It’s on! DNA Gay Ski Week Queenstown 2013 kicks off this weekend

Posted by Travel News in Travel News
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
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With only days to go until the opening event, things are full steam ahead for organisers of the 2013 DNA Gay Ski Week Queenstown.
Known as the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Winter Pride event, hundreds of gay men and women converge on Queenstown from this Saturday August 31 for a week-long celebration of skiing, socialising and evenings full of fun.
The programme starts with a bang at the More FM Opening Party at Barmuda on Saturday and follows up with other highlights such as ‘Get it on! Bingay’ sponsored by the New Zealand Aids Foundation, a take on traditional Bingo with a glamorous host and fabulous prizes up for grabs, and the infamous Karaoke night at SKYCITY Casino with Miss Ribena.
The More FM Gay on The Bay is also back – a competition giving all local businesses the chance to ‘pimp up’ their store or staff to be in the running to win $1,000-worth of radio advertising.
Mr Gay New Zealand and current Mr Gay World, Chris Olwage, will be in Queenstown for the week, helping guarantee fun, frivolity and laughter.
Wife and wife team Sally and Mandy Whitewoods are busy putting the finishing touches to the event which promises to be bigger and better than ever.
“Last year we were overwhelmed with the support of the local community and sponsors and this year things have gone from strength to strength,” Sally Whitewoods said.
“Tickets have sold really well and we know from experience things hot up in the first few days of the event, ensuring sell-out events for the rest of the week.”
“We’ve got a great number of local businesses signed up for the MoreFM Gay on The Bay competition as well. Which is fantastic.” said Sally Whitewoods.
“It’s awesome to see locals getting behind DNA Gay Ski Week QT and embracing the event.”
“It’s our chance to showcase Queenstown at its best to the gay and lesbian community.”
“We’re looking forward to seeing who can out-shine last years’ memorable YMCA window display from Outside Sports and the rainbow cupcake display at Cup & Cake,” Sally Whitewoods said.
Businesses wishing to enter should “gay up for the day” by dressing up their staff or shop/office window, then simply take a photo of your “Gayest Day” and enter online at
“With the passing of the same sex marriage bill this year we’re also expecting some impromptu weddings, which would be great,” said Sally Whitewoods.
A couple of table seats are still available for opening night of the cabaret-style show “La Cage Aux Folles”. This event promises to be a highlight of the week and people are encouraged to bring their best frocks for a night of show business and glamour.
“Don’t worry if you miss out on opening night tickets though, La Cage Aux Folles is showing all week to coincide with DNA Gay Ski Week. There are plenty of opportunities to see this amazing show,” said Sally Whitewoods.
The Broken Shed Casino Royale evening is a ‘smart dress’ event or one where participants are encouraged to dress up in their favourite Bond outfit to stand out from the crowd. The evening starts as it means to go on with a complimentary drink on arrival, before guests are whisked away up the Skyline Gondola for dinner and live entertainment from local band LA Social.
The penultimate night is the ‘Queens on the Lake’ party held aboard the TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown’s iconic Lady of the Lake steamship which will be moored at Steamer Wharf for the evening.
“We’ll have a limited number of last minute door tickets available for key events, at higher prices than pre-purchased ones,” said Mrs Whitewoods.
“However don’t leave it too late, the big nights do always sell out.”
Tickets are still available from the Gay Ski Week QT website and up-to-the-minute news can be found online at

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