From the snow-capped Remarkables to pristine Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s breath-taking landscape and stunning natural scenery practically beg you to be outdoors 24/7.
Fortunately, for locals and visitors alike, Queenstown is bursting with festivals, programmes and events with this one-of-a-kind locale as their backdrop. Even if you’re not a die-hard adrenaline junkie, there are plenty of health and wellness events on to make the most out of the ‘adventure capital of the world’.
And if you’re planning on a holiday to Queenstown to attend any of these events and need somewhere to stay, feel free to contact us – we can help you find the perfect luxury retreat for your getaway.
Onsen Hot Pools
If you’ve got amongst Queenstown’s trails and other outdoor activities, chances are you’re in need of some rest and relaxation. Onsen Hot Pools is a world-renowned spa destinaton perched on the cliffside of Shotover Canyon overlooking the magnificent turquoise river. Treat yourself to a soak in a private hot pool or indulge in a massage amidst stunning alpine scenery. Onsen is particularly enchanting on snowy days and in the evenings, complimented by Japanese lanterns and a view of the night sky.
Where: 160 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point
When: Open 9am to 11pm every day
Queenstown International Marathon & Half Marathon
Flat out beautiful – the Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon and New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Half Marathon takes runners through the best highlights Queenstown has to offer. Winding past the inspiring Remarkables mountains and the Crown Range, the course is made up of 70% hard-packed trails and 30% on-road surfaces with a primarily flat gradient. After the race, runners and spectators can soak up the atmosphere in the event finish area – complete with local food and beverage vendors, live music, and post-race massages. 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of this outstanding community event beloved by runners and spectators alike. A portion of every entry fee is allocated towards a $30,000 donation to the Queenstown Trails Trust for the maintenance of the Wakatipu Basin’s stunning trail network.
When: Saturday 17 November 2018
Where: Queenstown Memorial Centre, Memorial Street
Seasonal Farmers Markets
From mid-Spring to Autumn, you can find fresh local produce, organic foods and healthy treats at one of Queenstown’s weekly farmers markets. On Saturdays, head over to the Remarkables Park Red Barn where you’ll find an array of Central Otago meats and cheeses, seasonal produce, locally roasted coffee, and sustainable gifts and homewares. If you’re more of a Sunday shopper, make a quick trip to historical Arrowtown and stock up on locally-grown fruit and veg, freshly baked bread and even a cheeky seasonal blackberry pie!
When: Every Saturday, 9am – 2pm from 20 October 2018 – 13 April 2019
Where: Remarkables Park Red Barn, Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown
Motatapu is New Zealand's iconic multi-sport off-road event, set in the spectacular Wakatipu and Wanaka high country. Each year, thousands flock to this bucket-list off-road event – from novice punters to elite athletes – for a chance to walk, bike and run through stunning private trails not typically open to the public. The event includes the below six different races:
Mountain bike – 47km solo or in a team of two
Ultra-run – 51km solo or as a team
Off-road marathon – 42km walk/run
Sawpit trail run – 8.5km walk/run
Miners trail – 15km walk/run
Triathlon – 2km swim, 47km bike, 8.5km run solo or as a team
Motatapu is a hugely enjoyable and social event, famous for its relaxed southern vibe and a chance to spend time in Queenstown’s pristine surroundings.
When: Saturday 9 March – Sunday 10 March 2019
Salt Float Spa
Unwind, reset and experience ultra-deep relaxation at Salt Float Spa in Queenstown. Many people don’t realise the stain gravity can have on the body. Sage Float Spa frees the body from the effects of gravity as well as all other senses. Salt Float Spa’s sensory deprivation floatation pods hold 600l of water with 450kg of Epsom-salts, heated to body temperature of 35°c, creating a unique sensory deprivation experience that simulates true weightlessness. This is the ultimate spa experience is a fantastic way to ease muscle pain, relax the nervous system and reduce inflammation.
Where: 53 Gorge Road, Queenstown
When: 9pm – 9pm Monday through Friday; 10am-6pm Saturday & Sunday
Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race
A truly pioneering race – the third edition of The Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race through New Zealand’s Southern Alps is a feat of endurance and an epic tour through Queenstown’s high country. It involves six incredible days of racing that links together the best back country riding in the South Island. Many riders push themselves to their limits, but the rewards and comradery of this race are unmatched!
When: Sunday 25 November – Friday 20 November 2018