It’s all about the kids


Winter Festival isn’t just for grown-ups – there’s plenty for the kids. Many of these events are free – so parents, slot them into the diary.

Mums too, shouldn’t feel left out – there’s a treat in store for you as well: a fashion afternoon filled with fun and bubbles.

Go to to snap up tickets.

American Express Opening Party  & Fireworks

Top New Zealand percussion group Strike will get the Winter Festival off to a thumping start with a live outdoor show.

The opening party, supported by Creative NZ, is a chance to mingle with your mates along the lakefront.

Join the fun – browse the food stalls, warm up with mulled wine from Queenstown’s Lions Club then clock the fireworks at 7.30pm.

When: Friday, June 26, 6pm – fireworks at 7.30pm

Where: Earnslaw Park

Cost: Gold coin donation, half of which goes to the Bruce Grant Youth Trust


Festival Street Parade 

A family favourite, this colourful parade of vehicles, people and floats will see Queenstown streets come alive.

The resort’s businesses, community groups and festival sponsors have dedicated time and energy to this event.

Get into the spirit and join the big crowds.

When: Saturday, June 27, 11am

Where: Downtown Queenstown and Earnslaw Park



Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory

After the Festival Street Parade, head out to the Events Centre for an afternoon of top-notch soccer action as Wellington Phoenix plays Melbourne Victory.

New Zealand’s favourite A-League team takes on the competition’s champions on what must surely be one of the most scenic football pitches in the world.

When: Saturday, June 27, 2.30pm

Where: Events Centre

Cost: Adults $20-25, children $5 – plus booking fee


More FM Wild About Water Pool Party

Go crazy in the water at Alpine Aqualand for this winter’s coolest pool party.

There are great prizes to be won, music from More FM, treasure hunts and other fun action, so kids – get your parents to bring you along.

When: Friday, July 3, 4pm

Where: Alpine Aqualand

Cost: $6 each, children and adults


 Lindauer Ladies Fashion Afternoon 

The Lindauer Ladies have hit the halfway mark with their Fitness & Fashion Challenge under the guidance of Pulse Fitness.

They’re gearing up to strut their stuff on the catwalk in gorgeous clothes from Decode at the Lindauer Ladies Fashion Afternoon.

Grab some friends – book a ticket, drink some complimentary bubbles, have a laugh and get ready to celebrate with the Lindauer Ladies.

When: Tuesday, June 30, 1pm

Where: Millennium Hotel

Cost: $39 per person


Lakes Leisure Teddy Bears Picnic 

Grab your child’s favourite teddy and head to the Events Centre, where an enchanted forest awaits.

Pack a picnic for the family and sit back as storytellers work their magic at this free event, supported by Lakes Leisure.

For further details visit or call 450-9005.

When: Monday, June 29, 10.30am

Where: Events Centre