• Ryan Morris

Real Journeys, Queenstown Winter Festival 2018

Updated: Jul 23, 2018

What a banger four days! #WinterStartsHere #WeAreWinter #QTWinterFest

Real Journeys, Queenstown Winter Festival 2018

With so much happening we divided the festival into multiple sections with multiple photographers and here is my recap of the event and moments I got to capture.

DAY 1 - Thu 21st June

Couldn't ask for better weather to kick start the festival with the sunset Matariki Torchlight Procession through the vibrant, restaurant and tourist filled, cobble stone streets of Queenstown.

The procession was fire lit from Earnslaw Park through town finishing with a welcome ceremony on Lake Wakatipu before the music celebrations from Tiki Taane then The Sweet Mix Kids to open the festivities.

Learning how to turn media images around inside 30 mins of the events conclusions was a big task! Editing was brutal but it had to be done!

DAY 2 - Friday 22nd June

A nice pre sun, early morning car pool to get up the Crown Range to Cardrona Alpine Resort for carnage by dogs (on snow). Monteith's Brewing Dog Derby, a staple of the Winter Festival for years was as always going to be a crowd favourite. A downhill dog race for big and small alike, one for city slickers and one for the more astute 'country dogs' to level the field.

First dog & owner across the line to take the glory from the top of McDougall's Chondola to the festival village.

From the top of the world back to ground level, a cheeky snooze in the back of the car while heading home for a shower and quick tyre change and pit stop before we got back to the Bathhouse Stage on Wakatipu Lake front for some live action with Shaka Loves You, Superhero Second Line, Maala and Leisure.

Live music is definitely one of my favourite things to shoot. Fireworks... I'm not so good at so fortunately we had a few photographers dotted around Queenstown for "the shot" and hooley dooley make sure you follow the INCREDIBLE work of Colm Keating - he is an expert time-lapse photographer who was situated above Fernhill shooting back at Queenstown Lakes.

** The below shot is the work of Colm - make sure you get on an follow his work!! **

DAY 3 - Saturday 23nd June

Finally a sleep in, but another 12+hour day on the books! Cheeky stroll from my house took me right to the lakefront again for the Mitre10MEGA workshops and iHeart Radio #DayOnTheBay.

A family filled day basking in sunshine to really showcase Queenstown in all its glory.

Kicking off with the ultimate showdown of who has the biggest engine; the Vincent Holdings Jet Sprints showing with the local jet boat companies over a time trial circuit on the lake taken out by blue Skippers Canyon Jet.

No winters day is complete without someone ending up on the 10 degreeLake Wakatipu though, lets be real!

The Go Orange, Rafting River Rampage was there to supply us with the laughter from the shoreline. Teams of rafters with the objective of jumping ship to steal ribbons from the inside of the opposing teams boat to crown ultimate glory.

Just to add more cold water to the veins... Who would voulenteraily throw themsleves into the lake, again? These cats!!

The JUCY Undy500 saw contestants trail the shoreline obstacle course through the 10 degree water, across tyre stacks, up and over walls and through the jumping castle for a dash to the finish line!

Just to add more cold blood to the veins we saw contestants for The Hits 90.4FM Birdman leap from a top the diving platform in an effort to see who would soar supreme!!

No rest for the wicked with more live music commencing on the Bathhouse Stage backing a mint sunset and picturesque close to the family festivities. Main acts showing off some killer Kiwi talent and having the crowd pumping; Superhero Second Line, The Frank Burkitt Band, Albion Place and Killer Seas. I had the full intention of "getting the shot" and bailing for a rest with a big night still ahead, but it was so much fun I had to stay.

Not done yet!! A very short dinner break (sponsored by $6 Dominos pizza on a short time frame) leading into the Spark & Spotify after party at Memorial Hall providing the bangers with Lord Echo. Yuko-Zuna and L.A.B - some serious talent and a full house to match!!

A HUGE day of live family filled events and live music under such a pristine sky all wrapped up with killer tunes and such a hype and positive vibe. Queenstown you definitely win.

DAY 4 - Sunday 24th June

Unfortunately due to weather the Sunday did have its downfalls with Cardrona mountain safety having to withdraw from the MacPac Tour De Cardies and Mountain Bikes on snow but still saw the GIbbston Valley long lunch and some more tunes on Bathhouse Stage and the downpour literally clearing JUST in time for The Feelers and The Black Seeds to round out what was one EPIC event I was so stoked to be a part of!

Massive THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to be Robin to Batman, especially with some many other epic photographers to choose from in this town! An opportunity I won't forget and look forward to getting the chance to do hopefully do again!

Jackie Gay -

For our slim turn around time for edits, we would only choose YONDER Queenstown for some atomic coffee caffeine hits, powerpoints and usb chargers galore, amazing service, food and a welcoming team even when busy and we took up way too much room!! Kudos

Huge wrap and appreciation to the sponsors for the support, on going feedback and image sharing platforms for our work!

Real Journeys - Cardrona - SkyCity - The Hits - Gibbston Valley - Monteith's Brewing

Jucy - MacPac - GoPro - AirNewZealand - Mitre10



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