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Summer Events Guide

As well as over 150 bars and restaurants and more than 200 activities to keep you busy in Queenstown, there are also a host of events happening this summer! Here's what's on, so book your accommodation and get planning.

1) New Years Eve

Bring in the New Year on 31 December 2018 with locals and visitors and a great line-up of live music, entertainment, food and a spectacular fireworks display lighting up the night sky at midnight. Positioned along the Queenstown lake front, the event is free to attend and open to all ages.

2) Glenorchy Races

Mix and mingle with locals and visitors alike at the Glenorchy Races in the first Saturday of the year (5 January).

3) Lake Hayes A&P show

For a little rural charm head to the Lake Hayes A&P Show at the Lake Hayes pavilion, for one of the most picturesque agricultural shows in the country on Saturday 12 January.

4) Fat Freddy's

Fat Freddy’s annual summer roady around New Zealand in January 2019 gets a super-charged tune up with the addition of DJ legend Norman Jay MBE direct from London, playing at the John Davies oval on 14 January.

5) Gibbston Valley Concert

The legendary Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert will see Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, James Reyne from Australian Crawl and Mark Seymour from Hunters & Collectors plus Toni Childs perform to a sold-out crowd in Gibbston Valley on 19 January.

6) McGazza Fest 2019

From 25 - 27 January McGazza Fest 2019 returns for the three-day festival celebrating the late Kelly McGarry with epic riding to spectate.

7) Fat Boy Slim

Award-winning UK Producer and Musician Fat Boy Slim is set to perform to ravers young and old at Cargo Brewery on 1 February to a sell-out crowd.  Fatboy Slim last performed in New Zealand at a sold-out headline show in Auckland in 2012, and prior to that was The Big Day Out in 1999.

8) Zirka Circus

Couples, families, young and old can enjoy the Zirka Circus, an animal free circus located at Warren Park from 4 - 10 February.  Each show is approximately 2 hours long with a 15 minute halftime interval.

9) Shotover Moonlight Marathon

Mountain goats can take on the Shotover Moonlight Marathon, an off-road running event held 16 February on Ben Lomond High Country Station. The event also includes a 30km adventure run, half marathon, and 5 & 10km fun runs for something a little less gruelling with all events ending near picturesque Moke Lake.  

10) King Beats Festival

In its fourth year, the King Beats Festival 2019 will host its biggest festival yet on 23 February with headline act Kiwi favourites The Black Seeds in Kingston. This homegrown festival provides music and entertainment for all ages with camping and facilities onsite.

11) 100th New Zealand Golf Open

Hosted at two spectacular golf courses Millbrook Resort and The Hills 28 February – 3 March 2019, the New Zealand Golf Open 2019 celebrates 100 years and incorporates a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of Professional and Amateur golfers.

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