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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.

Queenstown Weather & Forecast

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Snowboarding at Cardrona

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.

Four mountains, four ways

Skiers and snowboarders heading to Queenstown are seriously spoilt for choice with not one, not two but four world class mountain resorts. Whether you’re looking for steep and deep, family friendly, stunning views or terrain park paradise, there is a...

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Queenstown from above

Road trip essentials for a Queenstown ski holiday

Here’s our ultimate list of essentials to ensure you have the perfect Queenstown ski holiday road trip.

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Queenstown Snowmobiles

Snow adventures for everyone

Whether you’re tired of cramming your feet into ski boots, attempting to conquer the magic carpet on your snowboard, or you’re just looking for a new kind of winter adventure - Queenstown has you sorted.

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Night Skiing at Coronet Peak

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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Meet Steve Norton – a Queenstown adventure pioneer

Steve Norton was there when bungy began and he established New Zealand’s biggest paragliding school. We find out why Queenstown still gets his heart racing.

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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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