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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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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.

Spring is on in Queenstown

Spring is here and it’s a great season to visit Queenstown. Read more to find out ways to enjoy this fun season in the region. 

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

Queenstown's Spring Blooms

Spring is a distinctive season in Queenstown, with downtown streets lined with blossom trees and gardens filled with daffodils and spring blooms. During this season the Wakatipu Basin warms and the days get longer.

What a day!

Flying over The Remarkables

6 Things That Take Longer Than a Flight to Queenstown

Queenstown may seem a world away, but in reality - it’s easy, and fast, to get to.
Plus, when you think about it, there are lots of tedious things that take longer than a flight across the Tasman – and directly...

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

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5 Must Do's Off the Slopes in Spring

Spring is the season when you can enjoy the best of both worlds: snowy mountains and green valleys. There are tones of activities to enjoy before or after hitting the slopes in Queenstown.

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

Snowboarder riding at The Remarkables ski field

Spring Skiing - All You Need to Know

Spring is one of our favourite times to hit the slopes. The sun is out, there's more time to pack fun in and wearing 80's outfits is totally acceptable.

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

4 Ways to Make the Most of Spring Skiing in Queenstown

What's not to love about spring? Here are some top tips on how to make the most of the season so you can do Spring like a pro.

Queenstown Mornings #queenstown #sunrise #newzealand

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