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Queenstown Seasons

Contrary to the two seasons that most of New Zealand enjoys, Queenstown, New Zealand boasts four distinct seasons – each with its own special reasons for visiting. Each season also brings with it an event to celebrate the uniqueness of that season.


Artist: Graham Brinsley - Queenstown Gardens in Spring

Spring (September to November)

Spring is the season of the blossom – and Queenstown, New Zealand is no exception. Springs weather can be unpredictable. It is Queenstown, New Zealand’s windiest season of the year and the snow melt from the mountains can make lake levels precariously high. On the other hand spring also boasts some of the most fresh, clear and warm days you will experience in Queenstown. Drive through the wine region during spring and you’ll understand straight away why we celebrate the season with the Blossom Festival - just an hour drive from Queenstown in Alexandra..


Artist: Graham Brinsley - Head of Lake Wakatipu in Summer

Summer (December to February)

In the height of summer in Queenstown, New Zealand the sun shines bright in the sky from 5am in the morning until 10pm at night. The days are dry and hot with temperatures ranging between 25 to 32 degrees Celsius making it perfect for many of the plethora of outdoor activities on offer. The weather is also ideal for the month long Summer Daze festival put on by the local city council which kicks off with a massive New Year’s eve party on the Lake front and continues throughout New Zealand’s summer holidays.


Artist: Graham Brinsley - Macetown in Autumn

Autumn (March to May)

Clear weather and cool evenings make for great romantic getaways – from traversing one of the amazing hiking or cycle tracks to the cosy-ness of dinner by the fire in one of Queenstown’s amazing restaurants. Equally romantic is the hues of autumn red and gold that encapsulate Queenstown, New Zealand’s dramatic landscape. As always in Queenstown a new season brings a new party to celebrate and autumn is no exception. Just 20 minutes from Queenstown you’ll find tree-lined Arrowtown. Arrowtown is a former gold-mining town lined with rows of Oak trees, Sycamores Cork Elms and Ashes. As the summer weather turns colder this tree lined historic town transforms into the perfect backdrop for the Arrowtown Autumn Festival.


Artist: Graham Brinsley - Remarkables in Winter

Winter (June to August)

Wrap up warm but get ready to party as Queenstown, New Zealand transforms into an international standard ski resort for the winter season. Four ski areas all with their own unique terrains (For more information on Queenstown’s Ski areas go to our Snow Reports Page) come alive with white gold and of course there’s Queenstown’s famous après-ski culture to enjoy. Queenstown’s winter event calendar boasts everything from the Queenstown Winter Festival to the internationally recognised Winter Games NZ.

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