Fine, warm weather greeted the thousands of people who lined
the Queenstown CBD today to take in the action from the
Golden Mile and the annual Street Parade, part of the 2014
Queenstown Winter Festival.
The Golden Mile saw competitors - from the serious to the
hilarious - race a block of the CBD twice, many dressed in
One younger competitor's race got off to a flying start,
before he ended up face first on the street.
Visibly upset, the boy was lifted to his feet, helped by
fellow entrants to get his shoe back on his foot and carried
on running, cheered on loudly by the crowd.
Immediately following the race the crowd took in all the
sights of the annual street parade, with this year's 70s
theme embraced by many.
Stilt walkers, Storm Troopers, jet boats, zombies, a steam
engine and hundreds of children completed a slow lap of the
CBD with only one float having its parade rained on.
The Kawarau II jet boat, on a trailer being pulled by a car,
had to withdraw early after the car's engine began
Festival action continues today with New Zealand's first Hot
Tub outdoor cinema sessions at Earnslaw Park, and a Dive-In
Movie at Alpine Aqualand this afternoon.
Tonight the Southern Stampede ice hockey team will host the
Dunedin Thunder at the Queenstown Ice Rink in the first game
of a double header, while hundreds of people will be dressed
to the nines for the Narnia-themed 2014 Queenstown Winter