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Celebrating 21 years!!

21st Birthday BBQ!

Outside Sports NZ

21 Years as your Local Outdoor and Adventure Store.

John and Judy Knight moved to Queenstown in 1995 to open up an outdoor store that would give them a reason to live and play in paradise! Along with good friend Craig Wanty they opened the store with the vision to service the growing population of outdoor enthusiasts that were visiting or living in Queenstown and to help build the outdoor industry in the area. 

Outside Sports was born!

The first shop opened at the top of the Mall (where Starbucks is now) in October 1995 and quickly became the top outdoor sport and adventure store in Queenstown.

From the start, Outside Sports was an official Icebreaker Merino seller and one of Icebreakers first outlets. Now stocking Icebreakers complete range, Outside Sports is one of their largest outlets in New Zealand. Along with Icebreaker, Outside Sports stocks a wide range of high quality outdoor sporting and adventure gear suited to the activities and environment in the Southern lakes area. Outside Sports carefully chooses its brands to be of high quality that its owners and staff are proud to use, wear and sell.

Outside Sports NZ 1995 Queenstown

Outside Sports was opened in 1995 at the top of the Queenstown Mall. 

Outside Sports as a store went from strength to strength and eventually the site was too small so in 2004 they moved to a brand new 3 story building in lower Shotover Street. A couple of years later Fergburger saw the light and moved in next door as well. In 2009, Good Sports Wanaka and Te Anau Sports were merged with and became the next two Outside Sports branches. These merges has made Outside Sports the outdoor stores of the Southern lakes, based in all the key towns, providing the best product for the activities in the area including tramping, biking, skiing, fitness, fashion, fishing and more.

Outside Sports NZ Queenstown

Outside Sports moved in 2004 to 36-37 Shotover Street.

In February 2015 Outside Sports Queenstown moved again just up the road to 9 Shotover St opposite Alpine Supermarket, where it stands today. The new building has provided more room and bonus car parking at the back entrance of the store.

The Outside Sports team share a strong passion for the outdoors and between them have a huge amount of amazing stories from their experience getting out there and doing it themselves.

Outside Sports NZ Queenstown

Outside Sports then moved to 9 Shotover Street in 2015. 

Outside Sports is still owned and operated by John and Judy knight making it one of the longest standing local outdoor stores in the Southern Lakes of New Zealand.

The Knight Family Outside Sports NZ

The Knight Family in 2000 from left to right; Benji, Judy, Ruby and John. 

The business has come a long way since 95 and now has stores in Queenstown, Wanaka, Te Anau, Queenstown Airport, a winter workshop on Gorge Road, QT, and an online store: www.outsidesports.co.nz.

Ski Workshop Outside Sports Queenstown NZ

Winter Workshop on Gorge Road, Queenstown.

It’s been a great 21 years and here’s to the next 21!

Celebrate with Us!

We are having a BBQ on Saturday the 8th of October to celebrate our birthday, catch up with old friends, and share stories from the past 21 years. The BBQ is open to anyone and we encourage everyone to come along!


9 Shotover Street, Queenstown- BBQ at rear entrance on Memorial Street.



New RIDE location

The Outside Sports Ride centre in Queenstown, which was on Brecon St below the gondola, has now moved to the main store on Shotover Street. Find the rear entrance and free customer car parking on Memorial Street.

The bike shop is now open and operational with the bike workshop for any repairs or maintenance and bike rentals for all budgets and styles of riding. Hardtails, road bikes, cross country bikes, downhill bikes, kids’ bikes and more.

Outside Sports NZ Queenstown

Popular bike maintenance nights held in Queenstown.

Once we get into summer we will be running free basic bike maintenance and repair clinics along with ladies ride days and various other events. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date. 

Here’s to a great summer ahead!



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