The best times to visit Queenstown for ideal weather are

September 3rd to December 23rd

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 somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 54th 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 February where highs are regularly around 89.4°F (31.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61°F (16.1°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 87.6 69.7 59.5
Feb 86.9 69.3 59.4
Mar 83.5 66.3 55.6
Apr 77.4 60.3 49
May 73.2 57 44.3
Jun 66.6 50.6 38.6
Jul 66.1 49.6 36.8
Aug 71.7 55.4 42.3
Sep 78.6 59.5 45.5
Oct 80.7 62.3 50.2
Nov 81.8 63.9 52.6
Dec 84.7 67.3 57.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.9 20.9 15.3
Feb 30.5 20.7 15.2
Mar 28.6 19.1 13.1
Apr 25.2 15.7 9.4
May 22.9 13.9 6.8
Jun 19.2 10.3 3.7
Jul 18.9 9.8 2.7
Aug 22.1 13 5.7
Sep 25.9 15.3 7.5
Oct 27.1 16.8 10.1
Nov 27.7 17.7 11.4
Dec 29.3 19.6 13.9



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Queenstown are August, July, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late May to early June. For example, on the week of May 28th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid February with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of February 19th.

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 16% 0 2.4
Feb 22% 0 2.3
Mar 17% 0 2.7
Apr 13% 0 1.6
May 5% 0 0.7
Jun 4% 0 0.5
Jul 3% 0 0.6
Aug 2% 0 0.2
Sep 3% 0 0.2
Oct 10% 0 1.1
Nov 10% 0 1.6
Dec 18% 0 2.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 16 0 6.1
Feb 22 0 5.8
Mar 17 0 6.9
Apr 13 0 4.1
May 5 0 1.8
Jun 4 0 1.3
Jul 3 0 1.5
Aug 2 0 0.5
Sep 3 0 0.5
Oct 10 0 2.8
Nov 10 0 4.1
Dec 18 0 5.8


Humidity and Wind

Queenstown has some comfortably humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is August (33.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (55.9%).

Wind in Queenstown is usually calm. The windiest month is September, followed by November and October. September’s average wind speed of around 6.5 knots (7.4 MPH or 12 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late August to early September where average top sustained speeds reach 12.5 knots, which is considered a moderate 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 5.9 Light breeze 10.5 Gentle breeze
Feb 5.6 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
Mar 5.3 Light breeze 10.4 Gentle breeze
Apr 4.1 Light breeze 8.6 Gentle breeze
May 4.9 Light breeze 9.6 Gentle breeze
Jun 5.9 Light breeze 10.5 Gentle breeze
Jul 5.4 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
Aug 6.3 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Sep 6.5 Light breeze 12 Gentle breeze
Oct 6.3 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Nov 6.4 Light breeze 11.4 Gentle breeze
Dec 5.7 Light breeze 10.8 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 51.1%
Feb 55.9%
Mar 55%
Apr 52.6%
May 42.9%
Jun 41.7%
Jul 37.6%
Aug 33.4%
Sep 34.2%
Oct 45.9%
Nov 47.5%
Dec 49.4%


Is it Safe to Travel to Queenstown?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for South Africa; exercise a high degree of caution. 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, South Africa is September, followed by January and August. 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 March. 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 very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 71.5 in March means 71.5% of the tourists vs. September.



Overall Queenstown Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 85.4°F (29.7°C) and 71°F (21.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 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 83.1°F (28.4°C) and 76.9°F (24.9°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 3 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Queenstown to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 89.4°F (31.9°C) and 81.5°F (27.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.


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