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Check out the latest events, festivals and attractions at Queenstown. With so much to see and do, you will be amazed at all there is on offer.The event you are trying to view has either expired or has been removed.
05/06/2015 - 08/06/2015
Michael Hill International Violin Competition
From over 150 applications, 20 of the world’s finest young violinists, comprising 18 semi-finalists and two Development Prize winners, will gather in Queenstown and Auckland this June for the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
The biennial Competition is recognised as one of the finest violin competitions in the world for young people. The fusion of spine-tingling performances, warm and enthusiastic audiences, breathtaking scenery and Kiwi hospitality creates an unparalleled platform for competitor and audience member alike.
The winner receives $40,000, a recording contract, an intensive performance tour across New Zealand and a personalised professional development programme. New this year, the winner will also be invited to perform on Sir Michael Hill’s personal violin, a 1755 Guadagnini named “The Southern Star”, on their Winner’s Tour.
Flexible attendance options cater to the classical music enthusiast, as well as those who are less familiar and want to see what all the buzz is about.
19/06/2015 - 28/06/2015
American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2015
The multi award-winning American Express Queenstown Winter Festival will take centre stage in Queenstown, New Zealand, from 19th to 28th June 2015.
The iconic Queenstown event, now into its 41st year, officially kicks off winter in the stunning four-season resort with a 10-day action-packed programme of new events, established favourites and plenty of entertainment and celebration.
New Zealand’s 10 Coolest Days kicks off with the American Express Opening Party and Fireworks, lighting up Lake Wakatipu and revealing big grins under bobbled hats.
Whether you’re five or 85, the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival has something for everyone!
09/07/2015 - 11/07/2015
NZ Mountain Film Festival
The NZ Mountain Film Festival is internationally recognised as one of the world’s premiere mountain film events. It showcases world class adventure films, filmmakers, inspirational speakers and topics.
Alan Davies - Little Victories
This multi-talented actor, writer and stand-up comedian has been busy since his last trip to NZ in 2013, touring to Amsterdam, Antwerp and throughout the UK. Jonathan Creek came back to the small screen in 2014 drawing 7.36 million viewers in the UK; Davies also hosts a conversational TV show, As Yet Untitled, airing now in the UK. In addition, his regular Arsenal FC podcast "The Tuesday Club" has surpassed seven million downloads and peaked at number 1 in the UK podcast chart. The ever-popular QI also returns to our screens this year.
‘Packed with deft silliness and shrewd observation, you’ll find the years have added an unexpected dash of wisdom to the package.’ The Guardian, UK
Book early - this will sell out!
29/08/2015 - 05/09/2015
Gay Ski Week 2015
Gay Ski Weeks are held all around the world and are enjoyed by so many people.
You may have been to several of them for your holiday but have you ever been to Queenstown, NZ?
If yes, then you know exactly why you decided to join Gay Ski Week QT. If you have never been, then maybe it's time for you to enjoy Gay Ski Week QT.
Queenstown is lucky that we drive to the ski fields rather than staying on the mountain and this is our point of difference. If you love the snow but you have friends or a partner that are not keen on the snow, then we have options that can cater to all. It doesn’t matter if you are a snow bunny or would rather take in the area in a different way.
You may decide to come for just the week or arrive earlier to NZ and enjoy what the country has to offer.
This year we have many new events during the days as well as the evenings. If you have an itch that needs to be scratched with a bit of glitter and the odd feather boa or two then this is definitely for you!
Queenstown International Marathon
A new international running festival incorporating 42km, 21km, 10km and 3km kids run options. Set between the backdrop of the world renowned Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges, and taking in the best highlights of the Queenstown Lakes region including Millbrook resort, Arrowtown, Lakes Hayes, Shotover River, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Gardens and finishing in the heart of Queenstown itself.
RACE DATE: Saturday 21 November 2015
DISTANCES: Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10KM, 3KM Kids Run
START TIMES: 7:30am for 10km, 8:00am for Half-Marathon, 9:00am for Marathon and 1:00pm for Kids Run
FINISH LINE: Queenstown Memorial Centre Recreation Ground
$10 of your entry fee goes to the Queenstown Trails Trust for the maintenance and further development of trails throughout the Wakatipu Basin.