Queenstown is alive with activity for the 2013 Winter Games Queenstown is alive with activity for the 2013 Winter Games CREDIT: Mati Nitibhon

It's all on in Queenstown

Monday 12 August 2013, 4:01PM
By Double Black


The Queenstown Winter Games started this week, running from 11-25 August, 2013. As an essential forerunner to the 2014 Winter Olympics the event has lured a remarkable contingent of world-class athletes from around the world, many using the event as a springboard into their campaigns for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The 14 day event will see over 1,000 elite winter sports athletes from around the world competing in no less than 7 World Cup events in the 14-day competition. Local competitors include the Wells brothers, competing in the FIS Halfpipe and Slopestyle events, and Paralympic Gold Medalist, Adam Hall, competing in Alpine Skiing events.

Vice President of Accor NZ & Fiji, Garth Simmons, says while the Winter Games only come around every couple of years, it's one of the more exhilarating activities on Queenstown’s events calendar. Our hotels are fantastically placed to take care of the influx of the world’s best snow sports athletes and we look forward to welcoming them along with event administrators and visitors to our Sofitel, MGallery, Novotel and Mercure hotels.”

Accor presents four distinct accommodations in the center of Queenstown - from the well-appointed Mercure Resort and premier 4-star Novotel around the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu to the subtle boutique style of Hotel St Mortiz and Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa - you will find a hotel to match every preference and budget.

Don’t pass up all the action from the Winter Games NZ 2013 and book your lodging with Accor hotels in the heart of Queenstown, priced from AUD $156 or NZD $179 per night. See

Winter Games NZ will also include an Adventure Film Festival showcasing films, concerts and entertainment in Queenstown and Wanaka.