Event Services

We have a wide variety of event services available for use including event ticketing, hire equipment and advertising banner rental. We can also give you advice on the permits you may need to run your event and provide you with recommendations for catering, photography, advertising and more. 

Event Permits

Depending on the type of event you’re having, you may require a permit or licence for liquor, fire, signs, amusement devices, gaming and hazardous substances. If you have an enquiry regarding any of these you can contact the Events Office on 03 441 0499 or email events@qldc.govt.nz.

Ticketing Services

We partner with Eventfinda to ensure events are delivered at the highest standard and that customer satisfaction is achieved. Eventfinda is the leading ticketing company of choice for national and international promoters, and offers customers easy-access ticketing, a respected brand and a secure and trusted way to experience live entertainment. Eventfinda provides an accessible ticket booking service to nation-wide events via internet, telephone, mobile phone and counter point of sale.

Equipment Hire

Banners and Flags

We manage a range of banner and event signage opportunities within the Lakes District using the street lighting infrastructure and purpose built Council controlled structures for the promotion of events. Bookings are essential for all flag and banner sites. Our sites include:

Banner over Horne Creek – Queenstown
Streetlight Flags – Queenstown
Streetlight Flags – Wanaka
Event Sign at Wanaka Show grounds – Wanaka

Equipment Hire

We have a variety of equipment available to hire. Please see the brochure below:

For equipment hire or banner and flag site bookings, please contact your local Booking Coordinator:

Queenstown Bookings: 03 450 9109 — bookings@qldc.govt.nz.
Wanaka Bookings: 03 443 4173 — lwc@qldc.govt.nz.


Venue Hire

QLDC a wide range of venues, parks and gardens in the Southern Lakes area, with locations in Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown, Lake Hayes and Lake Wanaka. Whether you’re planning a community event, wedding, conference, trade show, music festival or sporting event, we’ll be sure to have the location that’s suitable for your needs.

Find out more about our venues

Want to make an enquiry?

Make an enquiry through our online Venue & Event Enquiry form, or call our venues team on the following numbers.

Call +64 3 450 9111 for enquiries about:
Venues for major events
Queenstown Memorial Centre

Call +64 3 450 9109 for enquiries about:
Events Centre
Lake Hayes Pavilion
Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall
Parks and Reserves

Call +64 3 450 9110 for enquiries about:
Events Centre fields, indoor and outdoor courts
Recreation Ground
Millbrook Corner, Jack Reid Park, Jacks Point

Call +64 3 443 4173 for enquiries about:
Lake Wanaka Centre
Wanaka grounds, parks and reserves

Event Planning

Our experienced events team is accomplished at organising and delivering major public and private events at our venues and facilities. Whether you’re organising regional, national or international sporting events, concerts, trade shows, exhibitions or gala dinners our team would be happy to provide you with all the information you'll need.

If you're not sure which venue would best suit your event, complete our Venue and Event Enquiry Form.

Concerts & Shows

If you're looking to bring a concert or show to Queenstown, Arrowtown or Wanaka, then look no further than one of our venues. We manage some of the most popular venues in the region, whether it's a local theatre performance, an indoor concert for 3,500 or an outdoor music festival for tens of thousands. We can help steer you in the right direction with everything you need from ticketing services to top notch local photographers and writers that will help you get the word out to the locals. We can also provide you with advice on marketing your event and help advertise your event through our own marketing channels. Examples of previous events are Flight of the Conchords, Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Black Seeds. 

Conference & Incentive

With its stunning scenery and impressive range of activities, the Southern Lakes is the ideal location for your next conference or incentive event. We have a variety of venues from intimate to expansive and your delegates and guests will delight in everything this region has to offer from adrenaline activities to a vast array of dining and relaxation options. The ANZA Workshop (Australia New Zealand Education Agents), Principals Conference and New Zealand Dairy Awards recently took place at the Queenstown Events Centre around 600 delegates in attendance, with the latter including a black tie gala dinner awards function. 

Sporting Events

The hosting of local, national and international sporting events has been in our repertoire for over a decade from international cricket matches, to national rugby events like the Super 15 and Rugby Sevens and the Southern Steel Pre-Season Netball Tournament, where thousands of tickets were sold. Our turf team are specialists in their field, expertly trained with the skills and experience to prepare and maintain our sports fields to the highest level. If you’d like to ensure that your next sporting event is of a world class standard, then talk to our team. We can also provide you with advice on marketing your event and help advertise your event through our own marketing channels.

Team Training

The Queenstown Events Centre complex offers both national and international sports teams the opportunity to train in a modern, fully equipped sports venue. Just five minutes drive from an international airport and 10 minutes drive from central Queenstown are world class sports fields, indoor courts, indoor aquatic centre and a health and fitness centre, all conveniently located on one site.

Offering all inclusive sports training packages, we will ensure your team makes the most of their valuable training time. A streamlined service that can be tailored to suit your teams specific training needs, will see your players enjoying the convenience of an internationally recognised indoor, outdoor and aquatic training facility easily adaptable for your team's needs and those determined by the weather.

If your players also deserve some post training R&R, what better place to do it than in Queenstown! With great hotels and restaurants to suit any budget, all the iconic action-packed activities on offer and scenery that rivals any in the world, there is certainly plenty to do on rest days and the local tourism website Destination Queenstown is a fantastic resource for general travel information and ideas.

Talk to our team hosting specialist, today about what you want to get out of your training time and let us put you together a package that will make the rest easy. We look forward to hosting you and your team in the near future. 

Brendon King | Sports Booking Coordinator
Queenstown Lakes District Council
P: +64 3 450 9110 | M: +64 27 4635453
E: brendon.king@qldc.govt.nz

Trade Shows

Our events team is experienced in assisting with the delivery of regional, national and international trade shows and exhibitions from intimate to expansive productions and everything in between. Examples of previous trade shows include Queenstown Auto Extravaganza, and Queenstown Home Shows which attracts up to 6,000 people over three days each year. Our largest trade shows include TRENZ 2011 and 2012 (Tourism Industry Rendezvous New Zealand) with 1,200 delegates in attendance. 

Weddings & Functions

Looking for somewhere special to celebrate that memorable day? We have a wide range of flexible venues available to choose from in Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown, right on the doorstep of some of the most scenic locations in the country. Our venues provide you with the freedom to personalise your event just the way you want to in allowing you to provide your own catering, entertainment and decorations. If you need some advice, our experienced Booking Coordinators will be happy to help put you in touch with local suppliers that come highly recommended.