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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.

Queenstown Weather & Forecast

Want to know what the weather is doing in Queenstown right now or interested in checking out the forecast for your upcoming trip?

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Queenstown’s Winter Wonderland

Whether you’re into adventure, mountains and adrenalin, or fine wine and indulgence, get away from the everyday and escape to Queenstown this winter.

Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert

Summer Events Guide

Queenstown is a hive of activity in summer. With an array of outdoor concerts, summer markets and exciting sporting events, Queenstown is the place to be this summer! Here's what's on, so book your accommodation and get planning.

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Alice Robinson, ski racer

Alice Robinson: Growing up on Coronet Peak

Even Winter Olympian Alice Robinson finds it difficult to put the feeling of skiing into words, she says it's 'kind of like a roller coaster', when you feel like you're 'in control but you're kind of not, that's when it's...

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What's on in Queenstown this Winter

Snow comes to Queenstown’s mountains, attracting Olympic athletes, music, ice hockey, ice climbers and a diverse mix of skiers and snowboarders in search of fun and friendship.

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Winter Games NZ 2019 - one month to go!

The Winter Games NZ return to New Zealand’s Southern Alps in spring 2019! Running for 17 days from late August to mid-September, this prestigious – and amazing to watch - international winter sports event attracts leading athletes from around the...

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Six reasons to hit up Queenstown during the Winter Games NZ

There is simply no other winter snow sport festival like it in the southern hemisphere with the world’s best competing in freestyle skiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing, cross country skiing and curling. All this served up on alpine mountain tops with...

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Winter Festival antics to get amongst this year

Fancy doing an obstacle course in your undies when it’s -7 degrees Celsius? How about sliding down a ski slope with your dog?

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