Real Journeys Queenstown Festival 2019

Bigger and Better than Ever!

There is every reason why you should be excited about next months Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival.  Celebrating 45 years of  fun and entertainment, the Winter Festival events team have pulled out all the stops to deliver 4 days of seriously amazing action packed must see shows and events.

With events based in Queenstown and up on Cardrona Alpine Ski Field the Winter Festival is moving from strength to strength.  There is a real sense of local community celebration, while giving said locals a wee nod to say ‘thanks – winter wouldn’t be winter without you’.  And that’s what it’s really all about – a celebration and sharing of all things winter and the people who support and feed into the incredible engine that is our winter season.

SB WF Fireworks

Over the last few years there has been a revival of some of the classic races, improvements on fledging ones and the creation of some new ones that will no doubt become classic’s in their own right.

There seems to be a much appreciated move towards more cultural inclusions now that Real Journeys have the reigns, finding a nice balance between the party atmosphere and the representation of Queenstown and its diverse history as a whole.  The Matariki Torchlight Hikoi (communal walk or march) is a welcomed addition to the grand opening evening, which is kicking off proceedings in Earnslaw Park with a traditional Karakia (Māori incantations and prayers), followed immediately by The Welcome Ceremony/Mihi Whakatau, setting the scene for the following 3 days. 

SB WF Beach Day

And lets not forget the iconic events of the Hospo Race, Comedy Night, the Tug o’War on Skis, Monteiths Dog Derby and Dog Barking, the Suitcase Race, Dodgeball Champs, the Fireworks, the Birdman Competition, the Undy 500, Splash for Cash, the Ball, Tour de Cardies, MTB on Snow, the Duck Race, heaps of amazing bands, music and food stalls and generally just super fun atmosphere!

So break out your winter gear, grab yourself a ski pass for Cardrona, book your accommodation here with Spinnaker Bay Apartments and be prepared to have some serious fun!

SB WF Music 3

Useful Links 

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SB WF Foodtruck