September - November. Spring is the time for fun. Ski fields operate until early October, and mountain bike trails, golf courses and walking tracks are all open in spring, so you can pack more adventure into one day.
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.