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Kelvin Heights Track in Autumn

Queenstown Seasons & Weather

Queenstown is famous for being New Zealand’s favourite four season destination.

With four distinct and unique seasons Queenstown has year-round appeal with each season offering a markedly different experience. We enjoy a continental-style climate with long hot summers and cool, crisp winters. Queenstown truly offers something for every season, very few activities aren’t available year round, and it’s no exaggeration to say you can experience more here in a day than some do in a lifetime!

Queenstown sits at latitude 45° south against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps. Our location means summer brings long, warm days with lots of time to enjoy the outdoors. The colours of autumn are famed internationally as Mother Nature’s show of red and gold blankets the hills and countryside. In winter you’ll experience the stunning snow-capped mountains and a winter paradise for snow sport enthusiasts. When spring breaks it transforms the area with bright colours, green valleys and a sense of energy and playfulness. You can literally ski in the morning and golf or mountain bike in the afternoon!

The best time to visit Queenstown depends entirely on your interests. It is a true year round destination with appeal in every month of the year. Explore below to find out more about the seasons.

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10 Things To Do in Spring

Green valleys and snow-capped mountains, spring is the perfect time to enjoy the best of both worlds. Here are some ideas to make the most of your visit in spring.

Decode Store Queenstown

From the decandent to the divine: Shopping in Queenstown

Forget about souvenirs, Queenstown’s shopping precinct caters for fashionistas young and old alike.  

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Lake Hayes in Autumn for walking and hiking

Quality Time in Queenstown

Queenstown - ideal for recreation’n’rejuvenation. Enjoy the excitement in New Zealand’s favourite getaway destination year-round – and at your own pace.  

A L M O S T that time of year again... winter is good for one thing and that's snow. Can't wait to get back on a board again... here's one from a while back, an epic New Zealand spring day @theremarkables ☀️☀️☀️☀️

The Remarkables Lookout in Autumn

The Heart of Queenstown

After a day or two in Central Otago, meeting inspirational locals, it was clear that you shouldn’t judge a destination only by its tourist brochures and TripAdvisor posts. Queenstown, at its heart, is a community.  

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Aerial view of Arrowtown in Autumn

A Season to Celebrate

Reds, oranges, golds: Queenstown and the surrounding hillsides, lakeshores, parks blaze into spectacular colours in autumn.

Finally got around to dealing with my holiday pictures from NZ on my camera.... spent this rainy Sunday re-living an awesome time and planning our next snowboard adventure #queenstown #newzealand #snowboarding #snowboardholiday #theremarkables #adventure #love #kisses

Bennet's Bluff sunset roadtrip

Peace of Mind

Psychologist Dr Emily O’Leary explains the link between nature and mental health and invites you to discover why Queenstown is an invigorating destination for mind, body and soul.

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Throwback Thursday to Treble Cone NZ when an old mate of mine @petergoettlicher and I climbed a few peaks for on adventure. Not knowing what we'd find this view was more than we'd hoped for - dangerous move to get the shot with at least a 50m drop but well worth it! The ride down wasn't too bad either 🤙

Beach Street shopping in Queenstown

Queenstown Shopping Walking Trail

Compact and cosmopolitan Queenstown packs a punch on the shopping front. Follow this trail to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

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With all this heat in Sydney lately, all I can think about is hitting that fresh pow again! Flash back to last year with @moboshredit tearing it up on the half pipe so much airtime so much awesome.... Who else loves #queenstown #cardrona as much as I do?#takemeback#cardronaparksnz #newzealand #visitnewzealand #queenstownholidays #snowboarding #halfpipe #shredding #boardworld #actionsports #burton #roxy #salomon #nikonlife #photographer #jostephanxx #limeblumedia #adventurer #newperspectives #peoplewhodoawesomethings