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What month does it snow in Queenstown?


July - October are the best seasons for snow in and around Queenstown. Generally it snows more in the mountains and less so in town itself but you will find snowfall in and around Queenstown during this time as well. Outside of these months its possible to get some 'freak' snowfalls both in the mountains and in town but these are rare especially in the Summer months of January - March. We have a table below breaking down month by month what you can expect in regards to snow, but also will cover what clothes to pack for your trip depending on the time of year.


Which months exactly is it likely to snow in Queenstown?


Queenstown is a winter playground, but we drive to the playground and then drive back down the mountain to live in the errr... my analogy fails me at this point. The point is it snows in the mountains near us, we go make the best of it before driving back to our homes by the lake and more importantly for this article at an altitude where it doesn't snow often.


So, here is a useful breakdown showing you which months it snows in Queenstown.



January:


Snowing in the Mountains: Might be some snow at high altitudes but generally no it isn't snowing at this time.

Snowing in Queenstown: No


February:


Snowing in the Mountains: Might be some snow at high altitudes but generally no it isn't snowing at this time.

Snowing in Queenstown: No


March:


Snowing in the Mountains: Might be some snow at high altitudes but generally no it isn't snowing at this time.

Snowing in Queenstown: No


April:


Snowing in the Mountains: Generally no but its possible to get some early snow storms but not enough for the ski fields to be open.

Snowing in Queenstown: No.


May:


Snowing in the Mountains: Generally no but its possible to get some early snow storms but not enough for the ski fields to be open.

Snowing in Queenstown: Rarely.


June:


Snowing in the Mountains: Probably a bit of snow around but not enough for the ski fields to be open. Getting close!

Snowing in Queenstown: Possibly but unlikely.


July:


Snowing in the Mountains: The snow season has probably kicked off by now, ski fields usually open and snow sports area a go!

Snowing in Queenstown: Could happen but still unlikely.


August:


Snowing in the Mountains: The mountains are usually full of snow at this time. Ski fields are usually open.

Snowing in Queenstown: Most likely time of year to snow in town itself but not often.


September:


Snowing in the Mountains: Spring time conditions but yes there is snow in the mountains at this time of year and ski fields are still open.

Snowing in Queenstown: Generally no but its possible to get some snow in town at this time of year.


October:


Snowing in the Mountains: Late Spring time conditions but yes snow in the mountains at this time. Ski fields may not be open.

Snowing in Queenstown: Generally no.


November:


Snowing in the Mountains: There will still be some snow in the mountains but not enough for snow sports. Ski Fields will be closed.

Snowing in Queenstown: Generally no.


December:


Snowing in the Mountains: Not generally. Ski Fields will be closed.

Snowing in Queenstown: Generally no.



What should you wear for your trip to Queenstown?


Packing for your trip to Queenstown depends on two things. What you plan on doing while your'e here and what time of year you are coming.


Suffice to say that when you live in Queenstown like we do and you are venturing out for the day you can check the weather but more than likely no matter what the weather says you will want to pack for a few different scenarios. Even lawn bowls on a sunny day can turn into a chilly affair if you pack only for the next few hours. With that in mind we always like to pack a jumper, beanie (or woollen hat), a warm layer like a jumper or fleece top and a windbreaker or light rain jacket. This means you will be prepared when 'someone' decides that you should all hit a bar after lawn bowls.


Summer (December - February):


The warmest time of year in Queenstown with highs normally around 22 C ( 72 F ) and lows of around 9 C ( 48 F ). Rain is possible, there is usually a brisk wind and in the evenings without the sun it will get cold so be aware if you are out after dark.


In and around town:


During the day you can get away with ,

  • shorts and jandals (sandals in other parts of the world) and t-shirt,

  • but it would be advisable to have on hand (i.e. maybe pack a small backpack) a warm fleece layer, a wind breaker and a warm hat for when the wind picks up.

In the evening, if you had the above but swapped out shorts for jeans and jandals for shoes and socks (thermal socks are comfortable) you would be fine.


Out and about:


Outside of particular gear needed for particular activities you could quite foreseeably go for a hike or a bike ride around town. In which case the above clothes would also be suitable but we would advise just bringing perhaps a spare t-shirt or warm thermal layer just in case you get wet while outside and want to warm up. Quick drying shorts are also a good idea if you have them.


Autumn (March - May):


Summer time is on the way out at this time with average temperatures dropping. During the day you can expect a high 15 C ( 59 F ) and at night a low of around 4 C ( 39 F ). While rain is possible it's really more the brisk wind and average temperature that catch you out.


I would say that a similar packing list to Summer is appropriate with some additions. Definitely bring thermal socks, a thicker jacket than a wind breaker for the evenings and some thermals just in case its a cold evening or you are coming in the later part of Autumn. Woollen hats, gloves scarfs and socks are also a good idea to have with you.


Winter (June - August):


A Queenstown Winter can be cold depending on what you are used to and even quite a bit cooler than other parts of New Zealand at this time. A daily high of around 9 C or ( 48 F ) and a low of around 0 C ( 32 F ).


In and around town:


You will more than likely be a lot more comfortable in thermal underpants and socks and some decent water proof shoes (boots are good) and some jeans. Up top if you had 3-4 layers (under shirt, shirt, jumper and jacket) you'd be looking very good for evening wear during winter time. During the day you could probably lose a layer or two but equally you might need them. I would definitely pack a woollen hat and scarf and maybe a pair of gloves.


Out and About:


In winter time Queenstown's most common activities are snow related, i.e. it's cold! Obviously if you are skiing or boarding then you would want specific gear for that. You can rent in Queenstown any gear you don't have with you. On top of warm gear it would be useful to have sunscreen for when on the slopes and its a Bluebird Day.


Spring (September - November):


Temperatures are getting back up again with a daily high or around 15 C ( 59 F ) and a 4 C ( 39 F ) low in the evening. More or less you could get away with the same kinds of clothes as Autumn.


So what does an actual packing list look like?


Here are the basics that would get you through a day in Queenstown for each season. Obviously pack as many of each according to your days here.


Summer:

  • Baseball cap

  • T-shirt

  • Warm layer (fleece or light woollen jumper)

  • Wind breaker or light rain jacket

  • Shorts for walking around town or hiking (quick dry material is a bonus especially if hiking).

  • Jeans for the evening.

  • It's common to swim so (togs) swim shorts or bikini.

  • Socks (thermal socks are comfortable and will suit a range of occasions).

  • Jandals, sandals or flip flops.

  • Some walking shoes as there are many hikes in and around Queenstown.

Autumn:


I recommend the same as for summer except add in,

  • thermal socks,

  • a thicker jacket than a wind breaker for the evenings,

  • and some thermals.

  • Woollen hats, gloves scarfs and socks are also a good idea to have with you.

Winter:


I recommend the same as for summer except add in,

  • Thermal underpants and socks

  • and some decent water proof shoes (boots are good).

  • Jeans or thicker pants.

  • 3-4 layers for you're upper body (under shirt, shirt, jumper and jacket).


Spring:


I recommend the same as for summer except add in,

  • thermal socks,

  • a thicker jacket than a wind breaker for the evenings,

  • and some thermals,

  • Woollen hats, gloves scarfs and socks are also a good idea to have with you.

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