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Queenstown Winter Festival - Blog Post

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The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival was first held in 1975 as a local racing event and from there it gradually evolved into New Zealand’s largest winter party. This event celebrates the Queenstown’s culture with awesome street parties, Mardi Gras, international and local acts, skiing and a Big Air Invitational makes it worth waiting. Thousands of people gather in this town to welcome winter in this unique style which includes great fireworks display which is a real treat to the eyes.

The best part is that during this time of the year there is Snow everywhere. To enjoy this festival’s final long weekend you can have fun by trying some outdoor sporty adventures. The different options to choose from being night skiing, ice hockey, pool parties, games and gigs, a cocktail party, jazz night and many more. In the evening there are beautiful Pyro displays. You can also buy cheap fireworks from the fireworks for sale counters and be a part of all the celebrations. Queenstown, being New Zealand’s most popular ski destination, is home to some of the famous slopes of the region.


Apart from the outdoor activities, there are galleries like Toi o Tahuna which represents New Zealand’s finest contemporary talents and is a must-see. There is also a small arts and crafts market on the lakeside which has amazing boutiques and craft shops. If you are in a mood to shop then you should check out the beautiful Merino wool garments, the local Maori artwork and jewellery. You can also go for lake walks, boat rides and wine tasting tour. Fancy something extreme. The Kawarau Bridge which is about 43m high has the first commercial bungy jump.


Queenstown has some of the most amazing hotels. Set on a hillside, there are two beautiful boutique hotels, where you have all the modern amenities and can have a wonderful lake view. They also have private villas, sun deck and spas. Both the hideaways are hip, modern contemporary, high style, comfortable and warm serviced. So, now when you go for an adventure trip, you don’t have to find yourself waking up in a cave. You can simply pre book your room according to your preference and budget.


Beside the Lakeside, at Steamer Wharf is the Lakeside Wai Waterfront Restaurant which is well known for its freshly prepared oysters, lamb and seafood. You can even try chef’s seven course mouth-watering menu. There are other well-known restaurants famous for its wild, organic food and steak. You can get exclusive single malt whiskies in the Local-meets-European fare which has a good looking crowd, an extensive cocktail list and the tunes from the 1980s. There are eateries where the locals love to have burgers and other fast food which are worth trying.

Maria Ereku

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