The festival known for encouraging mountain adventures with canines and rocking undergarments in sub-zero temperatures is back for its 44th year. The 2018 Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival is the country's biggest winter festival. This year it returns to the picturesque lakeside village with a fresh approach and new host mountain.
The festival stage, this year set against the backdrop of Lake Wakatipu, will host a 100-percent New Zealand music lineup, rounding up popular and rising artists including Tiki Taane, Maala, Leisure, The Black Seeds and The Feelers as part their 25th anniversary tour. New live music venues, Memorial Centre and The Sherwood Hotel, will host further local acts including L.A.B., Yoko-Zuna, Nadia Reid, Hollie Smith and the Killergrams. ￼
For those who prefer a different kind of adrenaline rush, the iHeartRadio Day on the Bay will return with wharf jumping contest, The Hits 90.4 Birdman, seeing participants launch themselves into Lake Wakatipu. The JUCY Undy 500 will see brave souls tackle an obstacle course and sprint through ice-cold water in nothing but underwear; the Go Orange Ripper Rafting will see teams battle it out in inflatable vessels; and The Legends of Steel will invite local boarders to strut their stuff on a street rail.