Upcoming events and festivals in Queenstown and the Whakatipu basin

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 check out the latest events in Queenstown on the Destination Queenstown webpage or keep an eye on our Absoloot Facebook page for shout-outs to upcoming events, or our Blog for specific insights into certain events.

Otherwise take a look below at the following list to get a look at the 2022 events Calendar – keep in mind, many of these events are annual, so they’ll be back yearly (just the dates may differ):

Glenorchy Races ’23:  7th of Saturday (annual)

Lake Hayes A&P show ’23:  15th of January (annual)

Queenstown Bike Festival ’23:  4th – 12th of February (annual)

Gibbston Valley Summer Concert ’23:  11th of February (annual)

Cromwell Races ’23:  24th and 26th of February (annual)

NZ Open ’23:  2nd – 5th of March (annual)

Mototapu ’23:  4th of March (annual)

Warbirds Over Wanaka ’24:  29th – 31st of March (bi-annual)

Arrowtown Autumn Festival ’23:  20th – 25th of April (annual)

LUMA Light Festival ’23:  3rd – 6th of June (annual)

Matariki Arrowtown Lights ’22:  24th – 26th of June (annual)

NZ Mountain Film Festival ’22:  24th of June – 2nd of July (annual)

Mardi Gras Music Festival ’22:  25th of June (annual)

Welome to Winter ’22:  7th – 10th of July (annual)

Hilltop Hoods Night Ski Party ’22:  27th of July (one-off)

Coronet Peak 75th Birthday ’22:  17th – 21st of August (one-off)

Winter Pride Festival ’22:  26th of August – 4th of September (annual)

Winter Games NZ ’22:  27th of August – 11th of September (bi-annual)

SnowMachine ’22:  7th – 11th of September (annual)

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!

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