Autumn in Queenstown

In autumn Queenstown’s landscape bursts into a scene of red and gold providing the perfect backdrop for your holiday.

It’s a great time of year for relaxation and indulgence. You can take advantage of the clear weather and cool evenings to uncover the region’s hidden secrets, pack in a day of adventure, or tee off on one of the region’s six golf courses. 

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 Autumn in Queenstown

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Visit Queenstown in autumn

  • Dates of autumn: 1 March to 31 May
  • Average autumn temperatures: Between 12°C  and  25°C
  • Weather: Clear, settled days, with cool evenings

Autumn activities

The days are still warm enough in Autumn for you to enjoy the region’s great outdoors, while the cooler evenings lend themselves to enjoying a glass of Central Otago Pinot Noir by a roaring fire.

Early autumn is a great time for an authentic wine experience as more than 6,000 tonnes of grapes are harvested from Central Otago’s 200 vineyards. The vineyards in nearby Gibbston are particularly picturesque in autumn and well worth a visit. You could enjoy a wine tasting tour or a long lunch at one of the many gourmet winery restaurants.

Leisurely bike rides or walks that take in the rich autumn colours are a popular choice or for more serious action hit the downhill trails and mountain biking tracks.

A round of golf in Queenstown could be your ideal way to spend the day. Choose from one of six scenic golf courses, including several internationally renowned competition courses

Dining in downtown Queenstown is always enjoyable. Enjoy a long lunch with a lake view or dinner in front of a roaring fire with great seasonal produce.

Autumn events

There’s a range of events for you to experience in autumn. The Arrowtown Autumn Festival is a seasonal highlight for the whole family, while couples and friends flock to the Gibbston Wine and Food Festival to try out local produce. The NZ Open golf championships and the Queenstown Bike Festival are favourites for sporting enthusiasts.

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