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Friends at Coronet Peak lookout

Friends at Coronet Peak lookout

10 Things To Do in Winter

Located in the heart of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is a true alpine destination where you can enjoy all the things we love about winter. Here are some of our favourite things.

Explore four ski fields

Get your ski legs back. Coronet Peak ski area caters for all levels, and is only 20 minutes’ drive from central Queenstown. The Remarkables access road has been sealed to the 9.5km mark and added 150 new car parks, and don’t forget the new, state of the art base building that opened in 2015. Cardrona Ski Resort is only one hour from central Queenstown, and offers wide open terrain for all levels and a new ski lift the ‘Chondola’ opening 2017, ideal for young ones and leaners with its enclosed gondola cabins, as well as the traditional chair lift. Treble Cone is the South Island’s biggest ski area and a favourite for advanced skiers and snowboarders with the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes, two large basins, great off-piste terrain and stunning views.

Night skiing 

Coronet Peak is the only ski area in New Zealand with night skiing available on Friday and Saturday nights until 9pm. After a day trip to Arrowtown or Glenorchy, you can grab an early dinner downtown, and then hit the slopes early evening and claim another days skiing as you carve up the slopes under the huge spot lights. 

Nightlife

Once you’ve hung up the skis for the day, head to the waterfront to check out some of Queenstown’s stylish bars, sophisticated clubs, kiwi pubs, craft beer bars and late night hot spots. Queenstown’s après ski atmosphere is second to none, and there will be a steaming hot mulled wine waiting for you.

Onsen Hot Pools looking over the Shotover River Queenstown

Onsen Hot Pools overlooking Shotover River

Onsen Hot Pools overlooking Shotover River

Rest and relaxation

With all this skiing and snowboarding, a relaxing activity may be in order. Visit the Onsen Hot Pools, or get a massage at one of Queenstown’s many day spas.  Still got that chilled out vibe? Queenstown has many wineries so head out to Gibbston, where there are excellent cellar door and restaurant offerings, or do a wine tasting tour in the afternoon.

World class dining

When it comes to eating out, Queenstown’s innovative and award-winning cafés and restaurants literally packs a bite.  Along with nearby Arrowtown, Queenstown is home to more than 150 eateries ranging from fine dining to takeaway burger joints.

Family fun

Popular choices for families include steamship or boat cruises on the lake, flying fox, luging, mini golf, bowling, frisbee golf, pool complex and hydroslide, ice skating, underwater observatory, farm tours and kiwi birdlife park to name but a few.

Queenstown Winter Festival Opening Party Fireworks

Queenstown Winter Festival Opening Party

Queenstown Winter Festival Opening Party

Queenstown Winter Festival, June

The Queenstown Winter Festival occurs every June, and next year’s festival is an exciting new four day format. Winter Festival has grown into the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest celebration of winter and is a true showcase of Queenstown's love for the season, with street parades, fireworks, entertainment, live music, comedy, loads of family fun, and plenty of mountain mayhem, and loved by locals and visitors alike.

Gay Ski Week

Later in the season, Gay Ski Week QT brings a touch of glitz and glamour to Queenstown when hundreds of revelers come from around the world for the Southern Hemisphere's biggest gay alpine celebration.  

Gear Up

Queenstown’s outdoorsy spirit becomes really clear when strolling through our retail shops. A mix of local and international stores offer a range of the latest sporting gear and the coolest apparel. Make sure you take time to get yourself kitted out for the season.

Get your adrenaline fix

If you’re wanting an adrenaline fix, Queenstown is famous for its nail biting activities. With thrills such as bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, zip trekking, paragliding, dirt biking, or four-wheel-driving - all guaranteed to get your blood pumping!

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