The Ultimate Queenstown Autumn Guide

Autumn is one of our favourite times in Queenstown. With the leaves starting to turn gold and the air getting crisper, it’s a wonderful time to explore one of New Zealand’s most beautiful towns.

Our Queenstown guide will help you get the most out of your holiday.

Autumn in New Zealand falls from March – May.

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Explore or Relax? You don’t need to choose just one…

There is a great variety of activities for an Auckland autumn. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is home to some of the best shops, a beautiful harbour, dozens of volcanoes, amazing day trips and plenty of action activities. Take your pick from our list below and then find out more.

Beaches and Parks

Autumn is a great time to see the leaves turning golden and even though the weather is getting cooler it’s still mild enough for a beach picnic. There are several parks in the centre of the city and many in nearby suburbs. Mission Bay is one of Auckland’s most popular beaches and very close to the central city. Mt Eden is a short drive or taxi to enjoy panoramic city views and relaxing surroundings.

Islands and Bush Walks

Auckland needs to be explored both by ferry and on foot. Devonport is a short ferry trip away for a memorable day trip and Rangitoto Island or Waiheke Island make the day even more adventurous. Another day explore the Waitakere Ranges with native New Zealand plants.

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A historic gold rush village with many fun activities.

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Scenic Flights

Enjoy incredible views in a personalised sightseeing excursion.

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Golf Club

Play on what is internationally regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world.

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Around the Basin
Bike Tours

Relax and enjoy the rolling hills on a gentle bike tour through the basin.

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High Country Horse Trekking

Explore rolling hills and glacial rivers.

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Enjoy a guided fly fishing experience on the spectacular alpine Lake Wakatipu.

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Heli Tours

Explore Queenstown’s High Country environment, glaciers and magnificent waterfalls.

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Be brave even if you’re not, no one can tell the difference at 16,000 feet.

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Skyline Gondola

One of the must-do activities for any visitor.

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TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruises

Take a relaxing cruise on Lake Wakatipu.

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Ziptrek Ecotours

An amazing opportunity to explore the forest.

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Shotover Jet

Race through narrow canyons and hold onto your hat!

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Queenstown Winter Equipment Hire

Making sure you have the right ski gear up the mountain is paramount. From boots, snowboards, skis and poles, to the right clothing and ski protection gear, make sure you have everything covered by visiting one of the below recommended Queenstown equipment hire specialists.

Browns Ski Shop

Snobiz Ski & Snowboard Rental

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Where to Dine in Queenstown?

Queenstown has many great dining destinations to suit all tastes and budgets. Our team has found the top picks for you to enjoy when dining in Queenstown this winter.

Queenstown Summer Getaway

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Enjoy incredible views of Lake Wakitipu and sample fresh local options, including some great classic dishes.

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Lonestar Queenstown

The popular Lonestar has a mix of rustic and cowboy themed interior. Famous for ribs and great flavours, you will love it.

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Enjoy fantastic New Zealand fish and chips with a great lake view at FINZ. We recommend it for a nice casual meal.

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Botswana Butchery

One of Queenstown’s most popular restaurants, known for its sumptuous menu full of flavour.

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Pub on Wharf

Enjoy great Kiwi food in a prime location. Relax in their comfortable atmosphere near to the hotel.

Queenstown summer dining

Skyline Queenstown

Stratosfare Queenstown Restaurant is the most scenic buffet in Queenstown located at the top of the gondola.

Queenstown summer dining


Have a relaxed and casual summer meal at Queenstown’s gourmet Pizza Bar and Restaurant.

Spring Queenstown dining

Madam Woo

Josh Emmett’s fun and modern Asian restaurant showcases his renowned cooking skills and his Michelin star background.

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Where to Stay in Queenstown

When you check-in at Crowne Plaza Queenstown you will have constant views overlooking The Remarkables mountain range and the stunning Lake Wakatipu. Take the time to relax and unwind in your modern room.

We are a 4 Star+ Qualmark rated hotel with 139 rooms offering a peaceful and relaxing place to stay. All rooms have a private balcony or courtyard and include luxury bedding, Wi-Fi, television, ensuite, complimentary amenities and refreshment facilities including tea and coffee maker.

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Queenstown on Social Media

Enjoy a flavour of Queestown on social media to get you excited before you arrive.

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Queenstown Winter Festival

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The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival is an iconic New Zealand festival that began in 1975. It is now regarded as the biggest winter party in the Southern Hemisphere and is a great reason to visit this beautiful area of New Zealand.

Find out more on the Winter Festival Website.

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