Queenstown Events to See and Enjoy

Queenstown Event Guide

Queenstown hosts a myriad of fantastic annual events, with each season offering a selection of engaging festivals and competitions. Whether visiting the lower South Island for an extended period or a weekend getaway, make sure you're in Queenstown for one of its renowned events. From art exhibitions to music festivals, there's always something happening in Queenstown. Let’s take a look at upcoming events.


Spring Festival in Queenstown

If you’re planning a trip to the Southern Hemisphere for Spring, don’t miss these wonderful events and activities in Queenstown. Peak to Peak is a multi-sport team race between The Remarkables and Coronet Peak

Another great kid-friendly annual event is the free Alexandra Blossom Festival. Enjoy live music, participate in the continuous running race, and explore the Delta Garden. Queenstown festivals are a fun way to spend family time in the sun while immersing yourself in the local culture and art scene.

Musicians performing at the Queenstown Jazz Festival.

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Summer HIghlights in Queenstown 

You don't want to miss the Queenstown International Marathon! In November, the Marathon attracts keen runners from around NZ and the world. You can find something for everyone at the Marathon this November, as they also have a running event for kids. There are even more events coming up for summer, including concerts, outdoor markets showcasing local food and crafts, and the New Zealand Golf Open in 2023. With so many exciting upcoming events, Queenstown is the place to be this summer!


Winter Magic and Events in Queenstown

Few destinations boast as busy a winter season as Queenstown and its vast array of festivals. Every year, you’ll see huge crowds drawn for the skiing and snowboarding that accompany the colder months – but know that there are plenty more events in Queenstown that you don’t want to miss.

The Winter Games New Zealand is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest snow sports event and a great way to see international athletes perform at their best in Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Freeskiing and much more. 

The Queenstown Snow Machine Festival is packed with great headliners and is one of the biggest winter music festivals in New Zealand – a wonderful opportunity to visit the mountain snow while enjoying good music.


Spotlight on special events in Queenstown

Queenstown is the place to stay on December 31 to bring in the New Year in style. The town always puts on an incredible live music show and fireworks on the lakefront. The Rhythm and Alps Music Festival nearby in Wanaka is within throwing distance for those keen to camp out in style over New Year. Don’t forget about the Queenstown Beer Festival in mid-January 2023 to sample all the best craft beers from across the country.


Travel smart to Queenstown events

When planning your trip to Queenstown, it's essential to book your accommodation and purchase tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment. Queenstown is a popular destination and the best places to stay, and event tickets can sell out quickly. Pack appropriately for the changeable weather with layers and waterproof gear.

While in Queenstown, make the most of your trip by exploring the town's other attractions. Take a ride on the Skyline Queenstown gondola for breathtaking views, get your adrenaline pumping with a canyon swing, or go white water rafting on the Shotover River. With so many exciting activities and events in Queenstown, you'll never run out of things to do.


Start Your Queenstown Adventure with Omega Rental Cars

To ensure you don’t miss out on any events and festivals in Queenstown, pick up a rental car from Omega’s Queenstown Airport Depot or Queenstown Central Depot. Contact us for more information or visit our FAQ page.