Winter Festival fever breaks out again


Winter Festival fans – listen up

Do you feel the urge to join the Birdman competition, dress as a superhero and hurl yourself into freezing Lake Wakatipu in a vain attempt to fly?

Fancy strapping on your skis for Skin to the Summit, dancing in the Mardi Gras or racing down Coronet Peak in your suitcase?

Organisers of this year’s festival want to celebrate the people who choose to make Queenstown home – yes, that’s you.

So, if you’ve never been to Festival or have never missed one, come along to our community meeting – 5.15pm Wednesday, May 6, at the Millennium Hotel – and get involved…



Some people volunteer to help out at Festival because they love the chance to do their bit for the community.

Some people do it because they love the excitement of it all.

Whatever the reason, it takes a medium-sized army of people to keep this show on the road – so the more volunteers the merrier.

To volunteer, register online at or attend our community meeting on May 6.


MoreFM Birdman comp

All the madness of the More FM Day on the Bay is back with a vengeance in 2009.

So get your thinking caps on and create a crazy contraption or spectacular costume that you can enter in the More FM Birdman Competition.

All that we expect is that you let your imaginations run wild, have fun and get involved.

To find out more, visit, or give the festival organisers a call on 441 2453.

When: Sunday, June 28, from noon

Where: Earnslaw Park



Skin to the Summit

Ski-tourers, telemarkers and split-boarders line up for this new race from the Coronet Peak express chairlift to the summit.

A glorious sunrise, hot breakfast at the café and some fantastic prizes will reward you for your efforts.

Or you may prefer to receive a special supporters package without having to do any of the hard

Pre-registration is essential, so head online to

When: Saturday, July 4, from 6.30am

Where: Coronet Peak


Festival Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras – a carnivale-style parade – is about bringing people together to celebrate Queenstown’s culture and community.

We want to make this year’s event shine.

If you dance to a Latin beat – or any other for that matter – bang a drum, shake a maraca, make amazing costumes or want to join the fun, come to our community meeting at 5.15pm, May 6, at the Millennium Hotel to find out more.

When: Tuesday, June 30, from 5.30pm

Where: Downtown Queenstown