Queenstown seasons

Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. 

The region is famous for having four distinct seasons. Summer brings the long, warm days leaving plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors. In autumn you can enjoy the sight of red and gold blanketing the hills.  In winter you’ll experience the stunning snowcapped mountains and green valleys. Spring transforms the area with bright colours.

Check out more seasonal information below.

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Summer in Queenstown

In summer the sun rises at 5am and sets as late as 10pm so there’s plenty of time to get out and enjoy Queenstown’s natural adventure playground. You can relax on the beaches, go swimming, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, rafting and kayaking on the lake and surrounding rivers. It’s also peak season to enjoy the region’s internationally renowned hiking and biking trails. Daytime temperatures range between 20°C and 30°C.

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Autumn in Queenstown

In autumn the landscape bursts into a spectacular blaze of red and gold. Temperate weather and a more relaxed pace makes Queenstown the perfect getaway to relax and recharge your batteries. While mornings and evenings are crisp, the warm days provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy the bike trails or golf courses.  Temperatures ranging between 12°C and 25°C let you enjoy all of Queenstown’s outdoor activities before a long, cosy evening in front of the fire.

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Winter in Queenstown

From June to September each year the region transforms into a winter paradise, attracting snow lovers from around the world with its stunning snowcapped mountains, crisp blue-sky days, easy access to four different ski fields and range of events. Most other activities in Queenstown still operate in winter so you can enjoy off-mountain action too. Be sure to wrap up warmly with plenty of layers - daily temperatures range between -2°C and 8°C.

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Spring in Queenstown

Queenstown in spring is a time for fun and rejuvenation whether you’re spring skiing, mountain biking, hiking or relaxing at a day spa. The sun hangs around from early morning until 7-8pm, thawing winter’s touch, with daytime temperatures ranging between 8°C and 22°C.

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Winter in Queenstown