Spring in Queenstown

Enjoy the warmer weather as the colours, sights and scents of Queenstown change as winter makes way for spring.

The longer days mean spring is the perfect time to relax in the sunshine, whether you're Skiing & Snowboarding on our mountains, boating on Lake Wakatipu, or enjoying alfresco dining.

Queenstown has the longest ski season in the Southern Hemisphere with ski fields open until October. Experiencing the mountains in spring is a must with soft spring snow and warm blue sky days meaning it’s t-shirt weather all day

Read on to discover key information about visiting Queenstown during spring.

 Spring in Queenstown

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Visit Queenstown in Spring

  • Dates of spring: 1 September to 30 November
  • Average spring temperatures: Between 8°C and 22°C
  • Weather: Longer sunshine hours means longer days and more ways to fill your visit to Queenstown. Bright blooms transform the scenery but there’s still snow on the mountains for spring skiing until early October.

Spring activities

Queenstown is full of ways to make your spring visit special with a huge range of activities available at this time of the year.

Skiing & Snowboarding is fantastic fun for all the family - enjoy the laid back atmosphere and warmer weather on the mountains.

An extensive network of walking and biking trails around the Wakatipu basin provide access to Queenstown’s beautiful scenery, while fishing and golf also offer a breath of fresh air and a touch of exercise.

The rivers in the area swell in spring making rafting and jetboating escapades an exciting complement to other extreme adventures like bungy jumping and 4WD tours.

For those looking to unwind instead, Queenstown offers a range of beauty spas, or indulge in some retail therapy at some of the unique shops.

Lunch at a winery restaurant is also a popular option in spring and there are plenty to choose from, or stay in town and experience some of the world class wine and food on offer at the restaurants and bars.

Spring events

In spring the region hosts numerous events, including the annual Jazz Festival which is a highlight over the long Labour weekend and attracts an international line-up of musicians and music lovers from around the country. The Queenstown International Marathon is the sporting highlight of the season and attracts thousands of people from around New Zealand and internationally. 

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