Summer in Queenstown

Queenstown’s enviable alpine climate with long leisurely days is ideal for exploring the region and experiencing all the activities on offer.

Queenstown is an appealing summer holiday destination with long, hot days and plenty of activities for an adventurous getaway or a relaxed family break. Our outdoor summer living lends itself perfectly to camping, exploring the waterways and swimming spots, enjoying local events and festivals or soaking up the vibrant downtown atmosphere. 

 Summer in Queenstown

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Visit Queenstown in summer

  • Dates of summer: 1 December to 28 February
  • Average summer temperatures: Between 20° and 30°C
  • Weather: Long, sunny days. In mid-summer, dawn breaks at 5am and dusk settles around 10pm

Summer activities

Summer is a great time of year to be out and about enjoying everything Queenstown has to offer.

Test your mettle with a bungy jump, jetboat ride, swing or skydive if you are keen to experience the renowned Queenstown adrenaline rush.

Hiking and walking are a must in summer. You can explore the many tracks in the area or take a guided walk for the full hiking experience. The famous Milford and Routeburn tracks can be walked either independently or with local guides. The network of trails are also perfect for exploring the region by bike or for more thrills make the most of the many mountain biking tracks.

For a more leisurely stroll visit the Queenstown Gardens - take your own picnic or, for something a bit more energetic, try out the free Frisbee Golf course. Then hit the streets and soak up the sun as you shop your way around central Queenstown. Stop along the way for coffee or a cocktail at one of the many downtown cafes and bars.

Taking to the water is definitely a great idea on a hot Queenstown day, cool down with a boat ride, whether it’s the tranquility of a lake cruise, a thrilling high-speed jet boat or playing around on the pedal boats available for hire.

Summer events

Join the community and enjoy some of the wonderful summer events here in Queenstown. Enjoy the New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks, enjoy something quintessentially Kiwi at an A&P (Agricultural & Pastoral) show or the NZ Rural Games.

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