The best times to visit Queenstown for ideal weather are
March 26th to June 3rd
August 6th to October 14th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Queenstown Travel Guide
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Weather in Queenstown
Average temperatures in Queenstown vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 55th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Queenstown, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early January where highs are regularly around 104.6°F (40.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 75.1°F (23.9°C) at night.
Queenstown Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Queenstown Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Queenstown Perceived Temperature (F)
Queenstown Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Queenstown Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Queenstown are June, August, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid February. For example, on the week of February 19th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid December with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of December 17th.
When can you find snow in Queenstown? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Queenstown.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Queenstown (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Queenstown has some comfortably humid months, with some very dry months. The least humid month is January (17.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (46%).
Wind in Queenstown is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by December and November. January’s average wind speed of around 11.6 knots (13.3 MPH or 21.4 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early January where average top sustained speeds reach 18 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Queenstown.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||11.6||Significant breeze||17.3||Strong breeze|
|Feb||10.6||Gentle breeze||16.2||Significant breeze|
|Mar||10.2||Gentle breeze||15.4||Strong breeze|
|Apr||8.5||Gentle breeze||13.4||Significant breeze|
|May||7.7||Gentle breeze||12.4||Strong breeze|
|Jun||7.3||Gentle breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.7||Gentle breeze||12.8||Strong breeze|
|Aug||8.5||Gentle breeze||14||Significant breeze|
|Sep||10.4||Gentle breeze||16.6||Strong breeze|
|Oct||10.8||Gentle breeze||16.8||Significant breeze|
|Nov||10.9||Gentle breeze||16.9||Strong breeze|
|Dec||11||Significant breeze||17||Strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Queenstown?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Australia; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Queenstown, TS, Australia is January, followed by May and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Queenstown in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Queenstown Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 95.9°F (35.5°C) and 68.9°F (20.5°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with roughly 1 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Queenstown, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 96.5°F (35.8°C) and 79°F (26.1°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 2 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is somewhat warm this time of year in Queenstown to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 104.6°F (40.3°C) and 95.6°F (35.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.