Queenstown Events

Queenstown’s calendar is packed with events and festivals all year round.

You’ll find great events in Queenstown every season, all set amongst a spectacular lake and alpine backdrop.

The Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off with a bang in June every year to celebrate the arrival of winter. Throughout the season you’ll find world-class film festivals, ski and snowboard events including the biennial New Zealand Winter Games as well as entertainment on and off the mountain.

When spring and summer arrive so do the outdoor concerts featuring local and international acts, competitive sporting events, markets, family events, and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Red and gold takeover the landscape in autumn and nearby Arrowtown celebrates with the ten-day Arrowtown Autumn Festival as well as the Motatapu off-road event.

Many events are free, most are family-friendly and all are memorable.

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Milford Galleries, Queenstown
The Earl Street Journal is a major annual showcase of the artistic vitality and extraordinary achievements evident in NZ art.


Milford Galleries, Queenstown
New Works showcases a diverse selection of artworks from seven significant NZ artists - John Walsh, Mark Mitchell, Reuben Paterson, Neil Dawson, Garry Currin, Layla Walter & Karl Maughan.


The Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown
Your premiere Home & Garden Event - come and see fantastic products and services available for your home, everything you need for renovating and building.


Queenstown Bike Park, Queenstown
A 4 race series; teams competition; min. 4 riders per team, max 8; 2 divisions - social & serious; sign-up Tuesday 2 December at Searle Lane Social. First race - Tuesday 16 December @ QBP.


Motatapu Station, Wanaka/Queenstown, Queenstown
A marathon set in one of the most stunning parts of the South Island this off road marathon is a brilliant challenge. Saturday 7th March


Start Glendhu Bay - Finish Arrowtown, Wanaka
This is a serious mountain run for serious athletes set in the most stunning location across physically challenging back country terrain. Saturday 7th March


Start Glendhu Bay - Finish Arrowtown, Wanaka
Seeking a new and challenging triathlon? Take on this 2km Swim, 47km Mountain Bike, 15km Mountain Run set in the heart of the Southern Lakes.


Start Glendhu Bay - Finish Arrowtown, Wanaka
A spectacular 47km high country mountain bike race through some of the South Islands most stunning scenery. Date: Saturday 7th March 2015


Wilcox Green, Arrowtown
A challenging 15km loop through Glencoe Station, providing a beautiful view of the Wakatipu Basin and Remarkables. Saturday 7th March


Thomas Brown Gallery, Queenstown
Remarkable Theatre Presents - PInt Size Plays - AN EVENING OF COMEDY, INTRIGUE AND DRAMA. Come and join in the fun of the Third Annual Pint Sized Plays NZ Competition. 10 plays, 10 minutes, $10.


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