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Destination Queenstown runs a targeted media programme focusing showcasing Queenstown to New Zealand and Australian audiences. DQ also works alongside Tourism New Zealand on its International Media Programme to target publications and influencers in long-haul markets. To review some of our recent results visit the links below.

Domestic Winter 2020

Ahead of winter DQ worked with a number of publications on winter preview content. Queenstown has featured in the Stuff, NZ Herald, Dish, Metropol magazine (Canterbury and Otago) and Latitude magazine.

Ongoing winter PR activity continued through early July, with Stuff’s Brook Sabin visiting and publishing updates during his stay, with more stories to follow. DQ has also seeded a number of stories through Brook before his visit. Social media advocate Lilia Alexander @wellingtonLIVE @explorelocalnz visited for a winter famil early August. 

NZ Herald’s 7 July Travel section featured a cover story from a journalist’s 2019 visit focusing on our ski offering alongside winter activities and dining. This story was complemented by sponsored content in the same issue and also featured on the front page of five NZME regional newspapers. DQ also worked with avenues. magazine in Christchurch on a winter themed sponsored content piece in August. View the results below: 

Coronet Peak night skiing

Queenstown's best things to do when you're on a budget

Hot air ballooning in Queenstown is one of the world's most scenic flights

New Zealand's most magical flight is half price

NZ Herald 

25 June - Forget Europe, here's why Queenstown should be your next luxury vacation

7 July - Herald Travel Cover, To the Slopes by Stacey Hunt, Sponsored Content - A Winter Lovers Paradise


Explore Local NZ

Latitude magazine 


Autumn 2020 

DQ invited Cuisine Magazine Editor and food critic Kelli Brett along NZ Herald's Sinead Corcoran to experience Queenstown's autumn offering. Kelli's trip resulted in an 8-page story on Arrowtown's thriving food scene in Cusine Magazine's March Issue and online. Read the online version of Kelli's article here. 

International Media Programme with Tourism New Zealand

DQ works closely with Tourism New Zealand on its International Media Programme, bringing journalists, influencers and the stars of its Ambassador programme from key long-haul markets to experience the best of Queenstown.

Here are some recent highlights, to check on the results of your participation in the programme, follow the link below.