Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown – Image courtesy of Destination Queenstown

Best time to visit Queenstown

The best time to visit Queenstown is anytime.

Queenstown’s winter ski season runs from June to early October, while summer brings clear blue skies and long days to enjoy the region’s many adventure activities.


Queenstown weather

Winter, from June through August, sees an average temperature between -2°C (28°F) and 8°C (46°F), with generally frosty mornings, clear blue skies and cold temperatures.

With six international ski areas open from early June until early October, winter is best for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing and heli-skiing.


Spring, from early September to late November brings unpredictable weather with a mix of sunshine and rain. Daytime temperatures ranging between 8°C (46°F) and 22°C (71°F).

Spring is still good for skiing as well as mountain biking and hiking. Rivers swell in spring making rafting and jetboating especially thrilling.


Summer, from early December to late February, sees long, sunny days with dawn breaking around 5am and dusk setting around 10pm.

Daytime temperatures range between 20°C (35°F) and 30°C (86°F). Summertime in Queenstown offers every adventure sport imaginable (except skiing and snowboarding, of course)


Autumn, from early March to late May, brings clear, settled days with around 10 hours of daylight. Temperatures range between 12°C (53°F) and 25°C (77°F). Autumn is still warm enough to enjoy most of the region’s summer activities.


Queenstown – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 15 15 13 10 6 3 3 5 7 9 12 14
Ave High Temp (°C) 21 21 19 15 11 8 7 10 12 15 18 20
Ave Low Temp (°C) 9 9 7 5 1 -1 -2 -1 2 4 6 8
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 7 7 5 4 3 2 2 4 5 6 7 7
Daylight (Hrs daily) 15 14 12 11 9 9 9 10 12 13 15 16
Comfort Level No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity
Ave Humidity (%) 66 70 72 77 80 81 82 77 70 68 66 65
UV Index 10 9 6 3 2 1 1 2 3 5 8 10
Days with some Rain 11 7 9 10 11 10 11 10 11 12 9 10
Ave Rainfall (mm) 80 70 70 70 60 50 50 60 60 70 60 60
(Queenstown, South Island) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the New Zealand Meteorological Service.


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Latest update: Best time to visit Queenstown: 17 November, 2019


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