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Why Queenstown’s Winter Festival is a must-do

The Queenstown Winter Festival is a highlight on New Zealand’s event calendar. We talk to festival director Rae Baker about why it’s the ideal time and place to celebrate winter.

Early morning balloon flight over Lake Hayes near Queenstown. Perfect morning for it. #nzsouthisland #queenstown #balloonatic

Mate lago livro e meu amor... tem Off melhor #JogandoMeuCorpoNoMundo #NZ

Top picks for picnics in Queenstown

Fill your picnic basket with lunch from a local café or takeaway store, and head to one of our top picks for picnic spots, all within 25 minutes’ drive from central Queenstown.

Aerial view of Arrowtown in Autumn

A Season to Celebrate

Reds, oranges, golds: Queenstown and the surrounding hillsides, lakeshores, parks blaze into spectacular colours in autumn.

Walking track on Queenstown Lakefront

10 Beautiful Day Walks in Queenstown

Easily accessible day walks with inspiring views to revitalise the body and soul.

Lake Hayes in Autumn

Top Things To Do in Autumn

Queenstown comes alive in autumn with red and gold foliage, and festivals and events, check out some of the top things to do during this beautiful season.

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 offering fun and off the mountain. Here are some of our favourite things about winter.

Queenstown Winter Festival Opening Fireworks

Four Decades of Winter Wackiness: Queenstown Winter Festival

The Queenstown Winter Festival is New Zealand, and some suggest the Southern Hemisphere’s, biggest celebration of winter

Mt Nicholas Station in Spring

10 Things To Do in Spring

Green valleys and snow-capped mountains, spring is the perfect time to enjoy the best of both worlds. Here are some ideas to make the most of your visit in spring.

Dreaming of blue skies and fun activities #queenstown #luge #southisland

Have you ever felt completely alone in the world It felt like it on my sunrise walk up Ben Lomond... I was surrounded by singing birds and nature and didnt see a single other person #alone #peace #birds #sunrise #nature #beauty #hiking #wanderlust #traveller #benlomond #newzealand #nz

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