It’s nearly that time of year again (where on earth has 2017 gone?!!) – the biennial Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ. Held from the 25 August to the 10 September 2017, the Winter Games are an awesome excuse to get yourself down to Queenstown for few days where you can not only enjoy some of the world’s best winter sport action, but you can also get involved yourself.
What are the Winter Games NZ?
For those of you who don’t know about the Winter Games NZ, where have you been??! Seriously though, the Winter Games are an opportunity to see the world’s best winter athletes in action on the slopes and ice rinks of the Southern Alps.
It’s not only a chance to see the best winter athletes in the world, it’s a chance to watch them all for free as aside from two ice hockey games, all sporting events at the Games are free to watch and you don’t even need a ticket! This year the Audi Quattro Winter Games celebrates its fth anniversary and will welcome Winter Olympic, Paralympic and X Games stars from all over the world to Queenstown for two weeks of winter games fun.
The Games are split into two key areas: the Sport and the Festival. The sports schedule includes a wide range of sporting activities for you to enjoy and you will see the very best athletes in the world competing. Events include:
- Alpine skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Ice Hockey
The Winter Games are pretty unique. Whilst the ski and snowboard community has a reputation for being laid back, as always, New Zealand takes this to a whole new level and the competitors, coaches, judges and spectators love it! If you have never been to watch winter sport at the highest level, a trip to Queenstown is a must so get planning your visit now.
The Winter Games NZ Festival
The Festival is such an integral part of the Winter Games and for many, a great reason to head to Queenstown to party! Whilst there is a lot of activity taking place in Queenstown, this year the organisers are also taking the party to the mountains this year with apres-ski parties planned at the Cardrona Alpine Resort where you can dance the afternoon away to the likes of New Zealand’s very own David Dallas. It once again promises to be an amazing 2 weeks of great winter sports action and some great partying with a stellar line-up of stars booked in to perform this year.
What are the highlights
With such an awesome lineup planned for this year’s event, it’s pretty tricky to pick out the highlights . If you really want to see the best of the best, we recommend heading down for the closing weekend on the 8-10 September where you will get to see the following:
- Snowboard Half Pipe World Cup Finals
- Trans Tasman Ice Hockey Challenege
If however you are more into the Alpine Skiing, then you need to head down in the first week when you will be able to take in the Giant Slalom every day from 28-31 August. The Freeski World Cup Slopestyle is also on during the first week with the finals on 27 August followed by the Freeski World Cup Halfpipe Final on the 1 September.
The best thing to do is head to the official Winter Games NZ website and check out the full schedule and make a plan from there.
Getting there and away
Queenstown is going to be pretty chocca for the whole festival so finding accommodation may be a struggle but there are options out of the city within easy driving distance. There is also plenty going on over in Wanaka so you have a few options. If you are flying into Queenstown and need to pick up a car, check out our Queenstown specials at the moment or alternatively if you are making the drive down from Christchurch, we have some great deals on from that branch too.
However you get there, if you love your winter sports, we can’t recommend enough getting yourself on down to Queenstown this weekend. It’s going to be a cracker.
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