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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.

Audi Quattro Winter Games 2017 - one month to go!

The Audi quattro Winter Games return to New Zealand’s Southern Alps in spring 2017! Running for 16 days from late August to mid-September, this prestigious – and amazing to watch - international winter sports event attracts leading athletes from around...

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

Night Ski at Coronet Peak

Ride two mountains in one day, just another Queenstown winter holiday

Your winter holidays are precious and for avid skiers and snowboarders maximizing hours up the mountains can be just as important as having a great time with friends and family. For those wanting to make the most of one day here...

What a day!

How to get ski fit for your Queenstown winter holiday

Planning a ski trip with your mates? Check out these tips on what parts of the body to focus on to make sure you’re ski fit.

Serious views from the top #queenstown #ontheexhale #newzealand #freshsnow

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.  

An Artic blast over the last few days gave parts of the South Island it's first dumping of snow. This picture is of The Remarkables in Queenstown covered in a nice dusting of snow. from @queenstownnz #snowqueenstown #winteriscoming #queenstown #itschillyoutthere #newzealand #theremarkables

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.  

Bluebird day. #queenstown #theremarkables #bluebird #winter #discover_newzealand

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.  

Queenstown Mornings #queenstown #sunrise #newzealand