Warm weather and long days characterise the classic Queenstown summer. Sitting at 45° south latitude, Queenstown has temperate summer temperatures with midsummer daylight hours totalling near 17.
Summertime is the perfect season to enjoy one of the five local golf courses - all within a 20 minute drive of the town centre. The feature of local courses is The Hills Golf Club, a spectacular and private members only course situated on 101ha (250 acres) of rural countryside near Arrowtown. A championship course, The Hills is the home of the New Zealand Open, which showcases 158 New Zealand and international players and draws a worldwide audience over the course of three days.
Dulcet song birds, green shoots and fresh floral blooms herald the onset of spring, rejuvenating Queenstown with a fresh injection of vitality.
The spring, formally from September to the end of November, offers a great opportunity to experience the surrounding nature in an intimate, relaxed style. Native flora and birds are best explored on one of the 32 Department of Conservation walks and tracks throughout the region. Catering to all fitness levels, these walks cover the diverse terrain and various aspects of the stunning landscape.
Come the beginning of November, fly fishing takes centre stage with the start of the alpine river fishing season. Alpine rivers, flowing into the great lakes, are well stocked with brown and rainbow trout as well as salmon. Pristine glacier streams with hidden reserves of fish are easily accessible by road or coupled with an impressive day of hiking. Offering private excursions throughout the region, the best kept secrets of backcountry fishing are only divulged through professional guides.
The rural, rolling hill country surrounding Queenstown creates the perfect backdrop for lazy afternoons on the Wakatipu art trail. Nestled amongst secluded luxury estates are galleries from well known New Zealand artists, such as Ivan Clarke, Thomas Brown, and Peter Beadle. Theses exclusive galleries offer a personalised experience with the artist as well as hosting a number of events throughout the year.
While the outdoors play a big role in the springtime activities, the local calendar is still filled with art, sporting, and other cultural events. The highlight of early spring is annual Queenstown International Jazz Festival, a 10 day event showcasing jazz sounds from around the world. The event attracts more than 200 musicians for performances, classes, and workshops.
If you are thinking of visiting or relocating to the Queenstown area please contact us for further recommendations and assistance.