Winter Pride

How do I know what’s on?

Check out the Winter Pride tour page on Humanitix. There you’ll find the most updated information on what’s on, when and where. You will also find a schedule table on our website to help you visualise and plan your activities while you stay with us.

You may also have seen our Blueprint of events in the lead up to the festival, especially if you engaged with us prior to our official launch. Please note that this Blueprint is only our intended list of events and is subject to change as we get closer to the festival.

Do you have a help desk?

No, but this year we’ll be operating a ‘drop in’ time with a Winter Pride crew member as part of Après Ski. Between 5 pm and 7pm at Sundeck Attiqa, find the table with our crew member to ask any questions or queries you might have. We’d be happy to help you with anything you need.

Do you have door sales?

Very rarely as most events sell out in advance. We do not recommend coming to Queenstown intending to get into events on the door, but if you don't mind taking a risk, you can always try. The best way to get access to our events is by purchasing a Patron’s Status and booking your tickets from there. Please see our Ticketing FAQ for more information.

Do you operate coat check at events? Is there a charge?

Yes! Winter Pride runs a Coat Check at most events where it would be convenient for patrons to store their additional clothing or bags - namely, parties and shows. Coat Check is a free service, included in the price of your Patron’s Status. However, we always welcome donations to support our charity partners.

How else can I support local charities while at Winter Pride?

Throughout the festival there will be opportunities to donate to local charities, such as The Spectrum Club, directly through fundraisers such as our coat check service and rainbow sale at ParkRun. So bring some spare change and keep an eye out for local charity presence at our events.

How do I find accommodation?

Accommodation is not included in your Patron’s Status, you will need to book this independently. However, we have many accommodation partners offering exclusive deals to Winter Pride patrons. We’ll continually update information about current deals on the promos page of our website. Accor Hotels are the Winter Pride Platinum Partner Hotels and the Official Host Hotel is Novotel Lakeside Queenstown. Whatever you book, we recommend that you look at booking centrally.

How do I find Winter Pride people up the slopes?

There are designated Winter Pride snow days listed on our events schedule and/or events blueprint. Check out where Winter Pride patrons will be heading on the days you’re planning to hit the slopes.

Is my ski pass included in my patron’s status?

Patron’s Statuses do not include any ski passes, patrons must buy these through the respective mountain companies. We do however have special deals, for both on and off mountain activities, via the Winter Pride website.

Are there any other special deals available for Winter Pride Patrons?

Yes! We have many local sponsors offering exclusive deals to Winter Pride patrons - including many adventure, hospitality and accommodation partners. We’ll continually update information about current deals on the sponsorship page of our website. Head on over to make the most of your stay.

How do I transport myself to and from the mountain?

You will need to organise your own transport up and down the mountain. Many transport businesses offer pick ups and drop offs. Check out our promos page for any special transport deals to help you pick the right option for you.

Do I have to show my ID at events?

Yes. Photo ID (driver's license or passport) will be requested for door access at all events. As our tickets are non-transferable, it’s important for us to match the name on your ID to the name on your ticket. However, we are wary that this may pose risk to our valued transgender and gender-diverse patrons. Please note that all our door staff will be aware of our Winter Pride Trans Inclusive Policy and will not say the name listed on your ID, ticket or vaccine passport out loud, nor will we presume any patron’s gender subsequently.

What are Winter Pride’s trans inclusive policies?

In addition to our ID policy listed above, we take care to only host events at Pride Pledge supporting businesses who are committed to creating safe, fun and inclusive spaces for LGBT+ visitors.

We ensure that all our venues have gender neutral bathroom options and/or, in the rare case this is not possible, inclusive signage detailing that all patrons are welcome to use the bathroom they feel most comfortable in.

We also stipulate that same-gender parties (namely URGE and Ladies’ Night) are explicitly welcoming of trans and gender diverse patrons who feel that those events are right for them.

The safety and happiness of transgender and gender-minority patrons are of utmost priority to us. You are welcome here.

What are Winter Pride’s policies on COVID safety, level restrictions and vaccine passports?

The health and safety of our attendees is paramount. The Winter Pride Festival follows all government regulations and requests relating to COVID-19. We aim to keep all our event information up to date regarding any current restrictions or relevant information, and will let you know of any pressing changes via the email you registered your tickets with.

No guests are able to participate in any gatherings or events if they have any COVID-19 symptoms and/or if they need to be in isolation/quarantine for any reason, in accordance with current Ministry of Health Guidelines.

Please note that, due to the ongoing reality of Covid in New Zealand, changes to the festival may occur outside of the control of Winter Pride festival organisers at any time.

Do you have dedicated buses to the mountains?

No. Buses are run by the mountain companies, and can be bought with your ski packages or separately.

Do I have to be a Patron to join the mountain events and guided ski and boarding groups?

Our mountain events and guided groups are open to anyone attending winter pride who wants to join in the fun!


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