Outside Sports

Outside Sports

Queenstown Center, NZ
9 Shotover Street, Queenstown, 9300

Queenstown Airport, NZ
Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, 9300

Wanaka Snow, NZ
17/23 Dunmore Street, Wanaka, 9305

Wanaka Bike, NZ
48 Helwick Street, Wanaka, 9305

Te Anau, NZ
38 Town Centre, Te Anau, 9600

Tekapo, NZ
7 Motuariki Lane, Lake Tekapo, 7999

Website: https://www.outsidesports.co.nz/

Email: info@outsidesports.co.nz

  • Queenstown Center
    +64 3 441 0074
  • Queenstown Airport
    +64 3 451 0075
  • Wanaka Snow
    +64 3 443 7966
  • Wanaka Bike
    +64 3 443 1792
  • Te Anau
    +64 3 249 8195
  • Tekapo
    +64 3 663 5001
Outside Sports logo

Outside Sports is a premier ski, bike, and outdoor retailer with multiple locations in the Southern Lakes region on the South Island of New Zealand. They offer expert service in a wide range of activities, with an amazing staff, and a huge selection of gear for winter, summer, or anytime in between, plus a fully stocked online store for those who don’t live in NZ.

Outside Sports first opened in Queenstown in 1995, and was founded by John and Judy Knight after they spent significant time living in and exploring Colorado. In 2015, the Knights were joined as co-owners by Darren and Floortje Grimmett who had managed the Wanaka branch since the early 2000s.

John Knight has an impressive background as a world-ranked professional Ironman triathlete, so bikes and running have always been core to the business.

Today they’re seeing a lot of growth in trail running and gravel bikes – which the endless network of trails in the Southern Lakes region is ideal for.

John and Darren are always looking for new brands to introduce to their customers – who, like their staff, come to them from all over the world. Outside Sports operates from this core mission statement: “The mountains we love inspire us to be New Zealand’s leading supplier of superior mountain sports products for discerning customers. Our growth is guided by passion for our environment and the desire to preserve it for the generations to come.” 

Outside Sports: Blister Recommended Shop in the Southern Lakes Region of the South Island of NZ.


Throughout all of the Outside Sports locations, you will see a broad range of equipment offered by a ton of awesome brands.

For ski and ski hard goods, they specialize in equipment from Atomic, Dynastar, Faction, Head, Salomon, Rossignol, and Scott. They also offer soft goods and snowsports outerwear from Auclair, Spyder, The North Face, and Arc’teryx.

Outside Sports also has an extensive summer presence with a broad selection of mountain and gravel bikes, bike apparel, and bike accessories. Brands include Avanti, Scott, Bold, and Specialized for hard goods, and an assortment of apparel and accessories from brands like POC, Mons Royale, Tinelli, Schoffel, Patagonia, Pearl Izumi, Cat Eye, and Loose Riders.

For the third focus of Outside Sports, they offer a ton of excellent footwear, especially hiking boots and trail running shoes from brands that include Altra, Asics, The North Face, On, Hoka, Salomon, Arcteryx, Hi-Tec, Timberland, Salewa, La Sportiva, and Sorel.

And if that’s not enough, Outside Sports also offers an impressive level of camping, backpacking, and other outdoor gear, including tents, sleeping bags and pads, cookware, coolers, and a ton more. You can shop this extensive and year-round selection via their online store.


Outside Sports operates an extensive lease and demo program, particularly for ski and bike gear in their Queenstown and Wanaka stores. These locations also offer excellent ski and snowboard tuning, and top-notch bike mechanics year-round.

Outside Sports offers a fit guarantee on any ski boots they sell, so if you purchase a boot with them, you can come back as many times as it takes to make the necessary adjustments until the boot is dialed in for your needs.

Outside Sports: Blister Recommended Shop in the Southern Lakes Region of the South Island of NZ.

Ski Demos

Outside Sports runs an extensive ski rental and demo program out of their stores in Queenstown and Wanaka with the latest skis from Atomic, Dynastar, Faction, Head, and Rossignol.

Online Presence

Outside Sports has a robust online presence, complete with a very large online store that reflects its broad inventory and range of equipment.

This aspect of the business has grown quite a bit in recent years, with loyal customers from New Zealand and Australia in particular, but Outside Sports ships globally and they see orders from all over the world.

Bottom Line

Outside Sports has become a staple shop with an impressive presence across the South Island of New Zealand, and with several convenient locations located close to the mountain ranges that provide plenty of opportunities for year-round adventuring.

Outside Sports has all your outdoor gear needs covered no matter the season, and because they specialize in such a wide range of activities including running, biking, camping, snowsports, and more, there is something for any outdoor enthusiast out there.

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