How lucky are we to celebrate winter in one of the most picturesque spots in New Zealand (and the world!). The 45th Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival has plenty to offer this year, from comedy nights to long lunches and must-see local and international music acts. There’s plenty to choose from over the course of four days, from June 20-23.
Here are my top five picks for how to make the most of Winter Festival!
Silent Disco Dancing Tour
To start off the festivities, why not do it in silence with Queenstown’s first silent disco dancing tour. You may have seen silent discos at Coachella or Burning Man, so clearly it’s a must, right? You’ll go on a tour through the streets of Queenstown, dancing and singing every step of the way. Headphones are provided, so you just need to bring the dance moves! June 20-23.
I don’t know how they did it, but organisers have pulled together some of the best—and of course funniest—comedians in New Zealand for a night full of laughs, sarcasm and great jokes. The lineup includes Jeremy Corbett, Hayley Sproull, Melanie Bracewell, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Dai Henwood and Paul Ego. There’s nothing quite like Kiwi humour! June 20-21.
Gibbston Valley Winery Long Lunch
How does being surrounded by snow-covered mountains drinking the most delicious wine in the world sound? Yeah, that’s what I thought. The Gibbston Vallery Winery Long Lunch is a must! You’ll be treated to a three-course meal, a glass of bubbles on arrival and a wine masterclass. I had the opportunity to visit Gibbston Valley and can truly say this place is stunning—one of the most beautiful places in the world. June 23.
Real Journey Fireworks
Is there such thing as a celebration or festival without an incredible fireworks display? Lake Wakatipu will be the home for a spectacular display in the sky. But that’s not all—you will also get the opportunity to witness some local talent including The Cellar Doors, Mitch James, L.A.B. and a few others. I recommend layering up and enjoying the amazing tunes. June 21.
Queenstown Mardi Gras
Want to know the best way to finish off your Winter Festival? With acts like Chase and Status, drum ‘n’ bass extraordinaires Matrix & Futurebound and Kiwi artist Montell2099 performing over 7 hours on two large stages, there will be something for everyone at Queenstown Mardi Gras. Come and have a boogie with friends and family and end the four-day celebrations with a bang! June 23.
Visit Queenstown Winter Festival for more information and tickets.