Ice cool – Queenstown winter festival underway

If you love snow, ice, fun, food, wine and plenty of action head to Queenstown in New Zealand for one of the best weeks of the year – the annual winter festival!

Action got underway for this event on the 22nd but it runs through til next week (July 1) so there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the festivities.

Action includes:
* the ice rink 10am-10pm daily
* fun run events

* street parade
* arts and crafts market
* Ice Age 4 premiere
* quiz night
* fashion events
* health and fitness fun
* lantern making
* Kingston Flyer steam powered party
* cyclocross

* slopestyle
* night skiing
* ice hockey
* mountain mayhem
* rugby action
* more more more!!!


We have you covered when you’re in Queenstown.

Base Queenstown
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Base Queenstown – ‘Recently won the Golden Backpack award for Best backpackers 2009’ sets the standard in Queenstown’s budget accommodation with amazing alpine and lake views. Located on the main street in the heart of town, this hostel offers high quality facilities. Featuring fully made beds with hotel quality linen most of our rooms have balconies with mountain or lake views – choose from doubles, twins, singles and dorms, all with private or adjoining bathrooms. Our facilities include a chill-out lounge with an open fire, SKY TV, 24hr high speed internet café, modern kitchen, dining area and laundry facilities. Stylish Altitude Bar is the place to meet other friendly travelers and dance the night away with our famous theme nights, karaoke nights and trivia nights! With big screens for major sporting events and nightly entertainment, Altitude also offers meal deals with indoor and outdoor seating.

Room Types Cost Available
Female Dorm from $22.34 BOOK
Dorm (8) from $20.80
Pinewood Lodge
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Welcome to Pinewood, ideally located in a beautiful alpine setting away from the bustle of busy streets and yet only 5 minutes walk to the centre of Queenstown. It is close enough for a leisurely stroll to enjoy a variety of shops, internationally renowned restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs to suit all tastes. · Pinewood is set in spacious land-scaped grounds just 5 minutes walk from town. Accommodation ranges from dormitory to double, twin and family units. We can also easily facilitate large groups. · Each block is self-contained with kitchen, lounge and bathroom facilities. · Facilities include a private spa with great views, trampoline, full activity and transport booking service, ski rooms and much more….

Southern Laughter
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Welcome to Southern Laughter Lodge, Queenstown, warm and friendly backpacker accommodation in the heart of the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (8) from $20.03
Dorm (4) from $21.57
Female Dorm from $21.57
Double from $50.07
Twin from $50.07

Tours and fun

So much to do so little time! There are plenty of activities in Queenstown and we offer discounts to many of these. Click here for a full list or see these highlights below:

Shotover Heli-Rafting
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Challenge Rafting operates exciting half day whitewater raft and raft combo trips on the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers. The Shotover offers the challenge of extra excitement and thrills – experience the rugged beauty and unspoilt grandeur of the breathtaking scenery in the Shotover Canyon. The Kawarau offers exhilarating rafting for first timers. These trips include courtesy coach transfers, specialist on-river clothing, safety briefing, friendly professional guides.


Boutique Wine Tour
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Join New Zealand’s International award winning wine tour company , Appellation Central Wine Tours, and discover the best Central Otago has to offer. Departing Queenstown at 12 noon, this tour offers a fantastic taste of Central Otago featuring the region’s boutique vineyards, the hidden gems of Central Otago. We visit four vineyards including a delightful vineyard lunch in Bannockburn. Max group size of 11 adults ensures a relaxed pace and fun tour.

Address: PO BOX 130 Queenstown 9348

Milford Sound Scenic Flights
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Milford Sound Scenic Flights – scenic plane flights from Queenstown into Milford Sound with options for coach and Milford Sound cruise also

Address: 29 Lucas Place Queenstown


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