Summerdaze Festival from 31st December - 31st January

Summerdaze Festival is a month long fun-filled programme of events held in the Queenstown Lakes region, running from December 31, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

Celebrating its eighth year, Summerdaze has a calendar packed with events for all the community. It starts with the New Year's Eve celebrations in Queenstown and Wanaka and features music and sport, plus arts and crafts events reflecting the diversity of people and interests in the region. It also offers locals and visitors fun and free events to participate in during the peak of summer.

The festival programme has teddy bears picnics for the young ones, skateboarding competitions for teenagers, creative workshops for the crafty types as well as mountainbiking events, triathlons, a rodeo, markets, an outdoor cinema and plenty more.

The signature New Year's Eve celebrations, on the lakefronts of Queenstown and Wanaka, will provide a great line-up of live music. This includes the Crystal Set, Deadlier than the Male and Mercury Crowe and the Station Agents, and a dazzling firework display to welcome in 2012.

New to the 2012 calendar is the Queenstown Summerdaze Kite Workshop, which offers children and adults the opportunity to create their own colourful aircraft. They can then watch a spectacular display of kites swimming and swooping in the air in Wanaka. Bring your own and join in the fun.

Also new for 2012, you can discover the art of Chinese brush painting at one of three workshops held in Arrowtown in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The entire region reacts to the vibrancy of Summerdaze. It encourages participation and for people to get out and about during the summer months.

The action-packed calendar of events will take participants to the mountains, into the communities and across the region. Check it out and join in the festivities!

The Summerdaze festival features over 30 events.

For the full calendar see:

DATES: December 31, 2011 to
January 31, 2012.


WHERE: Queenstown, Wanaka, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Hawea.