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It’s ‘Party Time’ for DNA Gay Ski Week Queenstown

16 August 2012

It’s ‘Party Time’ for DNA Gay Ski Week Queenstown

The countdown is on to the start of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Winter Pride event, kicking off in Queenstown next week.

DNA Gay Ski Week launches on Saturday 25th August with the More FM opening party, setting the scene for an epic week of fun and activity for gay and lesbian visitors from New Zealand and around the world.

Sally Whitewoods and wife Mandy are running the event, one that is recognised as a well-established ‘must do’ on the national and international gay & lesbian calendar.

They said all indicators were pointing towards a memorable and outstanding event.

“We’ve got people coming from all over the world to attend this year’s event and with ticket sales going strong we know it will be a cracker of a week,” said Mrs Whitewoods.

“The event programme is out there and has been very well received – people are genuinely excited about coming to our little piece of paradise and enjoying all we’ve organised for them and everything that Queenstown has to offer.”

Gay Ski Week fans will enjoy on and off the snow activity, including ski days at Cardrona ski field and a jam packed night-time event schedule ensuring ‘no rest for the wicked’.

Mrs Whitewoods said the programme was designed to cater for all, with something for everyone to enjoy and take part in.

“Skiing and boarding is easily accessible for people who enjoy a play in the snow, but for those who don’t, there’s so much else they can do while they’re here,” she said.

“We’ve organised a fantastic winery day tour and of course there’s Adrenalin Day on Tuesday 28th when Mr Gay World Andreas Derleth will take part and harness up for an NZONE skydive.”

The ‘Wine Down Central Otago Winery Tour’ is on Monday 27th August, visiting 11 of the region’s most highly regarded vineyards including Akarua, Northburn, Gibbston Valley, Valli Wines and Mondillo.

The tour is followed by the ‘Wine Down Consumer Evening’ where renowned winemakers Christopher Keys of Gibbston Valley Wines and Grant Taylor of Valli Wines will host master classes.

Other evening entertainment includes viewing of cult movie classic the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Arrowtown’s Dorothy Browns Cinema at which fancy dress is compulsory.

Guests can choose to be shaken or stirred at the ‘must do’ Broken Shed ‘Casino Royale’ Gala Evening at Skyline where guests can ‘glam it up’ for the night. Dice will be rolled and chips scattered across casino tables while entertainment comes from ‘LA Social Club’.

The fabulous Miss Ribena will make an appearance at the free Karaoke night on Thursday August 30th at Skycity and people are encouraged to make a date to catch up with old friends, and make some new ones at the Friday Frolics Party at Dux de Lux.

DNA Gay Ski Week promises to wrap up the week in style with a ‘fluoro’ themed GAYDAR Mystery Dance Party at Queenstown’s World Bar, featuring DJ Haylenise from Melbourne entertaining guests on the night.

Mrs Whitewoods said she encouraged Queenstown locals to get involved with the spirit of the week and said everyone was welcome at Gay Ski Week events.

“Straight, gay, lesbian – regardless, this is a week for the whole community to enjoy,” she said.

“This year we’ve launched the fantastic locals ‘Gay on the Bay’ competition and I encourage everyone to be a part in this and reap the benefits.

“Let’s all dig out the glitter and sequins, glam it up and show the rest of New Zealand, and the world, how to party!”

Hundreds of gay men and women are expected to converge on Queenstown for the week of fun in the sun and snow. More details about the programme, events and accommodation options are available at

DNA Gay Ski Week is proudly supported by DNA magazine, Broken Shed, SKYCITY Queenstown Casino, KIRRA Holidays,,, LOTL, i-SITE Queenstown, curve, Winedown Central Otago, More FM Queenstown, BONZ, rainbow warehouse, Nautilus Wines, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Rata, and Veuve Clicquot.

DNA Gay Ski Week Queenstown
Saturday August 25 – Saturday 1 September 2012
Queenstown New Zealand


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