Seasons and Weather
Queenstown has four distinct seasons, and all of them are beautiful in their own way.
Spring begins in September with trees blossoming. In November the lupins begin to bloom. This is especially nice along the road to Glenorchy. The weather is not settled, you always have to expect showers.
Summer is from December to February. This, of course, is the best time for the great outdoors, with hot and dry weather, and long days. Now Queenstown can be rather crowded, with the summer tourism in full swing. New Year’s Eve is wonderful here, with spectacular fireworks over Lake Wakatipu.
Autumn (March to May) are golden in the Queenstown region, with all the exotic trees, mostly poplars and willows, changing the colour of their foliage. The region does not have a lot of evergreen native flora, so this season is spectacular. After the summer heat this is a perfect season for hiking, the weather is rather settled now.
Winter days in the region are crisp and cold, with blue skies. It is the second big holiday season, with skiers hurrying to the big ski resorts at Coronet Peak and the Remarkables. A third fabulous ski region, the Cardrona Range, is not far away – but, at times, not easy to reach. Be prepared to difficult road conditions and the one or other heavy dump of snow which can make travelling on the roads impossible. The main event is the famous Winter Festival in late June/early July.
Although the mountains are not as high and the snow base not as thick as at Mt. Hutt (near Methven, Canterbury), Queenstown is, thanks to its plethora of tourist activities and exclusivity, Australasia’s winter sports capital.
Weather changes are possible without further notice, no responsibility is taken ;-)))