June to August
Temperatures between -2°C and 10°C
Nestled alongside the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic, snowcapped mountains, The Rees Queenstown is the perfect winter holiday destination.
The cosmopolitan town has a welcoming, vibrant energy that resonates across the resort to make Queenstown a unique holiday destination—and at no time is this more obvious than in winter, when skiers and boarders, or those just curious about snow, gather here to lap up the fun.
Every year from early June onwards, the region transforms into a winter wonderland, attracting snow sports enthusiasts from around the world with its incredible lake and alpine scenery, crisp blue-sky days, easy access to some of New Zealand's finest ski and snowboard terrain and a vibrant après ski scene. The region’s four ski area, all within a handy 20 to 90-minute drive of Queenstown, open from early June and offer a range of terrain for all levels whether you’re keen to conquer the basics, enjoy groomed runs, tackle off-piste, throw down some freestyle tricks or experience the thrill of night skiing. With the first snowfalls, you can feel the buzz in town as skiers and snowboarders gear up for a season of fun.
For fun well beyond the mountains, Queenstown’s seven golf courses and renowned wineries are just a short drive away. Central Otago produces some of the best Pinot Noir in the world thanks to the region’s combination of shale soil and sharply defined seasons. And with around 200 vineyards within 1½ hours’ drive of Queenstown, wine tours are a great way to explore the area.
Make the Southern Alps your playground this winter, Queenstown offers plenty to explore on and off the mountain.