QUEENSTOWN’S WINTER FESTIVAL, SNOW AND LAKE WANAKA
A family snow holiday to Queenstown. Located only 10 minutes from the airport, and an hour drive to three large snow resorts. Provides lots of entertainment for both the adults and children especially during the week-long Queenstown Winter Festival.
Getting Around: Hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore and quick access to the ski field Coronet Peak (20 mins). Chain stations available on the way up to the mountain. Staff very helpful. Usually, no chains needed this early in the season.
Weather: Verycold but snow is rare in town. Layers and a warm down jacket (I love my Oakley puffer). There’s always good sales in Queenstown if you’re looking to get some last-minute snow gear.
I love a playground with a nearby coffee shop. Gets windy by the lake so don’t forget your jacket and gloves.
Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off the beginning the ski season. Lots of entertainment and things to do. A good time to visit, although the snow is not always at its best.
Luge in Queenstown. You can catch the gondola or hike up from the bottom. Our 2-year boy old could only conquer about half of the hike. It’s very hilly and uneven so to make your walk more enjoyable bring a kid’s hiking backpack! Kids get freezing while they’re not moving (being carried) so layer up!