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.



Other Queenstown Travel Info

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)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 102.6 89.5 74.6
Feb 99.3 86.7 72.4
Mar 92.8 80.2 66.2
Apr 84.1 71.5 57.3
May 74.8 62.6 49.2
Jun 67.4 55.2 42
Jul 68.4 55.7 41.6
Aug 74 60.3 44.4
Sep 82.3 68.7 52
Oct 89.8 75.9 59.2
Nov 94.1 81.1 65.4
Dec 97.4 84.8 69.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 39.2 31.9 23.7
Feb 37.4 30.4 22.4
Mar 33.8 26.8 19
Apr 28.9 21.9 14.1
May 23.8 17 9.6
Jun 19.7 12.9 5.6
Jul 20.2 13.2 5.3
Aug 23.3 15.7 6.9
Sep 27.9 20.4 11.1
Oct 32.1 24.4 15.1
Nov 34.5 27.3 18.6
Dec 36.3 29.3 20.7



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.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Queenstown (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 3% 0 0.5
Feb 6% 0 1.1
Mar 4% 0 0.8
Apr 3% 0 0.4
May 3% 0 0.5
Jun 1% 0 0.1
Jul 2% 0 0.2
Aug 1% 0 0.3
Sep 3% 0 0.4
Oct 4% 0 0.4
Nov 5% 0 0.8
Dec 6% 0 0.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 3 0 1.3
Feb 6 0 2.8
Mar 4 0 2
Apr 3 0 1
May 3 0 1.3
Jun 1 0 0.3
Jul 2 0 0.5
Aug 1 0 0.8
Sep 3 0 1
Oct 4 0 1
Nov 5 0 2
Dec 6 0 2.3


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.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

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
Jan 17.5%
Feb 22.3%
Mar 25%
Apr 28.5%
May 38.5%
Jun 46%
Jul 38.4%
Aug 27.5%
Sep 20.8%
Oct 17.8%
Nov 20.1%
Dec 19.7%


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

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 70.4 in October means 70.4% of the tourists vs. January.



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.


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