The best times to be in and around Queenstown
There are few places in New Zealand that can truly claim to operate year round, but the adventure of central Queenstown is certainly one of them.
In “normal” times, tourists flock to the adrenaline capital in rain, sun and snow. Whether it’s skiing in the winter or hitting the great slopes in the summer, there’s always something going on in Queenstown and the surrounding areas.
Here’s a look at some of the most important dates on the annual calendar, but obviously this is only a guide and the dates may change depending on circumstances.
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Get on your bike for Cyclorama, the country’s very first electric bike festival. Held in Arrowtown, there are a plethora of organized rides themed around wine, beer, food, art, or bird watching. Go as hard or as easily as you want.
It’s called the âmost beautiful marathon in the worldâ and for good reason. The New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Queenstown Marathon offers a variety of running distances to challenge even the fittest runners, but those who like to take their time can soak up the beautiful backdrop of the Queenstown Lake District.
the 31st of December
Queenstown knows how to party, so there is no better place to connect with 2021 and welcome in 2022, then sit and watch the fireworks by the lake, before toasting your friends. and to your family “Happy New Year”.
With one of the best wineries in the country as a backdrop, Gibbston Valley Winery’s summer concert has become a must-see event in the region. While next year’s acts have yet to be announced, previous artists have included a wide range of talent, including Gin Wigmore, Billy Idol, and Alanis Morissette.
All eyes will be on the sky over WÄnaka for four days of high octane aerial excitement at the Warbirds over WÄnaka. Center stage for 2022 will be one of the world’s fastest motorsports, Jet Racing, which sees high-performance jets racing around a narrow air circuit marked by large inflatable pylons on the ground. There are also plenty of attractions and entertainment on the grounds to keep the family busy.
There are few places in New Zealand as quaint as Arrowtown, and locals in the historic gold mining town love to show off the region’s charms at the annual Arrowtown Fall Festival. From gold panning to pinot, pies and even a parade, the festival has something for every member of the family.
LUMA Southern Light Project is an experience to awaken all the senses. From illuminated art to light sculpture and performances, this is a unique festival on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
June-July (dates to be confirmed)
The region’s biggest event, the Queenstown Winter Festival, usually takes place in the lakeside village every June and July. After being put on ice in 2020, the event returned in July for a reduced edition with markets, shows and night skiing. It has not yet been revealed if the event will return in all its glory in 2022, but if it does, you can expect downhill dog races, icy lake swims, sea parties. street and many fireworks.
End of August-beginning of September (dates to be confirmed)
The streets of Queenstown get a little more colorful as Winter Pride rolls into town. One of New Zealand’s premier LGBTQ + events, this rainbow-colored festival takes over the runways and bars.
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