fresh and organic local produce – hosts a special performance from master drummer Gibson and his band mates.

Call (03) 450-2050 to reserve a place at this event.

When: Sunday, July 5, 9.30-11am
Where: Jack’s Point Clubhouse
Free jazz (Brunch at own cost)


Speight’s Dog Barking

After a helter-skelter downhill race for the Speight’s Dog Derby, shepherds bring their dogs into town to bark up a storm.

Dog after dog will vie to be the loudest mutt in the mob in this annual barking comp, disrupting the peace at the normally tranquil Village Green. Dog owners can register their hounds for free at 3pm at the Village Green.

When: Thursday, July 2, 4pm
Where: Village Green and Speight’s Ale House


American Express Opening Party And Fireworks

Warm up on a cold winter’s eve with an opening party like no other.

Outstanding New Zealand percussion outfit Strike hit the festival with high-energy drumming beats and a stage show to mesmerise you.

In true Queenstown style, you can also count on spectacular fireworks, outdoor food stalls and lashings of mulled wine to keep you warm inside.

When: Friday, June 26, 6-9pm – fireworks at 7.30pm
Where: Earnslaw Park
Gold coin donation

More FM Day on the Bay

Limber up for the More FM Birdman competition, where entrants strap on home­made flying contrap­tions, jump off a jetty and try to head off into the horizon – but they tend to go no further than the bitterly cold waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Then it’s the More FM Splash and Dash, a fiercely contested swimming race between insane individuals in questionable sports gear.

Last, but definitely not least, it’s time for the Q92 The Breeze Drag Race – a hilarious comp that puts the “Queen” in Queenstown.

It’s the chance for the town’s suits to transform themselves with high heels, short skirts and way too much makeup for this invitation-only high-speed dash around an obstacle course.

To enter the More FM Birdman comp, you must pre-register online at www.winterfestival.co.nz. Enter the MoreFM Splash & Dash from 10am on the day at Earnslaw Park.

When: Sunday, June 28, noon
Where: Earnslaw Park and Queenstown Bay