Music in Wanaka


New incarnation of the former Rippon Festival, moving up the road to Glendhu Bay in 2018, but featuring the same ilk of big-name Kiwi bands and musicians. It's held every second year, in even-numbered years.
Light Show in Queenstown

LUMA Southern Light Project

Four nights of illumination throughout the Queenstown Gardens over the Queen's Birthday public-holiday weekend. It began in 2015 with four light installations, and had grown to 38 by 2017.
Sports in Queenstown

Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival

How often do you get to take your ice axe to a festival? This winter event gives you the opportunity to climb alongside top-notch and rookie climbers on the iced walls of the Remarkables.
Sports in Queenstown

Queenstown Winter Festival

Four days of wacky ski and snowboard activities, live music, comedy, fireworks, a community carnival, parade, ball and plenty of frigid frivolity in late June.
Air Show in Wanaka

Warbirds over Wanaka

Held every second Easter (in even-numbered years), this incredibly popular international airshow attracts upwards of 50,000 people.
LGBT in Queenstown

Gay Ski Week

The South Island's biggest and best gay-and-lesbian event, held in late August/early September.
Carnival in Arrowtown

Arrowtown Autumn Festival

A week celebrating Arrowtown's other gold – the colours of autumn – with a street parade, art exhibitions, gold-panning championships and the popular 'Pie Pint and Pinot', which offers that rare chance to pair your …
Music in Queenstown

Queenstown Jazzfest

Labour Day–weekend celebration of all things sax-y, with performances around the city and beyond.
Wine in Queenstown

Gibbston Wine & Food Festival

Gibbston comes to Queenstown Gardens for a day in mid-March.