1 June – 31 August
With sunny blue sky days, and snow capped mountains – Queenstown is a stunning destination in the Winter months.
Well known for its international ski areas and buzzing nightlife, winter activity mainly focuses on the ski areas. Queenstown has two ski areas – Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Both are within a short drive from the centre of Queenstown, around 45 minutes to the carpark.
The ski fields are open from around mid June to mid October, dependant on the snow conditions. Both mountains are well equipped with snow making facilities allowing for quality snow conditions through the season. September is a pleasant month for skiing, due to the warmer temperatures and shorter queues to the chair lifts.
The Ski season starts off with a bang every year with the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival. Full of street parties, family fun, mountain events and much more – this event brings in people from all over the globe. Enjoy a hot glass of mulled wine and soak up the festival fun – from 21st – 30th June 2013.
Spring – 1 September – 30 November
Temperatures range from 8°C to 15°C with overnight frosts common.
Fresh clean air, warm daytime temperatures and cool evenings. This is often when skiing is at its best with less people queuing on the ski fields and milder climates. Restaurant and café tables begin to move onto the pavement with people enjoying the afternoon sunshine. Take in the new colours and scents of the gardens and landscapes and spend some time strolling along the lakefront, browsing the Saturday markets at Earnslaw Park down by the Wharf. Plan to dress in layers for rapid weather changes as winds and sudden quick showers can cool the temperature right down between sunny spells.
1 December – 28 February
Daytime temperatures range from mid 20’s C to low 30’s (80’s F)
The balmy hot summer days are perfect for adventures on the water or on the land. At 45 degrees south, the summer days are long with midsummer dawn as early as 5am and darkness falling at 10pm – making the outdoor living really good.
The Southern Lakes settles into holiday mode and many people are drawn to the fresh air, breathtaking scenery as well as Queenstown’s unlimited activities on offer. Take this time to enjoy the walking tracks of the region, overnight in one of the many DOC huts available, hire a bike and go for a bike ride along many of the purpose built tracks, cruise the lake, read a book on the shores of Lake Wakatipu or spend the afternoon sampling some of the countries best wines at the award winning wineries in the area.
1 March – 31 May
Crisp mornings evolve into warm days, and the leaves begin to change colour around the end of March or beginning of April.
Evenings can be spent in front of a roaring fire, choose from a vast selection of bars and restaurants in town with cosy fires. Take a walk around Queenstown gardens and enjoy the changing colours of the trees, or a picnic by the pond. The Great Walks of New Zealand are still accessible and so enjoy a tramp on the Routeburn or Greenstone tracks in the area.