Aussies step in to sponsor Queenstown Winter Festival

Qantas has plugged the gap left by Air New Zealand as a key sponsor of Queenstown's Winter Festival - which has organisers predicting mobs of Australian visitors.

And should those predictions come true, Qantas will be providing a further 650 seats a week over the winter period. June's annual celebration of all things winter in the mountain resort has traditionally ushered in the ski season with events as varied as concerts, parades and novelty snow races.

Queenstown Winter Festival manager Lisa Buckingham was thrilled to have Qantas signed up as a key sponsor for the 40th incarnation of the event.

"The Winter Festival has been attracting Australians over the years and this partnership with Qantas will further enhance our ability to raise the profile of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival in the Australian market.

"The fact that a major international brand like Qantas sees great value in the festival just goes to highlight the quality of the event and we are absolutely delighted to welcome Qantas to our family of sponsors."

Qantas regional general manager for New Zealand Igor Kwiatkowski said the airline was pleased to support the festival and fly more Australians to the event.

"During the winter period Qantas will add more than 650 seats each week and the additional services will mean greater flexibility and a premium experience for our customers travelling to Queenstown during the ski and festival season."

From April 7 to July 2 Qantas flights between Sydney and Queenstown will vary from three to five a week, commencing daily from July 4 to October 24.


The Southland Times