Travelling as a member from the LGBTIQ community to a Queer holiday destination can be an awkward and sometimes daunting task. We are all so diverse in terms of interests, budgets, and even insecurities, so the fear of not fitting in or having an amazing time is very real.
That is why whenever someone asks me about an LGBTIQ friendly holiday I ALWAYS suggest Winter Pride NZ (previously known as Gay Ski Week QT), because in all honesty, it is without a doubt, the best gay holiday I have had the pleasure of experiencing. Although it has all the glitter, events and social aspects of a stereotypical gay holiday, what sets it apart is its unique sense of community and inclusion that you experience throughout the week.
So here are my top 4 reasons why I recommend this holiday to EVERYONE.
1. The Sense of Community
When I attended my first Gay Ski Week a few years ago (with my Mama who invited herself) I was nervous about meeting new people and having to learn how to ski. However, almost immediately after I arrived all my worries faded because I started to meet the most down to Earth Queer Men and Women who were all there to simply have a good time. From there the rest of the week was magic.
I felt no expectation to look a particular way or behave a particular way and spent my week travelling to wineries, ski slopes (although I don’t ski), and events with the most gorgeous people who were there to make friends and a potential love interest. Even my Mama fit in (and was far more popular than me).
2. Something for Everyone!
Queenstown is the home of adventure. From incredible hikes, skiing, snowboarding, jet boating, skydiving and helicopter rides, Queenstown has something for all the thrill seekers out there. Otherwise, if you are more like me, you can drink wine, dine at incredible restaurants, relax with a massage or have a day trip to a nearby town. There really is something for everyone.
3. Support for the LGBTI Community!
EVERYONE that knows me knows how much I care about the LGBTI community, I have started an LGBTI cooking school and released a cookbook with all profits going to queer charities. That is why I am so proud to attend Winter Pride because it is doing amazing things for the community. From supporting local LGBTI people, tackling LGBTI issues, supporting charities and making businesses accountable to the LGBTI community through their latest mission called ‘Pride Pledge’, Winter Pride encapsulates its values of equality and fairness all year round.
4. The Location
For everyone that has been to Queenstown, you know exactly what I am talking about. Queenstown is one of the most picturesque places in the world and has an array of landscapes that will make you feel like you are in the middle of Switzerland.
PS if you do come, make sure you inbox my Instagram so we can organise a time for a mulled wine!