Queenstown comes alive in the winter, with a diverse array of interesting activities and excursions on offer. On this page you’ll learn more about some of the best Queenstown winter activities.
As New Zealand’s favourite winter playground, Queenstown and the surrounding area is blessed with a number of world-class ski fields. The most popular of these include The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cardrona (while that’s technically closer to Wanaka, whos’ actually counting?) You can enjoy both skiing and snowboarding, and with all the major fields offering package deals, equipment hire, and lessons, even if you’re a beginner you’ll be able to enjoy the snow.
One of the most cherished events in Queenstown is the annual Winter Festival. A party to celebrate all things winter, this popular festival has been around since 1975. Although it has grown in size ever since its inception, you’ll still be able to mingle with friendly locals and other tourists who are drawn to the unique festival. Highlights of the festival include fireworks displays, workshops, and lake swimming (hint – it’s very cold in there).
If you’ve had enough of the winter wonderland that is Queenstown and want to head inside to stay warm, then you’ll enjoy the wide range of arts and crafts galleries on offer in the city. See artisans at work crafting unique jewellery pieces, paintings and prints from local artists, and a range of other impressive artworks. With a number of arts and crafts galleries located within walking distance of the lakefront, there’s no excuse not to indulge in a bit of art therapy.
Always popular with kids and adults alike, ice skating at the Queenstown Ice Arena is one of the best winter activities in town. With very reasonable admission and hire rates, you can treat the family to a fun day out on the ice. The Queenstown Ice Arena also hosts figure skating, ice hockey, and curling competitions; there’s always something interesting on at this superb facility.