Coronet Peak Night Ski

26 June – 1 September 2024

Ski under the stars at Coronet Peak Night Ski from 4-9pm every Wednesday, Friday (and select Saturday nights) from 26 June - 1 September. Night Ski is a bucket list winter activity in Queenstown, with cranking DJs, outdoor fires, cold beer and hot pizza.

Kaylee Bell LIVE: Wednesday 21 August

Get yourself slopeside for one of the biggest nightski parties of the season with renowned country pop artist Kaylee Bell from 4-9pm on 21 August 2024.

It's free to attend but night ski lift passes are required to go skiing. Check out the details here.

Night Skiing up Coronet PeakCoronet Peak Night Ski

NZ Mountain Book Festival

27 – 28 June 2024

Held at the Queenstown Memorial Centre, the 22nd NZ Mountain Film Festival will present a wide range of films, guest speakers, and presentations from inspirational adventurers. The two-day event in Queenstown is a celebration of adventurous sports and lifestyles presented for adventurers, film and book enthusiasts and armchair adventurers.

Check out the film festival programme and get your tickets here.

Highliner walks on rope suspended above Lake Whakatipu in QueenstownNZ Mountain Film Festival, image: Will Nelson

Matariki Arrowtown Kā-Muriwai

28 June 2024

Matariki signals ‘Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea’, the changing of the seasons and the beginning of the Māori new year. It is a time of renewal and celebration in New Zealand that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster.

To celebrate, Arrowtown will host Matariki Arrowtown Kā-Muriwai, a celebration themed around 'Bringing Whānau Together' which will include performances by local kapa haka school groups, immersive displays, and educational experiences across Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, Lakes District Museum and two stages.

View the event schedule and learn more about Matariki Arrowtown Kā-Muriwai here.

Fire dancer performs to crowd at night during Matariki Arrowtown LightsMatariki Arrowtown Kā-Muriwai 

Ayrburn Christmas Wonderland

29 June - 31 July

This July, discover a magical Christmas Wonderland at Ayrburn.  Escape in a garden of whimsical light displays, glide across Ayrburn’s enchanting ice rink, and delight in festive decorations. Then relax by a roaring fire with a specialty drink or indulge in Ayrburn’s infamous dining experience.

Experience a month-long celebration that brings the spirit of Christmas to Queenstown’s winter wonderland. Discover the highlights here.

Christmas Winter Wonderland at Ayrburn

Christmas Winter Wonderland at Ayrburn

DFS Winter Fireworks

13 July 2024

Ignite the night at the DFS Winter Fireworks! DFS Queenstown, the ultimate luxury shopping destination, is proud to announce the return of the highly anticipated Queenstown Winter Fireworks on Saturday 13 July. Bring your friends and family for fun in store from 11:00am-6.00pm, with the firework finale over Queenstown Bay at 6:30pm.

DFS Winter Fireworks over Queenstown Bay

DFS Winter Fireworks over Queenstown Bay

Winter Pride 

22 August – 1 September 2024

Winter Pride Queenstown will be back in 2024 with another awesome program of events including ski adventures, parties, après-skis, shows, and community gatherings on and off our ski fields over eleven days. It's the largest winter rainbow festival in the southern hemisphere celebrating love, community, and diversity.

Grab your tickets here.

Pride Day at The RemarkablesWinter Pride at The Remarkables

Winter Games NZ

August 23 – September 9 2024

The Winter Games NZ is known as the Southern Hemisphere's biggest snow and sports event, attracting the world's best ski and snowboard athletes over two weeks from August 23 to September 9 2024. Held between Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona Alpine Resort, the games' competition schedule is packed with everything from high-octane alpine ski racing to thrilling freeski and snowboard park and pipe events, to adrenaline-inducing freeride events.

Check out the Winter Games NZ 2024 schedule here.

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


Snow Machine Festival

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. 

Check out the lineup and get your tickets here!

Snow MachineSnow Machine

Plan your Queenstown local experience

Queenstown's event calendar is packed all year around from markets to live music, and sporting events to volunteering opportunities. Check out all upcoming events here.

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