Planning & Packing for Queenstown
Make sure you plan ahead for your visit to Queenstown to ensure you have a smooth, safe trip and have packed appropriately. Here you will find some useful tips and information to prepare for your visit to Queenstown.
In the excitement of booking your Queenstown trip it can be easy to overlook some of the essentials you need for your visit. Depending on when you travel you’ll need to think about what to pack as well as crucial information such as visa requirements, medical necessities, driving in New Zealand and money for your trip.
Weather in Queenstown
While New Zealand has a largely temperate climate, the South Island and particularly inland Queenstown, can be as cold as -10 in the winter months due to the alpine environment. Rainfall is moderate and sunshine hours are long but the continental-like climate means long, hot summers and cool, crisp winters.
The warmest months in Queenstown are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 to 30ºC and in winter between -2 to 8 ºC. It pays to learn more about Queenstown's seasons and pack clothing that has these temperature extremes in mind.
New Zealand is generally a reasonably informal place, so smart casual clothes will be appropriate for most places you want to go, apart from high-end upmarket restaurants and bars. One outfit for this type of outing would be sufficient. In general you want to prepare for adventure and discovery and even if you aren’t planning on hiking and camping, that means adaptable clothing that you can move in easily. Sturdy footwear is a good idea, there are lots of opportunities to get off the beaten track in Queenstown, so solid footwear that is comfortable for walking in is a good idea. In summer you may fancy a dip in one of the many lakes, so pack your ‘togs’ (kiwi for swimsuit). The lakes and rivers are mountain and glacially fed so the temperature stays relatively cool, in the 8 - 11 ºC range.