Queenstown delivers an unforgettable autumn experience

Picture vibrant golds and reds dominating the landscape, crisp mornings and clear days; the perfect setting for your autumn getaway.

Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes in Queenstown from giant swings, jet boats, paragliding to luging, horse riding and helicopter tours. Add to that six immaculate golf courses, boutique wineries, a diverse network of walking and biking tracks and you start to realise the possibilities are endless.

Choose from a selection of great accommodation, dining and activity deals and you could be sipping a Central Otago Pinot Noir enjoying the breathtaking landscapes in Queenstown this autumn!


Events in Queenstown


What’s on in Queenstown this autumn

Autumn in Queenstown is action packed with some of the year’s most entertaining festivals and events.

If you’re visiting Queenstown in March why not enjoy a long weekend on the greens at the BMW New Zealand Golf Open (12-15 March). Held at two spectacular golf courses - The Hills and Millbrook Resort - the New Zealand Open incorporates a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of Professional and Amateur golfers. At the heart of the event is 'The 19th' – a retail and hospitality hub showcasing vibrant local food, wine and all-day entertainment for all ages.

You could also grab your helmet and head to the Queenstown the Queenstown Bike Festival. The annual 10-day Festival (13-22 March) is an exciting event for all ages and abilities and gives you the chance to check out Queenstown’s world-class cycle tracks and trails.

Wine and food lovers should definitely plan a stop in at the Skycity Gibbston Wine and Food Festival (21 March). The harvest celebration showcases the famous winemaking region’s finest wines, wine celebrities, local produce and talented chefs.

The 10-day Arrowtown Autumn Festival (10 April – 19 April) delivers a colourful program of events that highlights the magic of Arrowtown’s gold mining past. Visiting Arrowtown is a must so make time to explore the tree-lined streets, old miners’ cottages, restored Chinese Village and Lakes District Museum.

Climate in Queenstown

Autumn in Queenstown is fantastic with crisp mornings and clear settled days with temperatures ranging from 12C – 25C. 

The days begin to get shorter, but with around 10 hours of daylight you have plenty of time to enjoy all of Queenstown’s outdoor activities before a long, cosy evening in front of the fire.