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When is the best time to visit New Zealand’s South Island?


Queenstown Gardens in Summer

The South Island, and Queenstown in particular, is known as the adrenaline capital of the country. Wintertime, between the months of June and October, offers a wide range of winter sports. Skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions of Queenstown during these months. If you're visiting from the northern hemisphere and wish to experience something different, then a ski trip in July is sure to have you a little discombobulated - but don't worry, the plethora of stunning views and fresh powder will keep you more than happy.

With spring comes the end of the ski season, and the blossoming of buds and flowers. The combination of warmer days and the smattering of snow that still exists in the Southern Alps, is a sight not to be missed. This time of year provides the calm between Winter and Summer and if you're looking to explore the South Island away from the crowds, then the months between September and November are perfect.

Visiting Queenstown in summer has the advantage of the most settled weather of the year. The days are long and hot, and the skies are blue day after day. New Zealand’s South Island is home to a multitude of incredible walks, lakes and national parks, and summer is a fantastic time to explore the stunning scenery. Queenstown offers a range of adventure activities, but is also perfect for a lakeside retreat. Enjoy long evenings alongside the lake, dine in at some of the country’s top restaurants, and simply enjoy this wonderful corner of the world in a hot, dry climate.

If photography and hiking are your passions, then we would recommend visiting in Autumn. The light and colours this time of year is simply magical; a golden glow is cast across the landscape ensuring every photo you take is a keeper. Hiking during the summer months can be busy and hot, however between March and May the days are long enough and warm enough without being stifling. Queenstown is a great place to access many of New Zealand’s Great Walks, and we would recommend setting up a base here to come and go from as you explore the country deeper. 

Whether you’re here for a ski vacation, summertime getaway or simply passing through whilst driving the length of the South Island, Staysouth has something for you. Our Luxury Accommodation caters to all your needs, and is a place you can call home whilst visiting the South Island.


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