Hot new stars are coming for Queenstown’s biggest party


Queenstown will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland for this year’s Winter Festival. 

Event bosses are seeking consent to erect a temporary public ice rink over the Village Green that would allow up to 100 people to skate for up to 11 hours a day. 

They’re also bringing a dazzling inflatable ‘snow-dome’ from China that holds 350 revellers. It will be based at the downtown Ballarat Street carpark for music, fashion and comedy nights during the 10-day bash starting June 24. 

“One of the comments we get is that there are a lot of satellite events throughout the week but you wouldn’t know the festival was on downtown,” WinterFest boss Simon Green says. 

“This will bring a proper winter wonderland feel to life.” 

The sci-fi-looking dome is the latest in inflatable venue technology and as it allows light to shine out through the walls and roof, it’ll be the perfect sight to greet party-goers arriving in town, Green says. 

And as well as being able to use the Village Green rink, punters will also be treated to skating demonstrations by a team from TV’s Dancing on Ice. 

Green won’t reveal the cost of the new additions but says the “not cheap” dome is being bought from China and will also be rented out for other events around New Zealand. 

“It’ll be the only one in the country and already we’ve had enquiries from Auckland who are interested in using it during the Rugby World Cup,” he adds.