Best Times to Visit Queenstown
The best time to visit Queenstown is the summer (December through February), when the long, sunny days make outdoor excursions enjoyable. Because of the sheer number of outdoorsy activities offered in the summertime, you can expect some moderate crowds and busy hotels. Spring (September to November) and fall (March to May) yield unpredictable weather conditions, while winter (June through August) is prime for powder hounds.
Queenstown's fall sees fickle weather. You'll need to pack some T-shirts for days when the temps near 70 degrees Fahrenheit, plus thick layers for times when they drop into the upper 30s. But once you see the trees alight with fiery colors, you'll think nothing of your suitcase that's loaded down with clothes.
Wintertime visitors will find perfect skiing conditions on The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Since the air is crisp and clear, it's also a good time for helicopter tours. Be sure to pack your winter weather gear: Temperatures hover between freezing and the upper 40s.
Spring is all over the place in Queenstown. One day can be bright and sunny, and the next can be rainy or cloudy—even snowy. Temperatures are also erratic, ranging from the upper 30s to the mid 60s. The unpredictable weather frustrates adventure seekers as skydiving or bungee jumping excursions can be canceled due to inclement conditions.
Because of Queenstown's location on the 45-degree south latitude line, summer days are long and sunny. Sunrise can be as early as 5 a.m. while the sunset can be as late as 10 p.m. With all that light, be sure to apply sunscreen regularly: Queenstown experiences much stronger UV rays than the U.S. Average daytime highs hover in the lower 70s.