Autumn in Queenstown

In autumn, Queenstown welcomes a relaxing vibe and a new colour palette that illuminates our landscape in brilliant reds and golds.

This is a great time for relaxation and indulgence. You could take advantage of the clear weather and cool evenings to uncover the region’s hidden secrets, from secluded hiking and cycle trails, to cosy candle-lit restaurants.

Plan your autumn visit to Queenstown

 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

In autumn it is still warm enough to enjoy most of our region's summer pursuits, but with the addition of the vibrant autumn foliage

  • Mountain biking or hiking are excellent options in autumn. The season’s light and colours make every trail sensational, while the cooler temperatures offer a welcome change from the hot summer sun
  • 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
  • Our vineyards and wineries are particularly picturesque in autumn, and well worth a visit. Enjoy a wine tasting tour and a long lunch at one of the many gourmet winery restaurants
  • Dining in downtown Queenstown is always enjoyable. Lunch with a lake view or dinner in front of a roaring fire are our seasonal picks!
  • Treat yourself to an autumn rejuvenation at a luxurious Queenstown health and beauty spa. Indulge in a sumptuous massage, enjoy a decadent facial or unwind in a soothing hot pool

Autumn events

There’s a lively and local event to entertain everyone in autumn. Arrowtown’s Autumn Festival is a seasonal highlight for the whole family, couples and friends flock to the Gibbston Wine and Food Festival to try out local food and wine. Concerts, races and sporting events round out the exciting autumn events calendar in Queenstown.

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