Winter in Queenstown

Every year from early June onwards, the region transforms with snow covered mountains, green valleys and clear, blue days.

Winter in Queenstown attracts snow-sport enthusiasts from around the world to enjoy easy access to some of New Zealand's finest ski and snowboard terrain, and vibrant après ski scene. 

If snow sports aren’t in your winter holiday itinerary there's a range of options for off-piste adventures and the majority of activities in Queenstown operate all year round.

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Visit Queenstown in winter

  • Dates of winter: 1 June to 31 August (the ski season runs from around June 9th into early October)
  • Average winter temperatures: Between 0°C (or colder) and 8°C
  • Winter weather: Frosty mornings, clear blue skies, snowfall and cold temperatures

Winter activities

Many people visit Queenstown in winter to ski or snowboard and lots also make the trip to enjoy a fantastic winter holiday in our alpine paradise. You can enjoy a range of activities - many available all year round - and the lively après-ski culture that Queenstown's famous for.

  • With four international standard ski areas open from June to early October you can enjoy fun days on the slopes.
  • If you're not into skiing, why not try another winter sport? Snow-shoeing, ice-climbing or ice skating are all great alternatives.
  • Keep your feet moving with a walking tour of art and craft galleries. See jewelry makers at work, take an artist-hosted studio tour or browse local sculptures and paintings at a local galleries in Queenstown or Arrowtown.
  • See the stunning winter scenery with a day trip outside of Queenstown. Explore the National Parks of Mount Aspiring or Fiordland, enjoy the tranquility of Glenorchy or an excursion to historic Arrowtown. Update your winter wardrobe or outdoor equipment with a day shopping. Queenstown’s compact CBD offers stylish high street clothes, one-off designer pieces and the latest ski and outdoor equipment.

Winter events

Our winter event calendar is bursting with festivals, sporting events and family activities. The world famous Queenstown Winter Festival is our annual highlight, attracting thousands of visitors to the ten day celebration. International skiers and snowboarders also flock to Queenstown for the abundance of ski races, multi-sport events and the biennial New Zealand Winter Games. 

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