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Faq section

Frequently asked questions.

Who is behind Love Queenstown?

Love Queenstown is a non-profit initiative managed by Destination Southern Lakes – a collaboration between Destination Queenstown and Lake Wānaka Tourism. Love Queenstown and Love Wānaka (our partner initiative over the hill) are delivered in partnership with the Wakatipu Community Foundation – a donor driven charitable trust that supports localised philanthropy right here in our region.

What does Love Queenstown fund?

Love Queenstown funds climate, conservation and biodiversity action exclusively within the Queenstown-Lakes region (bordered by the Cardrona Saddle in the North and Kingston in the South, and including the towns of Glenorchy, Arrowtown and Gibbston). Love Queenstown supports the organisations who are championing this work right here and now, as well as the innovators and the change-markers who are striving to meet the future needs of our region.

How does my donation get used?

Each year, Love Queenstown allocates funds to local organisations and initiatives who are working to benefit Queenstown’s environment, and support our region’s shift to a low carbon, regenerative future.

This is about funding an entire ecosystem to support our region’s regenerative, carbon-zero future and putting it in the hands of our local organisations and change-makers. We’re blessed with an array of local organisations who are out there doing the hard work and leading climate, conservation, and biodiversity work right here in Queenstown. We’re all about supporting their mission and the unique, localised solutions to the challenges – and opportunities – tourism brings to our region

What charities does my contribution go to?

Each year we allocate funds to local organisations who operate in the climate, conservation, and biodiversity space. Every dollar raised is spent exclusively within this region, so you know you’re making a difference to the place you love. Funding is available to charitable organisations and initiatives on a contestable basis, with annual grant rounds open each year. The first round of funding will open on 4 April 2024.

How can my organisation or business support Love Queenstown?

There are a number of ways your business or organisation can get behind Love Queenstown, from sharing the initiative with your customers, to raising or donating funds. Check out the for businesses page here for more detail.

What's an endowment fund?

20% of all funds raised are invested in an endowment fund, enabling long-term, substantial funding opportunities that will benefit this place for generations to come. Funds are invested with support from the Wakatipu Charity Foundation.

How do I know my support will make a difference?

Love Queenstown is all about supporting a unique, localised solution to the challenges – and opportunities – high-volume visitation brings to our region by bringing together our visitors and our industry. Funds raised are pooled for collective impact, so no matter how big or small your donation is, it has the capacity to protect this place in a meaningful way. 20% of all funds raised will also be allocated to an endowment fund, ensuring Love Queenstown creates impact now, and into the future.