Upcoming events and festivals in Queenstown and the Whakatipu basin


Our calendar is stacked year round!


The events calendar in Queenstown is STACKED with epic options – so why not book yourself into the best backpackers in Queenstown ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss out?  There really are some you shouldn’t miss out on if you’re intending on visiting the Queenstown region, as they may be one-off events, or they may be something that will absolutely MAKE your visit just that more memorable

You can find out more about the events calendar by looking below, but we recommend to check out the latest events in Queenstown on the Destination Queenstown webpage.  Otherwise keep an eye on our Absoloot Facebook page for shout-outs to upcoming events, or our Blog for specific insights into certain events.

Take a look below at the following list to get a look at the 2024 events Calendar – keep in mind many of these events are annual, so they’ll be back yearly.  And these are only ‘major’ events, but there’s so many cool social gatherings happening weekly!

Glenorchy Races (January)

Bay Dreams (January)

Lake Hayes A&P show (January)

Queenstown Bike Festival (January)

Gibbston Valley Summer Concert (February)

Cromwell Race Day (March)

Wanaka A&P show (March)

NZ Open (March)

Mototapu (March)

Wheels At Wanaka (April)

Warbirds Over Wanaka (April)

Arrowtown Autumn Festival (April)

Pie, Pint & Pino Festival (April)

LUMA Light Festival (June)

Matariki Arrowtown Lights (June)

NZ Mountain Film Festival (June)

Mardi Gras Music Festival (June)

Welome to Winter (June)

Winter Pride Festival (August)

Night Ski Party (August)

Winter Games NZ (August)

SnowMachine (September)

Queenstown Marathon (November)

New Years Eve on the Bay (December)

As always, make sure you get your reservations in as far in advance as possible to guarantee your perfect configuration, and make sure to always book direct to guarantee the best rates, availability and inclusions!