Spring in Queenstown is a time for fun and discovery. The green valleys burst with fresh spring buds and green pastures yet are surrounded by snow-capped peaks, heralding the arrival of spring. Spring is a unique season when you can literally do everything Queenstown has on offer.
With the ski fields open until early October, but the basin green with fresh growth, you can ski in the morning and either golf, mountain bike or hike in the afternoons. The renowned hiking trails are open, so whether you’re enjoying spring skiing, cycling, hiking or golfing you can pack a lot of adventure into one day.
Spring skiing brings softer conditions with warmer days and a focus on fun on the mountains. It’s the perfect time to hit the slopes for a social time with friends and family. Warmer days are perfect for kids or learners, while the snow sports enthusiasts can continue to get their fix well into the spring months at any of the region’s diverse ski areas.
The sun shines from early morning until 7-8pm, thawing winter’s touch, with daytime temperatures ranging between 8°C and 22°C. The days start to get longer and warmer and while you still need to pack a coat, there are plenty of sunshine hours to design your ideal holiday itinerary.
Queenstown’s continental-like climate brings longer, warmer days in spring but it can also mean unpredictable spring weather. It pays to pack layers and prepare for weather that can be cool in the mountains but also warm down in the valleys and downtown.
You can soak up the best of spring in Queenstown in any number of ways to take full advantage of this great season. As well as Queenstown’s ski areas and cycling and walking tracks being open, they also offer incredible vantage points of the landscape across the region. For keen photographers it’s a great time to capture the impressive snow-capped peaks alongside cherry blossom and spring daffodils.
Longer warmer days, green valleys and snow capped mountains, mean you can pack even more into their days in springtime
The Queenstown area is also known as a wine growing region, in particular for its Pinot Noir variety and top growing conditions mean the area has more than its fair share of award-winning vintages. Spring is a pretty time in the vineyards and wine tours are a great way to discover the wineries and vineyards. Spend an afternoon soaking up the scenery, sampling Pinot Noir, and nibbling a gourmet platter of local produce al fresco, surrounded by spring blooms.
If all the wine tasting has you thinking about food there’s over 150 eateries in Queenstown and nearby Arrowtown. The warmer days also mean dining alfresco is an ideal way to enjoy the spring sunshine.
As well the action on and off the mountain in spring there are also many exciting events in the Queenstown region held during the season.
The annual Winter Games NZ is held from the end of August for two weeks at the beginning of spring. This prestigious winter sports event showcases some of the world's best winter athletic talent competing in freestyle skiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing, cross country skiing and curling over 26 snow and ice events.
The Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival in from 3 October - 14 November includes a pop-up market in the Buckingham Green. The festival will see artists and students take over the town to create amazing pieces during a range of workshops including painting and photography classes and walks.
In November the Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon hits Queenstown’s streets and trails. The full marathon starts just outside of Arrowtown and incorporates a mixture of road and trail running. Entrants can experience the ‘flat out beauty’ of the region in the half marathon race, 10km race, or 3km kids challenge.
With the sun and snow together all day, spring is the time to play