The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2014 will be celebrating it’s 40th birthday this year!  From Friday 20th – Sunday 29th June, around 45,000 people will be welcoming winter in true Queenstown style!!

The history of this iconic New Zealand event dates back to 1975, when a bunch of locals decided that the start of winter was a great excuse to have a party. They organised races on the mountain and in town, lollies for the kids, beers for the grown-ups, a concert or two and a town-wide ball, all of which made the Festival a great success. News spread quickly and the next year people came from further afield to join the festivities.

Since then the Festival has evolved into New Zealand’s – and perhaps the southern Hemisphere’s – biggest celebration of winter. It’s a ten day extravanganza of Queenstown’s unique culture and community with street parties, fireworks, international and local acts, comedy, family fun, and plenty of mountain mayhem.

Our team’s is looking forward to hearing The Exponents play at the huge Opening Party and Fireworks and getting their glide on at the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink that will light up the Village Green!

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Queenstown is just over an hour’s drive from Wanaka… come stay with us and enjoy the party! Here’s the full festival programme.  Please be aware that events sell out quickly, tickets are available here.