Nate is one of 600 world-class athletes competing in the Games which have become New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event and one of the top five on the international winter sports circuit.
The fourth biennial Games take place from 21 – 30 August in Queenstown, Lake Wanaka and Naseby, whereby competitors come from around the world to compete in freeskiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing and curling. The sports action is accompanied by a festival of events off the slopes in Queenstown and nearby Wanaka.
I also have a quote from Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive, Kevin Bowler; “The calibre of athletes here really highlights the fact that New Zealand is a world-class winter destination. This is where the world’s best come to compete, train and enjoy all the region offers – on and off the mountain”.
The stunning images and footage of Nate skydiving showcases just one of the many thrilling activities on offer in New Zealand throughout the year. Only a few hours flight from Australia, Queenstown and Wanaka’s alpine regions are lively, year-round tourist destinations with a range of different experiences near the winter sports action. As well as adventurous activities like sky diving, bungy jumping, zip lining, mountain biking, jet boating, hiking and golf, there are many award-winning wineries, restaurants, cafes and spas offering rest and relaxation.
All sports and festival events are free to watch for spectators (ski pass required to access lifts) and will be streamed live on the Winter Games website www.wintergamesnz.kiwi
Derek Livingston and Nate Johnstone congratulate each other during a Winter Games Australian athlete skydive shoot at NZOne