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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.

Shopping Queenstown Mall retail stores

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.  

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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.

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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.

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.

Snowboarders at The Remarkables, Kiwi Discovery

Winter in Queenstown

June - September. Winter in Queenstown is a snow lover’s paradise. International skiers and snowboarders flock to enjoy snow-capped mountains, crisp blue-sky days, unrivalled après ski and electrifying events.

Picnic in Macetown

Autumn in Queenstown

March – May. Golden landscapes, mild weather and relaxed pace, autumn is the season for a rejuvenating break. Enjoy biking and golfing, explore wineries and restaurants or relax at a spa.