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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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Top Things To Do in Autumn

Queenstown comes alive in autumn with red and gold foliage, and festivals and events, check out some of the top things to do during this beautiful season.

Remarkables Ski Field chairlift

A beginner’s guide to skiing Queenstown

With not one but four world-class ski fields at its door, Queenstown is a winter paradise. Here is everything a novice needs to know, from where to get your gear to how to access the slopes.

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Hiked up and shot some photos of Luma for the ridge. Will post later. Man it was sketch hiking back down in the snowice. Managed to get the gondola back down which was nice. Still got so much learning to do on the photo front. This is abit noisy on the big screen. Loving it though #luma #queenstown #newzealand

Backcountry hiking at Cardrona

Five ways experts explore the outdoors in Queenstown

From rivers to mountaintops, Queenstown’s natural playground offers some of New Zealand’s best experiences for lovers of the great outdoors. Here’s your must-do list.

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Four seasons on one day today... I chose to run during what seemed like spring before the autumn winds picked up... Fun times on the hills above @queenstownnz . . . Its not all about the years in your life but the LIFE in your years... #activeqt #newzealand #makeithomenz #wilderness #landscape #hiking #adventure #challenge #running #trailrunning #outdoors #mountains #scenery #life #energy #views #funtimes #trails #fitness #lifestyle #motivation #inspiration #travel #peoplewhoadventure #queenstownnz #skippers

Friends at Barmuda

How to make the most of a winter evening in Queenstown

In Queenstown, the fun doesn’t stop when the chairlifts do. Here are seven of the best after-dark experiences.

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Remarkables Ski Field with Friends

What NOT to pack on your Queenstown ski holiday

Put your pyjamas back in the drawer and that book back on the shelf. Here’s what you won’t need when you visit New Zealand’s adventure capital.

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Cheers New Zealand and Haere R . What an epic trip home the last 3 weeks have been. We love you we miss you always we will be back again soon. Thanks to all we saw and sorry to those we didnt have time to see. . . . . . . . . . . . . #wine #vineyard #winery #winecountry #rippon #ripponwine #ripponvineyard #ripponwinery #viticulture #wanaka #queenstown #southland #newzealand #southisland #lake #grapes #wineglass #snapsbygap

Why Queenstown’s Winter Festival is a must-do

The Queenstown Winter Festival is a highlight on New Zealand’s event calendar. We talk to festival director Rae Baker about why it’s the ideal time and place to celebrate winter.

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Insane sourdough house made charcuterie and cultured butter wrapped in native NZ kawa kawa by @chefvaughanmabee @outregaanderson @mypatchofdirt at the brilliant @amisfieldbistro in Queenstown New Zealand... #worlds50best #worlds50bestrestaurants #finedining #finedininglovers #dining #luxury #gourmet #chefstagram #instafoodie #foodies #foodie #foodiesofinstagram #fourmagazine #foodblog #foodblogger #foodpic #finedining #butter #foodandwine #bread #foodheaven #gastronome #gastronomy #gastronogram #charcuterie #michelin #breadandbutter #nzfood #queenstown #zomatonz

Jay Sherwood: brewing up magic in Arrowtown

According to brewer Jay Sherwood, the key ingredient in Lake & Wood craft beers is the Queenstown region and all it has to offer.

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Awestruck by these stunning Autumn colours @thrillingenvisions

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