What’s on in Queenstown in June

Winter is our favourite season here in Queenstown. Our events calendar is positively bursting with fun activities, making it a truly fantastic time to visit! We love a good celebration and we mark the official start of winter here in style—you‘ll never be short of things to do in Queenstown in June. To help with your winter plans, we’ve listed some of our top recommendations below including live music, skiing, fireworks, light shows, markets and more!



 Queenstown Gardens are set to light up this June with the famous LUMA Light Festival. LUMA comes alive after sunset, showcasing spectacular artwork, sculpture and performances all radiating colour and energy on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. LUMA is a great Queensland winter activity for the whole family—this year kids will be wowed by the large glowing mushroom sculptures by artist Amigo and Amigo and neon squiggle trees by Angus Muir Design. The festival runs for four days only, from Friday 4th June to Monday 7th June, and lights come on daily at 5pm. The best part? You won’t need to worry about parking as all this is taking place just a ten minute walk from our Queenstown apartments. More information on featured installations and everything you need to know to get the most out of your experience can be found at


Coronet Night Ski


The first of Coronet Peak’s popular night time ski sessions takes place from 4pm - 9pm on Wednesday 23rd June, and they’re kicking it off with a bang! If you only attend one night time ski session this year, we recommend you make it this one. There will be DJ's, live music and fireworks on the slopes, and pizzas and drinks available to sustain you and your friends as you ski and socialise your way through the evening. Plus, anyone who has done it before will tell you that there’s no better vantage point to see the sun set in spectacular fashion behind the snow-capped alps. Sound like your thing? Book your lift pass online now.


Mardi Gras


If you’re not already all partied out from these amazing Queenstown winter events, we highly recommend hitting the Queenstown Mardi Gras! The lively and slightly wild festival centres aroud live music, with dozens of artists taking to Warren Park on Saturday 26th June to throw Queentown a winter party of epic proportions. The festival runs from 4pm to 10pm, and costumes are encouraged. Just remember it gets very cold at night—so if this one’s on your list make sure you dress up, rug up and come prepared. The Queentown Mardi Gras is an R18 event and buses will be operating to enable partygoers to get home safely. Tickets usually sell out for this one, so book yours now!


Welcome to Winter


Look, this one technically happens in July but we just couldn’t leave it off our list! Queenstown’s Welcome to Winter Festival runs from 2nd to 4th July, celebrating everything there is to love about winter in beautiful Queenstown. Friday kicks off with live music, a mid-winter market and fireworks in the evening, then Saturday includes a gala, film festival and superhero/ice princess party for the kids! On Sunday there’s a full fun-day of events up at Coronet Peak, and the weekend ends on a high note with Ladi6 performing live at the Sherwood Hotel. Some of these events are free and some are ticketed, but there’s definitely something for everyone at this Queenstown winter event! For news and updates, you can follow the Welcome to Winter Festival on Facebook.


If you’re looking for a self-contained suite perfectly positioned to give you easy access to the best things to do in Queenstown this June, check our vacancies at Stay of Queenstown to see how we can help.