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    Date: April 10, 2020 - April 12, 2020

      WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW 10th Apr 2020 – 12th Apr 2020 CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS OF WARBIRDS! Come and join us for three days of thrilling entertainment at Warbirds Over Wanaka in Wanaka, New Zealand. In The Air This airshow you will see some extraordinary flying acts with famous military fighter aircraft throughout the last 100 years through to modern jets of today.  It culminates in a huge mock air battle complete with the best pyrotechnics at an airshow in New Zealand. All this set in one of the world’s most stunning airshow locations in the world, Wanaka. On The Ground When you’re not looking skyward there’s so much to see and do on the ground. Check out the sport aircraft, warhorses, vintage machinery and vintage tractors, regional wines, market and food stalls, home-built aircraft workshops, aircraft for sale and aviation trade stands.

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    Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival

    Date: April 16, 2020 - April 20, 2020

    The Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival is run over 5 days and includes approximately 30 events, the majority of which are free to attend. Our events are aimed at people of all ages and nationalities. Our biggest day is happening on Saturday 18th April where we have a parade and market day along with vibrant street entertainment. There are over 150 stalls selling locally made arts and crafts as well as delicious food stalls to sample. We hold historic walks, a kids scarecrow competition, Fun Dog Show, childrens workshops, quiz night and much, much more. For more information refer to or check out our Facebook page  See you all there!

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    Arrowtown Autumn Festival Fun Run

    Date: April 19, 2020

    The Arrowtown Autumn Festival is an annual event that takes place during the Easter School Holidays. There are two running and walking events to choose from including the ‘Tobins Rush; a 5km out and back run to the top of Arrowtown’s popular walking track and the ‘Arrow River Dash‘ a 5km fun run along the Arrow River with both events starting and finishing at Wilcox Green. Let the adventures begin!

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    Date: May 29, 2020 - June 1, 2020

    LUMA IS AN AWARD-WINNING ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL ON QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND. LUMA ‘Southern Light Project’ is a free public event, showcasing a curated collection of stunning light sculptures and installations with a focus on transformation of space, public interaction, art, culture and education. Queenstown’s unique alpine canvas will be used as a giant amphitheatre for local, national and international talent to paint with light. Following very successful events in previous years with thousands visitors flocking to see the show, this years Luma will again be held across the long Queen’s birthday weekend in June. Light installations and sculptures by New Zealand artists will sit on the lakefront and in the beautiful Queenstown Gardens. The sculptures and art will illuminate as the sun sets from 5pm to 10pm, a stunning spectacle backed by Queenstown’s iconic alpine vistas. A non-profit collaboration between artists, designers and community-minded folk have made the festival possible. #LUMA20

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    Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival

    Date: June 18, 2020 - June 21, 2020

    Countdown on to Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival with 100 days to go The start of New Zealand’s winter season is synonymous with one unmissable celebration right here in our backyard and with 100 days to go, the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival is getting ready to enthral and delight. Enjoyed by Queenstowners since 1975, the festival is welcoming all visitors from near and far to ring in the season of ski and snow from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 June and join the town in celebrating its 46th birthday in style. Festival Director, Harald Ulriksen says this year’s festival is set to bring a line-up of both old and much-loved favourites, along with some new and exciting additions. “The Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival is created by Queenstown, for Queenstown, to showcase Queenstown and what it’s got on offer – and that’s exactly what the 2020 line-up is going to do. “We’ve created an unmissable four-days that includes everything from the much loved mountain madness, music and antics on Lake Wakatipu’s shores through to new fun-fuelled activities and there’s even a health and wellness twist – it really does showcase our backyard and all its beauty,” he says. Festival goers can expect signature events at Cardrona like the 1.2km pure adrenaline fuelled Monteith’s Dog Derby, the MoreFM Day on the Bay with the bone chilling Go Orange Splash for cash and crowd-drawing Winter Festival Birdman and the SKYCITY Ball, back again with an exciting and very much secret location. The full programme including a new, stellar music line-up will be announced 9am, 17 April 2020. Ulriksen says the 2019 festival is currently a finalist in the NZEA Event Awards for New Zealand’s best regional event and best event in New Zealand. “Last year’s festival brought almost 57,000 visitors to town and injected around $9.9 million into Queenstown’s economy, which wouldn’t have been possible without our family of local and national sponsors. “We are more than excited to be working with them again to bring the biggest winter celebration of the decade to Queenstown this year,” he says. The 46 th Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival will take place from 18-21 June 2020. The full programme and tickets will be available at from 9am, 17 April 2020.   CONTACT: Annabel Herbison Media Relations Manager Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival E: M: +64 21 0827 6637 W: Please find a selection of images from the 2019 Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival here: 0 REAL JOURNEYS QUEENSTOWN WINTER FESTIVAL Winter in New Zealand starts with one epic celebration right here in our backyard, and this year the iconic Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival is throwing down an unmissable line-up. It’s a 46th birthday celebration that’s set to ring in the 2020 season with serious style. June 18-21, 2020, winter starts here. #qtwinterfest #winterstartshere

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    The Queenstown Winter Festival 2020

    Date: June 18, 2020 - June 21, 2020

    The Queenstown Winter Festival is said to be the largest winter celebration in the Southern hemisphere. It lasts for 10 days in late June and early July and features plenty of fun, including its greatest highlight – Dog’s Derby, which is a hilarious race of dogs’ and their owners. Queenstown is a perfect location for winter sports, in particular, Coronet Peak is listed among the finest country’s ski and snowboard areas. Local food, the best music and splendid fireworks – these go without saying. The first celebration of that kind dates back to 1975 ​when a group of New Zealanders decided that the arrival of winter was a good reason to have fun and party. Nowadays, this Winterfest is known as one of top-10 world’s most popular events.​​