American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2016

American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2016, Winter Starts Here

Winter Starts Here!

 This article is about the 2016 Queenstown Winter Festival – please see the official Winter Festival Website for updates on the 2017 Festival.

The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2016 is back for its 42nd year! In a celebration of all things winter, this ten day extravaganza will see Queenstown buzzing with the arrival of 45,000 people from all over the world.

Steve Fortune representing the New Zealand Alpine Team

Since its establishment in 1975, the festival has grown into New Zealand’s largest celebration of Winter. From the 24 June-3 July 2016 New Zealand’s adventure capital will play host to a range of events. From the winter sport-mad, through to food-lovers, comedy enthusiasts and young families – there’s something for everyone at the Queenstown Winter Festival 2016.

Macpac is excited to join the team once again as the official apparel sponsor – and we’re bringing some exciting events to the table, too!

Golden Mile
25 June 12:00pm Camp Street, Queenstown -$10 entry – FREE to watch

Keen to dress crazy, run like mad, and pick up some awesome Macpac prizes along the way? Here’s your chance. Take your marks and hit the ground running at the Macpac Golden Mile ahead of the famous street parade.  You’ll be surrounded by thousands of cheering supporters as you make your way twice around the city centre. Whether you’re keen spandex or suiting up – dressing up is all part of the fun. See you there!

Queenstown Winter Festival 2016, Ben Dare presents at last year's Macpac Pecha Kucha at the Queenstown Winter Festival

Ben Dare (NZAT) presents at last year’s Macpac Pecha Kucha at the Queenstown Winter Festival 

Pecha Kucha
30 June 8:20pm (doors open 7:45pm) Queenstown Memorial Centre

We first introduced Pecha Kucha to the Queenstown Winter Festival last year, and it was so successful we’ve been asked to do it again. You may have come across Pecha Kucha before – it’s basically a storytelling sensation, where high calibre guests are invited onto stage to share 20 still images with the audience, and narrate each in just 20 seconds. The result? A lot of laughs, a lot of fun, and the chance to meet some incredible people who have extraordinary tales to tell.

This year, we’re bringing our good friends Kyle Mulinder (travel and lifestyle photographer/blogger Bare Kiwi), Jason Charles Hill (Instagram sensation, and travel and lifestyle photographer), and Nicholas Allen (the inspirational individual behind ‘Mastering Mountains’) – plus many more!

Queenstown Winter Festival 2016, Nick Allen from Mastering Mountains will be speaking at this year's Pecha Kucha - powered by Macpac

Nick Allen from Mastering Mountains will be speaking at this year’s Pecha Kucha – powered by Macpac

Treasure Traverse
Mountain Mayhem: 2 July 12:00pm Coronet Peak – FREE

Head on up to Coronet Peak for an afternoon of ‘Mountain Mayhem’ – whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, sideline supporter or family fun seeker, there’s something for everyone at this event. We’re particularly excited about the Macpac Treasure Traverse – perfect for little explorers who can take part in the hunt for clues to win some fantastic Macpac kids winter gear.

 

American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2015 opening party; fireworks opened by NZ Prime Minister John Key

American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2015 opening party; fireworks opened by NZ Prime Minister John Key