Arrowtown Trolley Race

Winter Pride Queenstown

When: Friday, 30th August – Sunday, 8th September 2019
Where: Queenstown

The most popular Winter Pride Festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Winter Pride '19 is renowned for fun both on and off the mountain, and once you've come once, you are bound to want to come back again. This year's festival is continuing to grow the ON-MOUNTAIN SERIES with a designated mountain resort hosting the festival each day to keep the fun in one place. This year, the partner mountains are working with them to dedicate areas of their bars and restaurants to the pride festival, meaning music, plenty of socialising and a real pride vibe on the slopes.

Free ski / boarding guides will also be there to show you around. Just like you, they are people who are here on holiday and who want to have the best time yet. They are volunteering to help make your trip even more fun and we are confident that you'll love them. For those who aren't so keen on snow, check out the OFF-MOUNTAIN SERIES - lots to choose from that will be a bit warmer than the hitting the slopes. And then, of course, the usual PRIDE PARTY SERIES - those great parties you've always loved in the past with a few extra special ones this time round - check out the main events schedule and check in again for the full schedule due for release February 2019.

Lots of choices for you all, so get out there and have fun. Your chance to experience the legend that is the Motatapu awaits.

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Merino Muster

Merino Muster Cross Country Ski Race

When: Saturday, 31st August 2019
Time: 10.00am
Where: Farm Cardona Valleys

Held on the rolling and beautiful Mt Pisa range the Merino Muster celebrating its 25th this year. This race is held on New Zealand best Cross country tracks of the Snow Farm. This annual event is a must do on any skiers bucket list. Whether you have cross country skied before or not there’s an event for you.

Since 1865 merino sheep have been grazing the hills of the spectacular Pisa range in Otago, New Zealand. As the snow fell every winter, hardy sheep farmers worked the flocks down off the ranges to the shelter of the Cardrona Valley. This annual “merino muster” was the inspiration for New Zealand's inaugural cross-country ski race in 1995.  

Today, the race attracts skiers from all over the world who come to test themselves against the tough terrain and unique scenery high above the Cardrona valley.

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Queenstown Marathon

Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon

When: Friday, 15th November 2019
Time: 07.00am
Where: The Avenue, Millbrook Resort & Queenstown Memorial Centre Recreation Ground

With numerous options, from 42km, 21km, 10km and 3km kids run, you can choose how fast and far you run in this international running festival.

With a course that winds through the beautiful Otago country, with the Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges as a constant background, you'll love every moment (almost) of this marathon. Going through Millbrook resort, Arrowtown, Lakes Hayes, Shotover River, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Gardens and finishing in the heart of Queenstown itself, it'll be a day to remember.

Challenge yourself and take part in the marathon, or be a much-needed supporter and morale-booster when those runners start to feel the burn.

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Queenstown New Year

Queenstown New Years Eve

When: Tuesday, 31st December 2019
Where: Queenstown

Where better to celebrate New Year's Eve and bring in the new year than one of the most beautiful places on the planet? Queenstown, New Zealand is known for its excellent attitude towards a party - there's a huge range of things to do whether you're a hard core party-goer or a sophisticated champagne and canapes lover.

Fireworks, music, local festivals and great venues available for hire - whatever you want this NYE, Queenstown has it. Wake up to breathtaking alpine scenery and cure that hangover with breakfast from one of Queenstown's top quality cafes.

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Red Bull Defiance

Red Bull Defiance

When: Friday, 17th January 2020
Where: Wanaka

It’s that time once again for teams to register and compete in the Red Bull Defiance race held this January in the stunning Southern Alps.

This two-day event will host 85 teams as the run, kayak, bike, and hike through some of the most stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer. Based out of Wanaka, this event is sure to draw crowds from all over the world, making it a significant event for 2020.

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Gibston Valley Concert

Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert

When: Saturday, 18th January 2019
Time: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Where: Gibbston Valley

Greenstone Entertainment has hit a milestone, for 10 years! To celebrate their anniversary in style they’re bringing 5 massive acts. Promising concertgoers a huge day, with five international artists to headline the 2020 Summer Concert Tour.

With its unique afternoon atmosphere, and the amazing Crown Range as a backdrop, concertgoers won't be disappointed with next years Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert starring Billy Idol, the rock icon known for his punk rock roots and 80 hits - the hard-driving powerful rock and blues of George Thorogood & The Destroyers, - Anastacia, known for her captivating, soulful big voice - Creedence Clearwater, returning to New Zealand on their farewell tour - and Smash Mouth who'll be pumping out their upbeat and unique 'ska pop' style of music from the late 90's.

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Lake Hayes Festival

Lake Hayes A&P Show

When: Friday, 10th January 2020
Time: Open Gate 7.00 AM
Where: Lake Hayes Show Grounds and Pavilion

Traditionally held on the second January every year and always the weekend after Glenorchy Races, the Lake Hayes Show is a fun day out for all families, competitors and trade exhibitors. There are horses, show jumping, dog trials, sheep shearing, trade sites, petting zoos, children’s entertainment and much, much more.

The Grand Parade is the highlight of the day, held at midday, where the morning’s prize winners, trade and machinery are on display, lead by the traditional pipe band. The Show is then officially opened during the Grand Parade by the event's president and special guest of the Show.

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Warbirds Over Wanaka

Warbirds Over Wanaka

When: Monday - Thursday, 10th - 13th April 2020
Where: Wanaka Airport

Warbirds Over Wanaka is an internationally acclaimed biennial airshow set in stunning mountain scenery near the lakeside resort town of Wanaka. It is run by a charitable community trust whose mission is to educate through the celebration and promotion of aviation past and present.

Over 80 aircraft will take to the skies during the three-day event, from the irresistibly charming Warbirds that defended freedom during four world conflicts, to modern jets, helicopters and much more. A small army of enthusiasts on the ground will authentically re-enact battles while our pyrotechnics team provides a backdrop of spectacular explosions and fireballs.

Some of the Regions air forces will be present with our own RNZAF Black Falcons presenting their first South Island aerobatic display. In addition to three days of aviation and market stalls, wine and food stalls and children’s entertainment, the ‘Rides Day’ event will be held on the Monday following the main air show. This is your chance to climb in the passenger seat of anything from a microlight or a Mustang. WOW is facilitating this event as part of our aim to give people an opportunity to learn about aviation careers.

Whether you’re a pilot, aviation enthusiast or a family looking for a fantastic day out, the Warbirds over Wanaka Air Show is a unique event set with the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps in Wanaka – fantastic fun and entertainment for all ages. The event offers plenty to see and do including various Air Shows, Ground Displays and even opportunities to jump in for a flight! Pounamu Apartments is a 1 Hour drive from Wanaka – the perfect location for families to enjoy the Air show and Queenstown.

Tickets, bookings for Rides Day and information at phone 0800 224 224.

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The Pioneer Mountain Bike

The Pioneer

When: Sunday - Friday, 1st - 6th December 2019
Time: 09.00 AM
Where: Queenstown Unit 23, 183 Glenda Drive

The 6-Day Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race through NZ’s Southern Alps is a true pioneering feat.

On your journey, you will discover stunning scenery, experience the brutal nature of the challenge, and will leave New Zealand heaping praise on this epic event and its pristine backcountry trails.

The fourth edition of The Pioneer will take place from 1 – 6 December 2019 and will be as challenging as ever. Local and international riders must tackle the 6-stage race in teams of two, staying no more than 2 minutes apart for the entire race.

The Pioneer course changes every year. The course team invests in months of planning to deliver a stunning route around 450km with 15000m climbing. What is guaranteed each year is stunning landscapes, varied terrain with a good dose of challenging single track, epic climbs, and iconic Kiwi hospitality waiting for you in the Race Village at the end of each stage.

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