Queenstown is famous for plenty of excitement inducing reasons as well as boasting top-class opportunities to unwind, amidst a striking mountain backdrop. Winter is the season that truly showcases what Queenstown has always been about – Adventure and extravagance, in lots of different forms. So here are not one or two excuses to check it out, but loads…
Things to do in winter in Queenstown
Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival: Winter Fest runs from June 24th to July 3rd, this is the most exciting time to check out the winter dream that is the Queenstown winter scene. Watch the local Village Green become transformed by the annual winter ice skating rink, get to a heart-racing ice hockey tournament, watch some crazy fools participate in the Polar Plunge off the Queenstown wharf, and of course chase the action on the slopes with events like the Big Air competition.
Winter Pride has become increasingly popular over the last few years and has now become well known as THE event to be at within the gay and lesbian community. Known as the largest gay and lesbian winter pride event in the Southern Hemisphere, this event runs from the 28th of August until the 5th of September and is a colorful, warm, and lively affair with people attending from all over the world.
Queenstown ski fields- Queenstown boasts two spectacular ski fields on either side of the township. The Remarkables are just that and Coronet Peak is famous for its late-night skiing and boarding available on weekends.
Best Unwind- Onsen Hot pools provide the best spot to unwind and soak those aching mountain bones after the night on the peaks. Take a bottle of bubbles and indulge yourself with a stunning view fit for a snow king or queen
Amongst the stars…. Queenstown Gondola is a great experience during the day but is also a fabulous venue for dinner at night and boasts stunning views above the township. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet year-round – make sure to book ahead in the busy months of winter.
Rest your weary bones- Nothing beats coming down of the mountain, peeling off layers of snow gear, having a hot shower, and then a massage, exquisite! You can find loads of different options from well-known massage clinics to unwind those frozen muscles as well as mobile massage companies, operating as a team and on an individual basis.
Body Sanctum are reputable and The massage clinic specializes in sports and therapeutic massage – which could be sorely needed after a day/night on the mountain! Mobile Massage is well known for its services and for a more alternative experience. Nadi Wellness also provides massage services among other options such as Chakra Balancing and Theta Healing. The center also provides daily yoga classes and has two studios, one in town and one based in Remarkables Park.