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Queenstown offers entertainment year-round with a range of incredible annual events.

Discover the major annual events held in Queenstown, from music festivals to sporting events and everything in between. We celebrate the seasons, the landscapes and all the things that make Queenstown unique.

For the music lover, don't miss the annual Gibbston Valley Summer Winery Concert. For sports lovers, make sure to make a trip for the Winter Games NZ, the New Zealand Golf Open, the Queenstown Marathon and the iconic Macpac Motatapu off-road event. Or celebrate all things food, wine, people and colour at the Arrowtown Autumn Festival, LUMA Southern Light Project and Winter Pride Festival.

Explore the best annual events below.

Summer

December

  • Crankworx Summer Series: Crankworx Summer Series is a legendary mountain bike festival that brings international and local riders together to explore the varied terrain of Queenstown, Central Otago and Wānaka over two weeks. Come and support your favourite riders and watch it all go down.

  • New Years Eve: Bring your friends and family and join us by the lakeside at Queenstown Bay to bring in the new year with a bang as fireworks light up the sky.

January

  • Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert: Set against the stunning backdrop of Gibbston, the vibe at this concert is something to behold with an exciting new lineup of acts every year.  

February

  • Shotover Moonlight Marathon: Experience the challenging and diverse terrain of Ben Lomond Station. Choose from the ultra (56km), marathon, 30km, half marathon or 10km option. 

 

Autumn

March

  • Macpac Motatapu: Held on one epic day, this is your one chance a year to traverse the breathtaking high-country terrain between Wānaka and Queenstown. Choose from the 47km Mountain Bike Race, 15km Miners Trail, 42km Off-Road Marathon and 52.5km Ultra Run.

  • NZ Golf Open: An iconic event on the New Zealand sporting calendar, the New Zealand Open is held at Millbrook Resort and includes a full field of players from the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Asian Tour and the Japanese Tour.

April

  • Arrowtown Autumn Festival: Enjoy Arrowtown's beautiful autumn colours, sample local cuisine, watch the parade, partake in a workshop or even do some native tree planting. The four day festival brings a host of great events and workshops to this stunning historic gold mining town and fun for the whole family. 

  • Whakatipu Music Festival: The Whakatipu Music Festival showcases extraordinary music from Aotearoa’s leading musicians, emerging artists, and local talent. Experience four days of outstanding classical, jazz and Taonga Pūoro performances.

 

Winter 

June

  • LUMA Southern Light Project: Held over Queen's Birthday weekend, LUMA is a sensory experience bringing together illuminated art, light sculpture, performance and community over four days in the Queenstown Gardens. Sadly LUMA has been cancelled for 2022. We look forward to welcoming this event back next year.

July

  • Welcome to Winter is an action-packed four days from 7-10 July, celebrating all there is to love about the snowy season in Queenstown. Join us for an epic weekend of free and ticketed events from live music to markets and fireworks, there's plenty of winter fun to be had! 

August

  • Winter Games NZ: New Zealand's most elite free-ride and freestyle snow sports competition. Hosted at The Remarkables and Cardrona, this 14 day athlete show-down is not to be missed.

  • Winter Pride: The most popular Winter Pride Festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Held over 10 days from late August to September with over 40 events, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Spring

September

  • Peak to Peak: A scenic one-day multisport race that challenges competitors to test both their physical and mental strength. Peak to Peak is New Zealand’s longest running winter multisport race incorporating an exciting line up of five race stages.

  • Snow Machine Festival: Snow Machine is a four-day alpine music festival that fuses the hottest musical talent, snow-capped mountains, arts and après madness to create an ultimate Queenstown ski holiday and festival experience all in one.

November

  • Cyclorama: New Zealand’s first e-Bike festival. Held in Arrowtown, there are curated rides themed for wine, beer, food, art or bird watching and plenty unique experiences on offer.

  • New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown Marathon: Known as the 'world’s most beautiful marathon' incorporating 42.2km, 21km, 10km and 3km kids run options, taking in the highlights of the Queenstown Lakes region. 

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