That’s a wrap: full-on four-day festival finishes
Queenstown Winter Festival organisers have given the new four-day format a thumbs up.
Festival manager Lisa Buckingham said it had proved very popular.
‘‘There’s been a really good vibe around town - a really good showing of locals and a lot of visitors who have come and embraced it and been part of the festivities as well.’’
A new welcome ceremony, which included two waka rowing into Queenstown Bay on dusk, was a great addition, and the new format Birdman competition, with contestants jumping from a barge in the lake, ensured the biggest crowd to date at the public events.
She was also pleased with the settled weather, which ensured people could get out and enjoy events.
However, a layer of fresh snow on surrounding mountains on Sunday was welcomed, especially by the MacPac Skin to Summit contestants who raced up Coronet Peak at dawn.
Twenty-eight athletes skied to the top of Coronet Peak using skins on the base of their skis.
David Cordery, of Alexandra, was the fastest competitor on the single loop course in 35.05 min. Chris Forne was the fastest to complete a double loop course, in 39.57 minutes.
During the Auckland Airport Carnival on Sunday evening Beach Street was closed and filled with pop up restaurants and bars, community organisation fundraisers and two live entertainment stages featuring more than 20 acts.
The Phoenix Foundation performed on the main stage while Arrowtown siblings Brentwood were on Beach St.
More than 250 people took part
‘‘There's been a really good vibe around town.’’
in the community walking parade, including the percussion group WASamba, from Western Australia. The 44 members, aged 8-87, came to New Zealand at their own expense especially to attend the Queenstown Winter Festival.
A huge crowd watched activities on Saturday, which included carnival and carnage as nearnude men and women fell over one another, rafts lost their crew and a giant orange birdman flung himself into a freezing lake during the Day on the Bay.
Southern student Georgia Holt, 20, of Winton, was the first to cross the Undy 500 finish line.
A competitor nears the top of Coronet Peak Ski Area as the sun rises, during the Skin to Summit.
Australian percussion group WASamba in the community walking parade.