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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Queenstown New Zealand

In Queenstown, the summers are cool, the winters are short and very cold, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 66°F and is rarely below 22°F or above 74°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Queenstown for warm-weather activities is from mid January to mid February.

Climate in Queenstown

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Queenstown weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in Queenstown

The warm season lasts for 3.4 months, from December 5 to March 18, with an average daily high temperature above 61°F. The hottest day of the year is February 4, with an average high of 66°F and low of 48°F.

The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from May 27 to August 23, with an average daily high temperature below 47°F. The coldest day of the year is July 10, with an average low of 30°F and high of 42°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Queenstown

Average High and Low Temperature in QueenstownwarmwarmcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJul 1042°FJul 1042°FFeb 466°FFeb 466°F30°F30°F48°F48°FDec 561°FDec 561°FMar 1861°FMar 1861°FMay 2747°FMay 2747°FAug 2347°FAug 2347°F44°F44°F45°F45°F35°F35°F34°F34°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in Queenstown

Average Hourly Temperature in QueenstownJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Coihaique, Chile (5,169 miles away) and Río Gallegos, Argentina (4,929 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Queenstown (view comparison).

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Clouds

In Queenstown, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Queenstown begins around August 15 and lasts for 7.7 months, ending around April 5. On February 10, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 52% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 48% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around April 5 and lasts for 4.3 months, ending around August 15. On May 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 65% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 35% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Queenstown

Cloud Cover Categories in QueenstownclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Feb 1052%Feb 1052%May 2035%May 2035%Aug 1544%Aug 1544%Apr 544%Apr 544%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Queenstown varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 9.3 months, from September 14 to June 23, with a greater than 39% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 46% on October 14.

The drier season lasts 2.7 months, from June 23 to September 14. The smallest chance of a wet day is 32% on July 14.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 45% on October 14.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Queenstown

Daily Chance of Precipitation in QueenstownwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Oct 1446%Oct 1446%Jul 1432%Jul 1432%Jan 144%Jan 144%NowNowrainmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Queenstown experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Queenstown. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 2, with an average total accumulation of 4.9 inches.

The least rain falls around July 16, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Queenstown

Average Monthly Rainfall in QueenstownJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 inJan 24.9 inJan 24.9 inJul 162.8 inJul 162.8 inOct 124.1 inOct 124.1 inMay 144.0 inMay 144.0 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Queenstown does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Queenstown

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in QueenstownsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 inJun 190.2 inJun 190.2 inDec 60.0 inDec 60.0 inAug 50.1 inAug 50.1 inNowNow
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Queenstown varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 8 hours, 46 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 15 hours, 38 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Queenstown

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in QueenstownJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minSep 2312 hr, 7 minSep 2315 hr, 38 minDec 2215 hr, 38 minDec 2212 hr, 10 minMar 2012 hr, 10 minMar 208 hr, 46 minJun 218 hr, 46 minJun 21daydaynightNowNow
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:52 AM on December 11, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 33 minutes later at 8:24 AM on June 28. The earliest sunset is at 5:09 PM on June 15, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 26 minutes later at 9:35 PM on January 1.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Queenstown during 2021, starting in the spring on September 26 and ending in the fall on April 4.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Queenstown

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in QueenstownJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMDec 115:52 AMDec 115:52 AM9:35 PMJan 19:35 PMJan 1Jun 155:09 PMJun 155:09 PM8:24 AMJun 288:24 AMJun 28DSTApr 4DSTApr 4Sep 26DSTSep 26DSTdaynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Queenstown

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in Queenstown, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Queenstown

Humidity Comfort Levels in QueenstownJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Aug 40%Aug 40%Feb 20%Feb 20%NowNowdrydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Queenstown experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from September 6 to March 21, with average wind speeds of more than 7.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is October 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.2 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.5 months, from March 21 to September 6. The calmest day of the year is July 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Queenstown

Average Wind Speed in QueenstownwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mphOct 89.2 mphOct 89.2 mphJul 66.2 mphJul 66.2 mphMar 217.7 mphMar 217.7 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Queenstown varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 2.6 weeks, from April 15 to May 3 and for 3.2 months, from June 17 to September 24, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 26. The wind is most often from the west for 1.5 months, from May 3 to June 17 and for 6.7 months, from September 24 to April 15, with a peak percentage of 42% on May 22.

Wind Direction in Queenstown

Wind Direction in QueenstownWNWNWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestnorthsoutheast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Queenstown throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Queenstown for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid January to mid February, with a peak score in the first week of February.

Tourism Score in Queenstown

Tourism Score in QueenstownJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810102.62.60.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Queenstown for hot-weather activities is from mid January to mid February, with a peak score in the first week of February.

Beach/Pool Score in Queenstown

Beach/Pool Score in QueenstownJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810100.10.10.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudsclouds
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Queenstown typically lasts for 5.4 months (162 days), from around October 31 to around April 11, rarely starting before October 5 or after December 14, and rarely ending before March 7 or after May 21.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Queenstown

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in QueenstownJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 3150%Oct 3150%Apr 1150%Apr 1150%Dec 1490%Dec 1490%Mar 790%Mar 790%Oct 510%Oct 510%May 2110%May 2110%0%Jul 250%Jul 25Jan 21100%Jan 21100%NowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Queenstown should appear around November 11, only rarely appearing before October 29 or after November 28.

Growing Degree Days in Queenstown

Growing Degree Days in QueenstownJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F200°F200°F400°F400°F600°F600°F800°F800°F1,000°F1,000°FNov 1190°FNov 1190°FJun 30951°FJun 30951°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from October 31 to February 15, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 7.2 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from April 25 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 18, with an average of 1.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Queenstown

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in QueenstownbrightbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWh10 kWh10 kWhDec 217.2 kWhDec 217.2 kWhJun 181.2 kWhJun 181.2 kWhOct 316.0 kWhOct 316.0 kWhFeb 156.0 kWhFeb 156.0 kWhApr 252.4 kWhApr 252.4 kWhAug 192.4 kWhAug 192.4 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Queenstown are -45.030 deg latitude, 168.663 deg longitude, and 1,076 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Queenstown contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 3,255 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,687 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,424 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,908 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Queenstown is covered by grassland (40%), trees (37%), and water (22%), within 10 miles by grassland (53%) and trees (25%), and within 50 miles by grassland (54%) and trees (27%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Queenstown, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There is only a single weather station, Invercargill Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Queenstown.

At a distance of 156 kilometers from Queenstown, further than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed insufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records. Consequently, the station records are blended with interpolated values from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis , and both are corrected for elevation differences according to the International Standard Atmosphere .

The weight assigned to the MERRA-2 value depends on the distance from Queenstown to the nearest station, increasing from 0% at 150 kilometers to 100% at 200 kilometers. In this case, the MERRA-2 weight is 11%, making the weight assigned to the weather station 89%.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.