Queenstown as a Gay Destination
During the summer months, stunning Queenstown located on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, is New Zealand's adrenaline central – nearby is the world's first permanent commercial bungy site was established by A J Hackett off the Kawarau Bridge in 1988. Jet boating is a popular water sport with the Shotover Jet Company taking enthusiasts onto the Shotover River, a waterway that offers a fantastic jet boat experience surrounded by stunning steep rock canyons and fast flowing water.
However as the season changes, so do the activities on offer. The region becomes a winter wonderland to the delight of eager snowboarders and skiers. While gay and lesbian skiers are welcome any time in Queenstown, the city hosts a dedicated gay ski week. This is your chance to hit the slopes during the day and enjoy the plethora of activities arranged especially during the week as après ski entertainment.
Hotels in Queenstown warmly welcome all travellers to the city. During Gay Ski Week the host hotel is the Crowne Plaza, a chic and stylish lake-front hotel that has views of the Remarkables Mountain Range.
Gay Ski Week
Held during the last week in August, Gay Ski Week is a major event on the New Zealand calendar and the international queer calendar. The week kicks off on the Saturday night with an opening party. This is your chance to mingle with other like minded enthusiasts before hitting the slopes the following morning. The organising committee arranges special events for every night during the festival – including for example a Rocky Horror themed night, karaoke and a wine tasting evening. The week concludes with a Dance Party on the final Saturday night – so that you can say your final farewells to all your new friends before you catch up the following year in Queenstown.