It’s a magical time of year here in Queenstown – the air is cold while the sun shines, fires roar in the downtown bars and the snow lights up the surrounding mountains.
The town is welcoming visitors from all over to come and experience everything on offer during winter. Staysouth.com thought we’d let you know about a couple of great Queenstown events in July that involve snow, the outdoors, après ski, fashion, food – and, of course, fun!
First up is the famous Peak to Peak and is a hit with thrill-seeking adventure racers out there. Held on Saturday, July 26, individuals and teams of two to five people race from The Remarkables ski area to Coronet Peak.
It’s a high-speed, gut-busting challenge that begins at The Remarkables with people skiing or snowboarding 2km down the slopes, to then transition to a 17km mountain bike down the ski area access road to Frankton Beach. Then competitors kayak 7km on Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown Bay. The next stage is a 9km run from Queenstown to Coronet Alpine Hotel, followed by a 9km uphill cycle to the Coronet Peak ski resort base.
The Peak to Peak is generally held in all conditions. It’s a fun event and worth doing if you’re up for it.
If you’re staying in Queenstown and looking for something a little more glamorous, check out Clicquot in the Snow from Wednesday July 30 to Sunday August 3.
The five-day annual event gives locals and visitors alike a chance to toast winter with après ski fun.
Head up to Coronet Peak and enjoy a flute of Clicquot champagne at the snow bar on the main deck during the day or during Coronet’s awesome night skiing sessions.
Fashion-lovers won’t want to miss the Evening with Kathryn Wilson and Veuve Clicquot on August 2. New Zealand’s biggest shoe designer will showcase her summer 2014 collection at the Heliworks Hangar. You’ll get to see an exclusive catwalk preview before the collection hits stores and meet Kathryn Wilson herself, while enjoying a flute of Veuve Clicquot. Tickets are $50 and can be bought here.
The Clicquot After Party, on Tuesday, July 31, is a great Queenstown bar, The Bunker. Top New Zealand DJs will play from 9pm onwards. There’ll be more late night celebrations on Friday, August 1, at Barmuda.
For more events and information about what’s on in Queenstown, check out Destination Queenstown’s website.
If you’re keen to get amongst some of the action in Queenstown but not sure where to stay, we’ve got some of Queenstown’s best accommodation at Staysouth.com. Our luxury apartments are spacious, modern, positioned in fantastic locations and can cater for all requirements – from intimate getaways to vacations for large groups of families and friends. Get in touch today – we’ll help you make the most of your winter experience.