Welcome to Queenstown's Winter Pride '18, the most popular Winter Pride Festival in the Southern Hemisphere.
Winter Pride '18 is renowned for fun both on and off the mountain, and once you've come once, you are bound to want to come back again.
This year's festival is placing a renewed emphasis on growing the ON-MOUNTAIN SERIES, with a designated mountain resort hosting the festival each day so that we can keep the fun in one place. This year, our partner mountains are working with us to dedicate areas of their bars and restaurants to our pride festival, meaning music, plenty of socialising and a real pride vibe on the slopes.
Our free ski / boarding guides will also be there to show you around. Just like you, they are people who are here on holiday and who want to have the best time yet. They are volunteering to help make your trip even more fun and we are confident that you'll love them.
Add in our free ski / board / boots concierge service and you can now leave your gear at the bus at the end of your day and head straight to our Winter Pride Apres Ski in town - Live music / DJs, good drinks and company. No fuss. Just pick your gear back up when you board the bus the next morning.
For those who aren't so keen on snow, check out our OFF-MOUNTAIN SERIES - lots to choose from that will be a bit warmer than the hitting the slopes.
And then, of course, the usual PRIDE PARTY SERIES - those great parties you've always loved in the past with a few extra special ones this time round, like a Cards against Humanity games night, a comedy night, and our new Shared Table series, making getting dinner with good company so much easier than it has been at previous events.
We are even testing out a Men Only event for the first time, which could spice things up a little for some.
And of course, there are opportunities for you to volunteer and help out. As a social enterpride, Winter Pride, needs approximately 50 volunteers to generosuly give their time in order to make this event a success. Have a look at winterpride.co.nz/volunteer.
Lots of choices for you all, so get out there and have fun.
We can't wait to have you all along.
Full Winter Pride '18 Event Schedule
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Tickets and passes
Head to our ticket page for information on event passes and indiviual tickets. All tickets are avalable on eventfinda.
On Mountain Series
The Queenstown Lakes region has four mountain resorts. This year we are partnering with two resorts to provide our On-Mountain Series of Events: Cardrona Alpine Resort and The Remarkables.
We have also partnered with Go Orange, who have provided us with our incredible Pride Buses. Head up and down the mountains with the rest of the Winter Pride crew with minimum hassle each day, and leave your ski / board gear at the ski concierge service so that you can head straight to Apres ski in town.
Head to our ON-MOUNTAIN SERIES page for information on what's hapenning when and where up the mountains.
Off Mountain Series
This year, WInter Pride '18 is building an OFF-MOUNTAIN Series of events including Pride Groups for Queenstown's usual Adrenaline Junky activities such as Bungy, Jet Boat, White Water rafting and many other activites that this region is famous for.
More wine tasting, food and other outdoor activities such as a Ride for Pride and a few Hikes for Pride are also in the pipeline, which shoud help those of you who want a day or two off the mountian to have even more fun with outh festival goers this Winter Pride.
We are working towards having our first public Pride in the Park event, where the whole community can celebrate with us, on the final Friday afternoon. So watch this space. It should line up to be an exciting and fun week.
Ending HIV Pride Party Series
As always, the Pride Party Series is one of the highlights of our week long festival. A great place to meet new people and old friends.
This year we are keeping some of our old favourites and increasing some venues sizes so that more people can get tickets to our parties. Our final party, PROPAGANDA Galaxy, will be an extravagant end to the week, with live performers and DJs, followed closely in popularity by the Wild West and Leather and Lace Parties earlier in the week.
We are moving Kola's cabaret to an exciting new format and venue, are injecting new life into apres ski each evening at Smiths Craft Beer House - a real Pride Bar, with DJ's, good company and friendly staff, and are trialling a few new events such as Comedy Night and our second games night: "Card against Humanity".
For the men who like to really dress down, we have partnered with Urge Events to bring their (in)famous Underwear Party to town (All men, MSM).
If you want to meet new people outside of parties, we are introducing a Shared Table series - where you can have your meals with other festival goers - normally limited to 30 people per venue, so do book for these evenings early rather than later so that you can be included in the fun.
Winter Pride and Ending HIV have also partnered to bring free STI testing to Queensotwn for the week, n a range of venues, zero cost. Click on the link below to seewhere and how you can get free STI testing this WInter Pride.