That’s a wrap: full-on four-day fes­ti­val fin­ishes

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DEB­BIE JAMIESON AND JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

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.

BRADEN FASTIER / FAIR­FAX NZ

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.

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