Unseasonably warm temperatures haven’t stopped 10,000 people welcoming winter at the annual Queenstown Winter Festival over the weekend.
On Friday night there was a massive fireworks display over Queenstown Bay, and performances from local and visiting bands.
The festivities and carnival atmosphere will continue for 10 more days, with parades and silliness on snow.
Warm temperatures and a lack of snow on surrounding mountains were not a concern, said the organisers.
Key events such as the mountain bike race on snow and dog derby had been moved from their traditional home at Coronet Peak to the nearby Remarkables ski area, which had more snow.
Queenstown Airport welcomed its first international night flight on Friday when Jetstar landed its new Melbourne service.