There’s something quite exciting about the crisp evenings and chill in the air, don’t you think? As the temperatures drop, Queenstown is getting warmer with plenty of amazing events all month long. From mid-winter carnivals to film festivals and everything in between, June is shaping up to be one of our favourite months of the year. Whether you’re in the mood for a boogie or a book sale, we’ve got just the list to help you plan the exciting month ahead.
Trust The Chef at threesixty Restaurant
Friday 7 June 2019
Experience the brand new degustation concept at threesixty Restaurant & Bar this winter. A tasty collaboration with Gibbston Microgreens, threesixty is hosting a series of Trust the Chefs' dinners throughout the months of June and July, with the first on 7th June. Each Trust the Chef event will showcase a different themed four-course menu and optional mystery wine pairing. Come along for the first event, which features a meatless menu. Delish.
This Mountain Life
If you’re in need of a serious dose of inspiration, head along to see This Mountain Life. The film follows Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother Tania as they embark on a six-month ski trek through the treacherous Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. A journey that has only been completed once before, their adventure is interspersed with beautifully crafted portraits of high-altitude human endurance and passion—an avalanche survivor, a snowshoe artist, a snowbound convent-that are by turns captivating and inspiring.
Queenstown Winter Festival
20 - 23 June
The Queenstown Winter Festival has been a hit since its beginnings in 1975, attracting Kiwis from far and wide. This may just be the biggest celebration of winter you’ve ever seen, with heaps of incredible musical acts like Mitch James and L.A.B. Oh, and there’s plenty of activities you’ll want to partake in, including rafting, the torchlight procession, comedy nights, snow tubing, the dog derby and fireworks lighting up Lake Wakatipu. If you dare, there’s even the Jucy Undy 500, which involves running in your undies…
Classic Winter Fest antics return at this year’s suitcase race where you will slide down the Cardrona mountain side aboard a beaten up old suitcase. Sound fun? Prizes will go to best dressed, gold and silver placings and with a plethora of amazing prizes to win you won’t want to be that guy who says “I wish I’d done that this year.” Go on, get involved.
Snow & Bass
21 and 22 June 2019
We hope you’ve got tickets to Snow & Bass 2019 as it’s already sold out. As part of Winter Fest, Queenstown's favourite winter party is back for 2019 with a massive lineup on both Friday and Saturday. Peacekeeper/Shapeshifter will be joined by Lee Mvtthews, State of Mind B2B TREi and Dislocate on Friday. On Saturday, you’ll hear from DJ Youngsta, N-Type and Doe, plus a few other surprise acts. For drum and bass fans, this is the event of the season.
AJ Hackett Birdman
If you enjoy watching crazily brave and enthusiastic people launching themselves into the icy cold Lake Wakatipu, you won’t want to miss this year’s AJ Hackett Birdman competition. It’s getting a shakeup this year with fun prizes like best dressed, best flight and best effort, so there’s even more reason to get amongst. If you think you can step up to the challenge, it’s sure to be a freezing good time!
Bigger and better than ever, Mardi Gras which is typically an Ohakune event is also heading south to Queenstown. The winter extravaganza is shaping up to be one of the season’s best music events, with international names added to the bill. Chase and Status are DJing with MC Rage, Matrix & Futureboard will also be joined by local acts Montell2099 Mako Road, ShockOne, Chores, Sub-Human and Avance. A second lineup has recently been revealed, which includes Dimension and 1991 from the UK, Svdden Death from the USA and EKKO from Australia. If you want an excuse to dance your winter blues away, this is it.
Gibbston Valley Winery Long Lunch
Sunday 23 June 2019 1:00pm – 4:00pm
The Winter Festival Long Lunch kicks off with a classically-styled Gibbston Valley Non-Vintage Methode Traditionelle, produced from Central Otago fruit and an authentic Central Otago Wine Masterclass, delivered by our Wine Ambassador on arrival. Indulge in a delicious three-course tasting menu, created with ingredients sourced and grown locally, is then matched with our award-winning wines. This entire experience will give you a perfect taste of what the Gibbston Valley Winery has to offer.
Image Credit: Queenstown Winter Festival