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American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

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The Mighty Fellas
Festival Dates: 24th June - 3rd July 2011


q-winter-fest-300.jpgWinter starts here! There is plenty to get excited about as the Southern Hemisphere's biggest winter party, the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival gets into it from June 24th to July 3rd. The Festival celebrates the beginning of winter with a jam packed 10 day programme featuring some hilarious, possibly outrageous and definitely unique Queenstown events.

There are fireworks, comedy, drag races, birdman action, jazz, food and wine, street parades, family fun, a great mix of internationally acclaimed performers and home-grown acts, a Charity Boxing Match and a glamorous ball – and that is just in town! Up on the mountain you can catch loads of winter action with ski races, mayhem on the mountain for families and ski and boarding fans, dog races and superb entertainment. 2011 will herald the return of many Festival favourites as well as an injection of fresh new events sure to get everyone in the party mood.

Since first being staged in 1975 by Queenstowner's who thought the arrival of snow was a 'great excuse for a party', the Festival has evolved to forge a unique identity as New Zealand's premier celebration of all things winter. Now an iconic event cemented on New Zealand's calendar, it attracts 60,000 attendees and injects a whopping $45 million back into the local economy.

The Festival gets underway in style on Friday June 24th at the free American Express Opening Party with a spectacular fireworks display, live music, mulled wine, and plenty of laughs.

Check out all the action at

Festival Events

ABSOLUT NZ Party - $39
Deutz Masquerade Ball - $179
American Express Big Brunch - $69

Mountain Scene Presents... Thriller in the Chiller
Grandstand, tiered and flat floored seating - $59
Corporate Tables (all tables of ten) - $1500

Oaks Hotels and Resorts Comedy Gala - $69
Late Night Laughs (Tuesday or Wednesday) - $39

Alpine Health & Fitness Ladies Fashion Challenge - $39
Stoneleigh Jazz Night
without supper - $89
with supper - $111

There is also a full programme with all of the events for each day of the festival, so check that out for more info.

Where to stay

Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park - 'Creeksyde'
Holiday Accommodation Park set in central Queenstown, with a full range of accommodation types and an information and sightseeing bookings service.
Price range: $25.00 - $203.00
Address: 54 Robins Road, Queenstown

Take a Backpacker hire car for the week to get you to or around the adventure tourism capital of New Zealand.
Or even better, take one of our Backpacker campervans for the week and stay even closer to the bright lights and the hustle and bustle of the festival.

Other things to see and do around Queenstown

NZONE Skydive Queenstown 

Embrace the Fear. Tandem skydive in Queenstown 'The Adventure Capital of the World' with NZ Supreme Tourism Award Winners. Skydive from altitudes of up to 15000ft. Achievement doesn't come sweeter.
Price range: $249 - $399.00
Address: 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown.

Skyline Queenstown 

Breathtaking views unfold as you ascend to Bobs Peak by Skyline Gondola. Relax, unwind, view Queenstown's spectacular scenery from above.
Price range: $21 - $98.00
Address: Brecon Street, Queenstown.

Challenge Rafting 

Challenge Rafting offers exciting white-water raft and raft combos on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers, in stunning Queenstown.
Price range: $175 - $259.00
Address: The Station Building, Cnr Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown.

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Over & out!
The Backpacker crew

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