Winter Pride 

22 August - 1 September 2024

Join us for Winter Pride Queenstown, the largest LGBTTQI+ winter pride festival in the Southern Hemisphere! Celebrating love, community, diversity, visibility, safety and inclusion – it's a festival that encourages locals and visitors alike to come together.

With over 45 events taking place both on and off the ski field over eleven days from late August to September, the festival is sure to be fabulous and fun. From drag shows to dance parties, après-ski to mountain parades, games nights to food and wine, Winter Pride is a celebration of Pride Queenstown-style!

Pride Day at The RemarkablesWinter Pride at The Remarkables

Winter Games NZ 

September 2024

Winter Games NZ is known as the Southern Hemisphere's biggest snow and sports event, attracting the world's best ski and snowboard athletes. Find out more about the Winter Games NZ here.

Winter Games NZ Skiier competing in the FIS ANC Alpine Super-G x2Winter Games NZ

Peak to Peak

31 August 2024

The Peak to Peak is New Zealand's longest-running winter multi-sport race, held between The Remarkables and Coronet Peak each year.

Racing as individuals or as part of a team, competitors start at the top of the Remarkables Ski Area and ski or snowboard down the ski field before hopping on a bike and biking down The Remarkables Ski Area access road to Frankton Beach. From there, racers kayak to Queenstown Bay Beach before running through central Queenstown and finally biking from Arthur's Point to Coronet Peak. 

This is an exciting event for contestants and spectators alike!

Peak to PeakKayakers competing on Lake Whakatipu

Snow Machine

3 - 8 September 2024

Snow Machine Festival is four days and three nights of music, snow, après and adventure. With four après stages across Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, you can spend the morning shredding the slopes before enjoying the on-piste mountain stages and continuing the party at the main arena by night. 

Snow MachineSnow Machine Festival

Queenstown Salsa Festival

19 - 22 September 2024

The Queenstown Salsa Festival features workshops with some of New Zealand and Australia's top instructors, spectacular performances and epic parties – a fun-filled electrifying party for dancers of all levels.

A room of people salsa dancing at the Queenstown Salsa FestivalQueenstown Salsa Festival. Image: Federico Pagola

The Remarkables Market

Every Saturday from September 2024

The Remarkables Market is the place to discover Queenstown's best locally-made food, handmade crafts and fresh produce. Located in a large red barn, framed by the Remarkables mountain range, the market is the perfect spring Saturday morning excursion.

The team at the Remarkables Market have a hefty goal of becoming New Zealand's first zero-waste market. Their convenient mug library means you don't have to remember a reusable cup. Pack your picnic basket and check out the Remarkables Market every Saturday from 9am-2pm. Find out more about the Remarkables Market here

Remarkables MarketThe Remarkables Market, Frankton

At The World's Edge Festival

5 - 18 October 2024

At The World's Edge is a classical music festival inspired by spectacular sounds against majestic scapes. The festival spans six programmes across Queenstown, Wānaka, Bannockburn and Cromwell, each exploring the many dimensions, influences and perspectives at play within a composer’s musical identity.


New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown Marathon

16 November 2024

The 'World’s Most Beautiful Marathon' incorporates 42.2km, 21km and 10km events and a 2.2km kids run option. The course takes in the best highlights of the Queenstown Lakes region on mostly hard-packed cycle trails. Afterwards, celebrate your achievements at one of Queenstown's restaurants or bars. 

The event will support Queenstown Trails, with a portion of your entry fee going towards a $30,000 donation to the charitable trust that helps maintain and develop trails throughout our region. There's the option to add a personal donation when registering. To find out more or to secure your spot, see here.

Queenstown Marathon Runner on the Lower Shotover BridgeThe New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown Marathon

Plan your Queenstown local experience

Stay a bit longer to experience all Queenstown has to offer this spring – find ways to immerse yourself in Queenstown’s natural beauty and connect with the locals in our 6-day travel itinerary

As you explore Queenstown, share your experiences with us on Instagram by tagging #QueenstownLive.