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Specialized Dig Day Queenstown

Specialized Dig Day, Outside Sports NZ

Love living and riding in Queenstown? Want to help build and maintain the local trails? 

Here's your chance to get a taste of what trail building is about - get involved and give back to the mighty Queenstown trails for an evening. Riders of all levels (and non-riders) are encouraged to come out, cut some new lines, earn some trail karma and have a hand in expanding the formidable local trail network.

The Queenstown MTB Club, along with experienced trail builders and local good sorts will lead digging on a new trail close to town. Work will be focussed on some sweet hand built single track. No name until it's built!

The Specialized NZ team will be there digging, as well as supporting volunteers with food, drinks, tools and maybe some bikes for a quick ride afterwards! We will be rolling on downtown afterwards with support from Atlas Bar.


Friday 18th November

Meet at Bottom of Skyline Gondola, Brecon Street.
2 groups with safety briefing to be given at these times.
• Early group -4pm 
• Later (after work) group 6pm

Dig will be from 4pm – 8pm
We will be cutting a new trail
We will be accessing the dig site via the Skyline Gondola, then walking across to start of Hammy’s. 
The Dig will be higher up above Hammy’s track and will be clearly signposted.

Skyline to provide free access for volunteers - Thanks Skyline!

Season pass holders can go up when they want

Specialized Team will put on a mean BBQ for volunteers down at the lake front from 8pm


- Pick, shovel, grubber, rake, pruning saw, garden snips if you have them. Some tools will be provided, but it would be a big help if you can bring your own to lend to others if needed.
- Warm gear for when it gets cold
- Sturdy/protective footwear and gloves

Follow the Facebook event page for updates: Dig Day- Queenstown

#RideMoreNZ #WhereAdventuresBegin #IamSpecialized

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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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Winter is here- FINALLY!

Winter is here!

The El Nino weather pattern gave us a great warm, long summer, and it was always said we would be in for a delayed start to winter, and wasn’t that the truth.

In mid may the South Island had a big snow fall and all was looking good for the season ahead.

Queenstown snow Outside Sports NZ

Fiona and Kea pre season touring.

Queenstown ski fields opened to schedule and we were stoked to have so many bluebird days, unfortunately a couple of warm weeks later the snow was melting away fast. No storms came through which meant Coronet Peak had to close for a week during winter festival and Treble Cone had to delay their opening day, things we not looking great…..

Eventually we got a couple of weeks where the temperatures dropped allowing some great snow making to be done and the re-opening of Coronet Peak, but still no natural snow.

Coronet Opening Outside Sports NZ

Candice opening day at Coronet Peak.

Until now.

Coronet Peak Outside Sports NZ

Recent Snowfall at Coronet Peak

The Remarkables recent snowfall Outside Sports NZ

Recent Snowfall at The Remarkables.

Over the past week the snow has finally been falling and it looks, and feels like winter is finally here!

Remarkables Outside SPorts NZ

Morning Sky over The Remarkables

As of Monday 18th July, Cardrona has a solid base of 45cm at the base building and 65 at the summit, Treble Cone has a base of 85cm at the base building and 120 at the summit, Remarkables has 40cm at the base building and 75cm at the summit, Coronet Peak has 20cm at the base and 60cm at the summit.

And the forecast shows there is more on its way this weekend!

Elke Ski Touring Outside Sports NZ

Elke Ski Touring the Pisa Range

If the long term predication is correct it’s looking like we could be in for a long, late winter so get prepared for some great skiing all season long!


Elmo Cotter

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Skyline Queenstown MTB Early Opening

We are excited to share the news that the Queenstown Skyline Mountain Bike track will be opening early. This recent stretch of amazing weather in Queenstown, New Zealand, has allowed them to prepare the tracks ahead of schedule. Skyline NZ will be opening the doors for Mountain Biking on Thursday the 18th of September. 

Please note that between the dates of 18th September to the 24th of September, Skyline Gondola access for all Mountain Bikers will be between the hours of 1pm and 5pm. The afternoon half-day session will also be between these hours.

From the 25th of September, Skyline will resume the AM and PM, 4 hour sessions for the 2014/2015 season. 

Check out the new ThunderGoat trail, Skylines new mountain trail that opened earlier this year

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