Remarkables Market

Every Saturday 30 September 2023 - 20 April 2024

Find a fantastic selection of artisans selling crafts and gifts as well as a tasty selection of local produce at the weekly Remarkables Market, Saturdays 9am-2pm through until 20 April 2024. Mingle with locals to the tunes of live music or enjoy a picnic on the grass.

The Remarkables Market has a hefty goal of becoming New Zealand's first zero-waste market. Their handy mug library means you don't have to remember a reusable cup to help support their mission. Find out more about the Remarkables Market here

People walking into the Remarkables MarketThe Remarkables Market

Arrowtown Farmer's Market

Every Sunday mid-October - Easter

The Arrowtown Farmers’ Market is a seasonal, Sunday market held on the Library Green in historical Arrowtown, on the corner of Buckingham Street and Wiltshire Street. Here you'll find a range of local goods sold by the artists and artisans themselves. As well as fresh, delicious, locally-made food you can enjoy in the gorgeous park alongside the Library Green, or as you wander the nearby Arrow River Trail. 

These locally-loved markets run from 10am-2pm every Sunday until Easter Weekend 2024. Find out more here.

Market stalls at Arrowtown Farmer's MarketArrowtown Farmer's Market

New Zealand Golf Open

29 February – 3 March 2024

An iconic event on the New Zealand sporting calendar, the New Zealand Golf Open returns to Millbrook Resort in 2024. The tier-one event on the PGA Tours of Australasia has a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of professional and amateur golfers.

New Zealand Golf Open MillbrookNew Zealand Open at Millbrook Resort


2 March 2024

The iconic Motatapu returns on 2 March 2024 with four iconic races: the 47km Mountain Bike Race, 15km Miners Trail, 42km Off-Road Marathon and 52.5km Ultra Run. Held on one epic day, it is your one chance a year to experience the breathtaking high country terrain and traverse the Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations between Wānaka and Queenstown. Don't miss out on this legendary race! Find out more here.

Bikers riding through trail competing in the Motatapu eventMotatapu

Community Tree Planting

6, 13, 20 & 27 April 2024

The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust is holding a series of community tree planting days at their keystone sites throughout the Whakatipu Basin this autumn.

Community planting days are a great chance to head out to a beautiful location, get your hands dirty and enjoy a morning in the fresh air. You'll learn about New Zealand native plants, connect with locals and play an important role in helping to restore the biodiversity of the Whakatipu. 

No experience is needed, everyone is welcome and morning tea is provided. Find out more here

Whakatipu Reforestation Trust members planting a tree in Jardine ParkWakatipu Reforestation Trust tree planting

Arrowtown Autumn Festival

25 – 28 April 2024

The Arrowtown Autumn Festival provides a superb reason to get out and enjoy Arrowtown's beautiful autumn colours, sample local cuisine, partake in a workshop or even do some native tree planting. Each day of the festival brings a host of great events and workshops to this stunning historic gold mining town with something for the whole family.

Events such as the Parade, the ASB Market Day, the Autumn Long Lunch and the Pie, Pint and Pinot are staple events of the yearly festival and are not to be missed. 

Explore the full programme of events here

People watching the Arrowtown Autumn Festival Parade underneath colourful treesArrowtown Autumn Festival street parade

LUMA Southern Light Project

30 May - 3 June 2024

Immerse yourself in illuminated art in and around the Queenstown Gardens with LUMA. The LUMA Southern Light Project transforms the gardens and lakefront into a dazzling display of glowing art, so layer up, grab a picnic blanket and meander over to the Queenstown Gardens, you won’t regret it.

The event showcases a curated collection of stunning light installations and sculptures, there will also be pop-up events held in the town centre and an art walk along Marine Parade. It's an event not to be missed.

Tickets go on sale on 1 March here.

LUMA Southern Light Show in the Queenstown GardensLUMA Southern Light Show. Credit Escape Quest Queenstown 

Get involved in local happenings 

These events are a great way to connect to the community and meet locals who share your passions this autumn.

Attend an exhibition or workshop at Te Atamira

Te Atamira is Queenstown's community arts and cultural hub offering a curated programme of exhibitions, displays, workshops classes, performances and events for all ages. Find out what's on this autumn.

Run Queenstown Parkrun

Join the free, weekly, non-competitive 5km event every Saturday in the Queenstown Gardens. Meet next to the band rotunda at 9am in winter or at 8am during Daylight Savings Time (October-April). Walk, jog, run, or volunteer – everyone is welcome and invited to join for a coffee at a local cafe afterwards. Find out more.

Catch live music at a local venue 

Local musicians hold regular live music events at many venues around Queenstown. Discover upcoming live music events.

Get competitive at a quiz night

If you're a trivia buff, you've come to the right place. Here’s a line-up of Queenstown pub quiz nights. Booking ahead is advised.

Musician playing guitar to people at Pog Mahones Irish PubLive music at Pog Mahones Irish Pub