What is the Winter Pride Festival?

Winter Pride is a festival in a small town with a bold heart that celebrates love, community, diversity, visibility and inclusion. It is a festival that encourages locals and visitors alike to come together and celebrate their diversity.

2019 dates and updates

The dates for the 2019 festival are Friday 30 August to Sunday 8 September 2019. We are starting a day earlier to give you that extra day up the mountain if you want it and we are planning on making the last sunday that little more social for those guests who have chosen to make a weekend of it. 10 days, 2 weeekends, and a whole lot of fun in between. We will update the schedule and website in early 2019. Tickets shoudl be on sale from February 2019.

If you are a volunteer please make sure you have signed up to our email as we will do a callout for volunteers closer to the 2019 festival. Our Winter Pride volunteers were proudly supported by Vodafone for Winter Pride 2018.

If you are looking for information on our values and the Pride Pledge please go to pridepledge.co.nz.

Jam-packed with amazing events, with talent lineups including some of our best loved Australasian DJs, dance parties, skiing, boarding and mountian walks, the festival is the perfect week for people to show their true selves in an accepting, supportive and fun community.

Held annually, Queenstown is one of the best places in the world to host such a festival. As well as being the adventure capital of the world, it’s also a top tourist destination and is full of supportive local businesses and people who welcome and encourage our community’s growing demographic.

Our guests are 45% Australian, 45% NZ, with the rest everywhere else. Around half of our guests repeat visit Queenstown at another date and return to our Winter Pride festival in a following year.

We now have 10,000+ Instagram followers and 5600+ Facebook followers, so be sure to like and follow us on social media to keep up to date with new events and pic ostings of your favouire moments during the festival.

We sell 4,500+ tickets to our Pride Events annually in Queenstown and thousands more attend Winter Pride's free and non-ticketed events.

Emergency management / Health and Safety information

If you need more information on Health and Safety or emergency management related to Winter Pride please go to the health and safety page.

Why Queenstown

Following on from the huge success of the 2018 event, we are planning for this year to be bigger and bolder than ever! We have a fantastic line-up of events in the pipeline, activities, parties, pop-ups, free events and more. The full event listing will be launched later in February and we will continue to add new events as we grow during the year.

How is it structured?

Gay Ski Week QT started in 2012, when we thought it was about time Queenstown had an event that celebrated diversity in all its forms. 7 years later, and we’re now the largest gay pride festival in the Southern Hemisphere, with more partners, pomp and parties than ever before.

2018's Winter Pride festival marked a shift towards a broader, more inclusive festival. We placed 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 and we are hoping to have 3 mountain partners, up from 2 in 2018.

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. They are volunteering to help make your trip even more fun and we are confident that you'll love them.

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. Get out there, make new friends, reconnect with old ones and have fun.

To contact the festival directors please feel free to email:
email: mike@winterpride.co.nz or martin@winterpride.co.nz

How can I sponsor or Support Winter Pride

We welcome new supporters into the fold at WInter Pride.

If you are interested in finding our more about becoming a sponsor or supporter of Winter Pride, please feel free to get mroe information from our sponsorship information page.

On Mountain Series - updates coming Feb 2019

The Queenstown Lakes region has four mountain resorts. This year we are partnering with three resorts to provide our On-Mountain Series of Events: Cardrona Alpine Resort and The Remarkables and (in discussion) Cornet Peak.

We will also be negotiating with our partners to put on the incredible Pride Buses again in 2019, letting you head up and down the mountains with the rest of the Winter Pride crew with minimum hassle each day.

Our ON-MOUNTAIN SERIES page will be update in February 2019 with more information on what's hapenning when and where up the mountains.

Off Mountain Series - updates coming Feb 2019

Off Mountain Series - updates coming Feb 2019
This year, Winter Pride '19 is continuing an OFF-MOUNTAIN Series of events including Pride Groups for Queenstown's usual Adrenaline Junky activities such as as Shotover Jet Boats and Zip Trek and many other activites that this region is famous for.

More wine tasting, food and other outdoor activities such as 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. And we are parnering with Onsen Hot Pools for those of you who enjoy that extra little pamper time.

Once again we will hold our public event, Pride in the Park, where the whole community can celebrate with us on the final Friday afternoon.

And we are also intorduing a Sevens Touch Tournament, so rugby fans, join one of the mixed teams and get out onto the field or just come as a spectator and enjoy.

Watch this space. It should line up to be an exciting and fun week.

Pride Party Series - Full schedule to be released Feb 2019

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 performers and DJs, followed closely in popularity by the the Leather and Lace Party and Karoake and the Urge Underwear party earlier in the week.

We have reformatted the cabaret evening into an exciting new format, making it more accessibie to a wider audience in terms of cost, and transformed it into "Queenstown's Got Talent" a shortlist of our best talent from volunteers ot some more celubrious permoring talent and hosts.

Following on from the success fo 2018, Apres ski will be each evening at Smiths Craft Beer House - a real Pride Bar, with DJ's, good company and friendly staff. We have also mixed it up a bit by putting the quiz on hold for the year while we re-boot our Games Night as "Cards against Humanity" and give you more time to chat and catch up with firends surrounded by the worst possible humour.

For the men who like to really dress down, we are in the process of re-partnering with Urge Events to bring their (in)famous Underwear Party to town (All men, MSM).

We are also exploring a non-cis cocktail evening and a pre-drinks ladies event (still in the early planning stages).

If you want to meet new people outside of parties, we are tweaking our Shared Table series so that we have a choice of showcased restaurants each night - you choose and you book - and there should be plenty of other WInter Pride guests there for you to meet and feel at home with.

How do I buy a ticket or an event pass

It's as simple as clicking on the "TICKETS AND PASSES" button and getting your credit card out (from Feb 2019).
For Event Passes, got to "Packages".
Go for it! And we'll see you at the festival in September.

Who organises Winter Pride / Gay Ski Week QT?

South Pacific Pride Limited organise a number of LGBTT+ pride related events, specifically Gay Ski Week QT / Winter Pride and NZ Rainbow Tick Excellence Awards. Co-owners, Martin King and Mike Hughes, are based in Queenstown.
email: mike@winterpride.co.nz or martin@winterpride.co.nz

A few comments about the brand….

After a lot of thought and planning, we decided that it was time to build on the loyalty and total awesomeness of all the hard work done by Sally and Mandy Whitewoods with Gay Ski Week QT. And so we began to work towards broadening the festival further into a pride event. Of course, this is a work in progress and will keep evolving as we grow.
We tried to capture this intent with our logo and brand guidelines. We endeavoured to include the motif of the rainbow flag, and its strong history of inclusiveness and LGBTTQ+ pride AND also give a nod towards the very essence of that pride – that your identity is your own, there is no one right way. For that reason we have layered the colours, mixed up the fonts, put the lines at an angle, and designed it so there is no one right way up – it’s deliberately fluid in a retro way. Like the festival, it is fun, it can change a bit, and it is bold.

Winter Pride in the media....

Here are a few other recent articles which may be worth a read to give you some background for your blog:
Gay Nation: Winter Pride is the ultimate gay holiday
Stuff: Winter Pride, Somewhere over the rainbow
Gay Express: Free HIV testing in Queenstown for Winter Pride
Moutan Scene: Feel the Pride at rebranded fest
Mountain Scene: Pride in the Park

And this one's from earlier in the year, before the re-brand from Gay Ski Week QT to Winter Pride:
Gay Express: Meet the new owners of Gay Ski Week QT

Who is Wakatipu Youth Trust?

Wakatipu Youth Trust is one of the key charities that Witner Pride is partnering with for WInter Pride '18.

Wakatipu Youth Trust was formed from the amalgamation of Wakatipu District Youth Trust and Queenstown Life Trust in 2011. We are the only youth trust serving the Wakatipu basin, which stretches from Glenorchy to Arrowtown to Kingston. This is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing areas; we had 22,000 residents in 2015; 25,557 by 2018 and by 2028, our population is expected to reach 32,627. This rapid growth puts stresses on all infrastructure and support services.

Wakatipu social services are also seeing changes in our community as it grows. In particular, increases in domestic and family violence, overcrowded housing, income inequality, mental health issues, poverty, isolation, youth anxiety, families working multiple jobs and gaps between families’ needs and what social services provide. At the same time, the social services sector faces decreased funding and less time available from region-wide services for our district.

Youth work relies totally on fundraising and receives no government funding. Its purpose is to guide and support our young people in their personal, social and educational development to help them reach their full potential in society and make a successful transition to adult life.

Wakatipu Youth Trust achieves these ends through a variety of services from individual mentoring to our drop-in centre, holiday and extra curricular programmes, youth groups, events, weekly engagement within seven local schools as well as courses supporting life, relationship and vocational skills.

In 2018, the trust moved from downtown Queenstown to Frankton, reflecting the move of the high school and increasing concentration of local families.

Our youth face an ever-changing world on a monumental scale - from technology to education, career structure, communication and home life. Generation Z and Alpha (those born from 2010) will require agility and different skill sets in the face of rapid and ongoing change.

Helping our youth face the manifold opportunities and challenges ahead will require similar agility from youth workers and all others involved in the social services sector. Collaboration will be key as no one group or profession will possess all the skills, knowledge, resources or capacity needed.

This strategy aims to ensure Wakatipu Youth Trust is positioned to help lead this collaboration to ensure our youth are best equipped with the mindset, skills and behaviours they need in this dynamic, highly globalised and uncertain world.

WYT Statement of Intent

Wakatipu Youth Trust and Winter Pride values align in the belief that all LGBTTQ+ people should have the freedom to be safe, healthy and visible. Equally we will use our voice and influence to support visibility, safety , tolerance, love, diversity and inclusion of all LGBTTQ+ people

With the charitable money raised by Winter Pride we intend to invest into the areas with which we receive no funding but have a growing demand from our community such as Mentoring, Vocational Programmes and Social initiatives. The funds raised will enable us to both sustain and grow these valuable projects

With respect to our LGBT+ Youth Group 'The Spectrum Club' we wish to continue fostering and supporting safety, diversity and inclusion in the Wakatipu and wider Central Lakes area through our venue, school, education and messages, as well as, providing events and opportunities to connect with other LGBT+ youth.



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