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Best time to visit Queenstown, New Zealand

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The best time to visit Queenstown is March-May

Queenstown can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, March-May is the best time to go.

The very hottest temperatures in Queenstown get to around 20℃ (68℉) in the height of summer. The coldest it usually gets in winter-time in Queenstown is around -5℃ (23℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Queenstown are usually in December, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Queenstown in December – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Continue reading to find out loads more about when to travel to Queenstown, then use the handy tools below to search for the best flight and hotel options that are right for you.

Warmest month

January

Least rainfall

June

Most daylight

December

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Queenstown seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Queenstown as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Queenstown is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Average temperatures in Queenstown

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Queenstown for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Queenstown climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Queenstown for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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OCT
NOV
DEC

Queenstown in January

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 59mm (2") over 18 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in January, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Queenstown in February

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 62mm (2") over 15 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in February, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Queenstown in March

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 40mm (2") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Queenstown in April

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 52mm (2") over 14 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Queenstown in May

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 88%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 48mm (2") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in May, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Queenstown in June

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average low temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in June, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Queenstown in July

  • Average temperature: 0℃ (32℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (38℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (28℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 4 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in July, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Queenstown in August

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average low temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average humidity: 89%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 35mm (1") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in August, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Queenstown in September

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average high temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (31℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") over 13 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in September, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.

Queenstown in October

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 64mm (3") over 18 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in October, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Queenstown in November

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 68mm (3") over 19 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Queenstown in December

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 71mm (3") over 18 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Queenstown in December, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Queenstown is usually January, where temperatures tend to rise to around 17℃ (63℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Queenstown is generally around June. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in June first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Queenstown is generally around December, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of December too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Queenstown, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in December are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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