Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Visitors flock to Queenstown ahead of Winter Fest

Visitors flock to Queenstown ahead of Winter Fest

Queenstown accommodation providers are gearing up for a bumper season thanks to the thick layer of snow already blanketing the slopes.

With just under a week to go before the start of the annual Queenstown Winter Fest, hoteliers are already experiencing an influx of thrill-seeking visitors.

One place benefiting from the uplift is The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments.

Bookings are up compared to the same time last year and Chief Executive of The Rees, Mark Rose, is looking forward to the welcoming the visitors that flock to the festival.

“The Queenstown Winter Festival is the “official” announcement that the mountains are open. It says, put on your woolies and come on down,” said Mark.

“In terms of bookings we’re probably around 19% up on this time last year. It’s always a busy time for us but this year is shaping up to be something special.”

According to Rose the majority of visitors will be coming from around New Zealand and from across the ditch and booking through online sites such as Booking.com.

The online travel agent is the world’s biggest accommodation supplier and major source of booking for The Rees.

Booking.com New Zealand area manager Tracey Foxall backs Rose. She suggests Kiwis looking for a winter weekend getaway should be making reservations now.

Tracey said; “We’ve roughly 155 properties listed in the Queenstown region and with everything that’s on offer during the festival and in Queenstown itself, we are expecting a very busy winter season – the festival alone attracts 45,000 visitors.

“But whatever the time of year we try to show travellers at home and abroad that New Zealand has so much to offer, with some of best places to stay available through Booking.com.”

Running from 19 – 28 June 2015. ‘Winter Fest’ celebrates everything a beautiful Queenstown winter has to offer. Kicking off with the opening party and fireworks over Lake Wakatipu followed by nine days of music, theatre, markets, comedy, skiing and snow.

For more details on the Winter Festival visit www.winterfestival.co.nz/ and to book accommodation go to www.booking.com/


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Clark Exit, Convention Centres, And The Killing Of Hachalu Hundessa

Goodbye, David Clark. In the end, the outgoing Health Minister decided that in the midst of a pandemic the best thing he could do for New Zealand would be to no longer be there – given that being there had involved hiving off on his mountain bike during a lockdown, and throwing the country’s most beloved Health bureaucrat under a bus. As Clark indicated so memorably at last week’s press conference, when it comes to managing public health risks at the border the buck stops with…that guy over there! In the aftermath of that debacle, Clark reached the same conclusion the nation had reached some time ago, that leadership just wasn’t his thing. Once again, he got on his bike.... More>>

Government: David Clark Resigns As Health Minister

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted David Clark’s resignation as Health Minister. More>>


Election 2020: Green Party Unveils Income Policy

The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity. The scheme resets income support payments to ensure everyone not in full-time paid work gets at least ... More>>


Conservation: New Protection For Dolphins

Extensive new protections are being put in place as part of an updated plan to look after New Zealand’s native Hector’s and Māui dolphins, announced Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. More>>


Auckland: Water Consent Referred To Board Of Inquiry

Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses... More>>


Gun Law: A New Firearms System Focused On Safety

Tougher gun laws will begin to take effect from next week following the passage of new firearms legislation through Parliament today. The Minister of Police says the Third Reading of the Arms Legislation Bill is an historic milestone for community ... More>>


Government: Building A Stronger Health And Disability System

The Government is committing to a long-term programme of reform to build a stronger New Zealand Health and Disability System that delivers for all. More>>


National: Todd Muller Announces Caucus Reshuffle

Today I am confirming a minor shadow cabinet reshuffle due to the retirement of Paula Bennett. Dr Shane Reti will be ranked number 13 and will take on Associate Drug Reform. Shane has demonstrated a huge intellect and capacity for work, supporting ... More>>

Biosecurity: Winston Peters On EU Travel: 'We're Not Going To Compromise Our Country's Health'

Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealanders who head to Europe on holiday should pay for their two weeks' hotel quarantine when they return. More>>

Economy: Infrastructure Investment To Create Jobs, Kick-Start COVID Rebuild

A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister ... More>>


Covid-19: Isolation System To Be Beefed Up After Stress

A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify ... More>>


Election 2020: Parties Get Into Gear

ACT has today announced its list for the 2020 General Election. “The calibre and experience of our candidates will impress voters of every persuasion. We have candidates from all walks of life. People who have built their homes, families and businesses ... More>>


Int'l Trade: New Zealand To Host Virtual APEC In 2021

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels